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Erik Belenky focuses on mergers and acquisitions, where he represents public and private companies, as well as private equity firms, in the full range of M&A activity, including significant acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and other strategic transactions. Erik also has substantial experience counseling boards of directors and C-Suite executives in corporate governance.

Erik has advised numerous leading public and private companies on substantial M&A matters, such as Newell Brands, General Electric Company, Baker Hughes Company, Georgia-Pacific, RELX Group (formerly, Reed Elsevier), The Home Depot and United Parcel Service. Recent representative transactions include acting for Newell Brands in its acquisition of Jarden Corporation; General Electric Company in the sale of its Small Industrial Motors business to Wolong Electric Group; Baker Hughes Company in the sale of its global Natural Gas Solutions business to First Reserve; and RELX Group in the acquisition of real time global flight data provider, FlightStats.

For the last 11 consecutive years, Chambers and Partners has listed Erik as a top M&A attorney in Chambers USA. He is also listed in M&A by The Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers in America.

Erik was formerly a member of the board of trustees of The Schenck School (an independent school in Atlanta, GA for children with dyslexia).

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Credentials

J.D., Duke University School of Law

B.A., Colby College

Hansard Scholar Academic Program, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Georgia

Leader in M&A


Chambers USA

M&A


Legal 500 US

M&A; Corporate Law


Best Lawyers in Americas

Most Innovative Deal of the Year — The Deal Awards Middle Market


The Deal, 2018

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Recognition

Leader in M&A


Chambers USA

M&A


Legal 500 US

M&A; Corporate Law


Best Lawyers in Americas

Most Innovative Deal of the Year — The Deal Awards Middle Market


The Deal, 2018

News

In the News · Source: The Deal, Bloomberg Big Law Business, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times and Law360

October 2, 2019
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Matters

Advised Newell Brands Inc. in numerous transactions, including:

Its acquisition of Jarden Corporation in a cash and stock transaction valued at $60 per share, or approximately $16 billion in equity value;

The sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash;

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Advised Newell Brands Inc. in numerous transactions, including:

Its acquisition of Jarden Corporation in a cash and stock transaction valued at $60 per share, or approximately $16 billion in equity value;

The sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash;

Its sale of The Waddington Group to Novolex Holdings, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, for approximately $2.3 billion in cash;

The $1.95 billion sale of its Tools business, including the Irwin®, Lenox®, and Hilmor® brands, to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.;

The pending sale of The United States Playing Card Company ("USPC") to Cartamundi Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of playing cards and board games;

The sale of its Process Solutions business to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 million in cash;

The $395 million sale of Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. to Seidler Equity Partners and Major League Baseball;

The sale of its Winter Sports businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg & Company for $240 million, subject to adjustment;

The sale of its Pine Mountain® fire starters and fire logs business, and Diamond® matches, fire starters, lighters, toothpicks, and laundry business, to Royal Oak Enterprises, a leading manufacturer of charcoal and grilling products; and

Its entry into a settlement agreement with Starboard Value LP that ended Newell’s ongoing proxy contest with Starboard.

Represented Baker Hughes Company in multiple transactions, including:

The sale of its global Natural Gas Solutions (NGS) business to two separate buyers, First Reserve and Pietro Fiorentini;

The sale of its A-C Compressor service and repair business to Rotating Machinery Services, Inc.; and

The sale of its Rotoflow™ turboexpander business to Air Products (NYSE: APD).

Advised RELX plc and its affiliates in numerous transactions, including:

The acquisition by Proagrica, a division of RELX, in its acquisition of SST Software, a precision agriculture information solutions company;

The acquisition by FlightGlobal, the aviation arm of Reed Business Information (a division of RELX) in its acquisitions of FlightStats and Diio LLC;

The sale by Reed Business Information (a division of RELX) in the sale of a 51 percent stake in Reed Construction Data (RCD) to Warburg Pincus, and the sale of 100 percent of RSMeans to The Gordian Group, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company;

Represented General Electric Company in a variety of transactions, including:

The sale of the small industrial motors business of its Power Conversion division to Wolong Electric Group Co., Ltd.;

The sale of its Commercial Distribution Finance, Vendor Finance, and Corporate Finance platforms to Wells Fargo & Co.;

The sale of its Industrial Air & Gas Technologies business to Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX);

The acquisition of the Salof group of companies, designers of mini LNG and CO2 technologies and facilities.

Advised Georgia-Pacific in its acquisition of the Temple-Inland Building Products business from International Paper Company for $750 million; its acquisition of Excel Displays & Packaging and affiliated entities; and the sale of its JV interest in Vania and Polive to Johnson & Johnson.

Represented The Home Depot in multiple roll-up acquisitions.

