Eric advises corporations on a broad array of transactions, including business combinations, acquisitions and divestitures, spin-offs and split-offs, and capital raises.  He also advises generally on matters of corporate governance. 

A major focus of his practice is representing public companies in M&A transactions as well as special committees of independent directors in considering transactions involving potential conflicts of interest.  With nearly two decades of experience, Eric has led the Morris Nichols team on some of the firm’s largest and most complex special committee representations, including several involving controlling stockholder take-private transactions.

Eric also has particular experience with transactions structured as tender offers followed by “medium-form” mergers.  He served as a lead drafter of legislation that ultimately became Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL), that facilitated and led to an increase in the use of such transactions.  Following adoption of that legislation, Eric served as the co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Business Law Mergers and Acquisitions Committee Task Force on Two-Step Transactions. In that role, he co-edited the ABA’s Model Tender Offer Agreement treatise published in 2020.  Eric also served as a lead drafter of Section 267 of the DGCL, that allows non-corporate entities to be the acquiring entities in “short-form” mergers.

Eric devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting in M&A litigation, and has been involved in a number of precedent-setting M&A and other corporate cases decided by the Delaware courts over the past twenty years, particularly those involving deal certainty.  Eric often applies the knowledge gained in this aspect of his practice to the advice he provides to clients in the transactional context.

In addition, Eric provides opinions on matters of Delaware law, including closing opinions and in the capacity as an expert witness in non-Delaware forums, including those of Singapore, Australia, and Ireland.

A former clerk to Chancellor Chandler and Vice Chancellor Noble on the Delaware Court of Chancery, Eric has been actively involved in the national corporate legal community, the local Delaware legal community, as well as in firm governance. At the national level, he is the former chair of the ABA Section of Business Law Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.

Within Delaware, at the request of two successive Chief Justices of the Delaware Supreme Court, Eric served as a member of the Permanent Advisory Committee on Supreme Court Rules and a committee of the Delaware Access to Justice Commission. At Morris Nichols, Eric has served terms as hiring partner and as practice group coordinator of the Corporate Counseling Group, and currently serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Eric speaks and writes frequently on emerging issues in Delaware corporate law. He has served as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he has taught classes on M&A contract drafting and venture capital, and served on the Board of Trustees of the University’s Institute for Law and Economics.


Representative Publicly Disclosed Special Committee Assignments

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Seaboard Corporation in connection with negotiating a $600 million stock repurchase transaction.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Trean Insurance Group in connection with the acquisition of Trean by investment funds affiliated with Altaris Capital Partners, LLC that values Trean at approximately $316 million.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of AgroFresh by investment funds affiliated with Paine Schwartz Partners for $3.00 per share in cash.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Atlas Corporation in connection with the acquisition by a consortium formed by certain affiliates of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, certain affiliates of the Washington Family, the Chairman of the Board of Atlas, and Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., and certain of their respective affiliates, in an all-cash transaction for an enterprise value of approximately $10.9 billion.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of EVO Payments, Inc. formed to review and evaluate the implications of a potential transaction with Global Payments Inc. on a tax receivable agreement, and to consider and recommend any actions concerning the TRA to the Board for its consideration.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of GCI Liberty, Inc. in the multi-billion-dollar stock-for-stock merger between Liberty Broadband Corporation and GCI Liberty, Inc.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of R1 RCM, Inc., in negotiating $110 million in debt financing in connection with R1’s $460 million acquisition of InterMedix Holdings, Inc.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of General Communication, Inc. in its $1.1 billion business combination with Liberty Ventures Group.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Noodles & Company in connection with a private placement of preferred stock and amendment of a credit agreement.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Calamos Asset Management, Inc. in connection with a take-private effected by entities affiliated with the Company’s founder.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Hemisphere Media Group, Inc., formed to review and consider terms of a transaction allowing for a stockholder of Hemisphere to provide liquidity options to its limited partners.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Books-a-Million, Inc. in negotiating take private by controlling family, resulting in first post-MFW written opinion dismissing challenge to controlling stockholder transaction.

