Brian W. Duwe

Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Brian W. Duwe

Brian W. Duwe

Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Biography

Brian W. Duwe leads Skadden’s Chicago office and concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and general corporate and securities matters.

Mr. Duwe has represented buyers, sellers and their financial advisors in a wide variety of transactions, including negotiated and contested public acquisitions, private acquisitions and divestitures, cross-border transactions, management buyouts, restructurings, spin-offs, and joint ventures and other strategic alliances. He also has counseled issuers, selling shareholders and investment banks in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities.

In addition, Mr. Duwe advises clients regarding general corporate and securities matters, including securities law compliance, corporate governance issues, disclosure issues, stock repurchase programs, shareholder agreements and proxy contests. He has counseled numerous clients regarding shareholder activism and other governance and corporate control matters.

Mr. Duwe’s clients have included, among others, Abbott Laboratories; Archer-Daniels-Midland Company; Ball Corporation; Cardinal Health, Inc.; CF Industries Holdings, Inc.; Deere and Company; Exelon Corporation; Guidant Corporation; Hartmarx Corporation; Kemper Corporation; Kraft Foods Group, Inc.; The Manitowoc Company, Inc.; Mondelez International, Inc.; Pactiv Corporation; Philip Morris International, Inc.; Sara Lee Corporation; Solo Cup Company; Steelcase, Inc.; Stryker Corporation; Suros Surgical Systems; US BioEnergy Corporation; U.S. Can Corporation; and VeraSun Energy Corporation.

Among his numerous M&A representations, Mr. Duwe advised CF Industries Holdings, Inc. in its unsolicited $4.7 billion acquisition of Terra Industries and simultaneous defense of a hostile offer by Agrium, Inc. In its inaugural issue on innovative lawyers in the United States, the Financial Times recognized the deal as the most innovative M&A transaction. Mr. Duwe also has represented financial advisors and underwriters in various securities offerings and M&A transactions.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Duwe is active in firm management, including serving on Skadden’s governing body, the Policy Committee and the Diversity Coordinating Committee.

Mr. Duwe lectures on corporate and securities law topics. He repeatedly has been selected in the Mergers & Acquisitions Law section of The Best Lawyers in America and in the Corporate/M&A section of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Mr. Duwe also was named in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

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Number of Boards

7

Number of Awards

1

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Former Vice Chairman at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Executive Officer at EQR-District Holding LLC

Education
Class of 1987

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

BA, summa cum laude
Class of 1982

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

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Associate Editor
Prior

The University of Chicago Law Review first appeared in 1933, thirty-one years after the Law School offered its first classes. Joseph Beale, the first Dean of the Law School, and William Rainey Harper, the first President of the University, had wanted to establish a law review sooner. The reasons for the delay, according to a letter of Professor James Parker Hall, included the small size of the faculty, the work accompanying the organization and early operations of the school, and, most importantly, the cost of publication. By the time 1 U Chi L Rev appeared in 1933, law reviews had already earned an influential place in American jurisprudence. The Supreme Court first cited a law review article in 1917. See Adams v Tanner, 224 US 590, 606, 613 (1917) (Brandeis dissenting), citing The American Labor Legislation Review. Student members of Volume One included Edward Levi, Stanley Kaplan, and Abraham Ribicoff. Authors of articles appearing in Volume One included William O. Douglas, Charles E. Clark, Charles O. Robory, Robert Hutchins, Joseph Beale, and E.W. Hinton. Over the next eight years, the Law Review grew in stature. Contributing authors included Bigelow, Pound, Wigmore, Kalven, and Williston. Student members included Bernard Meltzer, Harry Kalven, Albert Ehrenzweig, and Wally Blum, about whom it is said that, as Editor-in-Chief, he edited the Law Review at Jimmy's, beer in hand. Volume Ten marked the entry of the United States into World War II. A staff of just two students produced the first issue; with the fourth issue, the faculty assumed editorship. Volumes Ten through Thirteen, without much student work, averaged under 500 pages. After the war, the Law Review returned to the students. Since then the Law Review has continued to serve as a forum for the expression of ideas of leading professors, judges, and practitioners, as well as students, and as a training ground for University of Chicago Law School students. Prominent former members include Judge Abner Mikva and Provost Geoffrey Stone (both Editors-in-Chief); Judges Frank Easterbrook, Douglas Ginsburg, Danny Boggs, David Tatel, Michael McConnell, and Robert Bork; Senator Amy Klobuchar; and Professors Marvin Chirelstein, Daniel Fischel, Lawrence Friedman, Mary Ann Glendon, Randal Picker, Dale Carpenter, Ward Farnsworth, and M. Todd Henderson. The list of authors published includes Supreme Court Justices Brennan, Clark, Douglas, Frankfurter, Scalia, and Stevens; Judges Bazelon, Breitel, Frank, Friendly, Posner, Wald, Weinstein, Williams, Winter, and Wright; Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court; and Professors Ackerman, Calabresi, Dworkin, Hart, Llewellyn, Rawls, Wigmore, Williston, and Brainerd Currie, to mention only a few names from the list of illustrious scholars. The Law Review has even published an Article by J. Edgar Hoover.

Career History
Partner
2004 - Current

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provides legal advisory services. The company's practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate finance, insurance, tax, labor and employment, political law, private equity, corporate, antitrust, white collar crime, international, regulatory, and legislation. Its customers include corporate, industrial, and financial sectors. The company was founded by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in April 1948 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession will drive real progress through comprehensive outreach and original programming to replace barriers with bridges between legal, judicial, professional, educational, and governmental institutions.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

To improve & enhance educational experiences provided in Chicago's public elementary schools.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$100K - $250K
2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater operates performance theaters. It offers production of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. The company was founded by Barbara Gaines in 1986 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

$35K - $50K
2019

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded by Theodore Thomas in 1891. The ensemble makes its home at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and plays a summer season at the Ravinia Festival. The music director is Riccardo Muti, who began his tenure in 2010. The CSO is one of five American orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five".

$10K - $25K
2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater operates performance theaters. It offers production of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. The company was founded by Barbara Gaines in 1986 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Political Donations
$2,500
2013

Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

$250
2011

Former Governor of Delaware

$2,000
2011

Director at Acreage Holdings

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Cardinal Health, Inc. purchases Medtronic Plc /Medical Supplies Bus from Medtronic Plc

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The Mosaic Company purchases Cf Industries, Inc. /Phosphate Mining & Manufacturing Ops from CF Industries Holdings, Inc.

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CF Industries Holdings, Inc. purchases Canadian Fertilizers Ltd. from Viterra, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the Illinois Bar
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