Brian Smarsh | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Brian Smarsh
Brian Smarsh

Brian Smarsh

Partner, New York


Brian Smarsh represents clients from an array of industries in complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, auctions, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions and restructurings.

His significant track record and deep understanding of his field has attracted a broad client base, including acquirers, targets, boards of directors, special committees, investment banks and investors, both within the US and overseas.

Adept at steering clients through the legal intricacies of complex multijurisdictional transactions, Brian's significant experience spans a variety of negotiated and unsolicited public and private deals, across a wide array of industries.

His familiarity with the markets in which his clients operate – from entertainment to healthcare, finance to energy and utilities – gives Brian insight into the transactional issues particular to their industries, and helps him to execute deals quickly and effectively.

Brian's wide sector knowledge is matched by the international character of his practice experience. Having worked on a number of large-scale, cross-border projects, he is able to provide creative solutions to clients' business needs in territories across the globe.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • MBA, Georgetown University
  • BS, Georgetown University


  • English


CVC Capital Partners Asia Fund IV

Represented CVC Capital Partners Asia Fund IV in its acquisition of OANDA Global Corporation, a global online retail trading platform, currency data and analytics company.

CVC Capital Partners

Represented CVC Capital Partners in its US$1.425 billion acquisition of beauty and personal care products company PDC Brands from Yellow Wood Partners.

CVC Capital acquisition

Represented CVC Capital Partners in leading a consortium including Temasek Holdings and Vatera Healthcare Partners in their acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen, a leading generic pharmaceuticals company.

FCX Performance, Inc.

Represented FCX Performance, Inc., a portfolio company of Harvest Partners, in its approximately US$768 million sale to Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: AIT).

GDF Suez's sale of power assets in Latin America

Represented GDF Suez S.A. in its US$840 million sale of power assets in Panama and Costa Rica to Celsia S.A. E.S.P.

Electronic Funds Source's Sale

Represented Electronic Funds Source LLC in its sale to an affiliate of Warburg Pincus by its existing equity holders, an investor group consisting of an affiliate of CVC Capital Partners and Pilot Travel Centers, First Data Transportation, Inc. and FJ Management Inc.

FCX Performance, Inc. acquisition

Represented FCX Performance, Inc., in its acquisition of Corrosion Fluid Products Corp., a Michigan-based distributor of pumps, valves, fiberglass and specialty lined pipe, hose and fittings.

Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing

Represented Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing in its sale of selected music catalogs, including those owned by Virgin Music Publishing Companies and Famous UK Music Publishing, to BMG, the world's fourth-largest music-publishing company.

The Walt Disney Company

Represented The Walt Disney Company in its acquisition of Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

Mid-Atlantic Company

Represented Mid-Atlantic Medical Services, Inc. in its sale to UnitedHealth Group Incorporated.

The Walt Disney Company

Represented The Walt Disney Company in its spin-off and sale of its ABC Radio business to Citadel Broadcasting Corp.

Central European Distribution Corporation

Represented Central European Distribution Corporation in its acquisition of The Russian Alcohol Group.

SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners

Represented SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of The Peoples Natural Gas Company from Dominion Resources Inc.

LS Power

Represented LS Power in connection with its acquisition of certain generating facilities from Calpine Corp.

The Walt Disney Company

Represented The Walt Disney Company in its acquisition of certain assets relating to the "Muppets" and "Bear in the Big Blue House" from The Jim Henson Company, Inc.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer for Private Equity in the United States, Euromoney's Expert Guide, 2018