Allison R. Schneirov
Allison R. Schneirov heads the firm’s Private Equity Group. She has a diverse corporate practice with extensive experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities and general corporate matters.

Bio

Ms. Schneirov represents public and private companies, private equity firms and hedge funds, as well as investment banks and financing sources in a variety of U.S. and international transactions. She has served on the firm’s Policy Committee, its top governing body, and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, Ms. Schneirov was recognized as one of The American Lawyer’s “45 Under 45” outstanding women lawyers (January 2011). She also has been named a leading lawyer in IFLR1000 and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Ms. Schneirov has advised clients on numerous significant transactions, including representing:

  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Netherlands) in its $47 billion pending acquisition by Qualcomm Incorporated;
  • Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. and a private equity consortium including The Blackstone Group L.P., The Carlyle Group LP, Permira Funds (United Kingdom) and TPG Capital, L.P. in Freescale’s merger with NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Netherlands) for a combined enterprise value of $40 billion;
  • Permira Funds in several transactions, including the pending $2.3 billion sale of its portfolio company Atrium Innovations to Nestlé S.A.; the pending $1.9 billion sale of an 80 percent stake in its portfolio company Netafim Ltd. to Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V.; the acquisition of Lyophilization Services of New England, Inc.; the acquisition of DiversiTech Corporation from an affiliate of The Jordan Company, L.P.; the $1.5 billion sale of its portfolio company Intelligrated Inc. to Honeywell International Inc.; the $336 million acquisition of a majority stake in John Masters Organics, Inc.; the $895 million sale of its portfolio company Creganna Medical to TE Connectivity; the $765 million sale of its portfolio company PHARMAQ Holding AS to Zoetis Inc.; the $2.8 billion sale of its portfolio company Iglo Foods Holdings Ltd. to Nomad Holdings Limited; the $3.5 billion sale of its portfolio company, Arysta LifeScience Limited to Platform Specialty Products Corporation; the $1.1 billion sale of its portfolio company Renaissance Learning Inc. to Hellman & Friedman LLC; its $1.1 billion acquisition of Atrium Innovations Inc.; the $1.5 billion sale of its portfolio company Marazzi Group SpA to Mohawk Industries, Inc.; the acquisition of Intelligrated, Inc. from Gryphon Partners; the acquisition of Asia Broadcast Satellite Limited from Citigroup Venture Capital International; and the $2.3 billion sale of its portfolio company Jet Aviation Holding AG to General Dynamics Corporation;
  • Wendel SE and its portfolio company AlliedBarton Security Services LLC in AlliedBarton’s merger with WarburgPincus-backed Universal Services of America, Inc.;
  • Dell Inc. in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Quest Software, Inc.;
  • NDS Group Ltd. and its owners, Permira Funds and News Corporation, in its $5 billion sale to Cisco Systems, Inc.;
  • The Blackstone Group L.P. in the $1 billion sale of its 50 percent stake in Universal Orlando theme parks to NBCUniversal Media, LLC. The Am Law Daily selected Ms. Schneirov as a “Dealmaker of the Week” for her role in this transaction;
  • a private equity consortium led by The Blackstone Group, and including The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group, in the consortium’s $17.6 billion acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.;
  • Foundation Coal Holdings Inc. in its $2 billion stock-for-stock merger with Alpha Natural Resources Inc.;
  • Littlejohn & Co. in its acquisition of ITT Corporation’s global switches business;
  • Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, an alternative investment and asset management company, in various transactions including the sale of an approximately 9.9 percent equity stake to Dubai International Capital;
  • Russell Corporation in its $992 million acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.;
  • Graham Packaging Company, L.P., a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group, in various transactions, including its $1.2 billion acquisition of the Plastic Container Business of Owens-Illinois, Inc.;
  • United Business Media plc in the $650 million sale of its Miller Freeman trade show businesses in the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Switzerland to VNU, Inc.; and its acquisition of Roper Starch Worldwide, Inc.;
  • Rite Aid Corporation in its $1.5 billion acquisition of PCS Holding Corporation from Eli Lilly and Company;
  • Community Health Systems, Inc. in its $1.37 billion sale to Forstmann Little & Co.;
  • Stephens Group, Inc. in its acquisition of Donrey Media Group and DR Partners in its subsequent joint venture with TCA Cable Inc.; and
  • the government of Trinidad and Tobago in the privatization of BWIA Airways.

Ms. Schneirov also advises the firm’s investment banking clients in transactional and financial advisory work.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., The New York University School of Law, 1991 (cum laude)
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1988 (magna cum laude)

Admissions

  • New York

Associations

  • Past Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors, Figure Skating in Harlem
  • Member, Penn Fund Executive Board, University of Pennsylvania
  • Member, The Trustees’ Council for Penn Women, University of Pennsylvania

Allison R. Schneirov

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity
allison.schneirov@skadden.com