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Benjamin P. Schaye
 

Benjamin P. Schaye

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-7866
Fax: +1-212-455-2502

A Partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Ben Schaye frequently advises public and private clients on multibillion dollar transactions. He also counsels corporate and private equity clients on spin-off transactions, such as Blackstone’s spin-off of its financial advisory business and PPL Corporation’s spin-off of Talen Energy and concurrent merger of Talen with entities affiliated with Riverstone Holdings. In addition, Ben represents clients in proxy contests, hostile takeover defenses, strategic alliances and joint ventures and counsels clients on issues involving corporate governance, fiduciary duties and shareholder activism. 

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Work Highlights
  • Dell Technologies and Silver Lake Partners in a transaction to simplify Dell Technologies’ capital structure by eliminating its Class V tracking stock, which tracked the performance of VMware, Inc.
  • Oaktree in its sale of approximately 62% of the Oaktree business to Brookfield Asset Management
  • Apax Partners and its portfolio companies in a myriad of initial and tack-on acquisitions, including those of Tosca Services, Authority Brands, Polymer Logistics, Monster Tree Service, Clockwork, Mosquito Squad, America’s Swimming Pool Company, Contraload and MyCase
  • Centerbridge in its acquisitions of Trimark and Acoustic and its sale of a controlling interest in Great Wolf Resorts
  • SunGard in its $9.1 billion sale to Fidelity National Information Services Inc., the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology solutions and a global leader in consulting and outsourcing solutions
  • The Blackstone Group in the spin-off of its financial and strategic advisory services, restructuring and reorganization of advisory services, and acquisition of Park Hill fund placement businesses and the combination of those businesses with PJT Partners, an independent financial advisory firm founded by Paul J. Taubman
  • Blackstone its $5.4 billion acquisition of Gates Corporation, its $4.8 billion terminated acquisition of La Salle Hotel Properties, its $225 million acquisition of Accuvant, Inc., its participation in a $575 million equity investment in Blue Yonder and its acquisitions of International Market Centers and the Elara
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law, 2007 J.D.
  • Princeton University, 2002 A.B.

Ben Schaye is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department, where his practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, proxy contests and hostile takeover defenses, spin-offs and strategic alliances and joint ventures. He also advises boards on corporate governance matters, fiduciary duties and shareholder activism.

Selected transactions on which Ben has worked include:

  • Representation of Dell Technologies and Silver Lake Partners in a transaction to simplify Dell Technologies’ capital structure by eliminating its Class V tracking stock, which tracked the performance of VMware, Inc.

  • Representation of Oaktree in its sale of approximately 62% of the Oaktree business to Brookfield Asset Management

  • Representation of Apax Partners and its portfolio companies in a myriad of initial and tack-on acquisitions, including those of Tosca Services, Authority Brands, Polymer Logistics, Monster Tree Service, Clockwork, Mosquito Squad, America’s Swimming Pool Company, Contraload and MyCase

  • Representation of Centerbridge in its acquisitions of Trimark and Acoustic and its sale of a controlling interest in Great Wolf Resorts

  • Representation of SunGard in its $9.1 billion sale to Fidelity National Information Services Inc., the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology solutions and a global leader in consulting and outsourcing solutions

  • Representation of The Blackstone Group in the spin-off of its financial and strategic advisory services, restructuring and reorganization of advisory services, and acquisition of Park Hill fund placement businesses and the combination of those businesses with PJT Partners, an independent financial advisory firm founded by Paul J. Taubman

  • Representation of The Blackstone Group in its $5.4 billion acquisition of Gates Corporation, its $4.8 billion terminated acquisition of La Salle Hotel Properties, its $225 million acquisition of Accuvant, Inc., its participation in a $575 million equity investment in Blue Yonder and its acquisitions of International Market Centers and the Elara

Selected transactions on which Ben has worked prior to Simpson Thacher include:

  • Representation of AmerisourceBergen Corporation in its strategic relationship with Walgreens and Alliance Boots

  • Representation of IBM in its $440 million acquisition of DemandTec, Inc., its $1.7 billion acquisition of Netezza Corporation and its $480 million of Unica Corporation

  • Representation of Johnson & Johnson in the sale of its animal health unit to Eli Lilly & Co.

  • Representation of Pentair Corporation in its approximately $10 billion “Reverse Morris Trust” transaction with Tyco International Ltd.’s flow control business

  • Representation of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. in its acquisition of Lista International’s  North American business

  • Representation of Casey’s General Stores, Inc. in its successful defense against Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s hostile takeover attempt

Ben received his A.B. from Princeton University in 2002 and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2007. He is admitted to practice in New York.

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