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

Akerman LLP

With extensive experience on both buy and sell-side mandates, Akerman LLP handles an impressive volume of middle-market deals ranging from M&A to buyouts, spin-offs, distressed company transactions and growth equity investments. Besides acting for privately held businesses, public companies and emerging clients, the Florida-based firm is also a go-to choice for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Jonathan Awner in Miami is nationally recognised for his track record in the automotive sector, where he represents clients on strategic M&A, private equity deals and corporate governance matters. He jointly chairs the practice with David Birke in Fort Lauderdale, who is a key contact for private equity firms. Other names to note in the Miami office include Carl Roston, who is routinely sought out by mid-market private equity clients and large privately-held companies, and Kenneth Wiggins, who is active in the industrial, IT, aerospace, and automotive retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Awner; David Birke

Other key lawyers:

Carl Roston; Kenneth Wiggins; Paul Quinn; Martin Burkett; Santiago Assalini

Key clients

AutoNation, Inc.

The Beekman Group

HEICO Corporation

H.I.G. Capital

Trivest Partners, LP

AE Industrial Partners, LP

Ferguson Enterprises, LLC

Greenbriar Equity Group

Warren Equity Partners

Supply Chain Equity Partners

MPE (Morgenthaler Private Equity)

Branford Castle Partners

Lehman Auto World

Ondas Holdings, Inc.

Titan Home Improvement

Prime Automotive Group

MBF Healthcare Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Trivest in multiple transactions totalling more than $100m throughout the year.
  • Acted for Ferguson Enterprises in multiple transactions totalling more than $600m.
  • Assisted The Beekman Group in multiple transactions throughout the year, including their investment in First Choice Dental.

Arnold & Porter

Strategic buyers and sellers regularly turn to Arnold & Porter for guidance on the negotiation of M&A, leveraged buyouts and other transactions involving changes in corporate control. The firm’s impressive client roster also features an array of investors and their portfolio companies engaged in middle-market deals involving a range of industries, most notably tech, financial services, healthcare, energy and consumer goods. Derek Stoldt in New York – a key contact for transactions in the life sciences space – and Ronald Levine in Denver – whose notable areas of activity include public and private M&A deals, private equity and venture investments – jointly coordinate the corporate and finance department. Private equity funds and their portfolio companies, and publicly traded and privately held corporations trust Washington DC-based Kevin Lavin with the full spectrum of M&A matters. Also in DC, Matthew Owens excels in healthcare transactions, especially on behalf of private equity funds. Edward Deibert stands out in the San Francisco office for his wealth of experience in a variety of corporate deals in the financial services, tech, hospitality and consumer products industries.

Practice head(s):

Derek Stoldt; Ronald Levine

Other key lawyers:

Lowell Dashefsky; Edward Deibert; Kevin Lavin; Stephen Koval; Matthew Owens; Michele Rowland

Key clients

RLS Partners LLC


Wheels Up Experience Inc.

Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC

Three Kings Capital

Cool Japan Fund, Inc.

First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.

DC Capital Partners

Walker & Dunlop

McCormick & Company, Incorporated


Birko Corporation|Chad Equipment, LLC

Allied Concessions Inc.

Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc.

NS Holdings, Inc.


Work highlights

  • Represented DC Capital Partners in its acquisition of uAvionix Corporation and its subsidiaries.
  • Acted for Walker & Dunlop, Inc. in its acquisition of Alliant Capital, Ltd. and its affiliates in a transaction valued at approximately $696m.
  • Advising Wheels Up Experience Inc on all aspects of its acquisition of Air Partner plc.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Standing out for its broad industry coverage, which spans the energy, infrastructure, insurance, technology and private equity sectors, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner continues to advise middle-market clients in the full slate of corporate transactions and governance issues. The firm has recently handled several high-value de-SPAC deals, and a variety of cross-border mandates on behalf of sellers and buyers. John Welge, who has great’ experience in this field, focuses on middle-market M&A in the US and abroad. He is one of the main points of contact in the M&A and corporate finance practice alongside Stephanie Hosler, who is regularly retained by public companies, closely held businesses, investment partnerships and portfolio companies. Joel Lander is singled out for his strong track record in the manufacturing, transport, technology, life sciences and private equity spaces, while Atlanta-based Amy Wilson leads on a number of cross-border M&A and SPAC transactions. All practitioners are based in St Louis unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

John Welge; Stephanie Hosler

Other key lawyers:

Joel Lander; Kristin Yemm; Amy Wilson; John Goebel


‘Bryan Cave has advised and represented us for 30+ years on business matters including M&A, regulatory, litigation, tax, banking, employment, and other areas.  Their people have been outstanding, dedicated to our best interests, and have consistently provided us with the possible advice.’

Key clients

Gesher I Acquisition Corp

Craneware LLC

Roksam Baking

Stonebridge Companies

Backstop Solutions Group

James River Group Holdings Ltd. (Company)

Neenah Inc.

Victra Lllc


Bunge North America

Peabody Energy Company

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Ltd.

Stifel Financial

Work highlights

  • Advised Neenah, Inc., in connection with a $1.75bn all-stock merger of equals with Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc to create Mativ Holdings.
  • Assisted Victra in its acquisition of Go Wireless, Inc.
  • Advised Roskam Baking on its sale to to Entrepreneurial Equity Partners, a Chicago-based PE firm focused on the food and consumer packaged goods industries

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Based in Boston, Choate, Hall & Stewart offers representation to a host of acquirers, targets and investment banks in the context of public and private M&A  in the US and around the world. With particular strength in the private equity segment, the team is particularly well versed in corporate transactions involving tech and life sciences players, and often serves as US counsel to companies located in Canada, Israel, the UK and Ireland. John Pitfield is a reference for private and growth equity clients, most notably those with operations in the healthcare, life sciences and TMT sectors. He jointly leads the business and technology group with Brian Goldstein, who brings extensive experience advising venture capital investors and high-growth companies in the healthcare and IT industries. Corporate and securities attorney Tobin Sullivan advises life sciences and technology clients, ranging from start-ups to global public companies, on an array of transactional mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Pitfield; Brian Goldstein

Other key lawyers:

Tobin Sullivan

Key clients

Auction Technology Group

Candescent Partners

Creation Technologies International Inc.

ENT Partners

Forrester Research, Inc.

Haemonetics Corporation

Kadant Inc.

LeMaitre Vascular

US Dermatology Partners (Oliver Street Dermatology)

Vera Whole Health

Eversheds Sutherland

A leader in middle-market private equity, corporate M&A and real estate transactions‘, Eversheds Sutherland is ‘experienced across multiple geographies‘, with the firm singled out for its capabilities in cross-border deals, and continues to attract new mandates from an array of clients across the financial services, tech, energy, insurance and industrials segments. Robert Pile in Atlanta leads the US corporate practice and the global payments and digital commerce team, while the M&A group is chaired by the New York-based Robert Copps, a reference for private corporate clients, publicly-traded businesses and private investment funds. In the Atlanta office, Wade Stribling continues to play a prominent role in private equity deals, while Hill Jeffries and the ‘highly committedRob Ellis maintain a broad practice spanning M&A, joint ventures, venture capital investments and corporate governance. The widely recommended Ted Cominos in Chicago leverages his experience as a former principal of a private equity fund to drive value for his clients in both domestic and cross-border engagements. March 2022 saw the firm expand its presence on the West Coast with the opening of a San Francisco office and the arrival of Baird Fogel from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pile; Robert Copps

Other key lawyers:

Wade Stribling; Rob Ellis; Hill Jeffries; David Phillips; Ted Cominos; Brian Murphy; Baird Fogel


‘Eversheds is a leader in middle-market private equity, corporate M&A and real estate transactions. They are business oriented, always ensuring that they provide the best service for their clients while staying focused on the bigger business points, not losing the forest for the trees. They are constructive in problem-solving and identifying solutions that meet the client’s goals and provide solutions.’

‘The team has global depth, bringing in local knowledge when needed and coordinating the required activities, ensuring a quality, consistent message and reputation.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland is the best law firm that I ever worked with in my career. They are professional, very client focused, available and give you all the legal solutions.’

‘Ted Cominos from Eversheds Sutherland is a very talented, creative, and professional attorney. His knowledge in business is unique.’

‘The team understands what is really important for the client and the nuances of the investment structure and documentation. Extremely practical – listen to what we are trying to achieve and then create solutions to achieve these. Experienced across multiple geographies and understand “local” issues – critical to get a deal done.’

‘Ted Cominos is extremely practical; he listens to what we are trying to achieve and then creates solutions to achieve these. Ted has hands-on experience in almost all the jurisdictions we invest in, and this helps us a lot in achieving our goals.’

‘The Eversheds team is highly commercial and always solutions-focused. This is very helpful in high pressure M&A environments. The team always delivers considered advice, works at a fast pace and delivers on deadlines. Overall, they are very easy to work with and are highly trustworthy.’

‘Rob Ellis stand outs. He is highly committed, always available and delivers commercial and trustworthy advice. He understands the commercial realities of a deal and ensure the legal process supports the deal, as opposed to hindering it.’

Key clients

Blue Source Sustainable Forests Company

Cox Communications, Inc.

G&L Holdings, Inc.

FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc.

Advisor Group, Inc.

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Lion Global Craft Beverages Pty Ltd.


Kiwa N.V.

Dr. G’s Creations, LLC.

Acacium Group

Treadmaxx Tire Distributors

WEC Energy Group

Safran S.A.

MoLo Solutions, LLC


Work highlights

  • Assisted Blue Source Sustainable Forests Company in one of the largest private forest carbon investments in US history, valued at approximately $1.8bn.
  • Assisted G&L Holdings, Inc. in the sale of all issued and outstanding equity of Grain Craft to Redwood Holdings.
  • Advised Piraeus Bank S.A. on the cross-border structuring and transition of a portfolio of equity and quasi-equity interests to an outsourced private equity manager.

Loeb & Loeb LLP

With a strong following of start-ups, emerging growth companies, large corporations, private equity and venture capital funds, Loeb & Loeb LLP has established a good reputation in the middle-market M&A space in the US. The firm’s deep roots in the media and entertainment sectors, and longstanding experience in the tech and digital content space make it a go-to destination for business transactions in these spheres. The practice’s cross-border capabilities are also noteworthy, as are its credentials in distressed deals and SPAC acquisitions. Mitchell Nussbaum in New York, who regularly advises public companies on their SEC and NYSE or Nasdaq listing compliance, co-chairs the capital markets and corporate department with Los Angeles-based Arash Khalili, an active dealmaker in the TMT, sports, and healthcare sectors. Based in the New York office, assistant deputy chairs Lloyd Rothenberg and Ronelle Porter handle a mix of corporate, M&A and capital markets work. Giovanni Caruso is another key practitioner in New York; he is a member ‘one of the very best teams in SPAC-related work’.

Practice head(s):

Mitchell Nussbaum; Arash Khalili

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Giovanni Caruso is fantastic. Smart, level-headed, collaborative and creative.’

‘The team led by Loeb & Loeb partner Giovanni Caruso is very professional and client-oriented in SPAC merger transactions. They are one of the very best teams in SPAC-related work.’

‘Giovanni Caruso has over 20 years of legal experience. The team is extraordinarily helpful, in terms of legal strategy, filing time, schedule flexibility, communications with targets and regulatory agencies, etc.’

Key clients

Sharp Entertainment

Ingenuity Studios

Magnetic Component Engineering (MCE)

Trans Union LLC

ISMS Solutions

Research Tool & Die (RT&D)

Horizon Media

Lavinia Group, LLC

American Iron & Metal Company

NV5 Global Inc.

Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. II

Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. III

Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. V

LifeSci Acquisition II Corp.

Petra Acquisition Inc.

SPK Acquisition Corp.

Vickers Vantage Corp. I

Health Sciences Acquisitions Corporation 2

JATT Acquisition Corp.

Lakeshore Acquisition I Corp.

Surround Ventures

DiaCarta, Inc.

Comera Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.

Trident Acquisitions Corp.

Aldel Financial

Roth CH Acquisition III Co.

Archimedes Tech SPAC Partners Co.

Agrico Acquisition Corp.

CleanTech Acquisition Corp.

AGBA Acquisition Corp.

Model Performance Acquisition Corp.

Iron Spark Inc.

Brilliant Acquisition Corp.

Lakeshore Acquisition II Corp.

Pacifico Acquisition Corp.

Yotta Acquisition Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised the principals of Sharp Entertainment in connection with Sony Pictures Television’s $350m acquisition of Industrial Media.
  • Represented Horizon Media in its acquisition of a majority interest in First Tube Media, a leading live digital experience platform for brands.
  • Acted for Archimedes Tech SPAC Partners Co. in its merger with SoundHound Inc., a global leader in voice artificial intelligence.

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP handles strategically significant deals for both publicly-traded and private companies present in all core economic sectors, demonstrating particular strength in the energy and technology spaces. Though increasingly engaged in billion-dollar and transformative deals, the middle-market remains a sweet spot for the firm, where it handles M&A, joint ventures, asset and stock purchases, as well as corporate governance matters. Michael Woodard in Richmond leads the M&A and energy transactions group, while Thomas Zahn in Pittsburgh chairs the corporate and private equity department. Sitting in the Richmond office, Joanne Katsantonis is counsel of choice for energy companies of all sizes, Patrick De Ridder is particularly skilled in cross-border transactions, and Brian Hager is a trusted advisor to public and private companies in Virginia.

Practice head(s):

Michael Woodard; Thomas Zahn

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Katsantonis; Patrick De Ridder; Brian Hager


‘The transaction was of moderate size, but the McGuireWoods team, primarily Patrick De Ridder, gave it his highest priority in negotiating a very favorable outcome for our shareholders. MW gave counsel on the real value of the deal points and strategic interests in the offers to best represent shareholder expectations.’

‘De Ridder, the primary attorney, greatly assisted our management team and shareholders in successfully executing and closing the transaction through his extensive experience and M&A knowledge. He listened to shareholder concerns thereby understanding our business and personal objectives giving us a high level of service. He is an adept negotiator who brought value added in making the purchase agreement significantly beneficial to the shareholders.’

Key clients

Altria Group Inc

Origo hf

Markel Ventures

3D Systems Corporation

AvidXchange, Inc.

Alfa Laval Inc

Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

Hooker Furnishings Corp.


Jefferson Home Builders

Work highlights

  • Advised Dominion Energy, Inc. on the sale of Questar Pipelines to Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. in a transaction valued at $1.975bn.
  • Acted for Dominion Energy, Inc in the $690m sale of Hope Gas, Inc. to an infrastructure fund launched by Ullico Inc.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Praised for its ‘exceptional level of knowledge and experience in M&A transactions‘, Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s corporate department is adept at assisting private and public companies, private equity firms, start-ups and family businesses in the entire spectrum of M&A. Technology, media and healthcare are core sectors of focus for the firm, which also attracts instructions from clients operating in the consumer goods, manufacturing, real estate and life sciences segments. Suzanne Saxman in Chicago provides ‘exceptional service‘ in the context of M&A, commercial transactions and general corporate matter. She coordinates the M&A group with New York-based Andrew Lucano, who is the trusted advisor to many buyers and sellers in the entire lifecycle of corporate and private equity transactions. Aaron Gillett, who works out of the Chicago office and primarily focuses on M&A and other business development opportunities, is widely recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Saxman; Andrew Lucano

Other key lawyers:

Paul Pryzant; Stanley Bloch; Aaron Gillett; Whitney Schmidt; Moshe Berliner


‘The team has an exceptional level of knowledge and experience in M&A transactions. They are responsive and provide practical advice. They have strong attention to detail and are indispensable.’

