Richard D. Bohm is of counsel, Co-Chair of the firm’s Media and Telecommunications Group and a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities and Corporate Governance Groups. He co-founded and was Co-Chair of the firm’s Private Equity Group. He also founded and was Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Mr. Bohm has a varied transactional practice, regularly advising clients with respect to acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, public offerings, licensing and other corporate matters.
Mr. Bohm regularly represents boards of directors, officers and controlling families and other shareholders of public and private companies, including with respect to AMC Networks, The Associated Press, Cablevision Systems Corporation, The Estee Lauder Companies, Greater Media, Madison Square Garden and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, in matters relating to strategic planning and corporate governance. Mr. Bohm also regularly advises families who control public and private companies regarding family governance and issues associated with transitioning family control from one generation to the next.
Mr. Bohm is ranked as a leading media M&A lawyer by The Legal 500 US (2017) and by Chambers USA (2018), where he receives plaudits from clients for his “excellent judgment,” and they highlight his ability to “show patience in very trying circumstances.”
Mr. Bohm joined Debevoise in 1978 and became a partner in 1986. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1975, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors, and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978.
- Discovery Communications in its $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive.
- RWL Water in the merger by acquisition of Emefcy Group and RWL Water.
- Greater Media in its $240 million sale to Beasley Broadcast Group.
- The Dolan family, controlling stockholders of Cablevision Systems Corporation, in Cablevision’s $17.7 billion sale to Altice.
- Discovery Communications in its $195 million investment in Lions Gate Entertainment.
- Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in its $365 million sale to Sequential Brands.
- The Dolan family, the controlling stockholders of Madison Square Garden, in the spin-off of Madison Square Garden’s live sports and entertainment businesses.
- Representation of clients with respect to corporate transactional matters, including public and private M&A, joint ventures, venture capital, financings and intellectual property licensing.
- Representation of boards of directors and controlling stockholders in matters relating to strategic planning and corporate governance.
- Representation of families who control public and private companies regarding family governance and transitioning family control from one generation to the next.
- Kelso & Company in numerous matters since 1984, including its acquisitions and subsequent dispositions or taking public of a number of media and industrial companies.
- Harvard Law School, 1978, J.D.
- Stanford University, 1975, B.A.
- New York
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