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Benjamin Schaye

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

New York, NY, USA

Ben Schaye is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department, where his practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, proxy contests and hostile takeover defenses, spin-offs and strategic alliances and joint ventures. He also advises boards on corporate governance matters, fiduciary duties and shareholder activism.

Selected transactions on which Ben has worked include:
  • Representation of The Blackstone Group in the spin-off of its financial and strategic advisory services, restructuring and reorganization of advisory services, and its Park Hill fund placement businesses and the combination of those businesses with PJT Partners, an independent financial advisory firm founded by Paul J. Taubman.
  • Representation of SunGard in its $9.1 billion sale to Fidelity National Information Services Inc., the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology solutions and a global leader in consulting and outsourcing solutions.
  • Representation of PPL Corporation in the spin-off of Talen Energy and the merger of Talen with affiliated entities of Riverstone Holdings.
  • Representation of The Blackstone Group in its $5.4 billion acquisition of Gates Corporation, its $225 million acquisition of Accuvant, Inc. and its participation in a $575 million equity investment in JDA Software Group, Inc.
  • Representation of Silver Lake Partners in the sale of IPC Corp. to Centerbridge Partners.
  • Representation of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. in its $6.2 billion sale to Albemarle Corporation.
  • Representation of KKR & Co. in its $1 billion acquisition of National Vision, Inc.
Selected transactions on which Ben has worked prior to Simpson Thacher include:
  • Representation of AmerisourceBergen Corporation in its strategic relationship with Walgreens and Alliance Boots
  • Representation of IBM in its $440 million acquisition of DemandTec, Inc., its $1.7 billion acquisition of Netezza Corporation and its $480 million of Unica Corporation.
  • Representation of Johnson & Johnson in the sale of its animal health unit to Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Representation of Pentair Corporation in its approximately $10 billion “Reverse Morris Trust” transaction with Tyco International Ltd.’s flow control business.
  • Representation of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. in its acquisition of Lista International’s  North American business.
  • Representation of Casey’s General Stores, Inc. in its successful defense against Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s hostile takeover attempt.
Ben received his A.B. from Princeton University in 2002 and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2007. He is admitted to practice in New York.

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