Rodd M. Schreiber
Rodd M. Schreiber leads Skadden’s corporate practice in Chicago. He has been named one of the leading lawyers practicing in the U.S. and has been recognized internationally and in the U.S. as a leading lawyer in M&A, corporate governance and capital markets transactions.

Bio

Mr. Schreiber repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1), The Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers.

In 2015, Mr. Schreiber was named a "Dealmaker of the Year" by The American Lawyer and received "standout" recognition in the Financial Times 2015 U.S./North American "Innovative Lawyers" report.

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;
    • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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 Cars.com to Gannett Co. and $585 million sale of Apartments.com 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 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.

Credentials

Education

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

Admissions

  • Illinois

Rodd M. Schreiber

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Finance
rodd.schreiber@skadden.com