Sheldon S. Adler

Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law

(spring term)


Sheldon Adler is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Retired Partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He has primarily been responsible for the development of the firm’s utility mergers and acquisitions practice and also represents a wide variety of clients in merger and other acquisition transactions.

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Contact Information



Faculty Assistant


Pat Florio

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 1979

B.A., City College of New York, 1976

Courses Taught


  • Drafting and Negotiating Merger and Acquisition Transactions

Sheldon Adler is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is a Retired Partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he was primarily responsible for the development of Skadden’s utility mergers and acquisitions practice, a subgroup of the Corporate practice that handles utility acquisitions. He also represented a wide variety of clients in merger and other acquisition transactions.

Adler has been involved in many public utility merger transactions, including representing TECO Energy, Inc. in its acquisition by Emera, Inc, Northeast Utilities in its merger-of-equals with NSTAR to create one of the nation’s largest electric utilities; National Grid USA in its sale of Granite State Electric Company and EnergyNorth Natural Gas Inc. to Liberty Energy Utilities Co. (Canada); National Grid PLC in its acquisition of KeySpan Corporation; and Duke Energy Corporation in its merger with Cinergy Corp. In addition, Mr. Adler has been involved in generation assets divestiture transactions. For example, he represented CMS Energy Corporation in the sale of CMS Generation Company and ownership interests in Jorf Lasfar Energy Company (Morocco), Jubail Energy Company (Saudi Arabia), Takoradi International Company (Ghana) and ST CMS Company (India) to Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC; TECO Energy, Inc. in the sale of its subsidiary, TECO Transport Corporation, to Greenstreet Equity Partners, L.P., a private equity firm; National Grid USA in its divestiture of Ravenswood Generating Station to TransCanada Corporation; and New England Electric System and its subsidiaries in the sale of substantially all of the generation assets held by the subsidiaries to US Gen Acquisition Corporation.

Mr. Adler has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and The Best Lawyers in America. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was the editor of the Yale Law Journal, and holds a B.A. from City College of New York.