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Nicolai M. Schwarz-Gondek is a partner in the Century City office of Sidley Austin LLP where his practice focuses on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and other complex corporate transactions. Schwarz-Gondek regularly represents private equity sponsors, family offices and other institutional investors in connection with mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, and leveraged and management buyouts. Schwarz-Gondek also advises target and acquiring companies (including the portfolio companies of private equity firms) on a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions. At USC Gould School of Law, Schwarz-Gondek teaches contract drafting, analysis and negotiation as a lecturer in law.
Before joining Sidley Austin LLP, Schwarz-Gondek was a partner in the private equity and M&A practice groups of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Century City. Prior thereto, Schwarz-Gondek was a shareholder in the corporate practice group of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, PC, in Santa Monica and practiced in the corporate department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Los Angeles and in the mergers and acquisitions and public company advisory groups of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York.
Schwarz-Gondek holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from USC Gould School of Law, where he graduated first in his class, and received a Doctor Iuris (PhD equivalent), summa cum laude, from the University of Augsburg with a doctoral thesis on German tax law. Schwarz-Gondek is also a graduate of Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich where he completed his First State Examination (JD equivalent) and obtained his Diplom-Jurist (Univ.), specializing in the areas of business and corporate law. In addition, Schwarz-Gondek spent one year as a visiting scholar at the University of Geneva in Switzerland with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.
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Franita Tolson was quoted in the New Yorker about the legal challenges likely to follow the 2020 presidential election. “You will still see many claims that absentee ballots have been wrongly rejected, and those will lead to court cases," Tolson said. "The fact that we are generating lots of voting by mail will generate a lot of litigation.”
"Lessons from Luckin Coffee: The Underappreciated Risks of Variable Interest Entities," Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, July 28, 2020.
"Big is not necessarily bad," The Hill, July 30, 2020.
“The Death of the Income Tax (or, The Rise of America's Universal Wage Tax),” Indiana Law Journal 95 (2020): 1233.