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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

601 LEXINGTON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10022, USA
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Work +1 212 446 4800
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Fax +1 212 446 4900
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www.kirkland.com

Eric Schiele

Tel:
Work +1 212-446-4791
Email:
Web:
www.kirklandcom
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Corporate

Career

Eric Schiele's practice encompasses M&A and board advisory work, including hedge fund activism defense. His clients have included, among others, Amcor, Time Warner, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Yahoo, Honeywell, DreamWorks Animation, Wynn Resorts, Zale Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Toll Brothers, IBM, Norwegian Cruise Line and GlaxoSmithKline. In the last five years, he has advised on announced transactions with an aggregate value of approximately $600 billion. His activism defense experience includes engagements with, among others, Icahn, Trian, Relational, Elliot, Starboard and Greenlight.

Education

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


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has cemented its formidable standing in strategic M&A, alongside its market leading position in private equity buyouts. It has built an impressive depth of experience in public M&A, cross-border transactions, contested deals, activist defense work and take-private transactions. The firm has pursued a fervent campaign to hire lateral partners in recent years, with M&A and securities specialist Sean Wheeler joining its Houston office in 2018, while private equity and M&A expert Jennifer Perkins moved to New York; both were partners at Latham & Watkins LLP. In addition, Michael Woronoff, Monica Shilling, and Jonathan Benloulou joined the Los Angeles office from Proskauer Rose LLP in 2019, while  insurance M&A specialist and 'impressive technical expert' Rajab Abbassi joined the team from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. The team is 'exceptionally dedicated', with 'a deep understanding of commercial issues' and filled with 'top-quality partners and associates' that combine to provide a 'one-stop-shop service'. It has 'broad transactional experience, with deep knowledge of market precedent' and can 'work seamlessly with numerous overseas counsel as well as the target's counsel'. The department advised Blackstone Group, as the controlling stockholder of Invitation Homes, on the company's $11bn combination with Starwood Waypoint Homes. It also advised Akzo Nobel on the $12.5bn sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC. Moreover, it represented The Scripps Family, the controlling shareholders of Scripps Networks Interactive, on the $14.6bn sale of Scripps to Discovery Communications. David Fox is a seasoned professional with enormous big-ticket M&A experience. Daniel Wolf is another big name to note, while Sarkis Jebejian and Peter Martelli are also highly respected in the market. Jonathan Davis is another increasingly prominent partner; he and Eric Schiele are praised for providing 'direct, pragmatic and useful advice'. Houston partner David Castro is 'extremely hardworking', 'very knowledgeable' and has 'deep experience in large transactions' in the oil and gas space. Houston's Chris Heasley is 'a rising star' along with Anthony Speier who has 'great M&A and energy expertise'. Partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Shareholder activism: advice to boards

Within: Shareholder activism: advice to boards

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's David Fox, Daniel Wolf and Shaun Mathew (the last of whom joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP) recently advised Avis Budget Group on a co-operation agreement with SRS Investment Management, terminating a two-month proxy contest. Mathew and Eric Schiele, who joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, acted for Wynn Resorts in connection with a contest initiated by company founder Steve Wynn's ex-wife, who launched a withhold campaign against one director.  Other clients include The Vitamin Shoppe, which the team advised on agreements with Shah Capital Management and Vintage Capital Management.

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