Overview

Eric Schiele is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and serves as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. His practice encompasses M&A and public company board and special committee advisory work, including hostile takeover and hedge fund activism defense. Over the course of his career, Eric has advised on announced M&A transactions with an aggregate value of over $1 trillion.

Eric has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions. In 2021, Insider profiled him as one of 29 M&A lawyers “leading the way on billion-dollar M&A deals.” In 2020, Eric was one of six M&A attorneys nationwide chosen as a Law360 MVP, and one of seven attorneys nationwide chosen by The American Lawyer as a finalist for its 2020 “Corporate Lawyer of the Year” award. He was recognized for his M&A work by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2015 through 2021. Eric was also recognized by IFLR1000 from 2015 through 2022 and was named to Lawdragon’s list of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” in 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 for his transactional work in the media and entertainment industry in 2017 and 2018, for his work on mergers & acquisitions (large deals – $1bn+) in 2018 through 2021, for his transactional work in the telecoms and broadcast industry in 2014 and 2017, and for his transactional work in the technology industry in 2015.

Eric is a frequent speaker on M&A topics, including co-chairing PLI’s Hot Topics in Mergers and Acquisitions conferences from 2014–2021 and chairing its Shareholder Activism conference in 2016 and co-chairing it in 2018 and 2019.

Representative Clients

Corporate clients that Eric has represented include, among others, AbbVie, Amcor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Disney, DreamWorks Animation, GlaxoSmithKline, H.J. Heinz, Honeywell, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, Northrop Grumman, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Taubman Centers, The Washington Post Company, Time Warner, Toll Brothers, Wynn Resorts, Xerox, Yahoo! and Zale Corporation. He also has extensive experience in hedge fund activism defense, including against, among others, Carl Icahn, Elliott Management, Greenlight Capital, Relational, Starboard Value and Trian.

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Thought Leadership

Conference Co-Chair and Panelist, “Current Landscape of the M&A Market,” Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2021, Practising Law Institute, New York, September 8, 2021

Conference Co-Chair and Panelist, “Current Landscape of the M&A Market,” Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2020, Practising Law Institute, New York, September 25, 2020

Contributor, “The Deals and Deal Makers That Made the Year in M&A,” The Wall Street Journal, December 30, 2019

Conference Co-Chair and Panelist, Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to be Doing Now 2019, Practising Law Institute, New York, October 17, 2019

Conference Co-Chair and Panelist, “Current Landscape of the M&A Market,” Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2019, Practising Law Institute, New York, September 27, 2019

Panelist, “Shareholder Activism & Engagement: Lessons from the Trenches,” Governance Week, June 18, 2019

Speaker, "Key M&A Issues for 2019," LexisNexis Webinar, February 20, 2019

Conference Co-Chair and Panelist, “Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now 2018,” Practising Law Institute, New York, November 16, 2018

Conference Co-Chair and Panelist, “Current Landscape of the M&A Market,” Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2018, Practising Law Institute, New York, October 10, 2018

Conference Co-Chair and Panelist, “Current Landscape of the M&A Market,” Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2017, Practising Law Institute, New York, September 26, 2017 & Chicago, October 20, 2017

Guest, “Bloomberg Markets,” Bloomberg TV, December 12, 2016

Conference Chair and Panelist, “The Current State of Hedge Fund Activism,” Preparing for Shareholder Activism: What You Need to Be Doing Now, Practising Law Institute, New York, December 9, 2016

Conference Co-Chair and Panelist, “Current Landscape of the M&A Market,” Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2016, Practising Law Institute, Chicago, September 30, 2016 & New York, October 13, 2016

Recognition

Law360

  •  M&A MVP, 2020 

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Corporate/M&A - New York, 2015–2021

IFLR1000

  • Mergers and Acquisitions - US, 2015–2022

Lawdragon

  • 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021

The Legal 500 US

  • M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+), 2018–2021

  • Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards, 2019–2021

  • Media & Entertainment, 2017, 2018

  • Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional, 2014, 2017

  • Technology: Transactions, 2015

  • Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2011–2013

  • Capital Markets: Global Offerings, 2011, 2012

  • Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings, 2012, 2013

Memberships & Affiliations

New York City Bar Association

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

University of Texas Law School Alumni Association

  • Executive Board, 2011–2017

Member of Board of Directors of Volunteers of America - Greater New York

Member of Alumni Board of the University of Texas Law Review

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York

Education

  • University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.with Highest Honors2000

    Chancellors Honor Society

    Associate Editor, The Texas Law Review

  • Ohio Wesleyan UniversityB.A.summa cum laude1996