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Eric M. Swedenburg
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-2225
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
A prominent M&A practitioner, Eric Swedenburg represents corporations, private equity firms and financial advisors in a range of transactions and corporate governance matters. Some of his recent transactions have included representing SiriusXM, Vodafone Group, Office Depot, Mars, Dover, La Quinta, The Mosaic Company, McKesson, Wyeth, KKR, Neiman Marcus, The New York Times, the independent directors of Anheuser-Busch, and the Brooklyn Nets and Forest City Ratner Companies. Quoting a client, Chambers has recognized Eric for his “‘no-nonsense approach to the transaction’”, and The American Lawyer named Eric a “Dealmaker of the Year” for his role representing Wyeth in its sale to Pfizer. Eric serves as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee.

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Work Highlights
  • Mars in its strategic partnership with KIND
  • Dover in its announced plan to spin off its “Wellsite” business
  • La Quinta in the proposed sale of its hotel franchise and hotel management businesses to Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, as well as La Quinta’s plan to spin off its real estate business into a publicly traded REIT
  • SiriusXM in its $480 million strategic cash investment in Pandora
  • The Mosaic Company in its 2017 acquisition of Vale Fertilizantes from Vale S.A., as well as Mosaic’s 2013 investment in an estimated $7 billion joint venture transaction with Ma’aden to produce phosphate in Saudi Arabia and 2011 representation of The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the Mosaic Company in the split-off and distribution of Cargill’s 64% stake in Mosaic
  • Melrose plc in its $2.81 billion acquisition of Nortek, Inc., as well as its earlier $2.3 billion acquisition of its Elster business
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. in the spin-off of the bulk of its real estate business, Park Hotels & Resorts Inc., as a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT), and the spin-off of its timeshare business, Hilton Grand Vacations Inc., as a separate publicly traded company
  • Lorillard, Inc. in its $29.25 billion sale to Reynolds American Inc.
  • Vodafone Group Plc in the $130 billion sale of its U.S. group to Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Office Depot in its $1.2 billion merger of equals transaction with OfficeMax
  • McKesson in its $2.1 billion acquisition of PSS World Medical, Inc., as well as McKesson’s earlier $1.8 billion acquisition of Per-Se Technologies
  • Wyeth in its $68 billion sale to Pfizer
Education
  • Cornell Law School, 1999 J.D.
    Order of the Coif; Cornell Law Review, Managing Editor, 1999–2000
  • University of Virginia, 1993 B.S.
Admissions
  • New York 2000

Eric Swedenburg is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he focuses on representing corporations, private equity firms and financial advisors in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters.  Eric has extensive experience in both U.S. domestic and cross-border M&A, joint venture and spin-off transactions and representing corporations in strategic defense and proxy contest matters.

The American Lawyer named Eric a “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2009 for his role representing Wyeth in its sale to Pfizer, and Eric has been recognized by a number of other publications, including Chambers USA 2016, quoting a client that Eric is known for his “‘no-nonsense approach to the transaction.’”

Recent transactions on which Eric has advised include representing:

  • Mars in its strategic partnership with KIND
  • Dover in its announced plan to spin off its “Wellsite” business
  • La Quinta in the proposed sale of its hotel franchise and hotel management businesses to Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, as well as La Quinta’s plan to spin off its real estate business into a publicly traded REIT
  • Sirius XM in its $480 million strategic cash investment in Pandora
  • The Mosaic Company in its 2017 acquisition of Vale Fertilizantes from Vale S.A., as well as Mosaic’s 2013 investment in an estimated $7 billion joint venture transaction with Ma’aden to produce phosphate in Saudi Arabia and 2011 representation of The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the Mosaic Company in the split-off and distribution of Cargill’s 64% stake in Mosaic
  • Melrose plc in its $2.81 billion acquisition of Nortek, Inc., as well as its earlier $2.3 billion acquisition of its Elster business
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. in the spin-off of the bulk of its real estate business, Park Hotels & Resorts Inc., as a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT), and the spin-off of its timeshare business, Hilton Grand Vacations Inc., as a separate publicly traded company
  • Lorillard, Inc. in its $29.25 billion sale to Reynolds American Inc.
  • Vodafone Group Plc in the $130 billion sale of its U.S. group to Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Office Depot, Inc. in its $1.2 billion merger of equals transaction with OfficeMax Incorporated
  • Blackstone in its 2015 spin-off of its financial advisory businesses, which were combined with PJT Partners, an independent financial advisory firm founded by Paul J. Taubman
  • McKesson in its $2.1 billion acquisition of PSS World Medical, Inc., as well as McKesson’s earlier $1.8 billion acquisition of Per-Se Technologies
  • Wyeth in its $68 billion sale to Pfizer
  • Nets Sports and Entertainment and Forest City Ratner Companies in their strategic partnership with Mikhail Prokhorov for the sale of control of the Brooklyn Nets and development of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, New York, as well as the group led by Forest City Ratner Companies in its initial acquisition of the Nets in 2004
  • The Blackstone Group in its acquisition of Equity Office Properties Trust (prevailing against a deal jump by Vornado Realty)

Other notable transactions have included representing Neiman Marcus in its sale to a private equity consortium, The New York Times in connection with a proxy contest, Seagram in its business combination with Vivendi and Canal Plus and America Online in its merger with Time Warner.

Eric received his J.D. in 1999 from Cornell Law School, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and a Member and Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review, and his B.S. in 1993 from the University of Virginia.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Eric serves as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Finance Committee.

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