Neil P. Stronski concentrates in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate matters.


Mr. Stronski has represented acquirers, targets and financial advisors in a number of significant U.S. and international mergers and acquisitions, including public and private transactions, negotiated and contested acquisitions, and other corporate matters. He has represented:

  • Activision Blizzard, Inc. in its share repurchase transaction with Vivendi S.A.;
  • Coty Inc. in its proposed, but terminated, unsolicited acquisition of Avon Products, Inc.;
  • Cephalon, Inc. in connection with the unsolicited proposal made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and in its subsequent merger with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.;
  • Merck KGaA in the sale of its crop bioscience business to Novozymes A/S;
  • Morgan Stanley in the sale of its interest in China International Capital Corporation;
  • ING Americas in the sale of its group reinsurance business to RGA;
  • Alcoa Inc. in its proposed, but terminated, unsolicited acquisition of Alcan Inc.;
  • Serono S.A. and the Bertarelli Family in the acquisition of Serono by Merck KGaA;
  • PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. in its merger with UnitedHealth Group Incorporated;
  • UnitedHealth Group Incorporated in its acquisition of Oxford Health Plans, Inc.;
  • The May Department Stores Co. in its merger with The Federated Department Stores;
  • AdvancePCS in its merger with CaremarkRx, Inc.;
  • Warner-Lambert Co. in its proposed, but terminated, merger of equals with American Home Products and in its acquisition by Pfizer Inc.;
  • Mobil Corporation in its merger with Exxon Corporation;
  • The Mead Corporation in its merger with Westvaco Corporation;
  • MacMillan Bloedel Limited in its acquisition by Weyerhauser Company; and
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in the sale of its Caesars World gaming business to Park Place Entertainment Corporation.

Mr. Stronski also has advised several of Skadden’s investment banking clients in financings and transactional work, and he has represented both issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings.

In 2007, The New York Times named Mr. Stronski as one of the “next generation of deal makers” under the age of 40.



  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1995 (cum laude)
  • B.A., Boston College, 1990 (cum laude)


  • New York

Neil P. Stronski

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions