Eric M. Feinstein


Eric M. Feinstein

Eric M. Feinstein is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Eric’s practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, spin-offs, securities law matters, hostile takeover defense, shareholder activism and general corporate governance matters. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across multiple industries, including banking, financial services, technology, media, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, industrials, energy, real estate and sports. 

Eric received a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University in 2007, where he graduated with honors and received the John Addison Porter Prize in American History.

In 2014, he completed a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.  He also received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Finance and was a Palmer Scholar.

Eric has been named to the Lawdragon 500 X – the Next Generation list as one of the next generation of legal leaders in America.

Eric serves on the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law & Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected technology, media, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, industrials, energy, real estate and sports representations include:

  • David Rubenstein in his acquisition of the Baltimore Orioles
  • FIS in its $18.5 billion carve-out divestiture of a majority interest in its Worldpay merchant solutions business
  • Amgen in its $4 billion acquisition of ChemoCentryx
  • Perrigo Company plc in multiple transactions, including its:
    • €275 million carve-out divestiture of its HRA Pharma Rare Diseases business
    • Divestiture of its scar-treatment business
    • $2.1 billion acquisition of HRA Pharma from Astorg and Goldman Sachs Asset Management
    • $1.6 billion carve-out divestiture of its generic Rx pharmaceutical business
    • $2.8 billion sale of its rights in the royalty stream of Tysabri®
    • Successful defense against a $26 billion hostile takeover offer by Mylan N.V.
    • Governance agreement with Starboard
  • Adobe in its $1.3 billion acquisition of
  • Broadcom in multiple transactions, including its:
    • $130 billion proposal to acquire Qualcomm
    • $18.9 billion all-cash acquisition of CA Technologies
    • $950 million sale of Veracode to Thoma Bravo
  • United Technologies in its separation into three independent public companies and the spin-offs of Otis Worldwide Corp. and Carrier Global Corporation
  • AECOM in multiple transactions, including its:
    • $2.4 billion carve-out sale of its Management Services business to American Securities and Lindsay Goldberg
    • Carve-out sale of its oil & gas maintenance business to Graham Construction
    • Governance agreement with Starboard
  • Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore in their acquisition of an ownership interest in the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Quality Care Properties in its $3.9 billion acquisition by Welltower, including its related agreement with ProMedica Health System to acquire HCR ManorCare through a bankruptcy reorganization
  • Derek Jeter and an investor group led by him in the acquisition of the Miami Marlins
  • CIT Group in multiple transactions, including its:
    • $10 billion carve-out sale of its aircraft leasing business to Avolon Holdings Limited
    • Sale of its aircraft leasing joint ventures to Tokyo Century
  • TEGNA in multiple transactions, including its:
    • Spin-off of
    • Sale of CareerBuilder to Apollo Global Management and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board
  • Periphas Capital in its convertible preferred equity investment in KAR Auction Services
  • Motorola Solutions in multiple transactions, including its strategic partnership with Silver Lake and related securities transactions
  • CNX Resources in the spin-off of its coal business
  • Annaly Capital Management in its $1.5 billion acquisition of Hatteras Financial
  • Ventas in its spin-off of its skilled nursing REIT, Care Capital Properties
  • Gannett in its governance agreement with Carl Icahn and the spin-off of its publishing business

Selected bank and financial services representations include:

  • Goldman Sachs in its sale of GreenSky and related loan assets to a consortium led by Sixth Street
  • Royal Bank of Canada in its $CAD 13.5 billion acquisition of HSBC Bank Canada
  • SoFi Technologies in multiple transactions, including its:
    • $8.6 billion merger with Social Capital Hedosophia V
    • $1.1 billion acquisition of Technisys S.A.
    • Acquisition of Wyndham Capital Mortgage
    • $1.2 billion and $860 million convertible notes issuances, $600 million common equity for convertible notes exchange and other securities transactions
  • Umpqua Holdings in its $8.2 billion all-stock combination with Columbia Banking System
  • Valley National Bancorp in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Bank Leumi USA
  • Boston Private Financial Holdings in its $900 million acquisition by SVB Financial and successful defense against a proxy contest by activist investor HoldCo Asset Management
  • BB&T Corporation in its $66 billion merger of equals with SunTrust
  • Ford Financial Fund and its portfolio company Mechanics Bank in multiple transactions, including the following acquisitions and related rights offerings:
    • $2.1 billion carve-out acquisition of Rabobank
    • Acquisition of Learner Financial Corporation and Scott Valley Bank
    • Acquisition of California Republic Bancorp
  • Banner Corporation in its acquisition of Skagit Bancorp
  • Hampton Roads Bankshares in its acquisition of Xenith Bankshares