Kyle Hatton regularly advises public and private companies, private equity firms and financial institutions in a variety of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financial advisor engagements and shareholder activism, as well as corporate governance and policy matters. Mr. Hatton has significant experience in divestitures, business separations and spin-offs. Examples of Mr. Hatton’s representations include:

  • DuPont in its $130 billion merger of equals with The Dow Chemical Company, its business swap with FMC Corporation exchanging portions of DuPont’s crop protection business for FMC’s health and nutrition business and cash, and in successfully defending DuPont in its proxy contest with Trian Partners;
  • DowDuPont in the separation of its materials science, agriculture and specialty products businesses through the $39 billion spin-off of Dow, Inc. and $19 billion spin-off of Corteva, Inc.;
  • Twenty First Century Fox in connection with its $85 billion acquisition by the Walt Disney Company, its pre-merger $23 billion spin-off of Fox Corporation, its response to an unsolicited acquisition proposal by Comcast Corporation and its $15 billion sale of its stake in Sky plc to Comcast and previously proposed acquisitions of the publicly held portion of Sky it did not already own, as well as various international sports programming and distribution agreements;
  • News Corporation in its $950 million tender offer and purchase of Move, Inc.;
  • Mars, Inc. in its $9.1 billion acquisition of VCA, Inc. and $2.9 billion acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s pet food business and related structuring activities;
  • The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, in the separation of its lawn service business and contribution thereof to a joint venture with TruGreen, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice portfolio company, and a subsequent leveraged recapitalization;
  • SHFL entertainment in its $1.3 billion sale to Bally Technologies;
  • Bally Technologies in its $3.1 billion sale to Scientific Games Corporation;
  • VGT Corporation in its $1.3 billion sale to Aristocrat Leisure Limited;
  • the National Hockey League in agreements with team owners and third parties regarding ownership changes, financing and league rules;
  • Apax Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in a newly formed joint venture with Accenture centered on the Duck Creek global insurance software business and related bolt-on acquisitions, and in its acquisition of a controlling interest in FullBeauty Brands;
  • Kelso & Company in its acquisition of Physicians Endoscopy;
  • TPG in its acquisition of Assisted Living Concepts;
  • ANGI Homeservices Inc. in its acquisition of Handy Technologies, Inc.; and
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp in its acquisition of ValueClick, Inc.’s Owned and Operated Websites segment.

Mr. Hatton is actively involved in Skadden’s recruiting and corporate training programs. He serves on the firm’s Associate Committee and Summer Associate Committee.



  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2011 (James Kent Scholar)
  • B.S., Georgetown University, 2005 (cum laude)


  • New York

Kyle J. Hatton

Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity