Thad Hartmann is a corporate attorney who advises public and private companies on mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, corporate governance, joint ventures, spin-offs and securities offerings. He advises companies in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on sports, media, entertainment and technology. Examples of Mr. Hartmann’s representations include:

  • Twenty-First Century Fox in its:
    • pending $85 billion acquisition by the Walt Disney Company and the pre-merger spin-off of certain news, sports and broadcast businesses;
    • pending $20 billion acquisition of the stake in Sky that it does not already own; and
    • proposed, but terminated, $80 billion acquisition of Time Warner; 
  • Express Scripts in its:
    • pending $67 billion acquisition by Cigna; and
    • $3.6 billion acquisition of eviCore healthcare;
  • Bruce Sherman, as lead investor of a consortium, including Derek Jeter, in the creation of the consortium and its acquisition of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Miami Marlins, 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;
  • Yahoo! in its:
    • $4.5 billion sale of its operating business to Verizon Communications, which was included in the "Enabling Business Growth" category in the Financial Times’ 2017 "North America Innovative Lawyers" report; and
    • previously proposed spin-off of its interest in Alibaba Group Holding;
  • The PGA TOUR in the:
    • 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
    • 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;
  • The National Hockey League in its sale of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise;
  • a minority owner in the sale of his interest in a holding company owning an MLB team, its regional sports network, a Major League Soccer team and a sports/entertainment hospitality business;
  • minority owners in the sale of their interests in an MLB team, its regional sports network and its minor league affiliate;
  • TEAM8 in its joint venture with the United States Tennis Association and Tennis Australia, among others, to form the Laver Cup, a tennis competition between regional teams of top professional players from Europe and the rest of the world;
  • Nasdaq in its acquisitions of BoardVantage and Marketwired; and
  • Veritas Capital in its $2.1 billion acquisition of StandardAero.

Mr. Hartmann also has provided pro bono legal services to New York-based clients, including Operation Veronica and Sick Kids (need) Involved People of New York.



  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2010 (magna cum laude; Senior Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review)
  • Wharton School, Certificate in Business and Public Policy, 2010
  • A.B., Princeton University, 2005 (cum laude; Executive Editor for Sports, The Daily Princetonian)


  • New York

Thad Hartmann

Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions; Sports