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

Operating from St. Louis, Greensfelder’s business services team is well-versed in M&A, exit strategies, corporate finance, business structuring and succession plans.
Moore & Van Allen, PLLC handles M&A, divestitures, corporate governance and business advice affairs, directing particular attention to the energy, steel and investment management sectors.
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, a firm with a strong presence in Tennessee, is engaged on M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance affairs in industries as varied as healthcare, real estate, automotive, media and hospitality.

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

Akerman LLP

Established over 30 years ago, Akerman LLP’s corporate and M&A practice is principally located in Miami though is frequently active on matters of national and international significance. The workload chiefly consists of deals within the $50m-$500m range and encompasses everything from M&A, buyouts and spin-offs through to joint ventures, SPACs and distressed company transactions. Fort Lauderdale-based David Birke was appointed as co-chair of the practice in November 2021 and leads it alongside Jonathan Awner who has forged a prominent reputation for deals relating to major car dealerships. Former practice co-lead  Carl Roston remains an active member of the group, providing considerable expertise in the energy, aviation and aerospace fields. The team routinely supports clients on their affairs in throughout the Americas and the Caribbean and is bolstered by dedicated investment management, franchise and licensing and corporate finance departments. Up-and-coming partner Kenneth Wiggins is a specialist in both transactional and general corporate affairs, operating across the retail, plumbing, industrial, IT and transportation sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Awner; Carl Roston

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Wiggins; David Birke; Paul Quinn; Martin Burkett


‘This is a team with lots of great people and depth across various areas of expertise.’

‘Always responsive and reasonable in their approach to complicated matters.’

Key clients

AutoNation, Inc.

The Beekman Group

MBF Healthcare Partners

H.I.G. Capital


AE Industrial Partners, LP

Ferguson Enterprises, LLC

JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Greenbriar Equity

Warren Equity Partners

Supply Chain Equity Partners

Resolute Forest Products Inc

Branford Castle Partners

Grant Avenue Capital

MPE Healthcare Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented long-time client Trivest in multiple transactions throughout the year.
  • Represented Ferguson Enterprises in multiple transactions throughout the year.
  • Represented The Beekman Group in multiple transactions throughout the year.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is a go-to for mergers, stock asset and whole business acquisitions, SPACs, tender offers and leveraged buyouts, among other corporate transactions. Its team hones its focus on deals spanning the $100m-$2bn bracket and is likewise highly reputed for its private equity and corporate governance activities. Kevin Lavin commands an authoritative presence within the government contracting, IT services, telecoms and software sectors, co-heading the practice jointly with New York-based Derek Stoldt, a life science and medical technology expert, and Denver-based corporate and finance chair Ronald Levine. The group is active in a number of additional regulated industries including financial services, national security, FDA and export control and is also home to Matthew Owens, a healthcare sector specialist who handles transactions pertaining to physician practices, surgery centers and diagnostic image providers, among other assets. Lavin and Owens are based in Washington DC and the team is also present in San Francisco where Edward Deibert handles numerous transactions in the semiconductor, technology, consumer product and hospitality industries. Other key locations include Chicago and  also Denver, an office which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Michele Rowland from Ballard Spahr LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lavin; Derek Stoldt; Ronald Levine

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Owens; Michele Rowland ; Lowell Dashefsky; Edward Deibert

Key clients

AES Corporation

Allied Concessions Group Inc.

BioNTech SE

Broadway Financial Corporation

CBB Bancorp

Concrete Pumping Holdings (dba Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping, Inc.)

CS Wind

Eximius Design, LLC

Front Porch Communities and Services

Harbour Point Capital

Insmed Incorporated

Legacy Reserves

Novartis AG and Novartis Pharma AG

Pfizer, Inc.

Pharmavite LLC

Shanghai Highly (Group) Co.

Sterling National Bank

Virtuoso Acquisition Corporation

Walker & Dunlop

Wheels Up Partners Holdings, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Virtuoso Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, on its business combination with Wejo Limited, the UK-based leader in connected vehicle data public in a transaction to take Wejo public.
  • Advised Wheels Up Holdings, LLC a private aviation company, in its combination with Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
  • Advised AES Corporation on its strategic investment in Uplight Inc., an-end-to-end energy solutions company focused on energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Home to over 70 attorneys, Choate, Hall & Stewart’s business department delivers representation to acquirers, investment bankers, financing sources and targets on an array of corporate transactions. In Boston, Brian Goldstein  co-chairs the practice alongside John Pitfield who, in addition to M&A, also supports companies on disclosure, governance and board level mandates, directing particular attention to the TMT, life sciences and health services industries. A key point of differentiation for the group is its proficiency in cross-border transactions, a forte which often sees it instructed as US counsel to Canadian, Israeli, British, Irish and European entities.

Practice head(s):

John Pitfield; Brian Goldstein

Key clients

Haemonetics Corporation

LeMaitre Vascular

US Dermatology Partners (Oliver Street Dermatology)

Candescent Partners

Creation Technologies International Inc.

Whil Concepts Inc.

ENT Partners

Vera Whole Health

Auction Technology Group

Kadant Inc.

Eversheds Sutherland

Transatlantic firm Eversheds Sutherland, which is able to draw on a far-reaching international network of offices , is ‘extremely experienced’ in a wealth of corporate affairs, namely M&A, joint ventures, PE investments, general advice, restructurings and governance mandates. The team places a high degree of emphasis on sector knowledge and fields dedicated industry practice groups for energy, insurance, TMT, industrials and financial services. Robert Pile disperses distinguished expertise in payments-related technologies industry, jointly fronting the practice alongside Robert Copps, a New York lawyer with a track record in stock and asset transactions, strategic alliances and mergers. Pile operates from Atlanta where Rob Ellis is cited as ‘the best of the best‘ and Hill Jeffries caters to a number of technology, food manufacturing, natural resource and TIMO companies. The team significantly expanded its client roster throughout 2021, adding in excess of 130 new names, and also leverages a presence in Chicago, Houston and Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pile; Robert Copps

Other key lawyers:

Hill Jeffries; Michael Voynich; David Phillips; Theodore Cominos; Rob Ellis


‘The Eversheds Sutherland team is the most professional, and creative legal team that I had worked within my career. They know how to listen to the client carefully, learning the nature of the legal problem/challenges and only then to come with the right solution. The team is always available to me and treat me like family. They have a deep understanding and connections in the business world and the law all over the world.’

‘Theodore Cominos is the best attorney that I have worked with in my business career. He is a friend and a mentor that help me with all the legal problems of my business. Ted is a very smart and sharp attorney that always gives you solutions and professional legal support. I highly respect his modest and hardworking skills. I can admit that Ted’s assistance improved our business dramatically.’

‘Understand how private equity investors think and how the business works. Operate a cross border model in a seamless way. Abilty to grasp complex issues and translate into legal agreements. Practice goes well beyond M&A – abilty to address tax, corporate and related issues.’

‘Theodore Cominos understands how we think and what we really need. Unique abilty to identify key points in structure/negotiations and to protect our interests. Grasps the key value drivers in an investment and ensures that adequately covered in documentation (directy and indirectly). Incredible negotiation skills/experience.’

‘Broad and deep experience across a relatively large M&A team, which allows them to staff matters cost effectively.’

‘High caliber people, trusted advisors! Great M&A experience, especially with regard to private equity financing rounds. Pragmatic approach. Robert Pile and Rob Ellis are standouts.’

‘This M&A team is extremely experienced, business-savvy, efficient, prompt, relatively low-cost.’

‘While I have not met any partner or associate I do not like, Rob Ellis is the best of the best! He has the lead on several of our deals, and he does wonders! I particularly appreciate how he is unflappable and never loses his temper in the heat of negotiations. He is quick-thinking and offers great solutions in many of our impasses.’

Key clients

Fiserv (including First Data Corporation)

Cox Communications

FLEETCOR Technologies

Noro-Moseley Partners; and SSM Partners Growth Equity II


WEC Energy Group (WEC)


Westlake Chemical Corporation

JAS Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Adviser to Fiserv, Inc., the world’s leading provider of credit card processing services, with respect to some of its most significant relationships and transactions, including in the acquisition of Spend Labs, Inc. and in its acquisition of Inlet, LLC, among several other transactions.
  • Representing Cox Communications on entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Segra, the leading Charlotte, North Carolina-based privately-held fibre infrastructure provider and one of the largest in the US.
  • Adviser to FLEETCOR on several signification transactions, including in its acquisition of, the leading global accounts payable cloud software platform for small businesses.

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP is a long-established player in the field of media, entertainment and technology transactions and is likewise formidable in digital content, advertising, financial service, energy and healthcare-related deals. Mitchell Nussbaum runs a broad workload which encompasses M&A, going-private transactions, tender offers and reverse mergers in addition to a wealth of capital markets matters; he co-chairs the practice alongside LA-based Arash Khalili who provides the group with an intimate understanding of the sports, fashion, wellbeing and fitness industries. Ronelle Porter operates from New York alongside Nussbaum and is a star name for cross-border transactions, joint ventures, general matters and corporate governance. The rest of the workload encompasses reorganisation, business start-up, disposition, exit strategy and operational change mandates and often encompasses deals with a cross-border element, particularly those pertaining to Asia, Israel and Western Europe.

Practice head(s):

Mitch Nussbaum; Arash Khalili


Other key lawyers:

Lloyd Rothenberg; Steve Hurdle; Tahra Wright; Ronelle Porter; Ross Emmerman; Giovanni Caruso

Key clients

Element Partners, LLC

M ss ng P eces

Kyocera Corporation


NV5 Global, Inc.

Pelstar, LLC

American Iron & Metal Company


Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. (I and II)

indie Semiconductor

Rodgers Silicon Valley Acquisition Corp.

BCTG Acquisition Corp.

LifeSci Acquisition II Corp.

Goldenbridge Acquisition Corp.

Orisun Acquisition Corp.

Oprah Winfrey and Harpo, Inc.

Roth CH Acquisition Co. II

Opes Acquisition Corp.

Trident Acquisitions Corp.

Dwyane Wade

Aldel Financial Inc.

NewHold Investment Corp.

Ogle School Holdings, LLC

Grantham University/The Level Playing Field Corporation

Gresham Technologies PLC

Tottenham Acquisition I Limited

AGBA Acquisition Limited

Newborn Acquisition Corp.

Model Performance Acquisition Corp.

LifeSci Acquisition I Corp.

Earth Island

Grimmway Farms

Shareholders of Les Schwab Tire Centers

Work highlights

  • Represented Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. I in a $381m merger with Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Loeb advised NewHold Investment Corp. in its business combination with Evolv Technology, Inc., which has an equity value of $1.7bn.
  • Represented Trident Acquisitions Corp. in its initial business combination with

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP demonstrates a tenacity for multi-billion-dollar transactions though is predominantly active in the middle-market space, acting on deals valued between $50 – $500m. Based in Richmond, Michael Woodward disperses distinct expertise in the field of energy transactions including wind, battery storage, solar, fuel cell and landfill gas assets, serving as practice co-head alongside Thomas Zahn, a Pittsburgh lawyer. The workload encompasses a wealth of deal types including M&A, stock and asset purchases and joint venture, in addition to general corporate matters, and spans a broad geographical footprint, recently reaching 40 different US states and numerous international jurisdictions. Other sectors of particular expertise include industrials, consumer discretionary, IT, materials, real estate, financial services and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Michael Woodard; Thomas Zahn

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Katsantonis; Chris Scheurer

Key clients

3D Systems Corporation

Cronos Group

Markel Ventures

Zodiac Pool Systems LLC

Lansing Building Products, LLC

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

Kroger Company The

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

The ExOne Company

Women’s Health USA

Milestone Equipment Holdings LLC

Novant Health Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised longtime client Teledyne Technologies Inc. (NYSE: TDY) in its merger agreement to acquire FLIR Systems Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $8bn.
  • Represented longtime client Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D) in the sale of natural gas transmission and storage business to an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Advised Novant Health, a leading health system in the Southeast, in its purchase of New Hanover Regional Medical Center from New Hanover County, North Carolina, in a deal valued at $5.4bn.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP serves a roster of public and privately held companies, family-owned businesses and private equity firm on the full spectrum of corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, investments and divestitures. Key points of distinction for its team include its prowess in distressed M&A, antitrust matters and M&A-related disputes, as well as its dedicated teams for privacy and security and representations and insurance. Operating from Chicago, Suzanne Saxman leverages her vast experience to support clients at every phase of growth, serving as counsel to start-ups and large corporates alike; she co-leads the practice alongside New York-based Andrew Lucano , acclaimed for his ‘significant expertise in M&A’. Healthcare is a particularly fruitful sector of activity for the practice though its workload spans a number of sectors including business services, technology, food and beverage, life sciences, manufacturing and telecommunications.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Saxman; Andrew Lucano

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Sherman; Paul Pryzant; Stanley Bloch; Whitney Schmidt; Aaron Gillett


‘Overall, a good team – and up to the challenge.’

‘The partners in charge of the projects are good, responsive and available to solve problems.’

‘This team is not just exceptional from a legal perspective, but truly understand the business and are practical in their advice and counsel. They are incredibly responsive and provide a lean team for effectiveness and efficiency.’

‘The individuals’ collective business sense and prioritization of providing practical advice and counsel sets them apart from their competitors.’

‘The team provides a great mix of being creative, protecting our interests and moving the process forward and not getting bogged down on unnecessary confrontation and drama. They focus on the big items and don’t let the process get slowed down on items that don’t move the needle. On top of that, they have significant knowledge and expertise on current deal precedents.’

‘Andrew Lucano and Stanley Bloch are two partners who have significant expertise in M&A as well as expertise in our industry. On top of that, they complement each other very well in their style thus giving is a good breath of viewpoints.’

Key clients

Alleghany Capital Corporation

Water Integrated Treatment Systems LLC

CIS Global LLC

AnGes, Inc.

Donde Fashion Inc.

Schumacher Electric Corporation

Energy North Incorporated

Hero USA, Inc.

Dynata, LLC

IPF Holdings, Inc.

Northern Wind, Inc.

Allstate Insurance Company

Radiate Holdco, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented a Japan-based biopharma that is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in a $250 million acquisition of the issued and outstanding stock of a US- and Israel-based biotechnology company focused on gene editing using synthetic biology to address untreatable diseases.
  • Represented CIS Global, a global solutions provider specializing in electro-mechanically integrated solutions, in a $200m cash sale of all equity interests of the business to nVent, a leading provider of electrical connection and protection solutions globally.
  • Represented in an $80m reverse triangular merger with a cutting edge automotive fintech platform that provides instant online loan screening and approvals to facilitate online car buying.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs, an international firm with 45 offices throughout 20 countries, is engaged by significant players in industries as diverse as aviation, automotive, finance, business services, chemicals and diversified industrials. During 2021 Cipriano Beredo was appointed as chair of the Americas practice, a position garnered through 20 years’ worth of experience in M&A, securities, corporate governance and divestiture transactions; he succeeds Daniel G Berick who remains an integral cog within the team, complimenting his prowess in M&A with significant private equity, fund formation, venture capital and general corporate law expertise; the duo are based in Cleveland where Jonathon Whittlesey often leads and coordinates on international transactions spanning multiple jurisdictions. Elsewhere, over at the Phoenix office, Jaime Daddona is an up-and-coming partner with significant exposure to business and finance transactions, stockholder relation affairs, securities offerings and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Cipriano Beredo

Other key lawyers:

Abby Brown; Daniel Berick; Jonathon Whittlesey; Jaime Daddona

Key clients

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.

Ashland Inc.

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Coats Group plc

Meritor, Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Company

Tunnel Hill Partners, LP

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Valvoline, Inc.

Pine Island Capital Partners

SFW Capital Partners

East West Manufacturing, LLC

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Ricoh Company, Ltd.

Iron Mountain

Fox Factory

Nuverra Environmental Solutions

Universal Technical Institute

Viad Corp

Walton International

Western Alliance Bancorp

Merck KGaA

Pivotal Group, Inc.

Nuverra Environmental Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised in connection with the sale of State Auto Financial Corporation and State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company to Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc.
  • Advised Ashland LLC on its definitive agreement to sell its performance adhesives business to Arkema, a global leader in Specialty Materials.
  • Advised Teekay on its merger agreement with Stonepeak, a leading alternative investment firm specializing in infrastructure and real assets.

Venable LLP

Hailed as ‘the absolute best in class for Maryland law‘, Venable LLP is instructed on M&A transactions by a national client base of both public and privately held companies. Charles Morton routinely appears on both buy- and sell-side transactions, boasting particular expertise of the consumer products, healthcare and technology sectors; he co-leads the practice alongside Bryan Rakes , an M&A, joint venture and financing transaction specialist, as well as Patricia McGowan  who frequently advises REITs, financial institutions and healthcare entities on local corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Charles Morton; Robert Bolger, Jr; Bryan Rakes; Patricia McGowan

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Kroupa; Anthony Rosso; Michael Schiffer; Thomas Washburne


‘Our key point of contact is Bryan Rakes – I think he’s uniquely good at understanding issues and delivering good work on expected timelines.’

‘We love Bryan Rakes and would and do recommend him highly.’

‘Venable is absolutely best in class for Maryland law, particularly as it relates to REITs. They are always up to speed on developments, forward-thinking and also very commercial and practical in how they work.’

‘Patricia McGowan is excellent in all respects, but particularly with respect to Maryland corporate law and governance matters.’

‘The Venable team looks to understand how your business operates, so that helps negotiate M&A deals.’

‘They have a calm demeanor which is helpful in the heat of an M&A deal.’

Key clients

Pinnacle Care International, Inc.

Spartan Surfaces

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of CIM Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc.

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated

Howden USA Company, Howden Roots LLC, and James Howden & Company Ltd

GenRock Capital Management and Quality Restaurant Group

iBio, Inc.

Merkle Group Inc.

ZeroFOX, Inc.

Riggs, Counselman, Michaels and Downes, Inc.

Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation

All Roads Company and its subsidiaries

Work highlights

  • Acted as Maryland counsel to the Company in its $22bn all-stock merger with Detroit-based TCF Financial Corp, creating a top 25 U.S. bank holding company.
  • Acted as Maryland counsel to Affiliated Real Estate Entities of a Global Alternative Investment Management Company in its acquisition of QTS Realty Trust, a publicly traded data center REIT.
  • Acted as Maryland counsel to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of CIM Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc.

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP is especially accomplished within the Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Utah and Pennsylvania markets, fielding 80 attorneys across 12 national offices. In Philadelphia, Gregory Seltzer holds distinct expertise within the music, restaurant and sports sectors; meanwhile, Brian Doerner delivers an abundance of experience in M&A, restructuring, cross-border deal and corporate governance matters, particularly those within the technology, manufacturing and life sciences fields. Elsewhere, over in Minneapolis, Maggie Tatton serves as Doerner’s co-chair and is instructed for business transactions, joint ventures, carve-outs and roll-ups; she places particular emphasis on the food distribution, personal services, personal products and engineering sectors. The team caters to major corporates, start-ups and private equity clients alike and is also adept in the aerospace, gaming telecommunication, healthcare and energy industries.

