Board of Directors
Peter G. Samuels is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Proskauer, and has served as co-head of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Mr. Samuels works on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other complex transactions, and has broad experience in serving as outside counsel for public companies. He advises boards of directors and activist shareholders on corporate governance and issues relating to strategic considerations, affiliated party transactions, and related matters. Among the clients that Mr. Samuels regularly advises are Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., Grifols S.A., Neuberger Berman, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., and W.R. Huff Asset Management. Illustrative transactions handled by Mr. Samuels include: Grifols S.A.'s $4 billion acquisition of Talecris Biotherapeutics closed in June 2011; representation of the founder and largest shareholder of Affiliated Computer Services in its $6.4 billion merger with Xerox Corporation closed in February 2010; Overseas Shipholding’s initial and restructured $1.1 billion vessel construction and financing joint venture with Aker Group closed in December 2009; Intellon Corporation's merger with Atheros closed in December 2009; Neuberger Berman’s management buyout from Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. closed in April 2009; Icahn Enterprises’ $1.9 billion acquisition of Carl C. Icahn’s partnership interests in the management company and general partners of the Icahn hedge funds; Andrx Corporation’s $1.9 billion merger with Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; acquisition of various retail groups for Bed Bath & Beyond; Presidential Life Corporation's successful contest for corporate control with its largest shareholder completed in August 2010.
Mr. Samuels was the featured "Dealmaker in the Spotlight" for the September 2010 issue of the American Lawyer. He is a frequent lecturer on mergers and acquisitions and related topics, and has acted as chair and member of panels for the Practising Law Institute, University of Pennsylvania Law School, the European American Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and various other organizations. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Economics. Chair of the Wildcat Service Corporation Board, he joined Fedcap's Board of Directors in 2011.