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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

Brian Hamilton is a partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group and is the New York-based 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 Networks, CVS, Gildan Activewear, Goldman Sachs and The Priceline Group. 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.

Mr. Hamilton is recognized as a leading M&A adviser. 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 speaks and writes on corporate governance and M&A matters. He has participated in numerous legal panels and published several pieces for Bloomberg Law Reports on topics such as 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 School of Harlem 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 pending acquisition of Scripps Interactive
  • Special committee of the board of directors of American Greetings in its acquisition by members of the Weiss family and certain related parties
  • 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 connection with the pending proposal from Brookfield to acquire all outstanding shares in GGP not currently owned by Brookfield for $14.8 billion
  • The Goldman Sachs Group in its sale of Metro International Trade Services to Reuben Brothers
  • Hess Corporation in its sale of its interest in Hess Energy Trading Company to an affiliate of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management
  • TerraForm Global in its $1.3 billion pending acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management
Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • AMC Networks in its investment in the BritBox SVOD platform with BBC and ITV and in its investment in RLJ Entertainment
  • 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 
  • The Priceline Group in its agreement to invest $450 million in Meituan-Dianping, one of China's largest service-focused e-commerce platforms; its expanded commercial agreement with and $2 billion investment in; its $2.6 billion acquisition of OpenTable; and its $1.8 billion acquisition of KAYAK Software.
  • 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)
  • Vodafone Group in its $6 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Japan Telecom