Practice head(s):

Brian Doerner; Maggie Tatton

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Seltzer

Key clients

Stratis IoT, Inc.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Active across the country, from Los Angeles to New York, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is acclaimed for its work on strategic M&A, spin- and split-offs, divestitures, joint ventures, commercial contracts, reorganizations and securities mandates. At the St. Louis office, department lead John Welge is particularly well-versed in cross-border transactions, frequently acting in tangent with his international colleagues in Europe, Asia and the Middle East; he is especially accomplished in the healthcare, food manufacturing, network power and process control industries and the wider team is also adept in consumer products, industrial manufacturing, financial services, technology, insurance and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Welge

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Hosler; Steve Baumer

Key clients

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Emerson Electric Co.

Sangoma Technologies

Stifel Financial Corp.

Luxco, Inc.

ESCO Technologies Inc.

Berry Global Group Inc.

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.

Craneware plc

Mueller Water Products Inc.


Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company

Elanco Animal Health

Belkin International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Luxco, Inc., a leading branded beverage alcohol company across various categories, in its acquisition by MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGPI). The transaction comprised an enterprise value of $475m.
  • Advised Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY) in several 2020-2021 divestiture transactions in connection with the company’s stated focus of divesting its non-core assets, including the sale of One Kings Lane, Harbor Linen, Christmas Tree Shops and Cost Plus World Market.
  • Advised LS Global Franchise L.P. (Serruya Private Equity and Lion Capital) on its sale of Global Franchise Group (GFG) to FAT Brands, a leading global franchising company that strategically acquires, markets and develops fast casual and casual dining restaurant concepts.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s M&A practice has witnessed significant growth over recent years, honing its focus on middle-market M&A, strategic transactions and related financings. Helene Banks  is now the key point of contact in the team. Since publication, Kimberly Petillo-Décossard , Ross Sturman and Joseph Rosati have left the firm as of March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Helene Banks


‘I never felt as though I was on the clock with the team at Cahill. They were extremely patient yet worked with a sense of urgency in order to make sure I was comfortable and knowledgeable about every step of the process.’

Key clients

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

Allied World

Arch Capital Group Ltd.

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Cable One, Inc.


Embedded Healthcare

Horton Outdoor

ICON plc


McWhorter Capital Partners

S&P Global

Shutterstock, Inc.

Trevi Health

Work highlights

  • Advised ICON plc in its acquisition of PRA Health Sciences, Inc., one of the world’s leading global contract research organizations by revenue, providing outsourced clinical development and data solution services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Advised 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc in its acquisition of Vital Choice, a provider of wild-caught seafood and sustainably farmed shellfish, pastured proteins, organic foods, and marine-source nutritional supplements.
  • Advised Arch Capital Group Ltd., a Bermuda-based company, in its previously announced acquisition of Watford Holdings Ltd. The client acquired all the common shares of Watford Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $700m.

Foley Hoag LLP

At Foley Hoag LLP, the team demonstrates a tenacity for buy-side, sell-side- SPAC, distress M&A and cross-border transactions. In Boston, Alexander Aber and Corey Brown provide clients with an intimate knowledge of the life science and technology fields meanwhile Joseph Basile possesses a track record in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments and strategic alliances across North and Latin America, Asia and Europe. Other expertise includes corporate governance, leveraged buyouts, tender offers and going-private transactions. Adrienne Ellman left the firm in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alex Aber; Joseph Basile

Other key lawyers:

William Kolb; Meredith Haviland; Erica Rice; Corey Brown; Peter Rosenblum


‘Stellar advice and attention to detail.’

‘Deep insight into what is important to the client. Peter Rosenblum has no equal.’

Key clients

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (Nasdaq: TMO)

Organogenesis Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ORGO)

Mill Road Capital Management LLC

The Kraft Group LLC (Rand-Whitney Container LLC and New-Indy Containerboard LLC)

Entegris Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTG)

Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL)

Global Forest Products LP

Greenlight Biosciences, Inc.

Bottomline Technologies (Nasdaq: EPAY)

Shift4 Payments (NYSE: FOUR)

Fenway Sports Group

Boston Consulting Group

Columbia Care (NEO: CCHW) (CSE: CCHW) (OTCQX: CCHWF) (FSE: 3LP)

Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH)

Celonis SE

Hologic (Nasdaq: HOLX)

SkillSoft (NYSE: SKIL)

Celonis SE

DataDog (Nasdaq: DDOG)

Work highlights

  • Acted for GreenLight Biosciences in a $1.2bn SPAC business combination with Environmental Impact Acquisition Corp.
  • Acted for Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) in several of its buy-side deals over the last year, including its acquisition of programmable dye platform, Phitonex, and its acquisition of Combinati Incorporated and its digital PCR (dPCR) technology.
  • Supported Ovuline, Inc. (d/b/a Ovia Health in its sale to a leading global life sciences company Labcorp.


Operating across eight US offices, including Chicago, New York and Dallas, Katten runs a workload spread across M&A, LBOs, add-on acquisitions, divestitures and leveraged dividends. Kimberly Smith  heads the practice and is particularly reputed for her work within the distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, business services, consumer, technology and financial services industries; she operates from the Chicago office alongside Mark Grossmann who is likewise active in a broad variety of sectors such as real estate, retail, pharmaceutical and security.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Smith

Other key lawyers:

Mark Grossmann; Christopher Atkinson; Mark Solomon; Gregory Hidalgo; Victor Zanetti; David Washburn

Key clients

InterFlex Holdings, LLC

North Branch Capital

Pfingsten Parnters

KCM Capital Partners LLC

Chicago Pacific Founders

Convergint Technologies (a portfolio company of Ares Private Equity)

Agave Loco, LLC

Transitions Hospice, LLC

Hangzhou Greatstar Industrial Co., Ltd.

Larry H. Miller Management Corporation

Select Rehabilitation, Inc.

ArchiMed Group

Beyontec 2nABLE Solutions Private Limited

Paragon Biosciences Emalex Capital, Inc.

Highlander Partners

Trinity Hunt Management, L.P.

Argano Holdings

Evozyne, LLC

Equity Group Investments

West Monroe Partners

Work highlights

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has forged a reputation for cross-border and high IP property content transactions in addition to those requiring regulatory approval. The practice is adept in both buy- and sell-side representation, often acting for serial buyers in their acquisition programs. Richard Cicchillo supports clients on acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, serving as practice co-head alongside Washington DC-based Christina Gattuso. The practice holds considerable experience in respect of whole bank transactions and is also home to Louis Barbieri; he operates from Atlanta alongside Cicchillo and is especially active within the technology, healthcare, retail, manufacturing and supply chain fields.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Cicchillo; Christina Gattuso

    Other key lawyers:

    Benjamin Barkley; Gary Bronstein; Joel Cartee; David Eaton; Edward Olifer; Louis Barbieri


    ‘They have the same expertise as the biggest law firms but with a more reasonable price tag. They also cater to the middle market clients and will work very hard to ensure the client gets top quality work.’

    ‘For me, it’s top flight client service combined with knowledge of the business and a common sense, practical approach to achieving goals and understanding and mitigating risks in a reasonable fashion.’

    ‘The Kilpatrick team is fantastic. They are extremely knowledgeable, easy to interact with, very organized, and service oriented. The team appears very in sync.’

    Key clients


    Choice Adhesives Corporation

    SiteOne Landscape Supply

    Standard Bank (formerly Standard AVB Financial Corp.)

    Columbia Financial, Inc.

    Oldcastle Infrastructure, Inc. (a subsidiary of CRH plc)

    Oldcastle APG, Inc. (a subsidiary of CRH plc)

    William Penn Bancorp, Inc.

    NorthEast Community Bancorp, Inc.

    Floor & Decor

    Nova Technologies An Employee-Owned Engineering Company

    Fidelity Financial Corporation

    American CyberSystems, Inc.


    OneTrust LLC

    Teall Capital


    Interface Inc.


    Choice Adhesives Corporation

    SiteOne Landscape Supply

    Standard Bank (formerly Standard AVB Financial Corp.)

    Columbia Financial, Inc.

    Oldcastle Infrastructure, Inc. (a subsidiary of CRH plc)

    Oldcastle APG, Inc. (a subsidiary of CRH plc)

    William Penn Bancorp, Inc.

    NorthEast Community Bancorp, Inc.

    Floor & Decor

    Nova Technologies An Employee-Owned Engineering Company

    Fidelity Financial Corporation

    American CyberSystems, Inc.


    OneTrust LLC

    Teall Capital


    Interface Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised AT&T on the sale of AT&T Government Solutions, Inc., which comprises AT&T’s Department of Defense IT professional services business and select other contracts, to Tyto Athene.
    • Represented Columbia Financial, Inc. in connection with its pending acquisition of Freehold MHC, Freehold Bancorp, and Freehold Bank – the company’s second acquisition of a mutual holding company.
    • Advised Questel on two auction process deals, the first involving the acquisition of DOE Legal, a family-owned provider of enterprise legal management and e-Discovery legal technology solutions, and the second involving the acquisition of Morningside Translations, from Greenwich Point Capital, a fundless PE sponsor, specializing in IP translation services and IP asset management.

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    At Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, the team’s capacity for M&A has grown significantly over recent years, with the group now handling an abundance of concurrent deals valued over $1bn. Led by Ernest Wechsler, an M&A, joint venture, restructuring and general corporate matter specialist, the team is also home to Howard Spilko, a lawyer who often represents prominent multinational corporates in domestic and cross-border deals. Key lawyers, including those referenced above, operate from the New York office.

