Jack H. Nusbaum
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10019-6099, U.S.A.
Jack H. Nusbaum is a senior partner of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Mr. Nusbaum served as the firm’s Chairman from 1987 through 2009. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and fiduciary duties, and internal investigations. He also regularly advises boards of directors of public companies on issues of fiduciary duty and corporate governance, particularly in the context of change in control transactions.
Mr. Nusbaum’s extensive experience counseling public and private companies in acquisitions and divestitures has involved him in many of the most notable U.S. and cross-border transactions of the past two decades, including: the historic merger of NASDAQ with the American Stock Exchange, the leveraged buyout of R.J.R. Nabisco, the acquisition of McCaw Cellular Communications by AT&T, the acquisition of Magma Copper by Broken Hill Proprietary Limited, and various going-private transactions and restructurings on behalf of Donald Trump and his related entities. Other significant transactions led by Mr. Nusbaum include advising J.Crew Group, Inc. Chairman and CEO Millard Drexler as part of the buying group in the $3 billion acquisition of J.Crew, Neuberger Berman Inc. in its $2.63 billion acquisition by Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., and The Titan Corporation in its approximately $2.65 billion acquisition by L-3 Communications.
Mr. Nusbaum also worked on the following representative transactions: Chancellor Media’s acquisition of Vanstar Corporation, Evercore Capital Partners acquisition of American Media Inc, Credit Suisse Group’s acquisition of Warburg Pincus Asset Management, SBS Broadcasting’s acquisition of Central European Media Enterprises, and Warburg Pincus Ventures, LP’s acquisition of Knoll, Inc.
Mr. Nusbaum headed the team responsible for the 1998 Cendant Report, the internal investigation of Cendant Corporation on behalf of its Audit Committee, which The New York Times called a definitive case study for accountants in the area of accounting irregularities and fraud.
Mr. Nusbaum is ranked "Senior Statesman" among leading individuals practicing Corporate/M&A Law by Chambers USA (2013) and Chambers Global (2013).
Selected Professional and Business Activities
Mr. Nusbaum is a director of publicly held W.R. Berkley Corporation. He also serves as a trustee of Prep for Prep and as President of The Joseph Collins Foundation. Additionally, Mr. Nusbaum is a member of the Legal Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange and a member of the Board of Advisors of the New York University Center for Law & Business.
Mr. Nusbaum is a member of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Nusbaum has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on various issues, including accounting irregularities, the Cendant investigation, poison pills and other defensive mechanisms, managing board crises, change in control transactions, and the fiduciary duties of officers and directors of public companies.
1965, Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
1962, The University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, B.S.
New York, 1965