Blair T. Thetford focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities transactions and general corporate matters. Mr. Thetford has represented strategic and financial clients on a variety of U.S. and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, restructurings, spin-offs, initial public offerings and financings. Mr. Thetford’s practice includes significant work in the health care, real estate, technology and asset management sectors, among others. He regularly advises clients on corporate governance, securities law, shareholder activism, takeover preparedness and general corporate matters. Mr. Thetford also represents investment banks as financial advisors in M&A transactions.

Examples of Mr. Thetford’s representations include:

  • Becton, Dickinson and Company in its $24 billion acquisition of C. R. Bard, Inc.;
  • Fortress Investment Group LLC in a variety of matters, including its $3.3 billion acquisition by SoftBank Group; the sale of Logan Circle Partners to MetLife, Inc. and its prior acquisition of Logan Circle Partners from Guggenheim Capital; the sale of its majority stake in Abercrombie & Kent to Zhonghong Holdings; and its 80 percent acquisition of American General Finance from AIG;
  • HCP, Inc. in various corporate matters, including its spin-off of Quality Care Properties, Inc., a publicly traded REIT; and its $6.1 billion acquisition of the real estate assets of HCR Manor Care from The Carlyle Group;
  • Danaher Corporation in numerous M&A matters, including the $2.6 billion combination of its communications business with NetScout Systems, Inc.; and its acquisitions of Devicor Medical Products, Nobel Biocare Holding AG and Keithley Instruments, Inc.;
  • Brookdale Senior Living Inc. in a number of transactions, including its $2.8 billion merger with Emeritus Corporation; and its $1.2 billion joint venture with HCP, Inc.;
  • affiliates of MSX International, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Bain Capital;
  • Darden Restaurants, Inc. in the spin-off of Four Corners Property Trust, Inc., a publicly traded REIT;
  • New Residential Investment Corp. in its $1.4 billion acquisition of Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd.;
  • Life Time Fitness, Inc. in its $4 billion acquisition by Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital;
  • Moelis & Company in its initial public offering;
  • Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. in its $4.3 billion acquisition by Tenet Healthcare Corporation;
  • Aircastle Limited in the PIPE investment made in it by Marubeni Corporation;
  • SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd. in its $1.8 billion acquisition by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; and its initial public offering;
  • Emeritus Corporation in the sale by its joint venture with Blackstone Real Estate Partners of $1.8 billion of senior housing communities to HCP, Inc.;
  • RailAmerica, Inc. in its $2.8 billion acquisition by Genesee & Wyoming Inc.; and its initial public offering; and
  • a number of public companies in connection with activist investor matters, including Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (Sandell Asset Management), New Senior Investment Group Inc. (Levin Capital Strategies) and Newcastle Investment Corp. (BLR Partners).

Mr. Thetford is actively involved in Skadden’s knowledge management and summer associate programs. He serves on the firm’s Associates Committee and provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and asylum applicants.



  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2008 (Member, Fordham Law Review)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2001


  • New York

Blair T. Thetford

Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions