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Eileen T. Nugent

Eileen T. Nugent

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

New York, NY, USA

Eileen T. Nugent
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Mergers and Acquisitions; Co-Head, Global Transactions

Eileen T. Nugent has worked on a wide variety of acquisitions and dispositions of companies, subsidiaries and divisions, both public and private, hostile and negotiated, in the United States and around the world. A significant number of these transactions have been leveraged buyouts (LBOs). Ms. Nugent has represented the full range of transactional parties, including buyers, sellers, controlling stakeholders, boards of directors and special committees, LBO organizers and management teams, as well as investment bankers and various financing sources. She has worked on numerous recapitalizations and other “reverse LBO” transactions, such as initial public offerings, and is one of the firm’s leading practitioners in the field of M&A and restructuring of financially distressed companies. The breadth of her experience has resulted in her being increasingly regarded as a senior legal, business and strategic adviser to her clients, particularly in the areas of corporate governance and conflict-of-interest situations, including dealing with significant stockholders.

Select noteworthy recent transactions include her representation of:

  • Trane Inc. (formerly American Standard) in its $10.1 billion acquisition by Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited;
  • The special committee of the board of directors of Avaya Inc. in its $8.2 billion leveraged buyout and going-private acquisition by Silver Lake Partners and TPG Capital;
  • Cephalon, Inc. in its $6.8 billion acquisition by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited; and
  • Burger King Holdings, Inc. in its approximately $4 billion acquisition by 3G Capital Management. This transaction was recognized in the 2011 Financial Times “US Innovative Lawyers” report.

Ms. Nugent is a frequent lecturer and panelist at the Practising Law Institute, ALIABA and other M&A seminars; is the vice-chair of the annual Tulane M&A Institute; and has published articles on a wide variety of M&A-related legal topics. She has taught selected M&A classes at Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law and is an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and Cornell Law School. She is a co-author of a well-known two-volume treatise entitled Negotiated Acquisitions of Companies, Subsidiaries and Divisions.

Ms. Nugent has been recognized in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business for her work in M&A and private equity, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.


J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1978
A.B., Cornell University, 1975

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Co-author of a two-volume treatise entitled Negotiated Acquisitions of Companies, Subsidiaries and Divisions

“Join the Club,” IFLR Private Equity Lawyers, April 2005

Lectures and Panels

Vice-Chair, Annual Tulane M&A Institute

Frequent Lecturer and Panelist, Practising Law Institute, ALI-ABA and other groups

Selected M&A classes, Harvard and New York University law schools

Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia School of Law and Cornell Law School


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