Robert B Schumer

Robert B Schumer
Office:
1285 Avenue of the Americas
10019-6064
City:
New York
State:
New York
Country:
USA
Tel:
+1 212 373 3097
Fax:
+1 212 492 0097

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Who's Who Legal Corporate: Merger & Acquisition

Robert B Schumer is chair of the corporate department and is co-head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group. Bob has served as the lead lawyer in the negotiation and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other entities. He regularly provides strategic counsel to corporations and their boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance, fiduciary duty, M&A and other corporate matters. Bob also has significant experience in contested matters, including numerous unsolicited offers and proxy contests.

Bob has been the lead lawyer on numerous high-profile transactions, including: Time Warner Cable in connection with Charter Communication's $60 billion unsolicited bid for TWC; Warner Music Group in its $3.3 billion sale to Access Industries (the transaction was named 2011 "Transaction M&A Deal of the Year" by The Deal and as a result of his work on this transaction, The American Lawyer named Bob among its 2011 "Dealmakers of the Year"); RSC Holdings in its $4.2 billion sale to United Rentals; Emdeon Business Services in its $3 billion sale to Blackstone Group; Time Warner Cable in its multibillion-dollar spin-off from Time Warner Inc and in its $3 billion acquisition of Insight Communications; Agrium Inc in its successful proxy contest with JANA Partners LLC, whereby JANA Partners sought, but ultimately failed, to split Agrium's retail and wholesale businesses and replace five members of Agrium's board of directors with its own nominees – all of Jana's nominees were defeated; and Elliott Management in its proxy contest with Hess Corporation, and in the ultimate settlement of that contest, in which Hess agreed to add three of Elliott's nominees to the Hess board in addition to six new independent directors nominated or appointed by Hess following the commencement of Elliott's campaign. In total, nine new directors joined the Hess board. As part of the settlement agreement, the company also agreed to split the roles of chairman and CEO and the Hess family pledged to vote its shares in support of a stockholder proposal to declassify the board.

Bob was named a "Dealmaker of the Year" (2011) by The American Lawyer for his representation of Warner Music in its $3.3 billion acquisition by Access Industries and for his representation of Time Warner Cable, Inc in its $3 billion acquisition of cable company Insight Communications Co. He was previously named "Dealmaker of the Year" (2005) for his representation of Time Warner Inc in its joint bid with Comcast Corporation to acquire Adelphia Communications Corporation's cable systems. He was selected as one of only 40 New York-based lawyers listed in Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers and has been recognised as one of the leading M&A lawyers in New York by the peer review organisations The Legal 500 and Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. In both 2009 and 2011, Bob was selected by The Hollywood Reporter as one of its "Power Lawyers." He was featured in The American Lawyer's "Forty-Five under 45”and in Crain's "40 under 40,” both of which were published in 1995.

WWL says: Robert Schumer is a well-respected corporate lawyer who is well versed in handling the negotiation and structuring of M&A transactions.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Corporate: Corporate Governance

Robert B Schumer is chair of the corporate department and is co-head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group. Bob has served as the lead lawyer in the negotiation and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other entities. He regularly provides strategic counsel to corporations and their boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance, fiduciary duty, M&A and other corporate matters. Bob also has significant experience in contested matters, including numerous unsolicited offers and proxy contests.

Bob has been the lead lawyer on numerous high-profile transactions, including: Time Warner Cable in connection with Charter Communication's $60 billion unsolicited bid for TWC; Warner Music Group in its $3.3 billion sale to Access Industries (the transaction was named 2011 "Transaction M&A Deal of the Year" by The Deal and as a result of his work on this transaction, The American Lawyer named Bob among its 2011 "Dealmakers of the Year"); RSC Holdings in its $4.2 billion sale to United Rentals; Emdeon Business Services in its $3 billion sale to Blackstone Group; Time Warner Cable in its multibillion-dollar spin-off from Time Warner Inc and in its $3 billion acquisition of Insight Communications; Agrium Inc in its successful proxy contest with JANA Partners LLC, whereby JANA Partners sought, but ultimately failed, to split Agrium's retail and wholesale businesses and replace five members of Agrium's board of directors with its own nominees – all of Jana's nominees were defeated; and Elliott Management in its proxy contest with Hess Corporation, and in the ultimate settlement of that contest, in which Hess agreed to add three of Elliott's nominees to the Hess board in addition to six new independent directors nominated or appointed by Hess following the commencement of Elliott's campaign. In total, nine new directors joined the Hess board. As part of the settlement agreement, the company also agreed to split the roles of chairman and CEO and the Hess family pledged to vote its shares in support of a stockholder proposal to declassify the board.

Bob was named a "Dealmaker of the Year" (2011) by The American Lawyer for his representation of Warner Music in its $3.3 billion acquisition by Access Industries and for his representation of Time Warner Cable, Inc in its $3 billion acquisition of cable company Insight Communications Co. He was previously named "Dealmaker of the Year" (2005) for his representation of Time Warner Inc in its joint bid with Comcast Corporation to acquire Adelphia Communications Corporation's cable systems. He was selected as one of only 40 New York-based lawyers listed in Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers and has been recognised as one of the leading M&A lawyers in New York by the peer review organisations Legal 500Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. In both 2009 and 2011, Bob was selected by The Hollywood Reporter as one of its "Power Lawyers." He was featured in The American Lawyer's "Forty-Five under 45”and in Crain's "40 under 40,” both of which were published in 1995.

WWL says: Robert Schumer is a well-respected corporate lawyer who is well versed in handling the negotiation and structuring of M&A transactions.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate which can be purchased from our Shop.

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