Representative Publicly Disclosed Other Transactional Matters

Hostess Brands Inc. in its pending sale to J.M. Smucker Co. in a cash and stock tender/exchange offer valued at approximately $5.6 billion.

Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc. in its stock-for-stock merger of equals with Neenah, Inc., with combined revenues of approximately $3 billion.

Natus Medical Incorporated in its acquisition by ArchiMed SAS for $1.2 billion.

Exterran Corporation in its acquisition by Enerflex Ltd in all-stock deal valued at $735 million.

AcelRX Pharmaceuticals in its $32.5 million acquisition of Lowell Therapeutics, Inc.

Alden Global Capital in connection with its acquisition of Tribune Publishing Company for $430 million.

Black Box Corporation in its acquisition by AGC Networks Ltd.

Pepper Snapple Group in its $18.7 billion combination with Keurig Green Mountain.

IAC/InterActiveCorp in the separation of its Match Group Inc. business from its other businesses.

Representative Publicly Disclosed Other Advisory Work

Southwest Gas Holdings., Inc. in connection with Carl Icahn’s bid to acquire the company through a hostile tender offer and elect a competing slate of directors at the 2022 annual meeting.

Tegna, Inc. in one of the first all-virtual annual meetings involving a proxy contest, held on April 30, 2020.

Representative Litigation-Related Matters

Genuine Parts Co. v. Essendant Inc. (litigation regarding termination of merger agreement).

Akorn, Inc. v. Fresenius Kati AG (litigation regarding compliance with closing conditions).

In re Anthem-Cigna Merger Litigation (litigation regarding post-termination remedies).

Third Point LLC v. Ruprecht (litigation relating to stockholder rights plan)

Air Products & Chemics, Inc. v. Airgas, Inc. (litigation relating to proposed acquisition of Air Products by Airgas)

SV Inv. Partners, LLC v. ThoughtWorks, Inc. (litigation relating to redemption rights of preferred stockholders).

Klaasen v. Allegro Dev. Corp. (litigation regarding governance of company).

Ebay Domestic Holdings, Inc. v. Newmark (litigation regarding stockholder rights plan, dilutive issuance of stock, and staggered board).

News & Insights

Honors & Recognitions

Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, listed in Delaware corporate M&A, since 2016

The Legal 500 US, mentioned in Delaware corporate counsel, 2015, 2017, 2019-2021, 2023, 2024

IFLR1000 United States, listed as a leading Delaware attorney, since 2020

The Best Lawyers in America, included in Delaware corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions, 2016-2024, and corporate law, 2021-2024. Designated “Lawyer of the Year” in corporate law, 2023

Delaware Super Lawyers, recognized in mergers and acquisitions, 2013-2019

Delaware HIV Consortium’s WOW Awards Celebration, named Corporate Awardee recognizing the contributions of community leaders and supporters working to improve the quality of life for people in Delaware living with HIV/AIDS, 2019

Professional & Civic

American Bar Association (Business Law Section, Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee (former chair), Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Two- Step Merger Agreement Task Force (former co-chair), Diversity Committee (LGBT Involvement Subcommittee, former vice chair))

Delaware State Bar Association (Corporation Law Section and Lawyer Assistance Committee)

Temple Beth David of Gladwyne, PA (Board of Trustees) 

Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (former chair)

University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Economics (former Board of Trustees member)


  • Law Clerk to Chancellor William B. Chandler III and Vice Chancellor John W. Noble, Delaware Court of Chancery, 2003-2004


University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD, cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2003
University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Executive Editor

Hofstra University, BA, social sciences, summa cum laude, 2000


  • Delaware, 2005
  • New York, 2004

Chambers USA sources praise his “extremely deep subject matter expertise,” adding, “he is highly strategic,” with “a very soft spoken but incisive ability to persuade in a disarming way.”

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