Mr Stuart Freedman > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Offices
919 THIRD AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
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Mr Stuart Freedman
Mergers & Acquisitions, Distressed Investing, Energy, Financial Institutions, Private Equity, Securities & Capital Markets
Stuart D. Freedman serves as co-chair of the firm’s M&A and Securities Group. Stuart focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities, representing various well-known money managers in connection with a variety of acquisitions and control and non-control investments, including of companies engaged in financial restructurings. His practice includes a broad range of global equity investments and significant experience in cross-border transactions across a number of targeted industries, including real estate, hotel, mining, food retailing, automotive, health care, airlines, car rental, telecommunications, environmental, oil and gas exploration, oil field services, and distribution and other services. Stuart’s practice also includes advising investment firms on all aspects of fund formation and capital-raising. He represented Albertsons Companies and an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management LP in the $9.2-billion acquisition of Safeway Inc., which won “Deal of the Year – Retail” at the 2015 ACG New York Champion’s Awards, as well as the related acquisition of SUPERVALU’s Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and related Osco and Sav-on in-store pharmacies and related non-control investment in SUPERVALU common stock, a deal that won “Retail Deal of the Year” at the 2014 M&A Atlas Awards: Global Major Markets. Stuart’s advice is informed not just by his more than 20 years as an SRZ partner, but also from having served as president of a leading investment firm that focuses on opportunistic investments globally.
University of Michigan Law School, JD (Order of the Coif; Founder and Senior Editor, Michigan Yearbook of International Legal Studies); Yale University, BA., cum laude.
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is a standout player in the private equity and investment management space, and in this area, it is known as a go-to advisor both for private investment funds and their portfolio companies. Among its recent highlights, the team advised Veritas Capital on its $5.7bn take-private acquisition of athenahealth, showcasing its ability to handle large multibillion-dollar transactions, in addition to high-volume middle-market work. The Veritas work was led by Richard Presutti, who chairs the investment management M&A practice, and also jointly leads the M&A and securities group alongside Stuart Freedman, who specializes in cross-border private equity and securities deals. As for new additions to the team, Edward Sadtler joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Daniel Eisner joined from DLA Piper LLP (US), having previously headed the firm’s private equity practice. All named attorneys based in New York.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Investment funds > Alternative/hedge funds
- Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
- M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
- Finance > Structured finance: securitization
- Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital)
- Labor and employment > ERISA litigation
- Finance > Financial services regulation
- Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense
- Real estate > Real estate
- Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense
- Tax > US taxes: non-contentious
- Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes
- Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
- M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism