Mr Eric Schiele > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States


Eric Schiele is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and serves as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. His practice encompasses M&A and public company board and special committee advisory work, including hostile takeover and hedge fund activism defense. Over the course of his career, Eric has advised on announced M&A transactions with an aggregate value of approximately $1 trillion. Corporate clients that Eric has represented include, among others, AbbVie, Amcor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bristol Myers Squibb, Disney, DreamWorks Animation, GlaxoSmithKline, H.J. Heinz, Honeywell, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Taubman Centers, The Washington Post Company, Time Warner, Toll Brothers, Wynn Resorts, Xerox, Yahoo! and Zale Corporation. He also has extensive experience in hedge fund activism defense, including against, among others, Carl Icahn, Elliot Management, Greenlight Capital, Relational, Starboard Value and Trian.


University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with Highest Honors, 2000); Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1996)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has experience of defending several high profile M&A challenges, such as Bristol Myers-Celgene’s $90bn deal vs. Starboard/Wellington. Its team also has expertise in advising on takeover preparedness, typifying its holistic approach to activism defense. Of particular note, the group advised Nikola Corporation on a high profile activist short attack. Key contacts in the group are Shaun Mathew and Sarkis Jebejian. Mathew has led the defense in over 50 significant activism mandates since joining Kirkland in 2018. Corporate partner Jebejian counts Accenture and Bain Capital among key clients. Eric Schiele and Daniel Wolf are also noted for their work on proxy fights. All named practitioners are based in New York.