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Robert B Schumer

Robert B Schumer

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP1285 Avenue of the AmericasNew YorkNew YorkUSA10019-6064

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Corporate Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Robert Schumer is well thought of among peers for his leading work on corporate governance, duties and regulation.

Biography

Robert B Schumer is a member of the mergers and acquisitions group, chair of the corporate department and a member of the firm’s management committee. Bob 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 affecting policy and strategy. Over the past 30 years, Bob has been engaged in many high-profile matters such as the negotiation and structuring of M&A, dispositions, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts and contested matters (including numerous unsolicited offers and proxy contests) on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other entities. He was previously the chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on mergers, acquisitions and corporate control contests. Bob also serves as a director of New Alternatives for Children, and sits on the judicial selection committee of Senator Charles Schumer and the board of trustees of the Paley Center for Media.

Bob has been recognised in the top band of the leading M&A lawyers, as well as the top band of media and entertainment lawyers in New York, by the peer review organisations Chambers USAThe Legal 500Best Lawyers in America and WWL: M&A and Governance. He was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” (2020) by The American Lawyer for his representation of the special committee of the board of directors of CBS in its $40 billion merger with Viacom to form ViacomCBS. He also won this accolade in 2011 and 2005. In 2018, he was selected by The New York Law Journal as a Distinguished Leader, and by The National Law Journal as an M&A Trailblazer. In 2017, Bob was one of only 10 lawyers named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the M&A: large deals (over $1 billion) category. In 2016, Bob was one of only five attorneys named an M&A MVP by Law360, and he was also featured in Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report”, which spotlights the top lawyers in the entertainment industry. In 2009 and 2011, he was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers” list.

In the joint venture area, his representations include Time Warner in the creation of Time Warner Entertainment, a $20 billion joint venture to which Time Warner contributed its Filmed Entertainment, HBO Programming and cable television assets and in which two Japanese companies, Itochu Corporation and Toshiba Corporation, invested an aggregate of $1 billion; Time Warner in connection with the $2.5 billion investment in Time Warner Entertainment by US West, a regional bell operating company, which was one of the first major alliances between companies in the cable and telephone industries; and Time Warner in its negotiations with Sony Corporation to form the Columbia House Record Club, a 50-50 joint venture between Sony Music Group and Warner Music Group, which is currently the largest direct marketer of music and video products.

Bob has been involved in numerous other joint venture arrangements, including the formation of an international consortium that acquired the phosphate division of WR Grace; the creation of Courtroom Television Network, the venture that owns the Court TV cable television channel; and the $1.2 billion restructuring of the venture owning Six Flags Theme Parks.

M&A 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Robert Schumer is an M&A specialist, renowned for his great approach to acquisition strategy, structuring and negotiation.

Biography

Robert B Schumer is a member of the mergers and acquisitions group, chair of the corporate department and a member of the firm’s management committee. Bob 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 affecting policy and strategy. Over the past 30 years, Bob has been engaged in many high-profile matters such as the negotiation and structuring of M&A, dispositions, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts and contested matters (including numerous unsolicited offers and proxy contests) on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other entities. He was previously the chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on mergers, acquisitions and corporate control contests. Bob also serves as a director of New Alternatives for Children, and sits on the judicial selection committee of Senator Charles Schumer and the board of trustees of the Paley Center for Media.

Bob has been recognised in the top band of the leading M&A lawyers, as well as the top band of media and entertainment lawyers in New York, by the peer review organisations Chambers USAThe Legal 500Best Lawyers in America and WWL: M&A and Governance. He was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” (2020) by The American Lawyer for his representation of the special committee of the board of directors of CBS in its $40 billion merger with Viacom to form ViacomCBS. He also won this accolade in 2011 and 2005. In 2018, he was selected by The New York Law Journal as a Distinguished Leader, and by The National Law Journal as an M&A Trailblazer. In 2017, Bob was one of only 10 lawyers named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the M&A: large deals (over $1 billion) category. In 2016, Bob was one of only five attorneys named an M&A MVP by Law360, and he was also featured in Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report”, which spotlights the top lawyers in the entertainment industry. In 2009 and 2011, he was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers” list.

In the joint venture area, his representations include Time Warner in the creation of Time Warner Entertainment, a $20 billion joint venture to which Time Warner contributed its Filmed Entertainment, HBO Programming and cable television assets and in which two Japanese companies, Itochu Corporation and Toshiba Corporation, invested an aggregate of $1 billion; Time Warner in connection with the $2.5 billion investment in Time Warner Entertainment by US West, a regional bell operating company, which was one of the first major alliances between companies in the cable and telephone industries; and Time Warner in its negotiations with Sony Corporation to form the Columbia House Record Club, a 50-50 joint venture between Sony Music Group and Warner Music Group, which is currently the largest direct marketer of music and video products.

Bob has been involved in numerous other joint venture arrangements, including the formation of an international consortium that acquired the phosphate division of WR Grace; the creation of Courtroom Television Network, the venture that owns the Court TV cable television channel; and the $1.2 billion restructuring of the venture owning Six Flags Theme Parks.

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