|Bruce M. Buck|
|Chairman of Chelsea Football Club|
|Preceded by||Ken Bates|
New York City, NY, United States
|Alma mater||Colgate University B.A.
Columbia Law School J.D.
Bruce M. Buck is an American attorney and founding managing partner of the London office of American law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (J.D., Columbia University 1970; B.A., Colgate University 1967). He is also Chairman of Chelsea Football Club. His practice areas are European mergers & acquisitions, project finance and capital markets work.
Bruce Buck has been practicing law in Europe since 1983. He left New York for England in 1983 for a “standard tour of duty” of two or three years with his previous law firm White & Case. Five years later he was headhunted by M&A specialists Skadden Arps to develop the firm's European practice from scratch. He has stayed on ever since. As the partner in charge of Skadden's European offices, his work includes a broad range of transactions in the capital markets area. Buck represents both European and non-European clients in a full range of cross border financing transactions, generally in connection with equity offerings or high-yield and other debt financings. Buck’s involvement with Chelsea began through his position as European head of the American law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Skadden Arps specialises in mergers, acquisitions and capital market transactions, and Buck had personally done legal work on a number of acquisitions for the Russian company Siberian Oil (Sibneft), through which he came to advise Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Abramovich was formerly the majority shareholder in Sibneft. The £140 million acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of the London Stock Exchange-listed company Chelsea Village plc was his first experience of taking over a football club.
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