Christopher M. Barlow

Bio

Christopher M. Barlow is a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities and general corporate law matters. He regularly advises public and private companies in a variety of corporate matters including strategic acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, financings, leveraged buyouts, shareholder activism and takeover preparedness. Examples of Mr. Barlow’s representations include:

  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Netherlands) in its $47 billion pending acquisition by Qualcomm Incorporated;
  • Wenner Media LLC in its sale of a 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone Magazine to BandLab Technologies Ltd.;
  • Kelso & Co. in its acquisition of Physicians Endoscopy, LLC in a recapitalization transaction with management from Pamlico Capital;
  • Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd. as lead member of an investor group in its proposed, unsolicited $14 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. which, if completed, would have been the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese buyer;
  • Pinnacle Entertainment in connection with the unsolicited offer by Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc. and subsequent merger with GLPI following a spin-off of Pinnacle’s operating business;
  • Frontier Communications Corporation in its $10.5 billion acquisition of the wireline businesses of Verizon in California, Texas and Florida;
  • Integrated Whale Media Investments, a Hong Kong-based investor group, in its acquisition of a majority stake in Forbes Media LLC;
  • Cobham plc in its $1.46 billion acquisition of Aeroflex Holding Corp.;
  • Spotify in its acquisition of The Echo Nest;
  • BlackBerry Ltd. in its exploration of strategic alternatives, culminating in a $1 billion private placement of convertible debentures;
  • Gardner Denver, Inc. in its $3.9 billion acquisition by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.;
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. in multiple transactions and corporate matters, including its $8.7 billion acquisition of Bausch + Lomb Holdings Incorporated from Warburg Pincus LLC and its acquisition of OraPharma Inc. from Water Street Healthcare Partners;
  • Dean Foods Company in its $1.45 billion sale of its Morningstar Foods division to Saputo Inc.;
  • Transocean Limited in its proxy contest with Carl Icahn;
  • EverBank Financial Corp. in its 2012 initial public offering;
  • IAC’s Match.com in its minority investment in Zhenai Inc.;
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. as financial advisor to Emergency Medical Services Corporation in its $3.2 billion sale to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC; and
  • Swift Transportation Co. in its 2010 initial public offering.

Mr. Barlow also serves on the firm’s associates committee and has provided pro bono legal services to New York-based clients, including a nonprofit organization.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2009 (cum laude; Review of Banking and Financial Law)
  • M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo, 2005
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, 2003 (magna cum laude)

Admissions

  • New York

Christopher M. Barlow

Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions
christopher.barlow@skadden.com