Biography

Jack Schmitt has over three decades of experience as a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities law, entertainment law and general corporate matters. Mr. Schmitt chaired Patterson Belknap’s corporate department from 1995 until 2002 and served as Vice Chair of the firm from 2002 until 2007.

Mr. Schmitt’s clients include Fortune 500 media, information and publishing companies, public and privately held service and manufacturing companies, and prominent entertainers.

Representative Matters

Fortune 500 Media Company
Domestic and international acquisitions and joint ventures.

International News and Business Information Company
Domestic and international acquisitions.

Manufacturing Company
Acquisition of the worldwide consumer products division of a Fortune 500 company including simultaneous closings in the United States and seven foreign jurisdictions.

National Test Preparation Company
Initial public offering of $60 million of common stock. Private placements. Acquisitions.

Healthcare Publishing Company
Acquisitions of specialty publishing companies; private placements of equity securities; bank financings.

Private Equity Group
Investments and restructurings.

Manufacturing Company
Secondary public offerings of $50 million of common stock. Initial listing of the Company's common stock on the New York Stock Exchange.

Venture Capital Firm
Represent investors in $50 million private placement of preferred stock of a newly formed internet company.

Business Publishing Company
Acquisition of market data company; sale of magazine publishing company.

Individual Entrepreneur
Sale of health care information company to a leading private equity firm for $350 million.

Highly Leveraged Manufacturing Company
Asset divestitures and acquisitions. Acquisition of stock of public company (including tender offer and merger). Private placements of debt securities. Initial public offering of debt securities. Sale of 100% of the equity of the Company. Refinancing of senior bank debt. General corporate representation.

Manufacturing Company
Acquisition of approximately $300 million of assets. Acquisition of stock of public company (including tender offer and merger).

Individual Entertainment Client
General representation of well-known entertainer including representation in connection with television, motion picture, recording, endorsement and stage contracts.

Admissions

  • New York

Professional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS: American Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Audit Committee and Finance and Investment Committee, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

HONORS: Named in Super Lawyers in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions; Recipient of the New York City Bar Justice Center 2010 Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service