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 Global Management Committee. His practice encompasses M&A and public company board and special committee advisory work, as well as 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 $995 billion.

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 2020. Eric was also recognized by IFLR1000 from 2015 through 2020 and was named to Lawdragon’s list of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” in 2016, 2017, and 2020. 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 2020, 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 2014–2019 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, 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, Elliot Management, Greenlight Capital, Relational, Starboard Value and Trian.

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Thought Leadership

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, “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

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Corporate/M&A - New York, 2015–2020

IFLR1000

  • Mergers and Acquisitions - US, 2015–2020

Lawdragon

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

The Legal 500 US

  • M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+): 2018–2020

  • Media & Entertainment: 2017, 2018

  • Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional, 2014, 2017

  • Technology: Transactions, 2015

  • Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2011, 2012, 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

Volunteers of America - Greater New York

  • Board of Directors

The University of Texas Law Review

  • Alumni Board

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York

Education

  • 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