Rodd M. Schreiber

Rodd M. Schreiber

Retired Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets
Rodd M. Schreiber is widely recognized as one of the leading corporate and mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the United States. He has been named as a leading lawyer in M&A, corporate governance and capital markets transactions in numerous publications. Mr. Schreiber was a corporate partner for 23 years and served as the head of Skadden’s Chicago corporate practice.


Mr. Schreiber has represented corporate clients and financial advisors on a wide variety of U.S. and international transactions, including public and private acquisitions and divestitures, negotiated and contested takeovers, proxy fights, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. He regularly represents issuers and investment banks in a broad range of public and private financings. Mr. Schreiber also provides continuing counseling to a number of corporate clients regarding general corporate and securities matters, including governance, securities law compliance and disclosure issues.

Mr. Schreiber has advised clients on numerous high-profile transactions, including:

  • CME Group Inc. in:
    • its $11.5 billion acquisition of NYMEX Holdings Inc., the parent company of the New York Mercantile Exchange;
    • its $10.6 billion contested acquisition of CBOT Holdings, Inc., the parent company of The Chicago Board of Trade;
    • its $5.5 billion acquisition of NEX Group plc;
    • the formation of the S&P/Dow Jones indices joint venture in a transaction valued in excess of $3 billion;
    • its $1 billion investment in Bolsa de Mercadorias & Futuros, the Brazilian futures exchange; and
    • its $820 million acquisition of GFI Group, related $165 million sale of GFI’s interdealer broker business to a group formed by management of GFI, and response to interloper bids;
  • Sara Lee in connection with the spin-off and redomestication of its international coffee and tea business in a transaction valued in excess of $13 billion;
  • Wisconsin Energy Corp. in its $9.1 billion acquisition of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. The combined company is named WEC Energy Group, Inc.;
  • Hillshire Brands Company in its:
    • proposed $6.6 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Foods Inc.;
    • response to unsolicited offers for Hillshire by Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and Tyson Foods, Inc.; and
    • sale of Hillshire to Tyson Foods, Inc. for $8.9 billion;
  • First Solar, Inc. in connection with the sale of 8point3 Energy Partners LP to CD Clean Energy and Infrastructure V JV, LLC, an investment fund managed by Capital Dynamics, Inc., for $1.7 billion (enterprise value);
  • Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. in its acquisitions of:
    • Celenex, Inc. in a transaction valued at up to $452 million, including milestones; and
    • Scioderm, LLC in a transaction valued at up to $586 million, including milestones;
  • Longview Asset Management in connection with the consortium buyout of PetSmart, Inc. in a transaction valued at $8.7 billion;
  • Diversey Holdings, Inc. in its $4.3 billion acquisition by Sealed Air Corporation;
  • Longview Fibre Company, a timber REIT, in its defense against a $1.8 billion hostile takeover bid, proxy fight, review of strategic alternatives and sale to Brookfield Asset Management, in a transaction valued at $2.2 billion;
  • the independent members of the board of directors of Inland American Real Estate Trust in the $2.3 billion sale of a portfolio of net lease assets to AR Capital;
  • Classified Ventures, LLC in its $2.5 billion sale of to Gannett Co. and $585 million sale of to CoStar Group Inc.;
  • Menasha Forest Products Corporation, a timber REIT, in its sale to the The Campbell Group for $500 million; and
  • Sekisui Chemical Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Genzyme Diagnostics from Genzyme Corporation.

In the corporate finance area, Mr. Schreiber represents U.S. and international issuers and the world’s leading financial firms in a broad range of financings, including initial and secondary public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, for companies in the financial services, REIT, health care, life sciences and technology industries.

Mr. Schreiber has been active in firm management, including serving as the Chicago corporate practice leader as well as on Skadden’s governing body, the Policy Committee and the Client Development Committee.

Mr. Schreiber has served on the faculty of the Corporate and Securities Law Institute of Northwestern University School of Law and speaks frequently on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He served as an invited participant in the Future of Finance Initiative organized by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Schreiber is a member of the board of directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium and the Chicago Public Library Foundation.




  • J.D., University of Michigan (cum lau­de)
  • B.A., University of Michigan (with distinction)

Rodd M. Schreiber

Retired Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets