Bio

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 $66 billion pending acquisition by the Walt Disney Company and the pre-merger spin-off of certain news, sports and broadcast businesses;
  • Bruce Sherman, as lead investor of a consortium, including Derek Jeter, 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;
  • Express Scripts in its pending $67 billion acquisition by Cigna;
  • Yahoo! in its (i) $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 (ii) previously proposed spin-off of its interest in Alibaba Group Holding;
  • The PGA TOUR in the (i) 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 (ii) 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;
  • Minority investors in the sale of their interests in a Major League Baseball 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 team tennis competition between regional teams of top professional players from Europe and the rest of the world;
  • Express Scripts in its $3.6 billion acquisition of eviCore healthcare, the industry leader in evidence-based medical benefit management services;
  • Nasdaq in its acquisitions of Boardvantage, a leading board portal solution provider which also specializes in leadership collaboration and meeting productivity, and Marketwired, a leading global provider of news distribution services and analytics for communications professionals;
  • Twenty-First Century Fox in its proposed, but terminated, $80 billion acquisition of Time Warner;
  • Veritas Capital in its $2.1 billion acquisition of StandardAero, which provides aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services for aviation, military and industrial power customers;
  • Life Time Fitness, operator of approximately 115 fitness centers in North America, in its $4.2 billion acquisition by Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital; and
  • CurtCo Robb Media, publisher of Robb Report, in its acquisition by Rockbridge Growth Equity Partners.

Mr. Hartmann also has provided pro bono legal services to New York-based clients, including Operation Veronica, a not-for-profit supporting U.S. military troops abroad, in connection with its incorporation and tax exemption;, and Sick Kids (need) Involved People of New York, Inc. in creating a structure and agreements for fundraising through the sale of branded jewelry.

Credentials

Education

  • 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)

Admissions

  • New York

Thad Hartmann

Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions; Sports
thaddeus.hartmann@skadden.com