Thomas A Cole is a partner in Sidley’s Chicago office. For 15 years ended in April 2013, he served as chair of the firm’s executive committee, the committee that exercises general authority over the affairs of the firm. In April 2014, he stepped down as a member of the executive committee (on which he had served since 1987) and as a member of the firm's management committee (on which he had served since 1988).
Mr Cole focuses his practice on public company mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Corporate governance assignments have included advising public company boards and their standing and special committees on a variety of subjects, including shareholder activism and proxy contests. He has taught the seminar on corporate governance at The University of Chicago Law School and at Harvard Law School.
He has been involved in dozens of public company mergers and spin-offs, including the following that were each valued at more than $1 billion: Catamaran/UnitedHealth (pending); Sigma-Aldrich/Merck (pending); NiSource spin-off of Columbia Pipeline Group (pending); IGT/GTECH; Beam/Suntory; MidAmerican Energy/NV Energy; Commercial Metals (successful defense against lcahn); Fortune Brands spin-off of Home and Security Business; Alberto-Culver/Unilever; AGL/Nicor (represented independent directors); Aon/Hewitt; EOP/Blackstone; Clear Channel/THLee and Bain (represented special committee); Exelon/PSEG (terminated); and Exelon/NRG (terminated unsolicited merger proposal); Pulte/Centex; Tribune/ESOP-Zell; Corn Products/Bunge (terminated); Nationwide Financial/Nationwide Mutual (represented special committee); ServiceMaster/Clayton Dubilier; CDW/Madison Dearborn; and CNL Hotels/Morgan Stanley.
Mr Cole is a former co-chair of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute and former chair of Northwestern’s Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute.
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