Craig T. Alcorn

Craig T. Alcorn

Counsel, Corporate
Craig Alcorn advises companies on a broad range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and securities law matters.


Mr. Alcorn has represented, among others:

  • Ecolab Inc. in its reverse morris trust transaction involving its ChampionX business and Apergy Corporation, valuing Ecolab’s ChampionX business at approximately $4.4 billion;
  • Cardinal Health, Inc. in its:
    • $6 billion purchase of the patient recovery business segment of Medtronic PLC; and
    • pending $1 billion sale of its Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman;
  • Hospira, Inc. in its $17 billion acquisition by Pfizer Inc.;
  • Stryker Corporation in:
    • its $1.4 billion acquisition of K2M Holdings, Inc.; and
    • its $660 million acquisition of Entellus Medical, Inc.;
  • Longview Capital Management in connection with the consortium buyout of PetSmart, Inc. in a transaction valued at $8.7 billion;
  • Hillshire Brands Company in its proposed $6.6 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Foods Inc. and Hillshire’s response to unsolicited acquisition offers made by Tyson Foods Inc. and Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. that concluded with Tyson’s $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire;
  • Exelon Corporation in its $7.9 billion acquisition of Constellation Energy Group, Inc.;
  • Ball Corporation in:
    • its $6.1 billion acquisition of Rexam PLC and $3.1 billion simultaneous antitrust-related disposition of certain of its and Rexam’s businesses to Ardagh Group;
    • its $675 million joint venture transaction with Platinum Equity regarding Ball’s U.S. steel food and steel aerosol packaging manufacturing business; and
    • the sale of certain assets related to its plastic container business;
  • Digital River, Inc. in its $840 million acquisition by a private equity consortium led by Siris Capital Group;
  • Kinetic Concepts, Inc. in its $6.1 billion acquisition by Apax Partners; its $1.7 billion acquisition of LifeCell Corporation; and its private placement of $690 million of convertible notes to finance the LifeCell acquisition;
  • Chevron Corporation in its $4.3 billion acquisition and restructuring of Atlas Energy, Inc.;
  • Classified Ventures, LLC in its $585 million sale of its business to CoStar Group Inc.;
  • Capital Shopping Centres Group PLC (United Kingdom) in the approximately $600 million partnership transaction involving Capital and Counties U.S.A., its U.S. REIT subsidiary;
  • Black Diamond Capital Management in its:
    • acquisition of Foamex International;
    • consortium acquisition of Arclin (Canada); and
    • contested Section 363 majority acquisition of Empire Gen Holdings, LLC;
  • Hanwha Aerospace Co. in its $300 million acquisition of EDAC Technologies from a consortium led by Greenbrier Equity Group L.P.;
  • Spencer Stuart Management Consultants in its acquisition of certain leadership development, human resources consulting and human capital advisory businesses of Aon Corporation;
  • Ashtead Capital, Inc. in a series of senior secured notes offerings under Rule 144A; and
  • Credit Suisse as lead underwriter of a $425 million 144A senior secured notes offering by ACCO Brands Corporation.

Mr. Alcorn also regularly lectures on securities and M&A-related topics, including at Practising Law Institute conferences. Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Alcorn worked at Arthur Andersen LLP and Protiviti Inc. as an internal audit and risk consultant from 2000 to 2004.



  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2007 (cum laude)
  • M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, 2007
  • B.S. (Economics and Finance), Florida State University, 2000 (magna cum laude)


  • Illinois

Craig T. Alcorn