Eric Schiele is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice primarily encompasses public and private mergers and acquisitions and board advisory work, including hedge fund activism defense.
Eric has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions. He was recognized for his M&A work by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2015 through 2018 and was highlighted by clients as “absolutely terrific” and “thorough, wise, always available and very results oriented.” Eric was also recognized by IFLR1000 from 2015 through 2018 and was named to Lawdragon’s list of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” in 2016 and 2017. 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 transaction work on mergers & acquisitions in 2018, for his transactional work in the telecoms and broadcast industry in 2014 and 2017, for his transactional work in the technology industry in 2015 and for his skill in the capital markets arena from 2011 through 2013.
Eric is a frequent speaker on M&A topics, including co‑chairing PLI’s Hot Topics in Mergers and Acquisitions conferences from 2014–2018 and chairing its Shareholder Activism conference in 2016 and 2018.
Corporate clients that Eric has represented include, among others, Amcor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cable ONE, Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Graham Holdings (formerly The Washington Post Company), H.J. Heinz, Honeywell, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, Sapient, Time Warner, Toll Brothers, Wynn Resorts, Xerox, Yahoo! and Zale Corporation. Eric has also represented a number of financial institutions, including Centerview Partners, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan. He also has extensive experience in hedge fund activism defense, including engagements with, among others, Carl Icahn, Elliot Management, Greenlight Capital, Relational Investors and Trian Partners.
Conference Co-Chair, “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
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Corporate/M&A - New York, 2015–2018
Mergers and Acquisitions - US, 2015–2018
500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2016–2017
The Legal 500 US
M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+), 2018
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
Admissions & Qualifications
- New York
- The 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