Brian E. HamiltonPartner
Brian Hamilton is a partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group and is the co-head of the Firm’s Private Equity Group. Mr. Hamilton advises on private M&A and private equity transactions, both in and outside the U.S., and in a variety of industries. He has been engaged in many high profile matters to global leaders such as Advance, AMC Networks, Booking Holdings, CVS, Gildan Activewear and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Hamilton was resident in the Firm’s London office from 2007 through 2010, where he was deputy head of the European M&A Group.
In 2018, Mr. Hamilton was named to The Deal’s M&A Power Rankings for his work on mega deals. In 2015, he was named an “MVP in Telecommunications” by Law360. Mr. Hamilton has also been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in M&A by New York Super Lawyers and named a “Rising Star” in the U.S. by IFLR1000.
Mr. Hamilton is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has also participated in numerous legal panels and published several pieces on topics such as corporate governance, joint ventures, cross-border M&A and financial regulation.
Mr. Hamilton is actively involved in the community. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Neighborhood Charter Schools and a member of the Advisory Board for Star Track Youth Cycling.
SELECTED REPRESENTATIONSPrivate Equity and Family Office
- Advance in its $730 million acquisition of The IRONMAN Group from Wanda Sports Group and in connection with Discovery’s $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Interactive
- ARAMARK Chairman and CEO Joseph Neubauer in the $8.3 billion leveraged buyout of ARAMARK led by Mr. Neubauer and a group of four private equity sponsors, and in subsequent secondary sales following ARAMARK’s IPO
- Bright House Networks (owned by Advance) in its three-way combination with Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable to create an $80 billion cable company
- Deerfield Partners in the purchases out of bankruptcy of Endologix and Melinta
- Eurazeo in the buyout by partners of Lazard of Eurazeo’s significant ownership interest in Lazard, enabling Lazard’s IPO
- GGP in its $28 billion acquisition by Brookfield Property Partners
- The Goldman Sachs Group in its sale of Metro International Trade Services to Reuben Brothers
- The conflicts committee of the board of NRG Yield in its sponsor NRG Energy’s $1.375 billion sale of 100% of its controlling interest in NRG Yield to an equity fund of Global Infrastructure Partners
- Riverstone Holdings and Pattern Energy Group Holdings 2 LP (Pattern Development) in connection with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Riverstone’s combination of Pattern Energy Group Inc. and Pattern Development under common ownership following CPPIB’s acquisition of Pattern Energy Group
- A sovereign wealth fund in a number of co-investment transactions
- TerraForm Global in its $1.3 billion acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management
- Wren House Infrastructure in its acquisition of i3 Broadband from Seaport Capital
Technology, Media & Telecommunications
- AMC Networks in its initial control investment in RLJ Entertainment and its going private acquisition of the rest of RLJ Entertainment, as well as its investments in the BritBox SVOD platform with BBC and ITV and in fuboTV
- Ascribe Capital as an investor in Fuse Media in connection with the acquisition of a majority, controlling interest in Fuse by a management group headed by Fuse’s CEO
- Booking Holdings in its investments in and strategic partnerships with Yanolja, Didi Chuxing and Grab Holdings, and The Priceline Group in its $450 million investment in Meituan-Dianping, one of China's largest service-focused e-commerce platforms; commercial agreement with and $2 billion investment in Ctrip.com; $2.6 billion acquisition of OpenTable; and $1.8 billion acquisition of KAYAK
- CyrusOne in its $442 million acquisition of Zenium Data Centers from Quantum Strategic Partners and in the formation of a new strategic partnership and commercial agreement with GDS Holdings and its related $100 million investment in GDS Holdings
- Motivate, the largest bikeshare operator in North America, in its acquisition by Lyft
- Recruit Holdings, 51job’s largest shareholder, in connection with the pending LBO of 51job by a buyout group that includes 51job’s CEO Rick Yan, Recruit, DCP Capital Partners and Ocean Link Partners and in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Glassdoor
- SBC Communications in its $22 billion acquisition of AT&T Corp.
- Silver Lake Partners-led consortium in its $2.025 billion acquisition of a 65% interest in Skype from eBay
- Tillman Global Holdings in the $150 million investment in Tillman Digital Cities by HPS Investment Partners; in connection with UBS Asset Management’s strategic minority investment in Tillman Infrastructure; Tillman Infrastructure’s initial equity investment and senior secured term loan from a consortium consisting of Melody Capital and Tennenbaum Capital; and in its formation with TPG Growth of Apollo Towers
- Verus Analytics in its sale to Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps
- CVS in its $12.7 billion acquisition of Omnicare
- Gildan Activewear in its acquisitions of American Apparel, Alstyle Apparel, Anvil Holdings, Comfort Colors and Gold Toe Moretz
- Goldman Sachs in its $2.25 billion pending acquisition of GreenSky, €1.6 billion pending acquisition of NN Investment Partners from NN Group, its formation of a venture with Synchronoss Technologies to develop advanced mobile secure enterprise solutions, its acquisitions of Clarity Money, Folio Financial and GE Capital Bank’s online deposit platform, and in its sale of its fund administration services business to State Street
- Hess Corporation in its sale of its interest in Hess Energy Trading Company to Oaktree Capital Management
- ING Group in its sale of ING Direct USA to Capital One and its sale of ING Bank of Canada to The Bank of Nova Scotia