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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Thomas Gaynor

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www.dlapiper.com/en/us/people/g/gaynor-thomas-e/
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Partner

Career

Thomas Gaynor represents clients from a wide range of industries in complex international corporate and finance transactions. He handles public and private international company mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, corporate governance, venture and private equity debt and equity financings, LLC and corporate formations and joint ventures, and domestic/offshore investment fund creation. Tom has worked with clients across the business spectrum, including digital media and technology startups, manufacturing, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, life sciences, real estate, financial services, durable consumer goods, retail appliance and electronics products, wireless and remote technology solutions and clean-tech energy and solar companies. He has also worked with real estate fund portfolios, cross-border finance and other general business and commercial services.

Many of Tom's clients are based outside of the United States, and he provides these multinational entities with a broad range of legal services and practical business strategy and advice. This practice focuses on Asia, Australia and Europe, with Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, UK, France and Italy specifically, where he has presented at a variety of technology conferences and spoken at several university and incubator programs.

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School; B.S., Georgetown University


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s 'responsive and communicative practice' fields lawyers with sector expertise in a range of industries, including technology, life sciences, healthcare and real estate; the practice is also experienced in deals involving franchising and distribution, insurance, manufacturing, and business and financial services. It acts in a variety of complex transactions, including stock-for-stock mergers, management buyouts, tender offers, proxy contests, cross-border acquisitions, and divisional purchases and sales; the team also advises special committees of boards on contests for control, including hostile bids and proxy contests, and assists with diligence and structuring issues, including tax, antitrust and IP. Active key clients include Sodexo, Grand Canyon Education, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and ASB Capital Management. New York-based US M&A chair Jonathan Klein assisted Sodexo, a Paris-based global food services and facilities management company, with its acquisition of Centerplate, a US-based sports and entertainment venue hospitality provider; Phoenix's US education sector chair David Lewis led advice to Grand Canyon Education on its sale of Grand Canyon University (GCU) to a nonprofit entity, which led to GCU becoming one of the largest nonprofit universities in the country; Chicago partner Andrew Weil acted for Rolls-Royce Power Systems in the sale of its Germany-based fuel injector business, L'Orange, to US-based Woodward; and co-global private equity chair and co-US corporate group chair Joseph Alexander Jr, who divides his time between Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and New York, advised ASB Capital Management, one of the largest institutional investment management firms in the Washington DC area, on the sale of Infomart Data Centers' Dallas operations to Equinix, which included the Infomart Dallas building. Other key advisers include US corporate co-chair John Gilluly, who divides his time between Houston, Austin and Dallas, San Diego office managing partner Jeff Baglio, and co-chair of the Northern California corporate and finance practice Eric Wang, who is based in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Recent growth for the Austin corporate practice saw the firm hire a team of six former Jackson Walker, L.L.P. partners, who advise institutional investors on investments and secondary transactions; Steven Bartz, who is experienced in fund formation, private equity, joint ventures and strategic alliances, joined the Dallas office from Thompson & Knight LLP; and Kevin Grant, who acts for strategic and financial buyers and sellers in both US domestic and cross-border M&A, and Emilio Ragosa were recruited in New Jersey from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where Ragosa led the corporate group in the Princeton office. Also of note, Thomas Gaynor and Jinjian Huang joined the San Francisco office in 2019.

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