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

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a prominent M&A practice with key lawyers in New York and Houston. The practice group distinguishes itself mainly through the frequent representation of global financial institutions and leading companies, such as Coca-Cola. At the head of the two main offices are M&A, private equity and corporate finance expert Jonathan Klein, and vice-chair Drew Baldinger, respectively. The group, which also covers local and national transactions, specializes in international stock-for-stock mergers, management buyouts and divisional purchases and sales. In addition, the team also draws expertise from the tax, antitrust and IP departments to provide a cross-practice service. Technology, life sciences, real estate and insurance are among the main sectors of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Klein; Drew Baldinger


‘The team is tremendous. Excellent cohesion and an ability to handle multiple areas of law within the scope of single or multiple matters.’

‘This team has tremendous M&A expertise across multiple disciplines. What makes them unique is their client focus. They quickly become immersed in understanding their client’s business issues and hot-button topics. They also are tremendously client-focused.’

‘Highly experienced and competent. Their response time is immediate.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Transform Midco

MEDNAX Services, Inc.

Seaspan Corporation


Q2 Holdings, Inc.

Stratos Genomics, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented MEDNAX, Inc., the national health solutions partner and leading provider of maternal-fetal, newborn and pediatric subspecialty care, in its $885m sale of MEDNAX Radiology Solutions to Radiology Partners.
  • Represented Seaspan Corporation in its acquisition of APR Energy Limited.
  • Represented The Coca-Cola Company in acquiring the remaining 57.5% equity stake in Fairlife.

Fenwick & West LLP

Best known for its specialization in the technology and life sciences sectors, Fenwick & West LLP's California-based M&A practice stands out for the frequent representation of major technology acquirers in Silicon Valley, including Amazon, Cisco Systems, Facebook and Symantec, among others. The team is led by Kris Withrow (Mountain View) and Douglas Cogen (San Francisco), who focus on strategic acquisitions and exit events, and strategic and commercial transactions respectively. Stephen Fisher, whose experience includes public and private company mergers, stock and asset sales and purchases and joint ventures, was promoted to partner in January 2020. Ken Myers in New York has a significant profile in technology and telecoms M&A. The group makes ample use of M&A technology, including proprietary deal rooms, diligence portals and an artificial intelligence tool for document review and analysis.

Practice head(s):

Kris Withrow; Douglas Cogen

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Fisher; Ken Myers


‘Fenwick is at the core of the technology sector. They are able to see around corners because they do such a high volume of transactions that are directly analogous to the transactions we do. They act like true parts of the team and are fully integrated into our M&A program. Their partner leadership is strong, with their associate talent consistently top notch, with a great client touch. Instantly responsive, you can hop on calls with them at all times of the day on urgent, complex issues relevant to technology companies.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable. I find their knowledge and experience is best in class. As a result their assessment of situations, and their recommendations, can be confidently relied on.’

‘Excellent lawyers who have experience across a broad range of M&A transactions and provide value add advice and work product. Truly exceptional work.’

‘Strong IP and fintech capabilities. Best in class “big tech” experience.’

Key clients

Symantec (NortonLifeLock)

Audentes Therapeutics, Inc.



Cisco Systems, Inc.

Fitbit, Inc.

Dermira, Inc.

SignalFX, Inc.

Silver Peak Systems, Inc.

Accel Entertainment Gaming, Inc.

ScoutRFP, Inc.

Lululemon Athletica Inc.

Adesto Technologies

Tubi, Inc.

Packet Host, Inc.

Etsy, Inc.

Modis Therapeutics, Inc.

Proofpoint, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. in its acquisition by Astellas Pharma Inc. at an equity value of $3bn.
  • Represented Symantec Corporation in the $10.7bn sale of its Enterprise Security assets to Broadcom Inc.
  • Represented OSIsoft, a global leader in real-time industrial data software and services, in its $5bn acquisition by AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software.

K&L Gates

Spread across multiple US offices and leveraging close working relationships with its international network, K&L Gates has a full-service corporate offering, which concentrates on equity investments and private equity transactions. Operating in a vast number of industries, the team's recent standout work has included advice on the public tender offer for all the outstanding shares of Veloxis, the cross-border carve-out sale of one of Evoqua Water Technologies' product lines, and Exact Sciences Corporation's acquisition of the epigenetics company Base Genomics. Key figures in the team include corporate global practice head Robert Zinn (New York), and co-head Annette Becker (Seattle), who has expertise in private and public equity financings as well as venture capital transactions. Other key lawyers are healthcare, financial services, technology, media and insurance expert Calvina Bostick (New York) and Leah Baucom (Charlotte), who handles leveraged buyouts, public and private divestitures, spin-offs and special committee representation.

Practice head(s):

Robert Zinn; Annette Becker

Other key lawyers:

Rick Giovannelli; Mark McMillan; Calvina Bostick; Leah Baucom


‘The firm integrates seamlessly with the corporate team, filling in the gaps and increasing the efficiency and the effectiveness of the corporate legal team. Efficient delivery of the legal product in the context of the business.’

‘K&L Gates has a great M&A team. Extremely responsive, knowledgeable and practical, they take a strategic approach to problem solving that gets the deal done while maintaining the key protections for their client.’

‘Flexible, supportive and attentive.’

‘Very strong, helpful professional, efficient. Exactly what you want in outside counsel.’

Key clients

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals

Primo Water Corporation

Shoptalk Commerce and Groceryshop.

Merrill Gardens LLC

Exact Sciences Corporation

Howard M. Meyers, QXH II, Quexco Incorporated, and RSR Corporation

Evoqua Water Technologies LLC

QualTek USA, LLC.

Sinch Holding AB.

Crane Co

Accelalpha Inc.

EX Holdings

RWE AG (previously owned by Innogy SE)


HARBRO Emergency Services & Restoration, Inc.

Capital South Partners Funds

The Nielsen Company (US), LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Veloxis Pharmaceuticals in the $1.3bn public tender offer of all the outstanding shares of Veloxis by Asahi Kasei, a Japanese public company.
  • Represented Primo in connection with its $775m acquisition by Cott Corporation.
  • Advised digital brands portfolio Red Ventures on its acquisition of CNET Media Group from ViacomCBS for $500m.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP's corporate and M&A practice has an extensive reach in the US and abroad and is focused on matters involving divestitures of public and private companies, joint ventures, anti-takeover strategies, tender offers and proxy contests. The group is particularly well known for its private equity practice, which is led from New York by Jonathan Melmed and has a solid position in the middle market. Melmed is notably active in the healthcare, life sciences, power and energy infrastructure sectors. In Atlanta, practice head Keith Townsend represents issuers and underwriters in corporate finance transactions, while Rahul Patel regularly serves as lead outside counsel to companies of the likes of Roper Technologies, Oxford Industries and General Electric. James Woolery left the firm in October 2020 to found the boutique Woolery & Co; however, a number of partners joined the firm from Baker McKenzie and Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend; Rahul Patel

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Malmed


‘Highly knowledgeable and efficient.’

Key clients

Roper Technologies, Inc.

Jernigan Capital

Science Applications International Corporation

Dynetics, Inc.

Blue Canyon Technologies, Inc.

ManTech International Corporation

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN)

Eagle Merchant Partners

ACON Investments

Aaron’s, Inc.

The Vincit Group

Under Armour, Inc.

Lightning eMotors

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Aaron’s, Inc. on the spin-off of its Aaron’s Business segment.
  • Represented Dynetics, Inc. in its $1.65bn acquisition by Leidos Holdings, Inc.
  • Advised Lightning Systems, Inc. as it entered into a Business Combination Agreement with GigCapital3.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Miami-based Harris Siskind heads McDermott Will & Emery LLP's global corporate practice, which has notable strength in private equity matters, often advising funds and portfolio companies on acquisitions, dispositions and leveraged recapitalizations. The team routinely takes on the role of counsel for serial acquirers and also acts across the whole lifecycle of a private equity portfolio company. Standout deals included the representation of the Sterling Group and its portfolio company, Construction Supply Group, in a business combination transaction, and, separately, the $1.35bn sale of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions's CarePort Health business to WellSky Corp. In New York, Timothy Alvino handles domestic and cross-border divestitures and joint ventures, while Todd Finger is active in mergers, stock and asset purchases and sales, joint ventures and recapitalizations.

Practice head(s):

Harris Siskind

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Alvino; Todd Finger


‘Incredibly responsive. Provide clear, concise advice. Go above-and-beyond to provide information to clients to help facilitate their decision making.’

‘Incredibly knowledgeable, proactive, and responsive. Our advisors deliver a prestigious law firm experience in every single interaction and deal. While having incredible backgrounds and legal pedigrees, they are very down-to-earth and easy to communicate with.’

‘Deep expertise in all M&A transactions. Have particular experience in doing deals in Africa. They are true business partners and don’t give just the legal answer. They give the practical business advice, knowing the legal considerations.’

‘The team is very hands-on, and work very collaboratively. The team feels like an extension of the in-house team. Key capabilities focus on the ability for the team to advise on a broad range of topics and pull-in experts to the core M&A team as required.’

‘They are extremely client-focused, always available and always willing to go the extra mile to get a result. They work as a team, and feel like part of the in-house team.’

Key clients


Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Akumin, Inc.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX)

Alpine Investors

Ampersand Capital Partners

Amulet Capital Partners, L.P.

Angeles Equity Partners

Ares Management

Atlantic Street Capital

AUA Private Equity Partners

Baker Hughes Company

Batchelor & Kimball, Inc.

Baxter Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: BAX)

BDO USA, LLP/ BDO Public Sector, LLC

BioTek Instruments, Inc.

Blue Sea Capital

BofA Securities, Inc.,

Calera Capital Partners

Castle Harlan


Cellect Biotechnology

CenterGate Capital, LP

Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.

Choice Health Insurance LLC

Commonwealth Psychology Associates, LLC

Comvest Partners

Coty Inc.

Credit Suisse

Cummins-Allison Corp.

DaVita Inc.

DFB Healthcare Acquisitions Corp.


Dialexa, LLC

Dogfish Head Brewery

Downtown Music

Eli Lilly

Enhanced Healthcare Partners (“EHP”)

Enleofen Bio Pte Ltd.


Fireman Capital Partners

Gauge Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented the Sterling Group, a Houston-based private equity firm, and its portfolio company, Construction Supply Group (CSG), in a business combination transaction in which the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) will acquire for cash the construction and industrial business of HD Supply Holdings Inc.
  • Represented Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. in the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its CarePort Health business to WellSky Corp.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, BofA Securities, Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC as the joint book-running managers in an underwritten $1bn public offering of 1.95% Senior Notes of Northern Trust Corporation.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has notable strengths across the spectrum of private and public M&A matters, as well as regulation and corporate governance. The team's client pool ranges from family businesses all the way to multinational companies, the majority of which are in the financial, energy, healthcare and technology sectors. Contacts in the team include Dallas-based Scarlet McNellie, who is head of corporate, M&A and securities, and Gene Lewis, head of business in Denver. The department also includes key practitioners Glen Hettinger (also in Dallas), who assists boards of directors on matters involving corporate governance, interested-party transactions, and fiduciary duties, and divestitures; and joint ventures expert Kessar Nashat in New York.

Practice head(s):

Scarlet McNellie; Gene Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Glen Hettinger; Kessar Nashat


‘The NRF team is highly skilled and approaches transactions with a very commercial perspective. Not only do they identify issues for immediate action, they take a long view of a deal and what needs to be done to prepare for hurdles down the road. They understand my business and our unique approach to transactions.’