Advised Gemino Healthcare Finance and its investors (including EDG Partners and D. E. Shaw) in the company's sale to Solar Senior Capital Ltd. Gemino is a nationwide provider of asset based and term loans to small and mid-size healthcare service providers.

Represented ARINC Incorporated and its shareholders, American Airlines, Inc., Continental Airlines, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., Northwest Airlines, Inc., United Air Lines, Inc., and US Airways, Inc., in the sale of the company to The Carlyle Group.

News

In the News · Source: The Deal, Bloomberg Big Law Business, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times and Law360

October 2, 2019
Additional coverage of M&A partner Erik Belenky joining the firm

View all

Matters

Advised Newell Brands Inc. in numerous transactions, including:

Its acquisition of Jarden Corporation in a cash and stock transaction valued at $60 per share, or approximately $16 billion in equity value;

The sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash;

See more
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Matters

Advised Newell Brands Inc. in numerous transactions, including:

Its acquisition of Jarden Corporation in a cash and stock transaction valued at $60 per share, or approximately $16 billion in equity value;

The sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash;

Its sale of The Waddington Group to Novolex Holdings, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, for approximately $2.3 billion in cash;

The $1.95 billion sale of its Tools business, including the Irwin®, Lenox®, and Hilmor® brands, to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.;

The pending sale of The United States Playing Card Company ("USPC") to Cartamundi Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of playing cards and board games;

The sale of its Process Solutions business to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 million in cash;

The $395 million sale of Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. to Seidler Equity Partners and Major League Baseball;

The sale of its Winter Sports businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg & Company for $240 million, subject to adjustment;

The sale of its Pine Mountain® fire starters and fire logs business, and Diamond® matches, fire starters, lighters, toothpicks, and laundry business, to Royal Oak Enterprises, a leading manufacturer of charcoal and grilling products; and

Its entry into a settlement agreement with Starboard Value LP that ended Newell’s ongoing proxy contest with Starboard.

Represented Baker Hughes Company in multiple transactions, including:

The sale of its global Natural Gas Solutions (NGS) business to two separate buyers, First Reserve and Pietro Fiorentini;

The sale of its A-C Compressor service and repair business to Rotating Machinery Services, Inc.; and

The sale of its Rotoflow™ turboexpander business to Air Products (NYSE: APD).

Advised RELX plc and its affiliates in numerous transactions, including:

The acquisition by Proagrica, a division of RELX, in its acquisition of SST Software, a precision agriculture information solutions company;

The acquisition by FlightGlobal, the aviation arm of Reed Business Information (a division of RELX) in its acquisitions of FlightStats and Diio LLC;

The sale by Reed Business Information (a division of RELX) in the sale of a 51 percent stake in Reed Construction Data (RCD) to Warburg Pincus, and the sale of 100 percent of RSMeans to The Gordian Group, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company;

Represented General Electric Company in a variety of transactions, including:

The sale of the small industrial motors business of its Power Conversion division to Wolong Electric Group Co., Ltd.;

The sale of its Commercial Distribution Finance, Vendor Finance, and Corporate Finance platforms to Wells Fargo & Co.;

The sale of its Industrial Air & Gas Technologies business to Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX);

The acquisition of the Salof group of companies, designers of mini LNG and CO2 technologies and facilities.

Advised Georgia-Pacific in its acquisition of the Temple-Inland Building Products business from International Paper Company for $750 million; its acquisition of Excel Displays & Packaging and affiliated entities; and the sale of its JV interest in Vania and Polive to Johnson & Johnson.

Represented The Home Depot in multiple roll-up acquisitions.

Advised Gemino Healthcare Finance and its investors (including EDG Partners and D. E. Shaw) in the company's sale to Solar Senior Capital Ltd. Gemino is a nationwide provider of asset based and term loans to small and mid-size healthcare service providers.

Represented ARINC Incorporated and its shareholders, American Airlines, Inc., Continental Airlines, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., Northwest Airlines, Inc., United Air Lines, Inc., and US Airways, Inc., in the sale of the company to The Carlyle Group.

News

In the News · Source: The Deal, Bloomberg Big Law Business, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times and Law360

October 2, 2019
Additional coverage of M&A partner Erik Belenky joining the firm

View all

Credentials

J.D., Duke University School of Law

B.A., Colby College

Hansard Scholar Academic Program, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Georgia

Leader in M&A


Chambers USA

M&A


Legal 500 US

M&A; Corporate Law


Best Lawyers in Americas

Most Innovative Deal of the Year — The Deal Awards Middle Market


The Deal, 2018

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Close

Recognition

Leader in M&A


Chambers USA

M&A


Legal 500 US

M&A; Corporate Law


Best Lawyers in Americas

Most Innovative Deal of the Year — The Deal Awards Middle Market


The Deal, 2018