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Lyle G. Ganske


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  • The Ohio State University (J.D. with honors 1984; Order of the Coif; Note and Comment Editor, Law Journal); Bowling Green State University (B.S.B.A. summa cum laude 1981)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio


  • Law Clerk to Judge Craig Wright, Ohio Supreme Court (1985 term)

Lyle Ganske serves as the Firm's Chair of Boardroom Development and Strategic Transactions. He advises significant companies, focusing primarily on M&A, takeovers, takeover preparedness, corporate governance, executive compensation, and general corporate counseling. Lyle has been involved in more than 50 transactions that each had a value in excess of $1 billion and more than 50 proxy contests and battles for corporate control. He represents the boards of approximately 100 public companies on fiduciary duty-related matters. He has experience with M&A involving an array of industries, including telecom, energy, manufacturing, retailing, and process industries.

Representative transactions include: Nextel Communications' $46.5 billion merger-of-equals with Sprint, Albertsons' $17.4 billion acquisition by a consortium of investors, Federated Department Stores' $17 billion acquisition of May Department Stores, Procter & Gamble's $3.3 billion divestiture of Folgers, The Lubrizol Corporation's $9.7 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway, Goodrich Corporation's $18.4 billion merger with United Technologies, and the $4.75 billion cash-and-stock sale of Exelis to Harris Corporation.

Hostile takeover defense representations include Diebold, Firestone, GenCorp, United States Shoe Corporation, Loewen Group, Diamond Shamrock, Georgia Gulf, and PotashCorp. American Greetings, Chrysler, General Electric, Goodrich, Macy's, Nationwide, Procter & Gamble, and Sherwin-Williams are among other companies Lyle has advised on substantial matters.

Lyle speaks frequently, and has coauthored many articles, on M&A and corporate governance issues. He is lead director of Altra Industrial Motions (NASDAQ); a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable; and serves on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Flashes of Hope. Lyle is the former chair of Business Volunteers Unlimited and the Commission on Economic Inclusion.

Honors & Distinctions

  • BTI Consulting Group's "Client Service All-Star MVP" (2010), based on survey results of outside corporate counsel, for delivering both legal skill and superior client service

    Best Lawyers in America (2006-2011)

    Chambers USA (2004-2012)

    Ohio Super Lawyers (2004-2006 and 2008-2012)

    Legal 500 US (2007-2012)

    Who's Who Legal (2009-2010)
Lyle Ganske