Nazim Zilkha


Nazim Zilkha


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3654 | +1 212 698 3599


Nazim ("Naz") Zilkha has more than 25 years of experience advising public and privately-held corporations, private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies and institutional and other clients on U.S. and international transactions, including private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and other capital markets transactions, joint ventures and restructuring matters. He also advises clients on corporate governance and general corporate matters, as well as compliance with ongoing disclosure and other obligations under the federal securities laws.

With experience across a variety of industries, Mr. Zilkha has deep expertise representing clients in connection with complex cross-border transactions around the world. In particular, he utilizes complex tax planning to maximize efficiencies for U.S.-based clients undertaking investments in foreign-based assets and business operations.

Mr. Zilkha has been recognized by The Legal 500 (U.S.) as a recommended lawyer for both private equity buyouts and M&A, which has described him as “highly rated” and a “true partner to clients, a fantastic attorney who understands what clients are looking to accomplish in each transaction”.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Zilkha served as a partner in the capital markets and mergers & acquisitions groups at White & Case.

  • Duke University, B.A., 1987, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Centric Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: "CTRC"), a portfolio of global consumer brands, in various capital markets and M&A transactions, including its US$1.2 billion carve-out acquisition of a significant portion of Global Brands Group Holding Limited’s (Hong Kong listed: SEHK) North American licensing business, which includes licensed brands such as Disney, Star Wars, Calvin Klein, Under Armour, Tommy Hilfiger, BCBG, bebe, Joe’s, Buffalo David Bitton, Frye, Michael Kors, Cole Haan and Kenneth Cole.
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of Blyth, Inc. (NYSE: "BTH") and its partnership with Centre Lane Partners, LLC, a New York-based private investment firm, to create Luminex Home Décor & Fragrance Holding Corporation, a global candle and home fragrance company.
  • Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: "ICON") in various capital markets and M&A transactions, including on (i) the US$345 million sale of its entertainment division to DHX Media, which includes interests in the Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake branded businesses, and (ii) the US$225 million acquisition of the UMBRO brand from Nike, Inc. 
  • Tengram Capital Partners in various transactions, including (i) its acquisition of controlling interests in Earth Treks, Inc., Planet Granite, Inc. and Movement Climbing + Fitness, LLC, operators of commercial indoor climbing gyms across the United States, and (ii) the sale of NEST Fragrances a leader in home and fine fragrance products, to Eurazeo Brands.
  • Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: "SQBG"), a publicly traded owner and licensor of a diversified global portfolio of prominent consumer brands, including Martha Stewart, Heelys, DVS Action Sports and William Rast, in its acquisition of the branded consumer product business from GAIAM, Inc. (NASDAQ: "GAIA").
  • Nature's Trees, Inc., in connection with a majority equity investment in SavATree by an affiliate of CI Capital Partners.
  • JANUS et Cie, a premium contemporary outdoor and interior furniture company, in connection with its acquisition by Haworth, Inc., a privately held global furniture brand company with several iconic Italian design brands, in its portfolio, including Cassina, Cappellini and Poltrona Frau.
  • Waterworks Holding Corp., parent of Waterworks™, a premier luxury bath and kitchen brand, in its sale to Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.
  • Design Within Reach, Inc., a leading home furnishing and design product retailer, and key members of its senior management, in its acquisition by Herman Miller, Inc.
  • VisioCap, LLC in various transactions, including its investments in (i) Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Company LLC, a manufacturer of specialty dog and cat treats and foods, (ii) Worldwise, Inc., a pet accessory company, and (iii) Nature’s Logic™, a premium, all natural pet food company.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
Speaking Engagements
  • Harvard Business School’s Private Equity Conference — Boston, MA (January 26, 2019)
  • Consensus Advisors' Great Brands Show — New York, NY (September 25-26, 2018) 
  • Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital 2018 Conference — New York, NY (March 16, 2018)