‘The team is great, from the partners through the associate ranks. The transaction teams are always well staffed with the right people who continue to build knowledge about our business and our needs.’

‘Exceptional knowledge, responsiveness, great quality and advice.’

Key clients

Montage Resources Corporation

Kirby Corporation

Pharmaceutical Strategies Group (PSG)

Hannon Armstrong

CORE Industrial Partners

LongueVue Capital, LLC

Archrock, Inc.

Ullico Inc.

Marsh and McLennan Companies Inc (MMC)

Work highlights

  • Advised Husky Energy on an all-stock $17.9bn combination with Cenovus Energy, creating the third largest Canadian-based refiner and upgrader.
  • Advised Montage Resources on its all-stock sale to Southwestern Energy, for a combined value of $2bn.
  • Advised Ullico on its acquisition of a 35% interest in a 1.4 GW portfolio of two combined-cycle gas generation assets and two battery energy storage assets located in California and Arizona from The AES Corporation for $424m.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP's Chicago-based Thaddeus Malik heads the firm's M&A practice, which is notably active in the defense and aerospace, media, entertainment, technology and life sciences sectors across the US. The San Francisco and Palo Alto offices specialize in public and private multi-jurisdictional mandates, joint ventures and strategic alliances; while in San Diego, the team focuses on matters in the financial services and emerging technologies sectors. In New York, the emphasis is on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Standout highlights include the Intel Corporation's $2bn acquisition of Habana Labs, an Israeli-based developer of programmable deep learning accelerators; that matter was led by William Choe in San Francisco. In March and May 2020, Stefan dePozsgay and Trevor Katende left for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Everest Talent Management, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Thad Malik

Other key lawyers:

William Choe

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Intel Corporation

Colony Capital


The Boeing Company

GE Aviation


Caithness Energy

Qatalyst Partners

Eli Lilly & Co.

Merck & Co., Inc.

Teleperformance SE

Deerfield Management

Canopy Growth Corporation

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

Acadia Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Represented Colony Capital as lead sponsor of an acquisition of 80% of mature data center assets owned and managed by Vantage Data Centers with a value of $3.5bn.
  • Represented Intel Corporation in its $2bn acquisition of Habana Labs Ltd., an Israeli-based developer of programmable deep learning accelerators for the data center.
  • Advised telecom equipment company Ericsson AB on the acquisition of Cradlepoint, a wireless networking company, for $1.1bn.


WilmerHale's M&A advice is particularly sought out in the life sciences, technology, financial services and communication sectors. The team is best known for providing interdisciplinary advice by leveraging the firm's securities, corporate governance, tax and regulatory groups, as well as its international network. A sizable part of the department is housed in the Boston office, where Hal Leibowitz and Joseph Conahan act as co-heads, focusing on corporate and securities law matters and on the representation of buyers, sellers and boards of directors in divestitures, joint ventures and other transactions, respectively. Chris Barnstable-Brown in New York has a wide domestic and international M&A practice, while Jay Bothwick stands out for his involvement for clients like the Endurance International Group and Acacia Communications.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Conahan; Hal Leibowitz

Other key lawyers:

Chris Barnstable-Brown; Jay Bothwick 

Key clients


Acacia Communications





Disarm Therapeutics

Eaton Vance

Endurance International Group

Emisphere Technologies


General Catalyst




Mineral Tree





Work highlights

  • Represented Eaton Vance Corp. in its $7bn acquisition by Morgan Stanley.
  • Representing Emisphere Technologies, Inc. in its pending $1.8bn acquisition by Novo Nordisk A/S.
  • Represented SoFi in its acquisition of Galileo Financial Technologies for $1.2bn.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP has a significant track record in public and private M&A as well as in private equity matters, acting both for the target companies and the funds. The main activities of the team include carve-outs, distressed acquisitions and restructurings. Dominick DeChiara is a well-known name in the market and leads the practice in New York. Matthew Bergmann and Christopher Zochowski act as co-heads from Chicago and Washington, respectively.Other names to note include Timothy Kincaid, who focuses on equity purchase, capital raising and sale transactions; Oscar David, who has expertise in the consumer products sector and regularly advises on M&A, securities, and corporate governance; and Allen Miller, a name to note for international transactions.

