Neil R. Markel’s practice focuses on public and private merger and acquisition transactions, corporate governance, and shareholder activism.

He also provides advice regarding the fiduciary duties of officers and directors to corporations and their boards, and he regularly represents major investment banking firms acting as financial advisors to acquirors or target companies.

Neil joined the firm in 2007 and became counsel in 2016.

Notable Experience

  • Wendy’s in connection with the pending sale of substantially all of the business of NPC International in two Section 363 bankruptcy sale transactions.

  • The special committee of the board of directors of Loral Space & Communications in the pending combination of Loral and Telesat Canada into a new Canadian public company.

  • FEMSA in its acquisition of a controlling interest in North American Corporation and WAXIE Sanitary Supply through a newly formed holding company NW Synergy Holdings, and NW Synergy Holdings in its acquisition of Southeastern Paper Group.

  • American Express in the formation of its Global Business Travel joint venture and the subsequent proposed recapitalization of American Express Global Business Travel.

  • Ecology & Environment in its acquisition by WSP Global.

  • Transform Holdco and ESL Investments in Transform Holdco’s acquisition of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores.

  • ESL Investments in its $5.2 billion acquisition of Sears.

  • Carlyle Global Partners in several investments, including the acquisition of a minority stake in The TCW Group.

  • General Mills in its $8 billion acquisition of Blue Buffalo Pet Products.

  • Keysight Technologies in its $1.6 billion acquisition of Ixia.

  • Consortium of owners, comprised of DTCC, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and State Street, in their sale of Clarient Global to Thomson Reuters.

  • Warburg Pincus in its acquisition and subsequent sale of Ascentium Capital.

  • Verizon in its acquisition of Fleetmatics.

  • Higher One in its acquisition by Blackboard.

  • Samsonite in its acquisition of Tumi.

  • Triton Container in its all-stock merger with TAL International, and Warburg Pincus and Vestar Capital Partners in their purchase of a controlling interest in Triton Container.

  • The Home Depot in its $1.6 billion acquisition of Interline Brands.

  • Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of a majority interest in Sterigenics.

  • Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings, a portfolio company of TPG, in its sale to Rite Aid Corporation for approximately $2 billion.

  • Medtronic in its $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien.

  • The board of directors and special committee of National Financial Partners in the $1.3 billion sale of NFP to affiliates of Madison Dearborn Partners.

  • Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of Consolidated Precision Products.

  • XL Capital in its redomestication from the Cayman Islands to Ireland through a Scheme of Arrangement.

See More


Setting the Record Straight: Regulation G Doesn’t Apply to M&A Forecasts,” Deal Lawyers, Volume 11, No. 6 (November 2017)

“Smoothing the Pathway to Use of Tender Offers in Private Equity Acquisitions,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, December 20, 2016