Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky

Partner

(302) 351-9169 T
(302) 498-6220 F

Eric has been named a “Rising Star” in mergers and acquisitions practice by Super Lawyers.

Eric Klinger-Wilensky is a partner with the Delaware Corporate Counseling Group.  Eric’s work often involves counseling corporations and special committees in the context of potential transactions, aiding corporations and investors in structuring capital investments, and advising generally on corporate governance issues.  He also provides corporate-related advice in the context of transaction and governance litigation, and has been involved in a number of key M&A and other corporate opinions issued by the Delaware courts over the past decade.

Eric is the co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Business Law Mergers and Acquisitions Committee Task Force on Two-Step Auctions, and the chair of the ABA Section of Business Law Committee on Private Equity and Venture Capital.  He was selected by the ABA Leadership Diversity Outreach Committee to participate in the 2015-2017 Envoy Program, a springboard for LGBT attorneys with demonstrated leadership ability.  At the request of the Delaware Supreme Court, Eric currently serves on that Court’s Access to Justice Commission and previously served as a member of the Permanent Advisory Committee on Supreme Court Rules.  In addition, he has repeatedly served on drafting committees of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, including serving on the drafting committee for what ultimately became Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law, facilitating the consummation of two-step mergers.

He has been listed among leading Delaware Corporate/M&A attorneys in Chambers USA and mentioned in The Legal 500 US for his corporate counseling work. In 2016, Delaware Law Weekly selected Eric as one of the 15 “Delaware Lawyers on the Fast Track.” In 2015, Eric was named one of The M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders” in the legal advisor category and the Delaware Business Times 40 Under 40 achievers and innovators in Delaware. Eric has been recognized as a Rising Star in Delaware Super Lawyers since 2013 and selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2016.

Eric is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches classes on M&A contract drafting and on Venture Capital, and is on the Board of Trustees of that school’s Institute for Law and Economics.  He also serves on the academic advisory board for Bloomberg Law’s Corporate Transactions product.  He frequently speaks and writes on emerging issues in Delaware corporate law and serves as a lead editor of the Drexler, Black, and Sparks, Delaware Corporation Law and Practice annual publication.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Section of Business Law: Envoy Program (2015-2017); Mergers and Acquisitions Committee; Two-Step Merger Agreement Task Force, co-chair; Committee on Private Equity and Venture Capital, chair; LGBT Involvement Subcommittee, vice chair)
  • Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions (Advisory Board)
  • Delaware State Bar Association (Corporation Law Section)
  • Delaware Supreme Court (Access to Justice Commission)

Community Activities

  • Delaware HIV Consortium (Board of Directors)
  • Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (Past Chair)

News

Eric Klinger-Wilensky Appointed Chair of ABA Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee

Wilmington, DE (September 12, 2016) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partner Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky has been appointed chair of the American Bar Association’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee. As part of the ABA’s Business Law Section, this committee has an international base of more than 2000 members. Eric started... Continue Reading

31 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

Wilmington, DE (August 15, 2016) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Six firm attorneys earned “Lawyer of the Year” designations (noted... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Recognizes Morris Nichols as a Leading M&A Law Firm

Wilmington, DE (June 15, 2016) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked as a leading M&A law firm in The Legal 500 United States 2016. Now in its tenth edition, the U.S. guide organizes various practice areas into a single national ranking to highlight firms with a national presence in sophisticated and complex... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Morris Nichols Band 1 in Four Delaware Practice Areas; 25 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 27, 2016) – The 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business again ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-five Morris... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 13, 2016) – Seventeen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2016 Delaware Super Lawyers list.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, D. McKinley (Mac) Measley, Curtis S. Miller, and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as... Continue Reading

30 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Wilmington, DE (August 17, 2015) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Jack B. Blumenfeld was named the Best Lawyers® 2016... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Ranks Morris Nichols as a Leading M&A Firm in the United States

Wilmington, DE (June 3, 2015) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked as a leading M&A law firm in The Legal 500 United States 2015. Now in its ninth edition, the U.S. guide organizes various practice areas into a single national ranking. “Only a small number of firms in the United States have a truly national... Continue Reading

Two Morris Nichols Attorneys Announced As Winners of the 6th Annual 40 Under 40 Emerging Leader Awards

Wilmington, DE (May 20, 2015) – The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Awards on Monday, May 18, 2015. Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky and Curtis S. Miller were both named winners for the Legal Advisor Category. The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its... Continue Reading

16 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 15, 2015) – Sixteen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, Curtis S. Miller and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as 2015... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers- Delaware Edition 2014

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2014) – 17 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013. Jack Blumenfeld and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. In addition, attorneys Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Curtis Miller were recognized as 2014 Delaware... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Alert Featured in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Wilmington, DE (November 21, 2013) – Morris Nichols’ Delaware Alert: Don’t Ask/Don’t Waive Standstills & Attorneys’ Fees in Delaware, was featured in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation on November 18, 2013.  It is the second Morris Nichols memorandum presented by HLS... Continue Reading

22 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2013) – 22 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013.  Rick Alexander and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who... Continue Reading

Tarik Haskins, Curtis Miller, Eric Wilensky to Become Morris Nichols' Newest Partners

Wilmington, DE (October 20, 2011) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Tarik J. Haskins, Curtis Miller and Eric Wilensky will become partners, effective January 1, 2012.  Rick Alexander, firm Chair, made the announcement of the election.  Tarik Haskins joined Morris Nichols in 2006 and is a member... Continue Reading

Tarik Haskins, Curtis Miller, Eric Wilensky to Become Morris Nichols' Newest Partners

Wilmington, DE (October 20, 2011) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Tarik J. Haskins, Curtis Miller and Eric Wilensky will become partners, effective January 1, 2012.  Rick Alexander, firm Chair, made the announcement of the election.  Tarik Haskins joined Morris Nichols in 2006 and is a member... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Trial Team Contributes to eBay's Victory in Shareholder Dispute with craigslist

Wilmington, DE - September 14, 2010 - William Lafferty, Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation Group partner, headed the Morris Nichols trial team that represented eBay Inc. in its successful shareholder dispute against craigslist.  The September 9 opinion in favor of eBay by Chancellor William B. Chandler III of the Delaware Court of Chancery... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Represents IMS Health Transaction Committee in $5.2 Billion Private Equity Acquisition - Largest Leveraged Buyout this Year

Wilmington, DE – November 6, 2009 – Morris Nichols’ Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group partner Rick Alexander, and associates Eric Wilensky and Ryan Greecher, advised the Transaction Committee for IMS Health, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by TPG Capital and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a... Continue Reading

Articles

Delaware Public Benefit Corporation Practice Note, Standard Clause & Conversion Checklist

Morris Nichols attorneys Rick Alexander, Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Melissa DiVincenzo published three guides on Delaware public benefit corporations for Practical Law Corporate & Securities.  Their Delaware Public Benefit Corporation Practice...

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Events

University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law & Economics Fall 2016 Corporate Roundtable

12.9.2016 in Philadelphia, PA - Corporate Counseling
Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky

The Institute for Law & Economics hosts the Fall Corporate Roundtable on December 9, 2016 in Philadelphia.  Morris Nichols partner Eric Klinger-Wilensky will join Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard in a panel discussion on 251(h) mergers. ILE is a Joint Research Center of the Law School, the Wharton School, and the Department of Economics at the... Continue Reading

Boston Bar Association’s 3rd Annual Mergers & Acquisitions Conference

The Boston Bar Association hosts its 3rd Annual Mergers & Acquisitions Conference on November 1, 2016 in Boston, Mass. The event brings together attorneys from private practice and in-house legal departments to discuss the latest developments in M&A. Morris Nichols partner Eric Klinger-Wilensky joins Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. as a... Continue Reading

2016 ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting

The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association hosts the 2016 annual meeting from Sept. 8-10 in Boston. Many Morris Nichols attorneys are active Business Law Section members and will attend the conference as speakers and committee leaders. On the first day of the conference, Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Don Parsons speak in the Private... Continue Reading

2016 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association will host the 2016 Spring Meeting in Montréal from April 7 to 9, 2016. Five Morris Nichols attorneys will participate in speaking roles at the conference, discussing developments in LLCs, M&A, and dispute resolution.  Morris Nichols partner Tarik Haskins serves as a panelist in the... Continue Reading

ABA Webinar: Financial Advisor Engagement Letters: Post-Rural/Metro Thoughts and Observations

Morris Nichols partner Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky and attorney Nathan P. Emeritz will serve as panelists in the webinar “Financial Advisor Engagement Letters: Post-Rural/Metro Thoughts and Observations” hosted by the American Bar Association on April 6, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. The liability of RBC in last year’s In re Rural/Metro... Continue Reading

2014 in Review: A Recap of the Biggest Corporate Law Decisions from Delaware

Morris Nichols partners Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky and Jeffrey R. Wolters will present the webinar “2014 in Review: A Recap of the Biggest Corporate Law Decisions from Delaware” on Feb. 5, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET.  Hosted by Bloomberg BNA, the webinar will cover significant cases for public company deal practice and... Continue Reading

2014 ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting

The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association will host an annual meeting in Chicago from Sept. 11 to 13, 2014. Morris Nichols partners will serve as speakers at the conference. On the first day of the conference, partner Eric Klinger-Wilensky will chair the panel “The 2014 Annual Review of Developments in M&A” from 2:30 to 4:30... Continue Reading

Webinar: Appraisal Rights: A Changing World

Morris Nichols partners John DiTomo and Eric Klinger-Wilensky will serve as panelists for a webcast entitled “Appraisal Rights: A Changing World”, on May 13, 2014, from 2:00PM-2:45PM. Eric and John will be joined on the panel by Lisa Stark, a partner at Berger Harris. Learn from leading experts about how appraisal rights work in a... Continue Reading

2013 ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting

Eric Klinger-Wilensky and James Honaker, members of the Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group, will moderate and participate on the panel Key Issues In Negotiating Preferred Stock Investments and Exits at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association ("ABA") Business Law Section, August 9, 2013, at the Fairmont Hotel, San... Continue Reading

2011 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

A. Gilchrist Sparks III,  Rick Alexander, Lou Hering, Patricia Vella, and Eric Wilensky will serve as panel speakers at the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Boston, April 14-16, 2011. Gil will serve as a Session Co-Chair on the program What’s New in the Revised Corporate Director’s Guidebook.... Continue Reading