Robert C. Schwenkel

Robert C. Schwenkel

  • Partner
  • Corporate
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8167
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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Robert C. Schwenkel is global head of the Firm's M&A and Private Equity Practices. He joined the Firm in 1982 and became a partner in 1989.

Mr. Schwenkel has a diverse transactional corporate practice concentrating in private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Representative clients include Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Permira Advisers LLP; KKR; Appaloosa Management LP; and Citadel Investment Group. He also frequently represents private equity sponsors in "club" transactions and portfolio companies of private equity investors.

He is a frequent speaker on private equity and dealmaking trends at leading industry conferences and continuing education programs. Mr. Schwenkel has spoken at Dow Jones' Annual Private Equity Analyst Conference regarding "Market and Non-Market Risks: Key Considerations for Crossborder Investments." He is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law, where he teaches a course on private equity fund formation and transactional issues. In addition, Mr. Schwenkel serves on the Board of Directors for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Schwenkel is consistently recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Private Equity: Buyouts. He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Private Equity Buyouts (Elite Lawyer) and M&A: Mega-Deals and M&A: Large-Deals (Elite Lawyer).

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New York

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University of Buffalo Law School , JD – 1982
  • magna cum laude
  • Articles editor, Law Review
Buffalo State College, MS – 1976
University of Buffalo, BA – 1974
  • cum laude
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