Matthew S. Schonholz

Matthew S. Schonholz

Matthew Schonholz is of counsel in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

His practice is focused on counseling public and private companies and investment funds in the tax structuring and documentation of public and private mergers, equity and asset acquisitions and dispositions, and transactions involving S corporations, partnerships, LLCs and disregarded entities. Mr. Schonholz also advises corporations, investment managers of hedge funds and private equity funds, and operating partnerships on structuring and tax issues of formation, choice of entity, and operating and joint-venture agreements. He represents companies, boards of directors and executives in connection with executive compensation and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Schonholz joined the firm from Sidley Austin LLP, where he represented companies on the tax aspects of various transactions and advised fund sponsors and investment advisers on the structuring, formation, funding and operation of various investment services and products. He previously held positions in the Transaction Tax Group at Ernst & Young LLP and the litigation group at Irell & Manella LLP.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Schonholz clerked for Judges Nora M. Manella and Dikran Tevrizian of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Schonholz is an adjunct professor of law at the USC Gould School of Law and Loyola Law School Los Angeles.


Representative Matters*

Private Equity

  • Apollo Global Management in its $2.6 billion acquisition of publicly traded Aspen Insurance Holdings.
  • An investor group led by investment funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in its $1.4 billion acquisition of 40.6 percent of OneMain Holdings, Inc. from affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC.
  • Investment funds affiliated with Siris Capital Group, LLC in the:
    • $654 million acquisition of Xura, Inc. (formerly Comverse).
    • $500 million acquisition of Mitel Mobility Inc. (renamed Mavenir Systems, Inc.).


  • Berkshire Hathaway in its:
    • commitment to invest $10 billion in Occidental Petroleum to finance Occidental’s proposed acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum.
    • issuance and sale of a $1.25 billion 4.25% investment grade senior notes offering due 2049.
  • Roche in its acquisitions of:
    • Ignyta, Inc., a cancer therapy company, for $1.7 billion in cash.
    • ForSight VISION4, a privately held biotechnology company focusing on drug delivery for treatment of retinal diseases.
    • Genia Technologies, a DNA sequencing company, for $125 million in cash and up to $225 million in milestones.
    • GeneWEAVE BioSciences, clinical microbiology diagnostics solutions company, for up to $425 million.
  • Genentech in its acquisition of Seragon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the treatment of breast cancer, for up to $1.725 billion in cash.
  • IPC Healthcare in its acquisition by Team Health Holdings for $1.6 billion.
  • Medivation in its acquisition of worldwide rights to the breast cancer treatment, talazoparib, from BioMarin Pharmaceutical for cash consideration of up to $570 million.
  • Omnicell in its acquisition of Aesynt, a leading provider of medication and supply management solutions, for $275 million.

*Includes representations prior to Mr. Schonholz’s affiliation with Munger, Tolles & Olson.