    Practice head(s):

    Ernest Wechsler

    Other key lawyers:

    Howard Spilko; Todd Lenson; Adi Herman; Colin Bumby; Jonathan Goodman

    Key clients

    BlackRock Inc.

    Stone Point Capital LLC

    VICI Properties Inc.

    Cornell Capital

    Capstar Special Purpose Acquisition Corp.

    Sentinel Capital Partners

    Paine Schwartz Partners

    SitusAMC Holdings Corp.

    United Overseas Group Ltd

    Atlantic Street Capital

    Vensure Employer Services

    MVC Capital Inc

    Alliant Insurance Services

    HC2 Holdings Inc.

    Waterfall Sentinel Fund

    Argand Partners LP

    A-Mark Precious Metals Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised VICI Properties in its $17.2bn acquisition of MGM Growth Properties.
    • Advising BlackRock in relation to its $1.05 billion acquisition of Aperio Group, a pioneer in customizing tax-optimized index equity separately managed accounts, from Golden Gate Capital.
    • Advising Capstar Special Purpose Acquisition in connection with its $1.3bn combination with Gelesis Inc., a biotherapeutics company aiming to transform weight management using a proprietary biomimetic superabsorbent hydrogel technology.

    Linklaters LLP

    Magic circle firm Linklaters LLP is active on domestic and cross-border matters alike, directing particular attention to deals in the financial services, pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy, automotive and chemicals sectors. The corporate practice is supplemented by considerable tax, antirust, capital markets and employment expertise, and has strengths in public and private M&A, LBOs, tender and exchange offers, asset sales and recapitalizations. Scott Sonnenblick leads the team from New York and demonstrates a particular tenacity for multijurisdictional transaction and joint venture mandates. Peter Cohen-Millstein  left the firm in February 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Scott Sonnenblick


    Extremely thorough, well-versed in all the key issues and attuned to the bespoke nature of each transaction.’

    Scott Sonnenblick – outstanding mind and very commercially minded partner who surrounds himself with excellent associates.

    Very attentive to detail always get back to you able to run the transaction for us despite time zone issues.’

    We work with the firm in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa and find a consistent high quality of both partner and associate talent. They’re smart, they’re savvy, they understand our organization’s sensitivities and must-haves, and they’re very pleasant to spend time with.

    Key clients


    Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

    Union Acquisition Corp. II


    Work highlights

    • A cross border team led Ameriprise Financial, Inc. on a definitive agreement with BMO Financial Group to acquire its EMEA asset management business for £615m (US$845m).

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    Fielding a team with a presence in New York, Washington DC, Orange Country, LA and San Francisco, the practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is led by Thomas Poletti; he is principally active within the technology, manufacturing, financial services and biotechnology sectors. The wider team is also accomplished within the media and entertainment, retail and healthcare fields. Found among the workload are M&A, joint venture, contract negotiation, divestiture, restructurings, buyout transactions and SPACs, among other mandates.

    Practice head(s):

    Thomas Poletti

    Other key lawyers:

    Scott Schwartz; Craig Miller; Veronica Lah


    ‘A team I’ve been in the trenches with on some very difficult deals with super complex capital structures, agreements among note holders, etc. Always, calm, professional and urgent – they make you feel like a first priority. Younger team, but ballers.’

    ‘Veronica Lah is a rising star in LA and should be known more. Super smart, efficient and calm.’


    Key clients

    American River Bankshares

    Bertelsmann Printing Group

    BMG Rights Management

    CVB Financial Corp.

    Digital Brands Group, Inc.


    Friendly Hills Bank


    Mullen Technologies

    Northern California National Bank

    Porch Group, Inc.

    QAD Inc.

    Rouse Services

    Valley National Bank

    Work highlights

    • Represented Porch Group (Porch) in its acquisition of Floify, a digital mortgage automation and point-of-sale software company, for a combination of $76.5m in cash and $10m in Porch Group common stock.
    • Represented QAD Inc., a provider of next-generation manufacturing and supply chain solutions in the cloud, in its $2bn acquisition by software investment firm Thoma Bravo.

    Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

    Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, a Chicago-based outfit, is instructed on an array of M&A mandates in addition to securities, rights and debt offerings. The practice, which is especially active in the metals and mining space, is led by John Koenigsknecht, a lawyer who frequently serves as US counsel for international clients; he and his team are also adept in licensing matters, commercial agreements and executive compensation agreements, among other mandates.

    Practice head(s):

    John Koenigsknecht

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Gray; David Stone; Joshua Klein; Cristina DeMento; Seth Pritikin; Betsy Thelen


    ‘Very high level of service and availability. The team has taken time and interest in getting to know the client, its business and its values. This is a great advantage in many ways, e.g. when drafting and in negotiations. It also makes the cooperation very efficient, including cost efficient.’

    ‘Team leader John Koenigsknecht is a very good leader both when it comes to composing teams and when it comes to delegation. His people work very well together and his coordination and planning is very well structured but at the same time flexible. Among a number of John´s colleagues I would specifically like to mention Betsy Thelen and Josh Klein.’

    ‘In my experience and what counts for me is availability and I can always count on having my phone calls and emails replied to quickly. The teams Ive worked with are diverse, technical savvy and work together as teams.’

    Key clients

    Covanta Holding Corporation

    Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (f/k/a Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation and successor to Hycroft Mining Corporation)

    Trelleborg AB/Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

    Hycroft Mining Corporation (f/k/a Allied Nevada Gold Corporation)

    NIBE Industrier AB (publ) of Sweden/Backer EHP Inc. (U.S. operating entity) and NIBE Energy Systems Inc. (and its subsidiaries, including, among others – WaterFurnace International, Inc., The Climate Control Group and Enertech, Inc., FPI Fireplace Products International/Regency Fireplace)

    Sandstorm Metals & Energy Ltd.

    Pan American Silver Corporation

    Equity Group Investments / Zell Credit Opportunities Fund

    RECSOLU, Inc. d/b/a/ Yello

    Blockchain Foundry Inc.

    Aterian Investment Partners

    National Medical Billing Solutions (a portfolio company of Aquiline Capital Partners)

    Moderne Ventures


    The Founders of Tock

    Work highlights

    • Advised Covanta Holding Corporation in connection with its agreement to be acquired by EQT Infrastructure.
    • Represented the founders of Chicago-based start-up Tock, a unified system serving the hospitality industry with online reservations, table management, takeout, and events, in its recent sale to Squarespace, the website building and ecommerce platform.
    • Advised Orla Mining Ltd on becoming a US reporting issuer with the Securities and Exchange Commission and listing for the first time in the US on the New York Stock Exchange American.

    Nixon Peabody LLP

    Nixon Peabody LLP operates across M&A, private equity, venture capital financing, joint venture and leveraged buyout transactions. Over in Albany, practice head Todd Tidgewell is especially well-regarded by emerging technology companies; his team includes David Martland, a Boston lawyer with a tenacity in representing not-for-profit players within the healthcare industry, as well as Chicago-based Brian Krob who counts the food, beverage and agribusiness sector as a keystone of his practice. The group is also active in the manufacturing, energy, software, consumer product and life science industries and runs a caseload which includes a mixture of both national and international deals.

    Practice head(s):

    Todd Tidgewell

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Langan; Gregory O’Shaughnessy; John Partigan; Eric Tanck; David Brown; Gary Levenstein; Sam Kim


    ‘For our M&A transaction we worked primarily with Gary Levenstein and Samuel Kim. They are both exceptional. The process of going through an M&A transaction is grueling. Knowing that we had someone of Gary’s level and expertise looking out for us was amazing and very reassuring. From day one, Gary Levenstein has been our main contact, and he has always been accessible whenever we needed him. We were fortunate that Gary was able to have one of his best people as our day to day contact in Samuel Kim. He is sharp and tough when needed while always professional.’

    ‘We started working with Nixon Peabody in 2016, and we have always been impressed with every person with whom we interacted. They are a firm of extremely talented attorneys across a range of fields. Our main reason for working with Nixon Peabody was for their M&A legal services. Their expertise and dedication is unparalleled. It is a joy to have a company on your side whose motives and integrity are never in question. Working with Gary Levenstein and his team has been outstanding and a highlight of my professional career.’

    ‘The Nixon Peabody team provided expertise on the transaction and a key understanding of my firm’s size by focusing on key transaction issues that could harm the selling shareholders and less focus on more routine transactional matters. This helped us move quickly and keep our costs down. The team was excellent at collaboration and worked tirelessly no matter the day/time.’

    ‘The key partners on the team were excellent to work with and really focused on educating me, as the lead selling shareholder, on the transaction, areas I need to focus on, trade-offs, and strategy. I felt they put our needs first and worked each day to make sure the transaction got done in a reasonable manner. Gary Levenstein as the lead partner was fantastic and just a suberb advisor.’

    Key clients

    Constellation Brands, Inc.

    TEGNA, Inc.

    MC10, Inc.

    Refresco Beverages US Inc.

    Northfield Medical, Inc.


    Colony Display LLC

    Hannibal Industries

    Health Catalyst, Inc.


    Work highlights

    • Represented Constellation Brands, Inc. in four significant transactions as part of CBI’s strategic business transformation efforts to focus on higher-end wine brands including an agreement to sell approximately 30 of its wine brands and related assets to E. & J. Gallo Winery for approximately $1.03bn.
    • Represented Health Catalyst, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCAT) a leading provider of data and analytics technology and services to healthcare organizations in connection with their acquisition of Twistle, Inc. through a merger.  Twistle, Inc., provides automated patient communication software, including personalized, step-by-step guidance to improve outcomes, safety and satisfaction, to healthcare organizations.
    • Represented ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy in connection with its acquisition of Gemini Solutions, Inc. a privately-held software development and consulting services firm.

