Brian M. Stadler is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. He specializes in representing corporations, private equity firms and financial advisors in merger and acquisition transactions.
Mr. Stadler has represented The Blackstone Group in numerous acquisitions and dispositions, including the buyouts of Hilton Hotels, Equity Office Properties (prevailing in the largest LBO at the time against deal jump by Vornado Realty), Trizec Properties (in partnership with Brookfield Properties), CarrAmerica Realty, MeriStar Hospitality, La Quinta Corporation, Wyndham International, Prime Hospitality and Extended Stay America. He recently represented Blackstone in its acquisition of Centro Properties’ U.S. business, its investments in Patria Investimentos and General Growth Properties and in the restructuring of Hilton’s debt.
Other transactions that he has handled include the representation of Hellman & Friedman in the acquisitions of Internet Brands and Getty Images; the Special Committee of IAC in a transaction with Liberty Media; Primus Financial in the announced acquisitions of Nan Shan Life Insurance Company from AIG and of Chapdelaine & Co. from its founder; ITC Holdings in the acquisition of Michigan Electric Transmission Co.; The Blackstone Group, Hellman & Friedman, KKR and TPG in the acquisition of Texas Genco; KKR and Rockwood Holdings in the acquisition of Dynamit Nobel from MG Technologies; the Bronfman family and its co-investors in the acquisition of control of Israel Discount Bank; Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital, Providence Equity Partners and Edgar Bronfman, Jr. in the acquisition of Warner Music Group from Time Warner; Accretive Technology Partners in the sale of Equitant to IBM; KKR in the acquisition of International Transmission Company from DTE Energy; ITT Industries in the acquisition of a division from Northrop Grumman; the Special Committee of Williams Energy Partners in the acquisition of Williams Pipeline Company; Washington Mutual in the merger with Dime Bancorp; Wachovia in the merger with First Union and the concurrent defense of a hostile takeover bid by SunTrust; Kerr-McGee in the acquisition of HS Resources; Seagram in the combination with Vivendi and Canal Plus; and CommNet Cellular in its sale to Vodafone AirTouch.
Mr. Stadler joined Simpson Thacher in 1990 and was elected as a member of the Firm in 1998. He received his B.S., summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1990 where he was an Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Mr. Stadler was admitted to the New York Bar in 1991.