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Brian E. Hamilton


Brian E. Hamilton

New York +1-212-558-4000+1-212-558-4000 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
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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 public and private mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, both in and outside the United States, and in a variety of industries. He has been engaged in many high profile matters to global leaders such as Advance/Newhouse, AMC NetworksBooking HoldingsCVS, 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 Mergers and Acquisitions 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.


Private Equity and Family Office
  • Advance/Newhouse 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/Newhouse) in its three-way combination with Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable to create an $80 billion cable company
  • Eurazeo in the buyout by partners of Lazard of Eurazeo’s significant ownership interest in Lazard, which enabled 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
  • Qatar Investment Authority, as a member of a consortium, in its $6.9 billion acquisition of Dun & Bradstreet and in its co-investment alongside Brookfield Business Partners in the Power Solutions business previously owned by Johnson Controls
  • Riverstone Holdings and Pattern Energy Group Holdings 2 LP (Pattern Development) in their agreement with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) pursuant to which CPPIB and Riverstone will combine Pattern Energy Group Inc. and Pattern Development under common ownership following the completion of CPPIB’s concurrent proposed acquisition of Pattern Energy Group
  • TerraForm Global in its $1.3 billion acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management
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
  • Booking Holdings in its investments in and strategic partnerships with Yanolja, Didi Chuxing and Grab Holdings, and The Priceline Group in its agreement to invest $450 million in Meituan-Dianping, one of China's largest service-focused e-commerce platforms; its commercial agreement with and $2 billion investment in; its $2.6 billion acquisition of OpenTable; and its $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 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 connection with 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 (Myanmar)