David C. Eisman - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

David C. Eisman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014
Phone: 213-687-5381

David C. Eisman represents companies, investment banks and private equity funds in connection with a variety of corporate, securities and M&A transactions, including private and registered securities offerings, public and private acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures. He also represents private equity, hedge fund and other private fund sponsors in structuring and forming their funds, registering as investment advisers and dealing with regulatory issues.

Transactions in which Mr. Eisman has been involved include the representation of: 

  • Gen-Probe Incorporated in its $3.8 billion acquisition by Hologic, Inc.;
  • Vulcan Capital, an investment vehicle of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, in connection with various M&A and fund matters, including:

    • the sale of DreamWorks L.L.C. to Paramount Pictures;  
    • the initial public offering and spin-off of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.; registered equity offerings of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. in 2006 and 2007; and a share repurchase in 2007;  
    • the sale of Sporting News magazine, radio and online divisions to American City Business Journals, Inc.;  
    • the sale of Oxygen Media, the cable television network, to NBC Universal;  
    • the sale of Sporting News radio station affiliate KMPC (Los Angeles) to an affiliate of Radio Korea, and the sale of WSNR (New York) and WWZN (Boston) to Davidson Media Group; and  
    • the investment in a private equity consortium acquiring approximately 3,300 communications towers from Sprint Nextel for $670 million; 
  • Summit Entertainment, LLC in its approximately $413 million acquisition by Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation;  
  • an investment group in connection with its acquisition of an equity stake in Legendary Pictures;  
  • CoreLogic, Inc., a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, in its sale of its employer services and litigation support businesses to Symphony Technology Group, a private equity firm, for $265 million;  
  • SKBHC Holdings LLC, a Goldman Sachs-Oaktree Capital sponsored venture, in its formation and structuring of a distressed bank fund, and its acquisitions of AmericanWest Bank, a transaction that received the Financial Times’ highest ranking in its 2011 “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” report, and the First National Bank of Starbuck;  
  • Outbox Enterprises LLC in connection with the formation of a worldwide ticketing company with AEG and Fred Rosen, the founder and former CEO of Ticketmaster;  
  • the selling shareholders of RealD, a provider of 3D technologies, in connection with the initial public offering of RealD;  
  • Activision, Inc. in its $18.9 billion business combination with Vivendi Games;  
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation in its $2 billion senior notes offering and general corporate matters;  
  • United Online, Inc. in its $800 million acquisition of FTD Group, Inc., a leading provider of floral products and services;  
  • Oakley, Inc. in connection with the formation of the Infinite Hero Foundation;  
  • Gateway, Inc., the third-largest PC company in the U.S., in its $710 million acquisition by Acer Inc. via a tender offer and its acquisition of Packard Bell B.V., a leading European PC vendor based in Paris;  
  • American Apparel, Inc., a leading U.S. apparel manufacturer and retailer, in its acquisition by a special purpose acquisition company, and general corporate matters;  
  • Moelis & Company in its establishment of an investment banking division and joint venture in Sydney;  
  • Saban Capital Group in connection with various family office fund matters;  
  • Brener Investment Group in connection with family office fund matters;  
  • Korean Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund, in structuring and reviewing investments in various private equity and hedge fund investments;  
  • Temasek Holdings, LLC, a sovereign wealth fund, in structuring and reviewing investments in investments in various private equity funds;  
  • InSymphony Private Capital in connection with the formation of a real estate fund;  
  • an investment consortium in connection with the formation of an SBA fund;  
  • Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC in a management buyout of interests held by State Street Bank and Trust Company;  
  • Centro Properties Group of Australia in its $6.2 billion acquisition of New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc. via a tender offer;  
  • Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation in its merger with USC and the creation of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education;  
  • Brett Ratner, a Hollywood director and producer, in his investments in lola vfx, a digital special effects company specializing in “digital cosmetics,” and Jurlique, a manufacturer and retailer of biodynamic beauty and skin care products;  
  • American Jewish University in its acquisitions of Jewish TV Network and Brandeis Bardin Institute, including AJU’s acquisition of the largest privately held property dedicated for Jewish community purposes outside Israel;  
  • Social Project (formerly TagWorld, Inc.), a developer of Internet social networking tools for media publishers, in its sale to Viacom;  
  • the owner of 944 Media LLC, the publisher of 944 Magazine, in various matters;  
  • the underwriters in various debt and equity offerings for Kerzner International Limited;  
  • Panavision Inc. in the sale of interests in EFILM, LLC to Deluxe Laboratories, Inc.; and  
  • the government of Ireland and eircom Group plc in the initial public offering ofeircom.

Mr. Eisman was based in the firm’s London office from 1997 to 2000, where his practice focused primarily on cross-border securities and M&A transactions.

Mr. Eisman was named by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” lawyers in California.

University of PennsylvaniaBA The Wharton School of the University of PennsylvaniaBS University of California, Los AngelesJ.D.
Board of Trustees, Los Angeles County Bar Association Audit Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association Los Angeles County Bar Association - Large Law Firm Committee Communities in Schools of Los Angeles Board of Councilors, USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and EducationSouthern California Regional Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania Board of Directors, Helios Global Film Project

Client Comments

"David is responsive and knows how to get the job done."

Office Location

300 South Grand Avenue, Suite 3400
Los Angeles, CA 90071
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law