Robert B. Schumer is chair of the Corporate Department, a member of the firm's Management Committee and is co-head of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Over the past 15 years, Bob has served as the lead lawyer in the negotiation and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other entities. He regularly provides strategic counsel to corporations and their boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance, fiduciary duty, M&A and other corporate matters. Bob also has significant experience in contested matters, including numerous unsolicited offers and proxy contests. He serves as Chairman of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests.
Recently, Bob has been the lead lawyer on numerous high-profile transactions, including:
Warner Music Group in its $3.3 billion sale to Access Industries. The transaction was named 2011 "Transaction M&A Deal of the Year" by The Deal. As a result of his work on this transaction, The American Lawyer named Bob among its 2011 "Dealmakers of the Year";
RSC Holdings in its $4.2 billion sale to United Rentals;
Emdeon Business Services in its $3 billion sale to Blackstone Group;
Time Warner Cable in its multi-billion dollar spin-off from Time Warner Inc. and in its $3 billion acquisition of Insight Communications;
Agrium Inc. in its successful proxy contest with JANA Partners LLC, whereby JANA Partners sought, but ultimately failed, to split Agrium's retail and wholesale businesses and replace five members of Agrium's Board of Directors with its own nominees. All of Jana's nominees were defeated;
Elliott Management in its proxy contest with Hess Corporation, and in the ultimate settlement of that contest, in which Hess agreed to add three of Elliott's nominees to the Hess Board in addition to six new independent directors nominated or appointed by Hess following the commencement of Elliott's campaign. In total, nine new directors joined the Hess board. As part of the settlement agreement, the company also agreed to split the roles of chairman and CEO and the Hess family pledged to vote its shares in support of a stockholder proposal to declassify the board;
Oak Hill Capital Partners in the $1.1 billion sale of Duane Reade Holdings, the iconic New York-based drugstore chain, to Walgreens;
The Lightstone Group in the $2.3 billion sale in 2010 of its portfolio company, Prime Outlets Acquisition Company, to Simon Property, the largest public real estate company in the United States;
Agrium Inc. in its $4.9 billion hostile bid for CF Industries Holdings and in its $2.65 billion acquisition of UAP, creating North America's largest agriculture retailer;
Elliott Management in its $1.8 billion unsolicited offer for Novell, a leader in intelligent workload management and in Elliott's participation as an equity sponsor in Attachmate's subsequent $2.2 billion acquisition of Novell in 2011;
Western Coal in its 2010 arrangement agreement with Walter Energy, pursuant to which Walter Energy agreed to acquire Western Coal for approximately $3.2 billion; and
Universal American in connection with the $1.25 billion sale of its Medicare Part D business to CVS Caremark, making CVS one of the nation's largest providers of prescription drug services for Medicare Part D beneficiaries, and spin off of its remaining businesses to its public shareholders.
Additional high-profile transactions in which Bob has been the lead lawyer include:
Time Warner Inc. in its $17.9 billion acquisition of the cable properties of Adelphia Communications Corporation. As a result of his work on this complex transaction, The American Lawyer named him among its 2005 "Dealmakers of the Year";
the acquisition of Warner Communications by Time Inc.;
Endeavor Agency in its 2009 merger with William Morris Agency;
Farallon Capital Management in its $7.9 billion acquisition, along with Simon Property Group, of Mills Corporation, and its $1.84 billion bid for the manufactured home community business of Affordable Residential Communities;
Time Warner Inc.'s $2.8 billion acquisition of the cable television interests of the Newhouse family;
Wyndham in its $3.24 billion sale to Blackstone;
The Special Committee of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. in a merger between Winn-Dixie and BI-LO LLC in which BI-LO, a portfolio company of Lone Star Funds, will acquire Winn-Dixie in a transaction valued at approximately $560 million;
EnCana Corporation, Canada's largest oil and gas company, in its $2.7 billion successful tender offer for Tom Brown, Inc.;
Battle Mountain Gold Company in connection with its stock-for-stock acquisition by Newmont Mining Corporation;
Time Warner Inc. in its $58 billion bid for AT&T Broadband and in the $9 billion restructuring of Time Warner Entertainment, with Comcast and AT&T;
the consortium led by Edgar Bronfman, Jr. in its $15 billion bid for the entertainment assets of Vivendi S.A.;
the $725 million acquisition by Heinz of the pet food business of Quaker Oats;
the $1.3 billion hostile acquisition of Rockefeller Center Properties, Inc., by an investment group led by Goldman Sachs, Tishman Speyer and David Rockefeller;
W-Westmont's hostile acquisition of UniHost;
the $2 billion sale of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation to Premier Parks Inc.;
King World Productions, Inc.'s $2.5 billion merger with CBS;
USA Networks, Inc.'s acquisition of Styleclick.com Inc.;
Spear, Leeds & Kellogg's $7.5 billion sale to Goldman Sachs; and
the $2.7 billion merger between Telemundo and NBC.
In the joint venture area, his representations include Time Warner Inc. in the creation of Time Warner Entertainment, a $20 billion joint venture to which Time Warner contributed its Filmed Entertainment, HBO Programming and cable television assets and in which two Japanese companies, Itochu Corporation and Toshiba Corporation, invested an aggregate of $1 billion; Time Warner Inc. in connection with the $2.5 billion investment in Time Warner Entertainment by US WEST, a regional bell operating company, which was one of the first major alliances between companies in the cable and telephone industries; and Time Warner Inc. in its negotiations with Sony Corporation to form the Columbia House Record Club, a 50-50 joint venture between Sony Music Group and Warner Music Group, which is currently the largest direct marketer of music and video products.
Bob has also been involved in numerous other joint venture arrangements ranging from the formation of an international consortium that acquired the phosphate division of W.R. Grace, to the creation of Courtroom Television Network, the venture that owns the cable television channel known as "Court TV" and the $1.2 billion restructuring of the venture owning Six Flags Theme Parks.
Bob was named a "Dealmaker of the Year" (2011) by The American Lawyer for his representation of Warner Music in its $3.3 billion acquisition by Access Industries and for his representation of Time Warner Cable, Inc. in its $3 billion acquisition of cable company Insight Communications Co. He was previously named "Dealmaker of the Year" (2005) for his representation of Time Warner Inc. in its joint bid with Comcast Corporation to acquire Adelphia Communications Corporation's cable systems. He was selected as one of only 40 New York-based lawyers listed in Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers and has been recognized as one of the leading M&A lawyers in New York by the peer review organizations Legal 500 and Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. In both 2009 and 2011, Bob was selected by The Hollywood Reporter as one of its "Power Lawyers." He was featured in The American Lawyer's "Forty-Five under 45 - Forty-five young lawyers who are making their mark today and will lead the profession tomorrow" and in Crain's "40 under 40 - an annual list of New York City's young movers and shakers," both of which were published in 1995.