Zornitsa (Zizi) Petkova

Zornitsa (Zizi) Petkova

Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions


Zizi Petkova advises public and private companies on U.S. and cross-border corporate matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, strategic investments, joint ventures, restructurings, spin-offs, stockholder activism and corporate governance matters. Ms. Petkova has represented clients across a variety of industries, including consumer products, health care and life sciences, aerospace and technology.

Selected examples of Ms. Petkova’s representations include:

  • GX Acquisition Corp. II in its $313.5 million initial business combination with NioCorp Developments Ltd.
  • Mars, Incorporated in its:
    • acquisition of Champion Petfoods
    • reorganization to combine its chocolate and Wrigley segments to create Mars Wrigley Confectionery
  • Triumph Group Inc. in a variety of transactions, including its:
    • settlement with activist stockholder Vision One Management Partners, LP
    • sale of operations and assets relating to its Global 7500 wing manufacturing program to Bombardier
  • Kaman Corporation in a variety of transactions, including its:
    • strategic business partnership with PHI Aviation LLC
    • investment in, and strategic business partnership with, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc.
    • $330 million acquisition of Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
  • KAR Auction Services, Inc. in a variety of transactions, including its:
    • $2.2 billion sale of its ADESA US physical auction business to Carvana
    • spin-off of IAA, Inc., its salvage auction vehicle business
  • Danaher Corporation in its acquisitions of Nature Technology Corporation and Intabio, Inc.
  • VYNE Therapeutics, Inc. in its sale of its Molecule Stabilizing Technology franchise to Journey Medical Corporation
  • Osprey Technology Acquisition Corp. in its $1.1 billion initial business combination with BlackSky Holdings, Inc.
  • Perella Weinberg Partners in its $975 million business combination with FinTech Acquisition Corp. IV (sponsored by Betsy and Daniel Cohen)
  • Kelso & Company in its investment in Foundation Consumer Brands in connection with the acquisition of seven brands, including Breathe Right Nasal Strips, from GSK Consumer Healthcare
  • Norwest Equity Partners in its acquisition of Clover Imaging Group
  • Coty Inc. in its $600 million acquisition of a controlling stake in Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics business
  • Veritas Capital in its $700 million acquisition of the capital services business of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.

Ms. Petkova also has assisted pro bono clients with M&A, entrepreneurship and immigration matters, and is actively engaged in Skadden’s recruiting, training and summer associate programs.



  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2016 (magna cum laude; Senior Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review)
  • B.S., Duke University, 2013 (magna cum laude)
  • B.A., Duke University, 2013 (magna cum laude)


  • New York

Zornitsa (Zizi) Petkova

Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions