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Brian E. Hamilton


Brian E. Hamilton

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Brian Hamilton is a partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Groups. 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.

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.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, 34th Annual Federal Securities Institute – “M&A:  Public Company Deals on the Rise” (February 2016)
  • Chair, “Preparing for Shareholder Activism:  What You Need to Be Doing Now,” Practising Law Institute (September 2015)


  • “Benefits and Pitfalls of Joint Ventures,” Bloomberg Law Reports – Mergers & Acquisitions (November 2014)
  • “Cross-Border Joint Ventures: When They Are Useful and What to Watch Out For,” Bloomberg Law Reports – Mergers & Acquisitions (May 2012)
  • “Dodd-Frank, Beyond Financial Regulation: What Lawyers Need to Watch,” Bloomberg Law Reports – Mergers & Acquisitions (co-author) (November 2010)
  • “Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions: A Study in Convergence and Cross-Fertilization,” Bloomberg Law Reports – Mergers & Acquisitions (co-author) (July 2010)

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem
  • Member of the Advisory Board for Star Track Youth Cycling

Rankings and Recognitions

  • Law360 – winner, MVP in Telecommunications (November 2015)
  • New York Super Lawyers – recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions (2013-2016)
  • IFLR1000 – recognized as a “Rising Star” in the United States (2014-2017)


Publicly Announced M&A Transactions
  • Abu Dhabi Future Energy Corporation in its investment in WinWinD Oy
  • AirTran Holdings, Inc. in its $3.4 billion acquisition by Southwest Airlines Co.
  • AMC Networks in its investment in the BritBox SVOD platform with BBC and ITV (being launched in early 2017), and in its investment in RLJ Entertainment, Inc.
  • the special committee of the board of directors of American Greetings Corporation in its $878 million acquisition by members of the Weiss family and certain related parties
  • APR Energy plc in its $314 million acquisition of the temporary power generation rental business of GE
  • Augere Holdings (Netherlands) B.V. in connection with its formation and funding and in Wimax-related ventures in Pakistan, Uganda and Bangladesh
  • the financial adviser to Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $585 million acquisition of Actient Holdings LLC
  • Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA) in the $630 million definitive agreement to sell its approximately 98.92 percent interest in Panamanian bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (Panamá) S.A. to Leasing Bogotá S.A., Panamá, a subsidiary of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A, and in the $541 million sale of its Colombian pension fund administrator, BBVA Horizonte Sociedad Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones y Cesantías, S.A., to Sociedad Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones y Cesantías, Porvenir, S.A., as Purchaser, and Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A., as Guarantor
  • Barclays Bank plc in its $15.2 billion sale of Barclays Global Investors to BlackRock Inc., and in its acquisition of EquiFirst Corporation from Regions Financial Corporation
  • Bright House Networks, LLC in its three-way combination with Charter Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., to create an $80 billion cable company
  • Cúram Software Limited in its acquisition by IBM Corporation
  • CVS Caremark in its 50/50 joint venture with Cardinal Health, to form the largest generic pharmaceutical sourcing entity in the U.S.
  • CVS Health Corporation in its $12.7 billion acquisition of Omnicare, Inc.
  • Digital Sky Technologies Limited in the restructuring of its Group Limited internet joint venture with MIH and Tiger Global Private Investment Partners
  • Gildan Activewear Inc. in its acquisitions of the American Apparel brand and related assets, Comfort Colors, Gold Toe Moretz Holding Corp., Anvil Holdings, Inc. and Alstyle Apparel
  • the financial adviser to GLG Partners, Inc. in its $1.6 billion acquisition by Man Group plc
  • Global Trade Information Services, Inc. in its acquisition by IHS Global Inc.
  • Goldman Sachs Bank USA in the acquisition of GE Capital Bank’s online deposit platform and assumption of its online deposits
  • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in its sale of Metro International Trade Services to Reuben Brothers, its $550 million sale of Goldman Sachs Administration Services (GSAS) to State Street Corporation, the sale of its NYSE designated market maker business to IMC Financial Markets and its investment in Symphony, the instant messaging platform
  • Hess Corporation in its sale of its interest in Hess Energy Trading Company LLC to an affiliate of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P.
  • IMS Health Incorporated in its proposed $6 billion acquisition by VNU N.V.
  • ING Groep N.V. in the $3.1 billion sale of ING Bank of Canada to The Bank of Nova Scotia and in the $9 billion sale of its ING Direct USA online banking operation to Capital One Financial Corp.
  • the financial adviser to InterMune, Inc. in its $8.3 billion acquisition by Roche
  • J Sainsbury plc in its $2.5 billion sale of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. and the Star Market Company to Albertsons, Inc.
  • the financial advisers to Lorillard, Inc. in its $27.4 billion acquisition by Reynolds American Inc.
  • Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., owner of a minority interest in Universal Pictures and Universal Music, in connection with Vivendi Universal’s sale of Vivendi Universal Entertainment LLP to General Electric, and in Matsushita’s subsequent sale of its interest in Universal Music and other Universal entities to Vivendi
  • Medco Health Solutions, Inc. in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Accredo Health, Incorporated
  • Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. in the $10 billion combination of its investment management business with BlackRock, Inc.
  • the financial adviser to Microsoft Corporation in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Fast Search & Transfer ASA
  • the financial adviser to Nuon NV in its $10.9 billion merger with Vattenfall AB
  • The Priceline Group Inc. in its expanded commercial agreement with and $2 billion multi-stage investment in, its $2.6 billion acquisition of OpenTable, Inc. and its $1.8 billion acquisition of KAYAK Software Corporation
  • SBC Communications Inc. in its $22 billion acquisition of AT&T Corp.
  • Swift Transportation Co., Inc. in its $2.75 billion going-private acquisition by Swift’s founder and largest stockholder
  • TerraForm Global in its $1.3 billion pending acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management
  • Vodafone Group plc in its $6 billion, two-stage acquisition of a controlling interest in Japan Telecom from British Telecommunications plc and AT&T Corp., respectively
Private Equity Transactions
  • Group S.A. in connection with Alinda Capital Partners’ acquisition of a controlling stake
  • Allegheny Energy, Inc. in the $250 million sale of its West Virginia natural gas distribution business to a private investor group backed by ArcLight Capital LLC
  • ARAMARK Corporation chairman and CEO Joseph Neubauer in the $8.3 billion leveraged buyout of ARAMARK led by Mr. Neubauer and a sponsor group consisting of GS Capital Partners, CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC, J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC, Thomas H. Lee Partners L.P. and Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Eurazeo, S.A. in the buyout by partners of Lazard LLC of Eurazeo’s significant ownership interest in Lazard
  • GS Capital Partners in connection with the $1.7 billion acquisition of UICI by a consortium of private equity investors
  • the financial adviser to H.J. Heinz Company in its $28 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital
  • Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. in its $1.6 billion acquisition by Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.
  • the financial adviser to Permira Advisers LLP in the $2.1 billion acquisition of NDS Group PLC by Permira and News Corporation
  • Silver Lake Partners-led consortium in its $2.025 billion acquisition of a 65% interest in Skype Technologies from eBay Inc.
  • Tillman Global Infrastructure in connection with Tillman’s initial equity investment and senior secured term loan from a consortium consisting of Melody Capital Management and Tennenbaum Capital Partners and in its formation with TPG Growth of Apollo Towers, a mobile phone towers company that is building out key telecoms infrastructure in Myanmar