    Seward & Kissel LLP

    A firm with offices in New York and Washington DC, Seward & Kissel LLP directs its attention to middle-market M&A deals, both domestic and multijurisdictional. The team, which is noted for its ‘broad capabilities in investment management’, is also active in the shipping, finance, media, veterinary and private equity fields and is headed by ‘superstar’ lawyer Craig A Sklar alongside the ‘excellentJames E Abbott. The team also includes Nick Katsanos, a go-to for premerger notification requirements as governed by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, as well as counsel Danielle Lemberg whose key strengths include joint venture, venture capital and seed investment deals.

    Practice head(s):

    Craig A Sklar; James E Abbott

    Other key lawyers:

    Nick Katsanos; Danielle Lemberg; Gary Anderson


    ‘Investment management space is a key strength.’

    ‘James Abbott has excellent strategic advisory skills that go beyond legal issues to the heart of key business decisions.’

    ‘The team is very attentive to clients. Accessible and user-friendly. Great corporate law practice for the middle market.’

    ‘Jim Abbott is very good. He breaks down arcane legal concepts into easy-to-understand chunks. He is also very approachable, accessible and friendly, while driving a hard bargain for his clients.’

    ‘S&K gives the highest-quality legal advice focused on the practical objectives of clients rather than getting caught up in legal game-playing. This helps clients to close deals faster and with lower costs, while still addressing fundamentally important structuring and documentation issues.’

    ‘Craig Sklar and Nick Katsanos have been our deal team leads for many years. They embody the virtues noted above. They are highly responsive and efficient, as well as being excellent lawyers.’

    ‘Seward & Kissel is a top notch firm with broad capabilities in investment management, M&A, trusts and estates planning among many others. Attorneys have the right combination of legal and practical advice as well as the business acumen that is unusual to find in many lawyers. Top notch firm with partner involvement at every step. Overall you get great expertise at a reasonable price – my go to firm. Their team is amazing.’

    ‘Craig Sklar is an amazing M&A attorney who leaves no stone unturned and gets the deal done. He will work long hours to meet any deadline – superstar.’

    Key clients

    iM Global Partner

    Global Ship Lease, Inc.

    Growth Catalyst Partners

    Emigrant Partners

    Estancia Capital Management

    Kennedy Lewis Investment Management

    MedLit Graphics, LLC

    TIG Advisors, LLC

    Marblegate Asset Management, LLC

    Kudu Investment Management

    Work highlights

    • Advised TIG Advisors and Tiedemann Wealth Management on merger with UK-based Alvarium Investments and SPAC Cartesian Growth Corp. to form NASDAQ-listed global wealth manager Alvarium Tiedemann Holdings with combined AUM of $54bn.
    • Advised Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL) on $233.9m acquisition of 12 containerships from Borealis Finance.
    • Advised private equity sponsor Growth Catalyst Partners on acquisition of The Equine Network, a provider of proprietary equine sports content, information and tech enabled services, and follow-on acquisition of insect control provider Spalding Laboratories.

    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP operates across the aerospace, entertainment, healthcare, technology, software, fashion and financial services sectors, providing both buy- and sell-side representation. Working from the Century City office, practice co-head Linda Michaelson  caters to a client roster of motion picture studios, digital media companies and television networks, among others, providing acquisition, divestiture, merger, corporate finance and strategic alliance expertise.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeralin Cardoso; Linda Michaelson; Ariel Yehezkel

    Other key lawyers:

    Larry Braun; David Sands; Zachary Turke; Jordan Hamburger; Jeff Bowling


    ‘Jeff Bowling is absolutely exceptional. He is constantly available, does an excellent job properly managing expectations and is incredibly good at getting deals across the line. He quickly can summarize what is acceptable and what is not and works to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.’


    Key clients

    Oasis Materials Company LP

    Xytech Systems Corp.

    Snak-King Corp.

    Keyes Motors, Inc

    Micro Quality Labs, LLC

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Wedgewood, LLC

    ICM Partners

    AMRO Fabricating Corporation

    Milestone Technologies, Inc.

    CareMount Medical, P.C.

    Trillium Engineering, LLC

    Action Verb, LLC (d/b/a

    Technicolor Creative Services USA, Inc.

    Arlington Capital Partners

    BlueHalo, LLC

    Octo Consulting Group

    Milton’s Holding Corporation

    Provepharm Life Solutions

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP handles a wealth of M&A transactions with distinct expertise in REIT, fintech and cryptocurrency-related transactions. The practice, which is closely integrated with the firm’s Israel and London offices, is co-chaired by Lewis Segall, an M&A, joint venture and general corporate specialist with particular accomplishment in the energy, advertising, healthcare, communications, manufacturing and software industries. Benjamin Armour, a lawyer who guides clients through all stages of the corporate lifecycle, heads the practice from Boston alongside Segall and also serves as lead of the firm’s Opportunity Zone practice group.

    Practice head(s):

    Lewis Segall; Ben Armour

    Other key lawyers:

    Avi Rao; Angela Gomes

    Key clients

    Tremont Mortgage Trust (Nasdaq: TRMT)

    DarioHealth Corp. (Nasdaq: DRIO)

    Hancock Natural Resources Group (HNRG)

    Newmark Group Inc., and its various subsidiaries

    Liteboxer Technologies, Inc.

    Siyata Mobile Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised TRMT (acting through a special committee of the Board of Trustees) in the recent public-to-public merger of Tremont Mortgage Trust (Nasdaq: TRMT) and RMR Mortgage Trust (Nasdaq: RMRM).
    • Represented Newmark Group Inc. and its various subsidiaries (collectively, “Newmark”) in Newmark’s acquisition of Knotel, Inc. (“Knotel”), a workspace provider for established and growing companies.
    • Represented HNRG in the acquisition of 90% of Chilean fruit company David Del Curto SA from Chilean family office of The Corso Group and affiliates.

    Thompson Hine LLP

    Thompson Hine LLP leads major M&A transactions from eight of its domestic offices including New York, Atlanta, Washington DC and Chicago, home office of practice head Frank Chaiken; he caters to both European and US-based clients, leveraging his German language skills, and is adept in M&A, start-up affairs, joint ventures and commercial agreements. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Cleveland-based William Henry provides clients with considerable acquisition, exit, joint venture, corporate organization and general governance expertise; meanwhile, at the Cincinnati office, Emma Off is acclaimed as ‘amazing in all areas of law’.

    Practice head(s):

    Frank Chaiken


    ‘Emma Off is amazing in all areas of law. She really works to find the right attorney in the firm for us. She always follows up with referrals and makes sure we are happy. Her billing is always fair and accurate.’

    ‘Emma Off is our main contact as she handles our business contract needs. She is truly a caring person with concern about protecting our business.’

    ‘Always willing to help at the drop of a hat, always thorough and up to speed prior to meetings, and always very proactive’

    ‘Will Henry is everything you want in a lawyer – he’s incredibly detail oriented, organized, understands our complex business structure better than anyone at the company, and constantly available any time of day or night. We’re lucky to have found him as our partner


    Key clients

    Meritor, Inc.

    Centre Lane Partners, LLC

    BrightSpring (formerly PharMerica)

    ProMach, Inc.

    Peppertree Capital Management, Inc.

    Everstream Solutions

    Rite Track Equipment Services, Inc.

    InMarket Media LLC

    Standard Textile

    Crown Equipment Corporation

    Emmi AG

    Vedder Price

    Vedder Price operates across a broad variety of corporate transactions, namely M&A, spin-offs, divestitures, going-private deals, leveraged buyouts, asset purchases, tenders and exchange offers. Practce head Michael Nemeroff is highly skilled in respect of corporate governance and executive compensation arrangements, while Shelby Parnes provides the group with investment activity, privatee placement, joint venture and minority investment knowhow. Benjamin O. Williams is an integral member of the group, delivering distinguished proficiency in the healthcare and maritime sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Nemeroff

    Other key lawyers:

    Shelby Parnes; Benjamin O. Williams; Joseph Kye; David Swendsen


    ‘Vedder understands its clients needs and seamlessly acts as if it is or is part of an internal legal team. They realize their role in middle-market M&A and what is needed to get the deal done in light of business requirements or risks involved.’

    ‘Joe Kye is excellent to work with. He thoroughly understands what is needed in middle-market M&A and doesn’t try to upsell services or work that frankly just isn’t needed in middle-market deals. Joe brings great business sense and feels like an extension of the internal team.’

    Key clients

    Ace Hardware Corporation

    L Squared Capital Partners

    The Duchossois Group, Inc./Duchossois Group, Inc.

    Merit Capital Partners

    Arcline Investment Management

    Zebra Technologies

    Glanbia plc

    The Edgewater Funds

    Enova International

    Valor Equity Partners

    Wynnchurch Capital

    CIT Group

    Vance Street Capital Partners

    LaSalle Capital Partners

    Rockwood Equity Partners


    Cognitive Capital Partners


    Jump Capital

    Tusk Environmental

    ArentFox Schiff

    ArentFox Schiff, the result of the merger between Arent Fox and Schiff Hardin in March 2022, now has a combined team with prowess across a broad variety of corporate deals; examples include acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures and going private transactions. Steve Isaacs is also formidable in the fields of corporate governance and private equity; he co-leads the practice from Chicago alongside David McHugh and Alexander Young. Jay Halpern has three decades experience advising private equity firms and their portfolio companies on strategic transactions and financings.

    Practice head(s):

    David McHugh; Steve Isaacs; Alexander Young

    Other key lawyers:

    Matthew Galo; Sara Rosenberg; Nicholas Tipsord; Jay Halpern


    ‘Partners take a genuine interest in our business and conduct themselves as part of our management team.’

    ‘Professionalism, partner engagement, and capabilities are simply world class.’


    Key clients

    Altaris Capital Partners, LLC

    Snap-on Incorporated

    First Mid Bancshares, Inc.

    Kimball International, Inc.

    Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.

    Bunn-O-Matic Corporation

    Newell Brands Inc.

    50 South Capital, LLC

    BK Medical

    Washington Savings

    First Mid Bancshares

    Houston Wire and Cable

    Wintrust Financial Corporation

    Cresset Partners, LLC

    Deringer-Ney, Inc.

    Tuthill Corporation

    Padagis LLC

    Work highlights

    • Advised Altaris Capital Partners, LLC on its acquisition of Padagis LLC for $1.55bn.
    • Advising BK Medical regarding its sale to GE Healthcare for $1.45bn.
    • Advised Cresset Asset Management, LLC in itsmerger with Berman Capital Advisors, LLC, creating a $20bn multi-family office serving clients from 11 markets across the country.

    Dickinson Wright PLLC

    Home to a national practice with a particularly strong presence in Ohio and Michigan, Dickinson Wright PLLC is instructed on a plethora of M&A, joint venture, share transfer, international reorganisation and general contractual affairs. At the Columbus office, Scot Crow is a go-to for a number of clients from the healthcare, metal, education, legal, dental, transportation and manufacturing fields; he co-leads the practice alongside Detroit lawyer Amy Kwiatkowski who, in addition to her transactional work, is also relied upon for corporate governance and general corporate affairs.

    Practice head(s):

    Scot Crow; Amy Kwiatkowski

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew MacLeod; John Schuring; Joel Mayersohn; Parker Sinclair; Mark High


    ‘You always have your lead partner involved but they can bring specialist from all areas as needed. They also have a extensive network and will always find someone trustable in the states they don’t have the local presence. On the financial side, they will always use the most affordable resource in the team, before escalate to the partner level.’

    ‘Diversity of expertise. One stop shopping.’

    ‘Very creative, and great bang for your buck.’

    ‘Very thorough and organized, and good problem-solvers.’

    ‘Dickinson Wright has led us through numerous financing and contractual matters related to our marine transportation company. While analyzing specific transactions they keep their eye on our wider corporate governance and liability shields. The billing is very detailed, fair, and kept up to date.’

    ‘Mark High is the finest multi-tasking counsel I have used in my 30-plus year career. When challenged to structure transactions to address concerns of our shareholders he will only do so when he genuinely feels it is in the client’s best interest, not just to appease. He presents a strong legal foundation to justify his positions and concerns. Through numerous complex transactions that include the Jones Act (ancient maritime law) we have closed on time and confident every detail has been considered.’

    Key clients

    Accountable Healthcare of America

    MRI Software

    Infinedi Partners

    Harvey Performance Company

    Farmaceuticalrx LLC

    Work highlights

    • Represented Harvey Performance Company, LLC in its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Titan U.S.A. Enterprises, Inc.
    • Represented Accountable Health America in its acquisition by Clinigence Holdings.
    • Represented Farmaceuticalrx LLC in the financing deal to construct and operate Ohio licensed cannabis processing and cultivation operations.

    Duane Morris LLP

    Duane Morris LLP handles M&A, joint venture, strategic alliance, divestiture and corporate governance mandates, supplementing its transactional prowess with a wealth of commercial contract knowledge. The team is proficient in employment, distribution, manufacturing, licensing and outsourcing agreements, among others, and is well-versed in the representation of both public and privately held companies. Chicago-based Brian Kerwin fronts the offering and brings a track record of handling over 150 company sale and purchases to the table.

    Practice head(s):

    Brian Kerwin

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Jaffe; Nanette Heide; Michael Schwamm; Darrick Mix; Richard Silfen; Michael Hardy; Kathleen Shay; Tracy Gallegos; Kirk Domescik; Robert Kadlec; Michael Gallagher


    ‘Very strong business instincts. Very strong understanding of many unique structural circumstances surrounding our company.’

    ‘Professional, responsive, and very thorough.’

    ‘Very smart, think of everything, and what I said above.’

    Key clients

    CMS Technologies, Inc. dba Prevenio

    Catalent, Inc. (NYSE: CTLT)

    Four Springs Capital Trust

    StoneMor Inc.

    SIRPant Immunotherapeutics, Inc.

    Waypoint Orthopedics, Inc.

    NephroDI Therapeutics, Inc.


    Cohen & Company Inc.

    Mannington Mills, Inc.

    BGP Acquisition Corp.

    Silver Spike Capital LLC (Sponsor for Silver Spike III Acquisition Corp.)

    Harborside, Inc.

    Certified Collectibles Group (“CCG”)

    Ology Bioservices

    Modular North Group Ltd.

    Atalava Capital Management

    Blue Elephant Capital Management

    Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T)

    Camden Partners

    Career Education Corporation

    CoreLife MD

    McClarin Plastics

    Pipeline Health

    Post Road Group

    Resolve Growth Partners



    The Washingtonian

    JM Bullion, Inc.

    CMS Technologies, Inc. dba Prevenio

    Catalent, Inc. (NYSE: CTLT)

    Four Springs Capital Trust

    StoneMor Inc.

    SIRPant Immunotherapeutics, Inc.

    Waypoint Orthopedics, Inc.

    NephroDI Therapeutics, Inc.


    Cohen & Company Inc.

    Mannington Mills, Inc.

    BGP Acquisition Corp.

    Silver Spike Capital LLC (Sponsor for Silver Spike III Acquisition Corp.)

    Harborside, Inc.

    Certified Collectibles Group (“CCG”)

    Ology Bioservices

    Modular North Group Ltd.

    Atalava Capital Management

    Blue Elephant Capital Management

    Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T)

    Camden Partners

    Career Education Corporation

    CoreLife MD

    McClarin Plastics

    Pipeline Health

    Post Road Group

    Resolve Growth Partners



    The Washingtonian

    JM Bullion, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised CMS Technologies, Inc. (dba Prevenio), a leading provider of innovative food safety solutions primarily for protein and produce industries, in its $170m sale to JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT), a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food and beverage industry.
    • Represented Four Springs Capital Trust, a private REIT, in connection with Carlyle’s Global Credit platform’s financing up to $300m in growth capital; Four Springs plans to use the funds to scale its portfolio that includes 122 properties across 29 states.
    • Represented financial services and investment firm Cohen & Company Inc. (NYSE American: COHN) as issuer in its $75m at-the-market offering, with Northland Capital Markets as sales agent.

    Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

    A healthcare, life sciences and workforce management boutique founded in 1973, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is active on an array of sector-specific M&A, joint venture, dispute, employment and workplace management matters. Mark Lutes leads the offering from Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Lutes

    Other key lawyers:

    Gary Herschman; Amy Dow; Anjana Patel

    Holland & Knight LLP

    Holland & Knight LLP, a firm with an extensive national footprint, is home to Tampa-based Robert Grammig, a practitioner with a track record in international business transactions in Asia, Europe and Latin America; he co-leads the practice alongside Miami-based duo George Mencio and David Barkus, the latter of whom possesses a track record of transactions in industries such as aviation, aerospace, computer software, gaming and restaurants. The practice notably fields a dedicated representation and warranty practice and is also active in a number of other sectors including energy, finance, healthcare, life sciences, real estate, telecommunications, technology and transport.

    Practice head(s):

    David Barkus; Robert Grammig; George Mencio

    Other key lawyers:

    Adam August; Paul Jaskot; Steven Lear; Eric Wechselblatt; Matthew Bielen

    Key clients

    American Water Works Company, Inc.

    Arlington Capital Partners

    Audax Private Equity

    Blue Wolf Capital Partners, LLC

    Brynwood Partners

    Carolina Beverage Group

    Converge Technology Partners

    Cubic Corporation

    Enterprise Financial Corp

    FedData Holdings, LLC

    Harris Corporation

    Hometown Food Company

    Howard Midstream Energy Partners

    Hubbell Corporation

    Intertape Polymer Group, Inc.

    Kforce, Inc. (NASDAQ: KFRC)

    King Street Real Estate GP LLC

    Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN)

    Lithia Motors, Inc.

    Macquarie Capital

    Marine Max, Inc. (NYSE: HCO)

    Neste Oyj

    NSM Insurance Group

    Pine Tree Equity Management

    Raymond James Financial (NYSE:RJF)


    Saint-Gobain Corporation

    Teleflex Incorporated

    Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL)

    Trivest Partners, L.P.

    Work highlights

    • Represented Exchange Income Corporation, a Canadian public company, in the acquisition of Window Installation Specialists, Inc., a full-service glazing company specializing in sales, consultation, installation and service of pre-glazed fenestration products.
    • Represented MasTec, Inc. in the acquisition of 50% interest in the following entities: FM Tech Holdings, FM Tech USA Holdings and ASC Holdings. The transaction is important to MasTec as it expands its presence in Puerto Rico.
    • Representation of King Street Real Estate GP LLC in a joint venture with Westdale Properties and Cedar Capital Partners in their acquisition of Shelborne South Beach Hotel, a 275-room hotel in Miami Beach, for $120m.

    Husch Blackwell LLP

    Hailed for its ‘deep bench of expertise, Husch Blackwell LLP is a Midwest firm with significant exposure to both inbound and outbound M&A, including SPAC and deSPAC transactions. The team is led by Kansas City-based Kirstin Salzman and is particularly accomplished within the electric utility, renewable energy and private equity fields.

    Practice head(s):

    Kirstin Salzman

    Other key lawyers:

    Jim Goettsch; Mary Anne O’Connell; Steve Carman; Kate Bechen


    ‘What makes Husch unique is their ability to deliver top tier legal talent at mid-tier/regional hourly rates without having to sacrifice the quality of their advice. I have been incredibly pleased with the collaboration and willingness to partner from Husch on items like secondments of paralegal assistance, hosting of contract portals, and billing procedures/processes.’

    ‘The team was excellent in working under intense deadlines and incredibly complicated matters across multiple mergers simultaneously.’

    ‘Deep bench of expertise.’

    ‘The team maintains a calm, thoughtful presence in a highly charged, time intensive matters.’

    ‘Excellent at anticipating next steps and guiding parties through a maze of conflicting issues.’


    Work highlights

    • Represented Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp. II in the closing of its business combination with Embark Trucks Inc., a developer of autonomous technology for the trucking industry.
    • Represented UpHealth Holdings, Inc., an innovative digital health company, in its business combination with GigCapital2, Inc. and Cloudbreak Health, LLC, a unified telemedicine and video medical interpretation solutions provider.
    • Served as lead outside counsel to Casey’s in its $580m acquisition of Buchanan Energy, owner of Bucky’s Convenience Stores.

    Jones Walker LLP

    Clients of Jones Walker LLP rely on the firm's corporate group for a broad variety of transactions including negotiated stock purchases, asset deals, mergers and tender offers. Curtis Hearn is active in the energy, healthcare, transport, logistics, logistics and manufacturing sectors meanwhile Marshall Page is a go-to for integrated brownfield sites and players in the petrochemical, midstream energy and maritime sectors; the pair co-head the practice from New Orleans alongside Britton Seal.

    Practice head(s):

    Curtis Hearn; Marshall Page; Britton Seal

    Other key lawyers:

    Kenneth Najder; Allison Bell; William Horton; Beau Grenier

    Key clients

    Lumen Technologies

    Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

    Ochsner Clinic Foundation d/b/a Ochsner Health

    Southern States Bancshares, Inc

    Bernhard Capital Partners

    BancPlus Corporation

    First State Capital Corporation

    Traditions Health

    Devall Maritime Holding Company, LLC

    Advanced Endodontics, P.C.

    Black Diamond Capital Management

    Benson Capital Partners LP

    POOL Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Advised Lumen Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: LUMN) in connection with the complex carve-out sale agreement to sell a portion of its incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) business to Apollo Global Management, Inc. for $7.5bn.

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

    A team with a strong presence in Chicago, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is geared for middle- and lower middle-market transactions, acting for buyers, sellers, privately held companies and sizeable multinationals in the process. The practice directs particular emphasis towards representing emerging companies and is also home to a flourishing leading alternative investments practice. Timothy Lavender fronts the offering and is proficiency at all stages of major corporate transactions, boasting a particularly distinguished track record in the energy field; he is supported by Jennifer Norkus, a more recent partner with extensive experience in M&A, divestitures, joint ventures, commercial agreements and governance affairs.

    Practice head(s):

    Timothy Lavender

    Other key lawyers:

    Jennifer Norkus; Andrew Pillsbury; Michael Adelstein; Carol Sherman; Deepak Nambiar


    ‘The firm has tremendous depth in terms of expertise in certain areas. Complex transaction/financing/M&A. Andrew Pillsbury is a star.’

    ‘Andrew Pillsbury is unassuming. He is brilliant, hard working and pragmatic.’

    ‘The capital markets transaction team experience in negotiating and documenting deals.’

    Key clients

    Lifeway Foods, Inc.

    Brown Gibbons Lang & Company

    Vantage Outsourcing

    Sorcia Minerals

    Market Rebellion

    Blaze Portfolio Systems LLC

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. caters to a range of corporate players including start-ups, later-stage entities, venture-back companies and global corporations. Based in Boston, practice head Dean Zioze handles middle-market mergers, divestitures, acquisitions, carve-outs, management buyouts and distressed sales, among other deal types. Key distinguishers include the practice’s excellent reputation within the life sciences sectors, as well as its track record in SPAC transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Dean Zioze; Stephen Gulotta; Michael Fantozzi

    Key clients

    Royal Philips


    Viela Bio, Inc.

    Brooks Automation, Inc.

    eBay Inc.

    Butterfly Network, Inc.

    Dassault Systèmes

    Myriad Genetics

    Netsmart Technologies



    PayPal, Inc.

    AVX Corporation

    Hitachi America Ltd

    Fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty (1547)

    Stifel Nicolaus and Company

    Johnson & Johnson

    HealthpointCapital Partners

    Monomoy Capital Partners

    Effectual Inc.

    XpresSpa Group, Inc.

    Medly Pharmacy

    Work highlights

    • Advised health technology company Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) in connection with the sale of its Aging and Caregiving business to Connect America, a portfolio company of Rockbridge Growth Equity.
    • Represented NCI Communications, Inc., d/b/a The Hill, the nation’s leading, independent, political digital media platform, in its sale to Nexstar Media Group, a broadcast TV and internet media company.
    • Representing Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, in its proposed acquisition of Atrius Health, the largest independent physician group in Massachusetts.

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

    At Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, the team demonstrates a capacity for both buy- and sell-side transactions, placing particular emphasis on banking, technology, automotive and healthcare-related deals. Gus Dixon  is one of South Carolina’s most experienced M&A lawyers, having been in practice since the 1980s; he co-leads the group alongside Atlanta-based duo Michael Hollingsworth  and Rhys Wilson , a specialist in tax-efficient deal structuring.

    Practice head(s):

    Gus Dixon; Michael Hollingsworth; Rhys Wilson

    Other key lawyers:

    Brian Galison; Billy Ching

    Key clients






    Red Hawk

    Lykins Companies, Inc.


    Work highlights

    • Advised on Pexco’s acquisition of rival Altaflo. Pexco is a North American specialty plastics extruder while Altaflo produces high-performance fluoropolymer and fluoroplastic extrusions for the aerospace, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, and electronics industries.
    • Assisted Al Chem Specialties and CalChem in respect of their acquisition by a portfolio company of the leading Miami-based private equity investor, H.I.G Capital.  
    • Represented Municode, the largest codifier of legal documents for local governments in the United States and a nationally recognized provider of agenda and meeting management and municipal website design solutions, in its sale of membership interests to CivicPlus, LLC, the nation’s leader in civic experience technology.

    Polsinelli PC

    Polsinelli PC is equipped to support clients on a wide breadth of transactions and operates across the technology, semiconductor, construction, transport, aerospace and telecom sectors, among others. William Mahood is a divestiture, joint venture and acquisition specialist who operates from Kansas City alongside Frank Ross, a lawyer who has been instrumental to the practice’s growth since 1998; the pair co-lead the practice alongside Dallas-based Jonathan Henderson, an expert in healthcare-related deals.

    Practice head(s):

    Frank Ross; William Mahood; Jonathan Henderson

    Other key lawyers:

    Jane Arnold; Phillip Guttilla


    ‘The collaborative aspect of the firm is tremendous. You honestly have zero doubt that you are working with a national firm that has the expertise in any area of business that you find yourself in. And they genuinely come across like they are part of your team and the success of your project, not just paid legal. They want you to succeed and it is their professionalism that will get you there.’

    ‘Phillip Guttilla is a standout professional. He is amazing with people, works in a timely manner, and has the ability to see his clients vision and puts together a team that sits beside you, so to speak, in a way that you feel the firm is an extension of your team.’

    ‘Knowledgeable, responsiveness, professionalism, flexibility, inclusive and collaborative approach to solving problems.’

    Work highlights

    • Represented Cavco Industries, Inc. in its acquisition of assets and equity of certain subsidiaries of a large independent builder of modular and manufactured homes throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest markets in the U.S.

    Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

    A Nashville-based team, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC enjoys a particularly distinguished reputation within the healthcare sector, acting for a plethora of hospitals, health systems, home health and health plan companies, among others. Michael Holley succeeded Kevin Douglas as chair of the corporate and securities practice in January 2022; he and his team are also knowledgeable of the manufacturing, IT, food and beverage, retail and hospitality sectors, serving as primary corporate, securities and transactional counsel to over 35 public companies.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Holley; Ryan Thomas; Angela Humphreys

    Other key lawyers:

    Kevin Douglas; Allen Overby; Michael Holley; David Cox


    ‘Their customer service and availability is world-class.’

    ‘Great people who are fun to be around and extremely hard working. They give fantastic advice and have very high attention to detail.’

    Key clients

    Humana, Inc. (NYSE: HUM)

    Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS)

    LP Building Solutions (NYSE: LPX)

    LFM Capital

    Gen Cap America

    i3 Verticals (Nasdaq: IIIV)

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Nasdaq: CBRL)

    AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AXO)

    Hibbett Sports (Nasdaq: HIBB)

    Ryman Hospitality (NYSE: RHP)

    Work highlights

    • Advised Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) in its sale of majority stake in its hospice, home health and outpatient therapy business to HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) in an all-cash transaction for $400m.
    • Advised Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand, in its acquisition of Mesa/Boogie.
    • Advised Axia Technologies, Inc., a consumer facing, industry-leading healthcare payment and technology company and portfolio company of Health Enterprise Partners, in its sale to Bank of America (NYSE: BAC).

    Cozen O’Connor

    Cozen O'Connor demonstrates a capacity for transactions valued in the billions, though is predominantly active in the mid-market, working across asset and stock deals, mergers, cross-border transactions, spin-offs and joint ventures, among other matters. Philadelphia-based duo Ira Gubernick and Larry Laubach co-head the practice, which is active in the technology, healthcare, food and beverage, pharma, telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing and business services fields.

    Practice head(s):

    Ira Gubernick; Larry Laubach

    Other key lawyers:

    Christopher Bellini; Steven Dickinson; Michael Heller; Christian Moretti; Martin Schrier; Jeffrey Saunders

    Key clients

    Utz Quality Foods, LLC

    Acreage Holdings

    Eurofins Group

    The Beachbody Company

    Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc.

    Agiliti Health, Inc.

    Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation

    Spell Capital Partners, LLC

    Matthews International Corporation

    Genesis HealthCare, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Represented Utz Quality Foods in a business combination with Collier Creek Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), pursuant to which Utz Brands, Inc. became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. The transaction valued Utz at $1.56bn.
    • Represented Agiliti Health, Inc., a medical equipment management and services provider to the U.S. healthcare industry, in its $475m acquisition of Northfield Medical, Inc., a national provider of surgical equipment repair services to the healthcare industry, from private equity firm Frazier Healthcare Partners.
    • Represented ConsumerMedical, Inc., a provider of health care software solutions, and its stockholders in its $300 million sale to Alight Solutions, LLC, a provider of benefits administration and cloud-based HR and financial solutions for businesses.

    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is active on a plethora of mid-market transactions, having developed a particularly prominent reputation for cross-border inbound investments into the US. Lawrence Goodman fronts the offering from New York and is vastly experienced in a number of distinct sectors such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, commodity trading and shipping.

    Practice head(s):

    Lawrence Goodman

    Other key lawyers:

    Valarie Hing; Andrew Seiden; Douglas Glazer


    ‘Flexible, intelligent and solution driven, hard working and fine communication skills. We did a cross border deal and they were superb.’

    ‘Andrew Seiden is very client focused. All issues and options are presented so that our team can weigh business decisions vs legal issues.’

    ‘Andrew Seiden has worked many deals for us. He’s client focused, gives 100% of his time and is very caring.’


    Key clients

    US Distribution LLC

    American Elite Molding LLC

    Business News Americas Inc.

    LiquidityBook, LLC

    Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

    An Atlanta-based team, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is especially accomplished on buy- and sell-side technology transactions. The team is co-headed by David Calhoun and Scott Allen and acts for a number of private equity and institutional players in the Southeast of the US, particularly those within the software and SaaS field.

    Practice head(s):

    David Calhoun; Scott Allen

    Other key lawyers:

    Amie Singer; Nick Foreste; Christopher Maxwell; Jason Cummings

    Key clients

    Griffin Capital LLC

    Sovos Compliance

    Coastal Cloud

    LLR Partners

    Vanguard Software






    Pryor Cashman LLP

    Pryor Cashman LLP fields a corporate group in New York with expertise in M&A, joint ventures, asset purchases, spin-offs and tender offers, among other transactions. John Crowe is especially well-versed in guiding middle-market companies who are seeking out acquisition opportunities; he serves as practice co-head alongside energy market specialist, Ali Panjwani.

    Practice head(s):

    John Crowe; Ali Panjwani

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Weinsier; Eric Hellige; Francesca Djerejian

    Key clients

    Pure Flix

    WE Transport

    Guardian Capital Group

    Soleus Capital Management

    Minority Equality Opportunities Acquisition Inc.

    LMP Automotive Holdings, Inc.

    COMSovereign Holding Corp.

    Versus Systems, Inc.

    Sound Point Capital Management

    Narrative Capital Partners LLC

    ICARO Media Group, Inc.

    Crestview Partners

    Soleus Capital


    Dune Real Estate Partners

    Arcadia Investment Partners

    Scarp Ridge Capital Partners, LLC

    Worldwise Inc.

    Sphere 3D Corp.

    Work highlights

    • Advised Minority Equality Opportunities Acquisition Inc., the first minority-led SPAC to be listed on NASDAQ that raised $126.5m.
    • Advised long-time Soleus Capital Management in several multi-billion dollar deals.
    • Advised LMP Automotive Holdings, Inc. in completing a $192 million credit facility, successfully closing on its numerous stage one acquisitions, and a $20m private placement of preferred stock and warrants this year.

    Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

    Established in California in 1975, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth has since expanded to Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Washington. The firm is a long-established player in the technology and software space and is also acclaimed for its work in the life sciences, medical device, IT, retail and consumer products sectors. The practice has handled a number of M&A roll-ups of late and is co-led by Newport Beach-based Christopher Ivey and Tom Waldman, who operates from Los Angeles.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris Ivey; Tom Waldman


    ‘Our deals tend to be complex and blends of securities, minority investments with control provisions, etc., so I appreciate that the team understands all aspects of the capital structure and how to interweave this without having to pull in multiple attorneys.’

    ‘Tom Waldman is a great attorney and counselor. Creative, engaging and not afraid to tell us when we don’t have our thinking correctly. He’s a true advisor and an indispensable part of what we do.’


    Key clients

    Change Merchant Solutions

    Digital Label Solutions


    FNC Title Services, Inc.

    Gallant Capital Partners

    International Rubber Products

    Ivantis, Inc.

    Jet Health, Inc.

    Keystone Pacific Property Management

    Lorad Asset Management, LLC

    Operation Technology, Inc. (ETAP)

    Reveal Data

    RTC Partners

    SAb Biotherapeutics

    Salas O’Brien

    Shalby Advanced Technologies



    TITAN School Solutions

    Work highlights

    • Represented Ivantis, a privately-held company that develops and commercializes new technologies to treat eye disease, in its $475m sale to Alcon, the global leader in eye care dedicated to helping people see brilliantly.
    • Represented SAb Biotherapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company advancing a new class of immunotherapies based on its human polyclonal antibodies in its business merger agreement with blank check company Big Cypress Acquisition Corp.

    Troutman Pepper

    Troutman Pepper fields a team of over 150 dedicated corporate lawyers located across the major US markets. Mason Bayler and Matthew Greenberg co-head the practice from Richmond and Wilmington respectively; their team is able to call upon the firm’s dedicated expertise in renewable energy and health sciences sectors and is also adept in media and entertainment, mining, manufacturing, hospitality, retail and technology, among other fields.

    Practice head(s):

    Mason Bayler; Matthew Greenberg

    Other key lawyers:

    Rachael Bushey


    ‘TP already had a relationship with us for corporate and securities work, so this was a natural progression once we became active with acquisitions. Their acquisition team had excellent experience and was deep enough that we could engage with partners when needed but we could benefit economically from associates performing appropriate amounts of the underlying work.’

    ‘We were looking for big firm quality without big firm bills. We felt like TP had a good balance in both areas, so we felt that we were able to control costs with the acquisition without sacrificing on the quality of the representation.’

    Key clients

    S.R. Smith, LLC

    Olympus Corporation of the Americas

    Vishay Precision Group, Inc.

    Danu Advisory Partners Limited

    StarBlue, Inc.

    Renovacor/Chardan SPAC

    Custom Molded Products, LLC

    Otelco, Inc.

    Arthrosurface Incorporated

    Message Broadcast LLC

    Absorption Systems LP

    Belden Inc.

    Franchise Group, Inc.

    Genuine Parts Company

    Mangrove Equity Partners

    Repay Holdings Corporation

    Southwire Company, LLC

    Universal Corporation

    Recro Pharma

    Work highlights

    • Represented Franchise Group, Inc. in the sale of its Liberty Tax business to a Canadian SPAC, NextPoint Acquisition Corp for $250m.      
    • Represented Mangrove Equity Partners, a Tampa, Florida-based lower middle-market private equity firm, in the acquisition of Filing Machines & Systems for $50m.
    • Represented Recro Pharma, Inc. in its acquisition of IRISYS, a San Diego-based CDMO that possesses capabilities that complement and expand those of Recro, for approximately $50m in a combination of cash, shares of Recro common stock and a seller promissory note.

    Wiggin and Dana LLP

    Wiggin and Dana LLP handles mid-market deals on behalf of both national and international clients, notably representing overseas clients from China, Japan, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Mark Kaduboski  and William Perrone co-lead the practice from Connecticut and are routinely instructed on mergers, stock and asset purchase, dispositions, joint ventures and product-line acquisitions, among others. Sector expertise is broad and includes technology, biopharma, chemicals, computer software, financial services and construction.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Kaduboski; William Perrone

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Hughes; Michael Grundei; Len Gray; Evan Kipperman


    ‘Good business advice and knowledge of the law.’

    ‘Great client orientation – a real feeling of partnership’

    ‘Evan Kipperman is an outstanding partner – he has an eye for detail, offers great and timely advice, and is very personable.’


    Key clients

    Anticimex International

    Swedencare AB (SECARE:FN Stockholm)

    Zensar Technologies, Inc. (NSE: ZENSARTECH)

    Frontier Home Health and Hospice LLC

    HARMAN International

    AdvanceLaw LLC

    Triax Technologies, Inc.

    Seaport Capital

    Knowledge Matters LLC

    Tuscan Imports, Inc.

    Additive, LLC

    Latex Foam International Holdings, Inc.

    Simply Protein for Pets

    Ximedica, LLC

    CiDRA Holdings LLC

    Cibes US Holding Inc.

    Southfield Capital Partners