Eric Klinger-Wilensky is a partner with the Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group. Recognized as a “Rising Star” in mergers and acquisitions practice by Super Lawyers, 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. Eric also provides corporate-related advice in the context of high-stakes litigation, and has been involved in a number of key opinions issued by the Delaware courts over the past few years, including eBay Domestic Holdings, Inc. v. Newmark and Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. v. Airgas, Inc. (each involving poison pills), In re Trados Incorporated Shareholders Litigation (merger involving conflict between preferred and common stockholders), SV Investment Partners, LLC v. ThoughtWorks, Inc. (preferred stockholder redemption provision), and In re OPENLANE, Inc. (Revlon opinion upholding sign and consent transaction structure).
Eric is co-editor of Deal Points, the newsletter of the ABA Section of Business Law Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and the Vice Chair of the ABA Section of Business Law Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity. At the request of the Delaware Supreme Court, Eric serves 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. Eric is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches a class on M&A contract drafting and is actively involved in that school’s Institute for Law and Economics. He is also a lead editor of the Drexler, Black, and Sparks, Delaware Corporation Law and Practice annual publication and frequently speaks and writes on emerging issues in Delaware corporate law.
Prior to coming to Morris Nichols, Eric was a clerk to Chancellor William B. Chandler III and Vice Chancellor John W. Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery and was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York.