Practice head(s):

Dom DeChiara; Matt Bergmann; Chris Zochowski

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Kincaid; Oscar David; Allen Miller


‘Leadership and deep knowledge combined with efficient use of high level subject matter experts.’

Key clients

AAR Corp.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

American Access Casualty Company

Beam Suntory Inc.

Boxwood Merger Corp.

Chart Industries, Inc.

Danfoss A/S

Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp.

Diginex Limited

Forum Merger II Corporation

Glycom A/S

International Dehydrated Foods, LLC

KAR Auction Services Inc.

Kleinfelder Group

Koppers, Inc.

Molina Healthcare

Morningstar, Inc.

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Netfin Acquisition Corp.

NexPoint Advisors, L.P.

Reyes Holding, LLC

Sandvik Mining and Construction BV

Silva International, Inc.

Skillz Inc.

SW Brewing Company

Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

United American Healthcare Corporation

ValTek Holdings, Inc.

WaterBridge Resources

Work highlights

  • Represented Skillz Inc. in its business combination with Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp.
  • Represented Danfoss in its acquisition of Eaton’s Hydraulics business for a cash purchase price of $3.3bn.
  • Represented Reyes Holdings, L.L.C. in its $2bn sale of the Reinhart Foodservice Business to Performance Food Group Company.

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP's New York-based M&A team has notable strength in the representation of companies in middle-market technology, media and telecoms transactions. The group is particularly sought out for its expertise in foreign inbound transactions into the US, which is a key area of focus for practice head Steven Goldberg. This type of work is complemented by the firm's international tax and CFIUS teams and also by group's in-depth knowledge of the Indian and European markets. In January 2020, five new M&A experts at partner level joined the newly opened Dallas office. Jonathan Cramer left for Herrick, Feinstein LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Steven Goldberg

Key clients

The E.W. Scripps Company

Third Point LLC

TransDigm Group, Inc.

Ring Energy, Inc.

TLI Bedrock

Orafol International, Inc.

Toyota Motor North America

Hyland Software

Work highlights

  • Advising Scripps on a proposed $2.65bn acquisition of national broadcast network Ion Media.
  • Advised Third Point LLC on a transaction in which Global Blue, a leading provider of Tax Free Shopping and payment solutions became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange; enterprise value $2.65bn.
  • Advised TransDigm Group Inc. on its sale of France-based Souriau-Sunbank Connection Technologies, a manufacturer of electrical interconnect products for harsh environments, to Eaton Corporation plc for approximately $920m.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP's M&A team is distinguished by its public and private company M&A and shareholder activism activity. Working together with the wider firm's antitrust, employee benefits, insolvency, tax and securitization teams, the practice is able to provide full support to clients including Hudson Executive Capital, Senator Investment Group and Elliott Management Corporation as well as both activist shareholders and companies responding to shareholder activism. The group also has strengths in board advisory matters, corporate governance, sell-side buyouts matters and hostile transactions. William Mills and Richard Brand head the practice group in New York.

Practice head(s):

William Mills; Richard Brand

Key clients

ACRES Capital Corp.

Ashford Inc.

Bow Street LLC

Community Bank System, Inc.

CVC Capital Partners

Dealer Car Search

Hudson Executive Capital LP

Hyland Software, Inc.

Monocle Acquisition Corporation

Sachem Head Capital Management

Senator Investment Group

Shanda Asset Management

SRS Investment Management

Vann A. Avedisian Trust and a group of investors

Work highlights

  • Advised Senator Investment Group LP on its partnership with Cannae Holdings to make an approximately $7bn unsolicited acquisition proposal for CoreLogic and in its successful bid to replace three directors on the Company’s board with Senator and Cannae nominees.
  • Advised Sachem Head Capital Management in its $1.2bn acquisition of a 9.1% stake in Elanco Animal Health Inc.
  • Advised Bow Street LLC in its proxy contest with Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and successful effort to add eight new directors to the company’s board.

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP has a sizable M&A practice providing the full range of transactions advice both to public and private companies. The practice group regularly acts for acquirers, targets and sellers in connection to all-cash and all-stock acquisitions, public company mergers, and take-private transactions, with a strong focus on the technology and life sciences industries. Barbara Borden, who concentrates on cross-border acquisitions and joint venture structuring, heads the team from San Diego. In San Francisco, Jamie Leigh handles transactional matters for clients including Uber, NVIDIA, Tableau and Zoom, and Ben Beerle has broad expertise in M&A and joint ventures. Also of note, the New York office welcomed the arrival of Kevin Cooper from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in March 2020, but also saw the departure of three partners.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Borden; Jamie Leigh

Other key lawyers:

Ben Beerle; Kevin Cooper


‘Cooley has experienced lawyers who understand the nuance and practicality of negotiations and where to take acceptable business risk. Also understand how to manage board dynamics and how to navigate complex transactions with multiple stakeholders.’

‘What I appreciate about this team is their rapid response to questions, and their availability in general.’

‘Every individual I’ve worked with over the past 15-18 years has taken a personal interest in us, the founders, as well as the company as we expanded.’

‘Deep knowledge and experience. They really take the time to understand the business’

Key clients



Battery Ventures

Centerview Partners

Cornerstone OnDemand

Dova Pharmaceuticals

Eric Roza


Forty Seven


Kim Kardashian West

Kylie Jenner / King Kylie Cosmetics







Xyphos Biosciences

Zoom Video Communications


Dentons' full-service M&A practice is specialized in assisting companies in the manufacturing, energy, financial services, healthcare and life sciences sectors. Don Hammett, who leads the US corporate practice group, sits in Dallas and has longstanding experience in corporate and tax structure issues. Joshua Fisher is a stand-out managing associate. Michael Cochran left for Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Don Hammett

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Fisher


The entire team was very responsive and always available to keep our deal moving along to completion.’


Spread across Santa Monica, Silicon Valley and Boston, and bringing together attorneys from a variety of practice areas, Goodwin's M&A service group has strong expertise in the middle market, where it focuses on sectors such as private equity, technology, life sciences, and real estate. Global head of M&A Stuart Cable acts for buyers, sellers and investment banks, as well as private equity and venture investors. Alessandra Simons often works with boards and executives through M&A exits, both domestically and cross-border. Kenneth Gordon is also a key practitioner and recently stood out for his work on Carbon Black's sale to VMWare for $2.1bn.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Cable

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Weidhaas; Anthony McCusker; Kenneth Gordon; Mitchell Bloom; Alessandra Simons


‘The Goodwin internal team is a key feature of the success of the firm and a critical part of why I continually return to use them. The flexibility of team structure, strong back up capabilities and deep expertise across the various features of all play into their success.’

Key clients

Immatics N.V



TA Associates

Bregal Sagemount

Frazier Healthcare

OLLY Nutrition





Work highlights

  • Counseled Freshly on its $950m sale to Nestlé USA.
  • Advised Immatics N.V. on its $993m business combination with Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp.
  • Advised Workfront on its definitive agreement to be acquired by Adobe for $1.5bn.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In the M&A space, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP stands out for its cross-disciplinary and international capabilities. In addition to its US, European and Asian offices, the firm also has in-depth experience of transactions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Contested acquisitions, corporate auctions and spin-offs as well as buyouts and divestiture programs are among the team’s main activities. Richmond-based co-head Steven Haas assists companies and boards of directors with matters regarding corporate governance, shareholder activism and other fiduciary duty matters. Steven Patterson in Washington DC specializes in representing retail and consumer products companies. In Houston, Michael O’Leary has a wide reputation in master limited partnerships, energy and oilfield services matters.

Practice head(s):

Steven Haas; Steve Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Leary


‘The HAK team is well-rounded in their skill set and very responsive to their clients’ needs. You can get the answers you need in just about any subject area very efficiently and quickly.’

‘Steve Haas is the main partner I work with on M&A and corporate matters and is great to work with and very knowledgeable from a legal and practical perspective. He is extremely responsive and does whatever is necessary to get the job done in a productive and efficient manner.’

Key clients


Royal Vopak

BlackRock, Inc.

Tredegar Corporation

San Juan Holdings

HOF Village, LLC

Dana Incorporated

Pure Acquisition Corp.

Evercore Partners

Jernigan Capital, Inc.

DCP Midstream Partners, LP

Virginia Community Bankshares, Inc.

Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation

Pretium REO, LLC

BankFirst Capital Corporation

Entegra Financial Corp.

Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Pure Acquisition Corp. in its $845m acquisition of HighPeak Energy, LP, HighPeak Energy II, LP and HighPeak Energy III, LP.
  • Represented GAINSCO, Inc. in its $400m acquisition by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
  • Represented Hall of Fame Village in its $390m SPAC merger with Gordon Pointe Acquisition Corp to create the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP leverages its position in Silicon Valley to act as legal advisor to technology companies that are involved in various types of transactions. Featured in the team's recent caseload are SPAC transactions, including some billion-dollar highlight cases for Fisker, Momentis and Luminar Technologies, along with sell-side transactions involving serial acquirers such as Amazon, Dell, DropBox, Facebook, Google and others. Led by highly recognized Matthew Gemello, who often acts on buy-side M&A, the team is also noted for its experience handling transactions in the energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gemello

Key clients

Luminar Technologies

SOC Telemed


Clover Health


Macquarie Infrastructure Partners




Intersect Power

Work highlights

  • Advising  Clover Health on its $3.7bn definitive agreement to become publicly traded via a SPAC merger with Social Capital Hedosophia.
  • Advised Fisker on its $2.9bn merger with Spartan Energy, a New York based SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, resulting in Fisker becoming a public company.
  • Advised Veolia Energy North America Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Veolia Environnement SA, on the $1.25bn sale of its US district energy assets—comprising a portfolio of cogeneration and steam, hot and chilled water and electricity production plants across ten US cities, and the operating businesses—to private equity firm Antin Infrastructure Partners SAS.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Under the joint leadership of Stuart Freedman and Richard PresuttiSchulte Roth & Zabel LLP's M&A practice stands out in particular for its private equity and investment management focus. In addition, the New York-based team is known for advising on public and private transactions, spin-offs and joint ventures. Freedman has significant experience in cross-border transactions, while Richard Presutti's recent work has included advice on Veritas Capital's and Cambium Learning Group's acquisition of Rosetta Stone; Andrew Fadale was also involved in that matter.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Freedman; Richard Presutti

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Fadale

Key clients

Acacia Research Corp.

Albertsons Companies

Cerberus Capital Management

Keane Group

Marlin Equity Partners

Oak Hill Advisors

Veritas Capital

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath has a strong market position in the Midwest, but also handles M&A for public and private companies nationwide. Healthcare and technology transactions are particular strengths. Jim Fischer and Keith Radtke jointly lead the firm’s corporate practice group, while Mike Stanchfield and Adam Weinstock are leaders of the firm’s M&A group.

Practice head(s):

Jim Fischer; Keith Radtke; Mike Stanchfield; Adam Weinstock

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP focuses on complex transactions, developing customized strategies for clients over a full range of M&A transactions, such as joint ventures and investments, areas where Michael Traube is noted. Kenneth Lefkowitz, who acts as the firm’s deputy chair and chairman of the corporate group, is noted for his expertise in hostile takeovers, proxy fights and takeover defense. The wider practice is well placed to advise on cross-border work.

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Lefkowitz; Michael Traube; Charles Samuelson

Key clients

Advance Publications

BAC Florida Bank

Bluestar Alliance

Cartamundi Group

CF Finance Acquisition Corp.


Condé Nast


Daimler Trucks

GB Auto Service


Greenbriar Equity


Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp.

Madison Square Garden

Platinum Equity

Sony Music Entertainment

The Smithfield Group

Turnitin (a subsidiary of Advance Publications)




Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP offers a wide range of transactional support, covering M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Edward Prokop in New York has significant experience advising private equity and asset management firms; the firm also regularly advises middle-market companies. Joseph Gromacki leads the firm-wide corporate practice from the Chicago office, handling M&A transactions and advising public companies and their boards on corporate governance, fiduciary and disclosure matters. Thomas Monson is also recommended in this space. The corporate practice, with an established bench of partners in Chicago, has grown in New York and Los Angeles. New York-based co-chair Kevin Collins also chairs the life sciences and healthcare group, attesting to the team's transactional strength in those sectors. Carissa Coze in Los Angeles is particularly recommended for her expertise in strategic transactions within the media industry.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Gromacki; Kevin Collins; Carissa Coze; Thomas Monson

Other key lawyers:

Edward Prokop


‘Kevin Collins and team are a group of outstanding, engaged M&A lawyers who combine expertise, experience, pragmatism and strategic thinking. They will support your cause with great expertise and guide you with calm, professionalism and foresight through all M&A situations.’

‘Engagement, courage, customer identification, pragmatism, great expertise and experience.’

Key clients

Archer Daniels Midland Company

General Dynamics Corporation

General Motors Company

Honeywell International Inc.

Lonza Group AG

Schneider Electric

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

The Hertz Corporation

US Foods, Inc.

KEMET Corporation

Aon Plc


StarTek, Inc.

Cresco Labs Inc.

Green Thumb Industries

Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised General Dynamics on its public offering of $4bn of debt securities.
  • Advised Shift Technologies Inc. on its merger agreement with Insurance Acquisition Corp., a NASDAQ-listed special purpose acquisition company.
  • Represented Silgan Holdings Inc. in its acquisition of the dispensing business of the Albea Group for $900m.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP' US M&A practice stands out for its capability in multi-jurisdictional deals, drawing on the wider firm's global M&A practice groups. The team is recommended for both international clients involved in inbound deals and US clients in outbound deals. It offers comprehensive transaction support, with linked-up US and global capital markets, antitrust and tax practices. Scott Sonnenblick focuses on corporate transactions, including those with cross-border elements. He jointly heads the practice with Peter Cohen-Millstein, who, in addition to transactional work, has extensive expertise in SEC compliance and reporting and governance issues. Both Sonnenblick and Cohen-Millstein are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Peter Cohen-Millstein; Scott Sonnenblick

Other key lawyers:

Gabriel Silva; Alberto Luzarraga

Key clients

Digital Colony Partners

Marfrig Global Foods S.A.

Montagu Private Equity LLP

Curetis N.V.


Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras

Sibanye Stillwater Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised global investment firm Digital Colony on multiple digital infrastructure transactions including the acquisitions of Highline, Etix and other independent owners and operators of communication infrastructure and data center operators in South America, Europe, Japan and Africa.
  • Advised Marfrig on the $970m acquisition of a 51% interest in the US beef processor National Beef.
  • Advised ASSA ABLOY on its acquisition of LifeSafety Power (LSP), an Illinois-based supplier of integrated access control power solutions for OEMs, integrators and end-users and Olimpia Hardware, a leading provider of glass hardware and accessories in Latin America and the Caribbean.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP advises corporate clients and investors on M&A and related transactions, including carve-outs, joint ventures and hostile or contested situations. Eric Zabinski in Century City chairs the M&A practice group.

Practice head(s):

Eric Zabinski

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP's M&A group is particularly strong in the private equity space, where the Chicago-based team led by Matthew Petersen and Michael Lee covers LBOs, portfolio acquisitions and exit strategies.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Petersen; Michael Lee