Davis Polk & Wardwell
corporate partners William Aaronson and Marc Williams, and tax partner Neil Barr are leading a team from the firm advising Comcast on the proposed transaction. Davis Polk has been a longtime client to Philadelphia-based Comcast, the largest cable company in the U.S., having turned to the firm in 2004 for its
unsuccessful $54 billion bid to buy Disney
Back in 2009, Aaronson was part of a group of Davis Polk lawyers advising Comcast on its
$30 billion acquisition of New York-based NBC Universal
from General Electric, which continues to hold a 49 percent stake in the entertainment and media conglomerate. (GE is expected to eventually sell the rest of its stake in NBC Universal to Comcast by 2018.)
, a former
partner at now-defunct WolfBlock
handling deals for Comcast in 1978
, serves as the company’s general counsel and corporate secretary.
, chairman emeritus of
, is a member of Comcast’s board of directors, along with
, a former Citigroup executive and one-time lawyer at
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
. (So far this year, Bonovitz has sold 18,000 Comcast shares valued at $509,220 in February, and 34,432 shares valued at $952,854 in May, according to SEC filings by the company.)
, co-general counsel of Comcast Ventures and vice president of corporate and transactions at NBC Universal, is leading an in-house team working on the deal.
is general counsel of NBC Universal, while
serves as general counsel for New York-based A&E, which operates a portfolio of cable channels like Lifetime, The History Channel, and The Biography Channel. (
Sibling publication Corporate Counsel spoke this week with James Lichtman
, the new general counsel for NBC Universal Television Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal.)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
banking partner Stephanie Teicher in New York is advising A&E in connection with the financing for the transaction, which will see Disney and Hearst each own half of the network.