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David C. Eisman

T: 213.687.5381 F: 213.621.5381 david.eisman@skadden.com ------------------------------- Education J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1993 B.S., The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1990 (magna cum laude) B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1990 (magna cum laude) Bar Admissions California
T: 213.687.5381
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J.D., University of California,
Los Angeles, 1993
B.S., The Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania, 1990
(magna cum laude)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1990
(magna cum laude)
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David C. Eisman is a corporate partner in Skadden’s Los Angeles office and a member of  the firm’s Media and Entertainment Group. He has a broad range of experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities law matters, partnerships, financings, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Mr. Eisman represents clients in the media and entertainment, technology, apparel and retail industries, among others. He also is a member of the firm’s Investment Management

Group, advising on family office and fund formation matters, and the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Group.
Mr. Eisman earned a coveted spot on the 2015 edition of entertainment trade publication Variety’s annual “Legal Impact Report,” which highlights top entertainment attorneys working
in film, television, theater and digital media. In addition, he was recognized by Variety as one of the top power players in entertainment industry transactions in its 2015 “Dealmakers
Impact Report.” Mr. Eisman was selected by The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 as one of the “Top 100 Power Lawyers” in media and entertainment transactions. In 2014, the Daily
Journal named Mr. Eisman one of the “Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers in California” and previously one of the “Top 20 Under 40” lawyers in California. Mr. Eisman repeatedly has
been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.












Transactions in which Mr. Eisman has been involved include the representation of:
Vulcan Capital, an investment vehicle of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, in connection with numerous M&A and family office matters, including:

  • the sale of DreamWorks L.L.C. to Paramount Pictures;
  • the initial public offering and spin-off of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.;
  • 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 Radio Korea, and the sale of WSNR (New York) and WWZN (Boston) to Davidson Media Group; and
  •  an investment in TowerCo, one of the largest independent tower companies;

United Talent Agency, a premier global talent and literary agency, in various M&A, corporate finance and general corporate matters, including:

  • the acquisition of The Agency Group, the world’s largest independent music agency;
  • the sale of a minority stake in the agency to investor Jeff Ubben;
  • the acquisition of Bienstock, the world’s largest news and broadcast agency; and the formation of a sports and entertainment marketing joint venture with Edelman;

Murad, Inc., a leading global skincare brand, in its acquisition by Unilever;
Summit Entertainment, LLC in its $413 million acquisition by Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation;
Moelis & Company in connection with its initial public offering;


the co-founders of Ares Management, L.P. in its initial public offering and its pending merger with Kayne Anderson;

RatPac Entertainment in partnership with Warner Bros. in the creation of a China-focused content fund;

an investment group in its acquisition of an equity stake in Legendary Pictures;

United Online, Inc. in its spin-off of FTD Companies, Inc., a leading global provider of flowers and gifts;

Activision, Inc. in its $18.9 billion business combination with Vivendi Games;

Gen-Probe Incorporated in its $3.8 billion acquisition by Hologic, Inc., which was recognized as a Top 10 2012 California M&A transaction by the Daily Journal;

Saban Capital Group in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Partner Communications, a leading Israeli wireless provider;

American Apparel, Inc., a leading U.S. apparel manufacturer and retailer, in its acquisition by a special purpose acquisition
company, and in general corporate matters;

Occidental Petroleum Corporation in more than $7 billion of registered senior notes offerings and general corporate matters;

the special committee of the board of directors of Internet Brands, Inc., an owner and operator of websites, in its $640 million acquisition
by an affiliate of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VI, L.P.;

the selling shareholders of RealD, a provider of 3D technologies, in the initial public offering of RealD;

Outbox Enterprises LLC in the formation of a worldwide ticketing company with AEG and Fred Rosen, the founder and former CEO
of Ticketmaster;

CoreLogic, Inc. in the sale of its employer services and litigation support businesses to Symphony Technology Group 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;

Gateway, Inc. in its $710 million acquisition by Acer Inc. via a tender offer and its acquisition of Packard Bell B.V.;

Moelis & Company in its establishment of an investment banking division and joint venture in Sydney;

Korean Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund, in structuring and reviewing investments in various private equity and hedge fund investments;

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;

Brett Ratner, a leading Hollywood director and producer, in his investments in lola vfx, a digital special effects company, and Jurlique, a manufacturer and retailer of biodynamic skin care products;

Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation in its merger with USC and the creation of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education;

Oakley, Inc. in the formation of the Infinite Hero Foundation; and American Jewish University in its acquisitions of Jewish TV Network and Brandeis Bardin Institute.

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 recently represented the Special Olympics in connection with venue and operations contracts for the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.


Board of Councilors, USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

Board of Directors and Governance Co-Chair, Communities in Schools of Los Angeles

Past Chairman, Los Angeles County Bar Association — Business and Corporations Law Section

Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association — Business and Corporations Law Section

Board of Trustees, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2011-2013)

Southern California Regional Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania

Corporate Pro Bono Coordinator, Skadden, Los Angeles