Scott Golenbock


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Scott W. Golenbock is a partner in the New York office of Milbank and a member of the firm’s Corporate Group.

Primary Focus & Experience

Mr. Golenbock’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate and securities law matters, and he has been involved in negotiated and hostile acquisitions, cross-border transactions, divestitures, joint ventures, spin-offs, corporate restructurings and corporate governance matters. He has advised public and private companies in a variety of industries, including hospitality, gaming, retail, real estate, energy, financial services, education/publishing and technology, as well as financial sponsors.

Some of his notable representations include: 

  • Era Group in its pending all-stock transaction with Bristow Group
  • Penn National Gaming in the $1 billion acquisition of the Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit with VICI Properties
  • Wastequip, a Centerbridge portfolio company, in its sale to H.I.G. Capital
  • Mercuria Energy Group in its $340 million acquisition of the North America gas and power business of Noble Group
  • Mercuria Energy Group in its acquisition of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network
  • Revlon in its $870 million acquisition of Elizabeth Arden
  • Penn National Gaming in its $360 million acquisition of Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
  • Nabors in the $1.4 billion spin-off and merger of its completion and production services business with C&J Energy Services
  • Nabors in its acquisition of Tesco Corporation
  • Affinitas, which operates premium dating platforms such as EliteSingles, in its cross-border, all-stock combination with Spark Networks, owner of specialized online communities such as JDate and ChristianMingle
  • The special committee of Genco Shipping & Trading Limited in Genco’s acquisition of Baltic Trading Limited
  • Magazina Luiza in its acquisition of online retailer Netshoes, in the face of hostile bids from third parties following an agreed transaction
  • Fountains Senior Living Holdings in its $640 million sale of a portfolio of seniors housing facilities to NorthStar Healthcare Income
  • HudBay Minerals in its $510 million hostile acquisition of Augusta Resources
  • Penn National Gaming in the separation and spin-off of its real property assets as a REIT
  • TowerBrook Capital Partners in its $835 million acquisition of True Religion Apparel
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron in its $3.1 billion acquisition of The Shaw Group
  • United Technologies in the sale of its pump and engine control systems business
  • Penn National Gaming in its $610 million acquisition of Harrah’s St. Louis from Caesars Entertainment
  • Kering in the sale of its Redcats USA businesses for $740 million
  • Alibaba Group in a transaction with Yahoo! and SoftBank to restructure control of Alibaba Group’s former subsidiary
  • Ventas in its $7.4 billion acquisition of Nationwide Health Properties
  • Ventas in its $3.1 billion acquisition of Atria Senior Living’s senior housing portfolio and the formation of a joint venture that later acquired the rest of Atria Senior Living
  • Morgan Stanley in the formation of its Morgan Stanley Smith Barney joint venture with Citigroup and its subsequent acquisition of Citigroup’s stake
  • Chatham Lodging Trust, in a joint venture with Cerberus Capital Management, in its acquisition of 69 hotels for $1.3 billion in Innkeepers USA Trust’s bankruptcy auctions
  • Kering in its $600 million acquisition of Volcom
  • Penn National Gaming in its $900 million acquisition of the M Resort in Las Vegas
  • Simon Property Group in its $31.6 billion offer to acquire General Growth Properties
  • Penn National Gaming in its terminated $8.9 billion buy-out by Fortress Investment Group LLC and Centerbridge Partners LP (and the investment negotiated on termination)
  • Public Storage in its successful $5 billion hostile acquisition of Shurgard and the subsequent sale of a $600 million joint venture interest in its Shurgard Europe business
  • Kimco in its $4 billion acquisition of the Pan Pacific shopping center REIT
  • Morgans Hotel Group in its $1.5 billion acquisition and financing of the Hard Rock Hotel/Las Vegas

Prior to joining Milbank, Mr. Golenbock practiced at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Recognition & Accomplishments

Mr. Golenbock graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University. He received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005, where he served as a senior editor of The Yale Law Journal.

Mr. Golenbock is an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where he teaches a course on Mergers and Acquisitions.

Additional Details
  • Princeton University, A.B.
  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • New York