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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Robert Bodansky

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Corporate; Corporate Governance & Compliance; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity and Venture Capital; Real Estate; Real Estate Leasing; Project Development & Finance; Institutional Investor; Co-Investments & Direct Equity; Hedge Funds; Private Equity & Pooled Funds; Real Estate Funds; Impact Investment




Robert L. Bodansky is the managing partner in the Washington, DC office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Chair of the firm’s Institutional Investor Practice. His practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, alternative investments and real estate transactions.

Mr. Bodansky serves as investment counsel to some of the largest public and private pension funds in the country, representing them in connection with their investments in private equity funds, hedge funds, direct equity, separate accounts, club deals, fund of funds and other pooled investments. The investments cover all sectors and include both domestic and off-shore transactions.

In the business arena, Mr. Bodansky works with businesses and investors in connection with all manner of commercial and financial transactions. He is regularly called upon to represent companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, sales and financing (including both traditional and venture capital financing) and serves as outside general counsel to a number of privately held businesses. The emphasis of his M&A practice is the government contractor sector in general and, in particular, those government contractors involved in defense or homeland security. He represents U.S. and foreign buyers and sellers. Mr. Bodansky also is involved in the co-location of foreign companies to the United States and in cross-border transactions. His clients include a broad range of local, regional and national businesses, as well as multinational companies operating in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Far East and Latin America.

Mr. Bodansky’s real estate practice focuses on the sale, acquisition, development, financing and leasing of commercial properties. In addition to his work with private owners and developers, Mr. Bodansky represents public pension funds in their acquisition, disposition and management of real property, and helps them structure joint ventures and other transactions in a way that addresses the tax and other issues specific to these funds. He also represents national and regional office, retail and industrial tenants in their development and leasing of space around the country. 


J.D., George Washington University Law School, with honors (1977); B.A., Syracuse University, cum laude (1974)

United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Within: Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s 'dedicated' team has significant strength in investor-side mandates, which are the exclusive focus of the practice. Clients include prominent state retirement schemes from a range of industries. Washington DC-based Robert Bodansky ('extremely proactive and commercial') and Jennifer Neilsson in Chicago and Steven Richman in Atlanta are also recommended.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Within: M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's 'M&A team is efficient, timely and provides excellent business advice'. It acts for private and public companies in all aspects of M&A transactions, including joint ventures, divestitures and investments, and frequently advises on cross-border work. The firm's highly rated labor and employment practice regularly supports the M&A team on deals and the practice stands out for healthcare and franchise M&A. Corporate office chair for the Washington DC team Andrew Sherman led advice to a construction and insurance technology solutions company on the sale of construction bidding software; Atlanta-based Andrew Hough acted for IG Design Group Americas, an international stationery business, in a purchase of all of Impact Innovations' shares; Houston's Paul Pryzant assisted Nasdaq-listed TapImmune, which develops immunotherapeutics, with its merger of equals with immunotherapy innovator Marker Therapeutics; and Theodore Cornell III in Chicago advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of a flooring company. Also in Chicago, M&A chair Suzanne Saxman is 'terrific; she delegates when appropriate but participates on every important call, and is a good source of market intelligence that is helpful for benchmarking anticipated negotiation points'. Saxman advised a human resources services and technology company on the acquisition of a corporation that provides employee engagement and wellbeing solutions, and its subsidiaries. Elsewhere, vice-national M&A chair Andrew Lucano 'may just be the best M&A attorney in New York City - his expertise and attentiveness to detail, along with his business savvy, are critical'; also in New York, Stanley Bloch is 'the most practical and learned M&A attorney' some clients have worked with and 'brings to the table a perspective that few else have'. Washington DC's Robert Bodansky and Douglas Mancino in Los Angeles are other notable advisers; counsel Leslie Kersey was hired in New York from Paul Hastings LLP and Chicago-based Whitney Schmidt is an experienced associate.

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