Thomas H. Kennedy concentrates on mergers, acquisitions and other transactions, with an emphasis on the telecommunications, media and technology industries, in which he has been heavily involved for several decades. Mr. Kennedy serves as global head of Knowledge Strategy for the firm, leading Skadden’s thought leadership, knowledge management and client communications programs across practices and offices.


In recent years, Mr. Kennedy has been involved in the following transactions, among others:

  • Tumi Holdings, Inc. in its sale to Samsonite International S.A. (2016);
  • Regulatory Data Corp, Inc. in its sale to Vista Equity Partners (2016);
  • Gyrodyne Company of America, an owner of commercial properties, in a series of transactions designed to maximize shareholder value (2012-15); and
  • Sprint Nextel Corporation in its acquisition of the remaining 50 percent stake in Clearwire Corporation that it does not already own (2012); and in its sale of a 78 percent stake to SoftBank Corporation (Japan). At the time, the SoftBank transaction was the largest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese company (named as the Global M&A Deal of the Year: Grand Prize by The American Lawyer) (2012). Both transactions were recognized in the Corporate & Commercial category in the Financial Times’ 2013 U.S. “Innovative Lawyers” report.

Mr. Kennedy has practiced in the merger and acquisition arena since 1981 and has significant experience in hostile transactions, leveraged buyouts, bankruptcy and reorganization matters, special committees, proxy fights and other corporate governance matters. He repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Mr. Kennedy is a co-chair of Skadden’s Opinion Committee and has been actively involved in other firm leadership roles. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the New York City Bar Association, where he has been a member of the Committee on Securities Regulation. He is a past chairman of the board of directors of Lawyers Alliance for New York, a provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations, and is currently a member of its board of advisors. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the Georgetown University Law Center Board of Visitors, and is a past national chairman of its Annual Fund.

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  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1981
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1978


  • New York

Thomas H. Kennedy

Global Head of Knowledge Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions