Eric L. Cochran is a corporate attorney, concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate law.

Bio

Mr. Cochran has handled many significant, high-profile matters on behalf of clients, including:

  • iHeartMedia in its adoption of a stockholder rights plan;
  • Kaman Corporation in its purchase of Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.;
  • the independent directors of Corporate Capital Trust in its merger with FS Investment Corporation;
  • SIGNA Holdings in its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Chrysler Building;
  • Bucherer A.G. in its acquisition of Tourneau, LLC;
  • Armstrong World Industries in the spin-off of Armstrong Flooring and in the sale of its international business to Knauf International GmbH;
  • Pittsburgh Corning and Pittsburgh Corning Europe in its sale to Owens Corning;
  • Cobham plc in the $1.5 billion acquisition of Aeroflex, a provider of high-performance microelectronic components and testing and measurement equipment;
  • the disinterested directors of Chrysler Group LLC in connection with the acquisition by Fiat North America LLC of the minority interests owned by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust;
  • Mylan, Inc. in its acquisition of Agila Specialties Private Limited (India) from Strides Arcolab Limited (India);
  • the unsecured creditors’ committee of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines Inc., in AMR’s $11 billion merger with US Airways Group, Inc., as part of AMR’s Chapter 11 reorganization;
  • Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. in its unsolicited offer for Vulcan Materials Company;
  • L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. in the sale of its intelligence services business to BAE Systems, Inc., and in the sale of the balance of L-1 to Safran SA; and
  • Delphi Corporation in its comprehensive restructuring, including in negotiations with various plan investors and with General Motors Corporation.

Mr. Cochran has been listed in numerous editions of Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading lawyer for business. In addition, he has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Cochran also is actively involved in the firm’s management and administration, including the administration of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and the firm’s efforts to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1986
  • M.S., New York University, 1984
  • B.A., Williams College, 1982

Admissions

  • New York

Associations

  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Clark Art Institute
  • Member, Board of Directors, Horizons National Summer Student Enrichment Program
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Research Foundation for the State University of New York

Eric L. Cochran

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions
eric.cochran@skadden.com