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Kevin M. Schmidt

Kevin M. Schmidt

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Kevin Schmidt is a corporate partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is Co-Head of the firm's Private Equity Group. He has worked extensively on acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, including cross-border transactions for both private equity and corporate clients. Mr. Schmidt is recognized as a leading lawyer for mergers and acquisitions in the private equity sector by Chambers USA (2013), where sources say that he is “smart, efficient and thoughtful.” He is recommended by Chambers Global (2013) for private equity buyouts and The Legal 500 US (2013) for M&A mega-deals and private equity buyouts. He is also recognized as a leading M&A lawyer by IFLR1000 (2014) and was named a 2014 M&A client service “all-star” in a nationwide in house counsel survey published by BTI Consulting.

Mr. Schmidt has spoken at a variety of seminars regarding recurring M&A issues.  He is a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report.  He is also the author of “Defining the Terms," The Deal, "Big Game Hunting,” The Deal and “Navigating Conflicts on Boards of Portfolio Companies,” The Corporate Governance Advisor.  Mr. Schmidt is a regular contributor to programs at the Practicing Law Institute.

Mr. Schmidt joined Debevoise in 1994 and became a partner in 2002.  He received his J.D. with high honors from Rutgers School of Law in 1994, where he was Order of the Coif, and his B.A. summa cum laude from Jersey City State College in 1989.

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