Sonia K. Nijjar
Sonia Nijjar represents clients in a wide range of U.S. and cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, proxy contests and capital markets transactions.


Ms. Nijjar advises clients with respect to corporate governance and other general corporate matters.

Her transactions include the representation of:

  • Intel Corporation in its $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye, N.V. and its $4.2 billion spin-out of the Intel Security business;
  • Broadcom Corporation in its $37 billion sale to Avago Technologies Limited;
  • Nokia Corporation in the $7.2 billion sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft Corporation;
  • LSI Corporation in its $6.6 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies Limited (Singapore);
  • SanDisk Corporation in its $19 billion acquisition by Western Digital Corporation and its $1.1 billion acquisition of Fusion-io, Inc.;
  • Permira Funds in its pending $1.75 billion acquisition of Duff & Phelps; 
  • Hewlett-Packard Company in its acquisition of Voltage Security, Inc.;
  • XL Group plc in connection with the $570 million sale of XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd.’s wholly owned subsidiary XL Life Reinsurance Ltd to GreyCastle Holdings Ltd.;
  • the special committee of the board of directors of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. in the $438 million acquisition of Steinway by an affiliate of Kohlberg & Company, LLC;
  • Global Indemnity plc in its acquisition of American Reliable Insurance Company from Assurant, Inc.;
  • SCOR Global Life U.S. Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of SCOR SE, in its $750 million acquisition of Generali U.S. Holdings, Inc.;
  • J.P. Morgan Securities, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Global Markets as joint bookrunning managers in a $448 million offering of common stock by First Solar, Inc.;
  • Sprint Nextel Corporation in its $21.6 billion sale of a 78 percent stake to Softbank Corporation (Japan) and the related $3.1 billion 1% convertible bond issue;
  • Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd. in its acquisition of S.A.C. Re, Ltd. and its initial formation and capital raise;
  • Jackson National Life Insurance Company in its $621 million acquisition of the U.S. life reinsurance operations of Swiss Re;
  • Harbor Point Limited in its $3 billion merger of equals with Max Capital Group Ltd.;
  • The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. in its $1.2 billion merger with JP Morgan Chase & Co.; and
  • Citigroup Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Primerica Life Insurance Company in the initial public offering of Primerica Life Insurance Company.

Ms. Nijjar serves on the Palo Alto hiring and diversity committees. She was a key member of the deal teams recognized in connection with The Recorder’s 2016 and 2017 Corporate Department of the Year contests, in which Skadden’s California corporate team took top honors in a number of categories. In addition, the Daily Journal recognized Ms. Nijjar and the Skadden team with a 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year award for innovative work on behalf of Broadcom Corporation in its acquisition by Avago Technologies.



  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., Stanford University, 2004


  • California
  • New York

Sonia K. Nijjar

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate