Jeffrey A. Brill

Jeffrey A. Brill

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions
Jeffrey Brill has a diverse corporate practice, primarily concentrating on mergers and acquisitions, other commercial transactions and corporate law matters.

Bio

Mr. Brill has represented public and private clients in a variety of U.S. and international transactions, including negotiated and contested acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, auctions, carve-out transactions, strategic investments, recapitalizations, reorganizations, joint ventures and other corporate matters.

Mr. Brill has advised clients in a wide range of industries, including representations of:

  • Information Builders in its acquisition by TIBCO Software;
  • Zip Co Limited, an Australian public company, in its acquisition of QuadPay; 
  • the special committee of the board of directors of National Holdings in the company’s acquisition by B. Riley Financial, Inc.;
  • Wells Fargo & Company/Wells Fargo Bank in connection with its (i) pending carve-out sale of Wells Fargo Asset Management and related legal entities, to GTCR and Reverence Capital Partners; (ii) sale of its private student loan portfolio to a group of investors, with Firstmark, a division of Nelnet to service the portfolio; and (iii) carve-out sale of its Institutional Retirement & Trust business to Principal Financial Group;
  • Bruce Sherman, as lead investor of a consortium, including Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan, in the creation thereof and acquisition of the Miami Marlins Major League Baseball club, following which Mr. Sherman became the chairman, principal owner and control person of the Marlins. This transaction was featured in Law360’s profile of Skadden as M&A Group of the Year;
  • Nasdaq, Inc. in numerous transactions, including its (i) carve-out sales of its (a) U.S. fixed-income electronic trading business to Tradeweb Markets and (b) public relations solutions and digital media services businesses to West Corporation, an Apollo Global Management portfolio company; (ii) offer to acquire all of the shares of the publicly traded Norwegian stock exchange, Oslo Børs VPS Holding ASA, following Euronext NV’s unsolicited offer; (iii) acquisitions of (a) Boardvantage, a leading provider of board and leadership communications and solutions, via merger, (b) Marketwired, a global provider of news distribution services and analytics and (c) the eSpeed platform for electronic trading in U.S. Treasury securities from BGC Partners, an affiliate of Cantor Fitzgerald; and (iv) sale of International Derivatives Clearing Group to LCH.Clearnet Group via merger;
  • Citigroup/Citibank, N.A. in numerous commercial and strategic transactions, including in its (i) agreement with Amazon.com, Inc. to offer Citi cardholders alternative payment plans when making purchases on Amazon.com; (ii) sales of its (a) fixed-income analytics and index businesses, including The Yield Book and the World Government Bond Index, to the London Stock Exchange Group; (b) worldwide prepaid cards business to an affiliate of Wirecard AG; (c) equities market-making business of Automated Trading Desk Financial Services to Citadel Securities; (d) margin foreign exchange business to affiliates of FXCM and Saxo Bank; (e) mutual fund transfer agency business to affiliates of SunGard Data Systems; (f) wealth management services business to affiliates of Genpact Limited; (g) sale of The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Life and Annuity Company and other insurance businesses to MetLife, Inc.; and (h) sale of CitiStreet LLC to ING Group; (iii) acquisition of Automated Trading Desk, Inc.; and (iv) restructuring of the CitiFinancial consumer finance business;
  • The National Hockey League in its multiyear strategic partnership with PointsBet;
  • MSX International, an automotive outsourcing leader, in connection with its sale to Bain Capital;
  • The PGA TOUR in the (i) sale of EZLinks Golf to NBC Sports Group, a subsidiary of Comcast; (ii) prior merger of its affiliate with an affiliate of EZLinks Golf to create a joint venture, EZLinks Golf LLC, a leading online tee-time reservation business, which was featured in Law360’s profile of Skadden as Sports Group of the Year; and (iii) acquisitions by EZLinks of (a) Integrated Business Systems and (b) Distinct Software Solutions and related debt and equity financings, including a significant minority investment by Providence Equity Partners;
  • Total Merchant Services, a payment services provider, in its acquisition by North American Bancard and dividend recapitalization;
  • The Sage Group plc, a FTSE 100 technology company, in various transactions, including its acquisition of Intacct Corporation and sales of (i) Sage Software Healthcare to Vista Equity Partners; (ii) the Nonprofit Solutions business to Accel-KKR; (iii) the ACT! contact management and SalesLogix customer relationship management businesses to Swiftpage; and (iv) Sage Software’s equity interest in Swiftpage to an affiliate of Jump Capital;
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in its acquisition of Bausch & Lomb; and in its merger with Biovail Corporation, the largest publicly traded pharmaceutical company in Canada (The Globe and Mail’s Health Care Deal of the Year);
  • Hughes Telematics, a provider of voice and data connections and technology products for vehicles, in its merger with Verizon Communications;
  • XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. in its merger of equals with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.;
  • Intrawest Resort Holdings, a mountain resort and adventure company, in its corporate reorganization in connection with its initial public offering;
  • Primerica, Inc., the largest independent financial services marketing company in North America, in its restructuring and initial public offering, and in the sale of a significant equity stake to private equity funds controlled by Warburg Pincus LLC. Mr. Brill’s role on this transaction was featured in the Financial Times’ inaugural U.S. Innovative Lawyers report, which ranked Skadden as the top firm in the country for innovation in the legal sector and in the financial services category;
  • Mars, Incorporated in its acquisitions of (i) Nutro Products, Inc. from Bain Capital Partners LLC and (ii) certain assets from Menu Foods Income Fund;
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co. in various commercial and financing transactions with a third party to develop apparel in connection with the launch of a new brand;
  • UnitedHealth Group Incorporated in its acquisition of Oxford Health Plans, Inc.;
  • The Dial Corporation, a leading manufacturer of personal care and cleaning products, in its merger with Henkel KgaA;
  • The PMI Group in connection with a significant equity investment in PMI by funds affiliated with the Blackstone Group;
  • Dayco, LLC in a dividend recapitalization and its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Metavation LLC;
  • Aztar Corporation, a hospitality and gaming company, in its announced, but terminated, merger with Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., the subsequent four-way bidding contest culminating in a merger with Columbia Sussex Corporation, and in related divestitures of casino properties;
  • American Medical Security Group, Inc. in its acquisition by PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc.;
  • Citigroup Global Markets Inc., as financial advisor to The New York Stock Exchange, Inc., in connection with a series of mergers with Archipelago Holdings, Inc.;
  • ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its acquisition of the publicly held shares of Ribapharm Inc.;
  • Cendant Corporation in its acquisition of Ramada Franchise Canada Inc.;
  • Deere & Company (John Deere) in its acquisition of Richton International;
  • NRT Incorporated, the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the U.S., in several acquisitions, including acquisitions of The Sunshine Group, Ltd., The Corcoran Group and Gundaker Real Estate Co., Inc. and related real estate entities;
  • International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. in its acquisition of Bush Boake Allen Inc.;
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Algos Pharmaceuticals Corporation via merger, thereby becoming a publicly traded company;
  • the significant stockholders of The Todd-AO Corporation (now Liberty Livewire Corporation), a movie and television post-production company, in its merger with Liberty Media Corporation; and
  • Sunrise Capital Partners, L.P. in its management-led acquisition of substantially all of the assets of SubMicron Systems Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of equipment systems for the semiconductor industry, and subsequent financings of Akrion LLC.

Mr. Brill also has represented many of these clients and other public and private companies in connection with various corporate matters, financings and corporate governance.

Mr. Brill has been honored by Investment Dealers’ Digest as one of the Forty Under Forty top dealmakers in the country, one of only six attorneys to receive such recognition. He also received 40 Under 40 accolades from The M&A Advisor and has been recognized in IFLR1000. In addition, he was selected for inclusion in Chambers FinTech 2021 and The Legal 500 U.S., which also recognized him as a “highly thought of” partner. Mr. Brill has served on Law360’s M&A Editorial Advisory Board.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1998 (Managing Editor, Cornell Law Review)
  • B.A., Colgate University, 1993 (magna cum laude)

Admissions

  • New York

Associations

  • Member, Board of Directors, National Academy Foundation

Jeffrey A. Brill

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions
jeffrey.brill@skadden.com