Lance J. Phillips


Lance Phillips joined Skadden’s Corporate Group in 2010. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions; controlling and noncontrolling equity transfers; corporate finance; SEC and other regulatory compliance matters; shareholder activism; and corporate governance. In connection with these matters, Mr. Phillips has represented a diverse range of clients. In the M&A context, he has been on both the buy-side and sell-side of transactions that have employed a variety of transaction structures. Mr. Phillips’ M&A representations include, among others:

  • The Middleby Corporation in various transactions, including:

    • the acquisition of AGA Rangemaster Group plc;
    • the acquisition of Lynx Grills, Inc.; and
    • the acquisition of Follett Corporation;
  • OAO Severstal in the sale of its Severstal Columbus and Severstal Dearborn steelmaking facilities to Steel Dynamics Inc. and AK Steel Corporation, respectively, for $2.3 billion;
  • Wisconsin Energy Corporation in its $5.7 billion acquisition of Integrys Energy Group, Inc.;
  • Visteon Corporation in the $3.6 billion sale of its 70 percent interest in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. to an affiliate of Hahn & Company and Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.;
  • Visteon Corporation in the restructuring of its interests in various Chinese automobile interiors and electronics joint ventures in a series of transactions valued at $1.5 billion;
  • Safety-Kleen, Inc. in its $1.25 billion sale to Clean Harbors, Inc.;
  • CME Group Inc. in its contribution of the Dow Jones family of indices to a joint venture with The McGraw-Hill Companies valued at $3 billion, to which The McGraw-Hill Companies contributed the S&P family of indices;
  • Exelon Corporation in its $7.9 billion acquisition of Constellation Energy Group, Inc.; and
  • Stryker Corporation in its $316 million acquisition of Orthovita, Inc.

Mr. Phillips also advises clients in financing transactions in the public and private capital markets. Representative matters include:

  • XPO Logistics in its $375 million registered offering of common stock in connection with its acquisition of Pacer International;
  • J. C. Penney Company, Inc. in various financing matters, including a $900 million registered offering of common stock and the registered sale of $500 million of common stock by selling stockholder, Pershing Square Capital; and
  • Northern Trust Corporation in its registered offering of $500 million of 3.45% notes due 2020.



  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2009 (cum laude; Associate Editor and Notes Editor, Michigan Law Review)
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 2006


  • Illinois


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert Holmes Bell, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Lance J. Phillips