Thad Hartmann is a corporate attorney who advises public and private companies and private equity firms 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:
    • $85 billion acquisition by the Walt Disney Company and the pre-merger spin-off of certain news, sports and broadcast businesses. This transaction was named The American Lawyer’s 2019 Global M&A Deal of the Year;
    • $15 billion sale of its stake in Sky and its previously proposed $22 billion acquisition of the stake in Sky that it did not already own; and
    • proposed, but terminated, $80 billion acquisition of Time Warner;
  • Express Scripts in its:
    • $67 billion acquisition by Cigna; and
    • $3.6 billion acquisition of eviCore healthcare;
  • viagogo in its $4.05 billion acquisition of StubHub from eBay;
  • 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 Miami Marlins, following which Mr. Sherman became the chairman, principal owner and control person of the Marlins;
  • Yahoo! in its:
    • $4.5 billion sale of its operating business to Verizon Communications; and
    • previously proposed spin-off of its interest in Alibaba Group Holding;
  • NXP Semiconductors in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Marvell’s wireless connectivity portfolio;
  • The PGA TOUR in the creation of EZLinks Golf Holdings, a joint venture operating, a leading online tee-time reservation business; multiple acquisitions by EZLinks and related debt and equity financings, including a significant minority investment by Providence Equity Partners; and the sale of EZLinks to NBC Sports Group, a subsidiary of Comcast;
  • Hearst in the acquisition (by its subsidiary CAMP Systems International) of Inventory Locator Service from Boeing;
  • Nasdaq in the:
    • offer by its wholly owned subsidiary, Nasdaq AB, to acquire all of the issued shares of the Norwegian stock exchange, Oslo Børs VPS, for $770 million in the aggregate;
    • acquisition of Boardvantage, a leading board portal solution provider that also specializes in leadership collaboration and meeting productivity; and
    • acquisition of Marketwired, a leading global provider of news distribution services and analytics for communications professionals;
  • The National Hockey League in its sale of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise.

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

Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions; Sports