‘Our lead partner is Andrew Lucano. He is an exceptional attorney and person, second to none in his M&A knowledge and experience. He provides practical guidance in a timely manner and bills efficiently.’

‘Aaron Gillett is one of the best lawyers to partner with you can ask for. He made complicated matters simple, represented the company’s best interest, and was always available to work through issues. He went above and beyond, and would recommend working with him to anyone.’

‘Suzanne Saxman and Aly Reedy are a great team to work with! They were efficient with all agreements and focused on completing the deal over billing hours. Will recommend to any future colleague looking for counsel.’

‘Seyfarth is an experienced team. They have a straight forward writing approach which results in documents that are not overly lengthy yet get the job done. I have been particularly impressed with Aaron Gillett. Aaron did a great job in the negotiations in helping us maximize our price and memorializing the terms such that our escrow was protected.’

‘Seyfarth has been a pleasure to work with. I am impressed with how high-touch, flexible, strategic, and urgent they are with our needs. Despite the amount of work and complexity of the needs, they consistently go above-and-beyond while treating us as if we were their own business. We consider Seyfarth to be true advisors and partners.’

‘This firm’s partners and associates are obviously competent, but it is their combination of relevant experience, rapid turnaround and appropriate responses to specific issues that makes them unique. At Sayfarth, we always received the relevant expert assistance for our specific problems.’

‘Suzanne Saxman- Whether it was for an straightforward contract, employee matter or for a game changing M&A contract, we always received exceptional service.’

Key clients


Northern Wind, Inc.

Dawn US Holdings LLC


Indegene Inc.

AssureHire, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Northern Wind, Inc. and its owners in connection with a sale of the company for $60m to ACON Investments, a private equity firm based in Washington, DC which completed a roll-up of Northern Wind and other seafood businesses.
  • Assisted Cars.com in the asset acquisition of Accu-Trade and its related businesses which provide vehicle appraisal and valuation data technology.

Squire Patton Boggs

Boasting a substantial national presence and global M&A footprint, Squire Patton Boggs is a key port of call for a range of publicly listed corporations, private equity firms, start-ups and individuals seeking advice on the full range of business transactions, including those with multijurisdictional implications. Based in Cleveland, Cipriano Beredo – Americas chair of the global corporate practice – has led on several domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures across a range of sectors, including consumer goods, energy, and manufacturing. In the same office, Daniel G Berick is a seasoned practitioner in private equity investments and corporate law matters, while Jonathon Whittlesey has significant experience in coordinating complex M&A involving multiple jurisdictions. Jaime Daddona in Phoenix maintains a broad practice covering strategic M&A, private equity deals, corporate governance, restructurings and stockholder relations matters.

Practice head(s):

Cipriano Beredo

Other key lawyers:

Daniel G Berick; Jonathon Whittlesey; Jaime Daddona; Michele Connell; Abby Brown


‘This firm provides a variety of expertise areas and works as a team to address all client needs. The value for service provided is excellent.’

Key clients

LMI Consulting LLC

Acumen Solutions, Inc., a Salesforce Company

Beacon Roofing Supply


NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

ICF International, Inc.

Minerals Technologies, Inc.

TRIAD Capital Management LLC

Sterling Bancorp now d/b/a Webster Financial Corporation

MAG Aerospace

Lotame Solutions

Invicta Media Investments LLC


BSI Americas

Andrea Electronics

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

Critical Communications, Controls & Instruments

The Jet LLC

Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.

Ashland Inc.

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Venable LLP

Venable LLP‘s corporate group helps clients of all sizes, ranging from early-stage enterprises to Fortune 100 companies, navigate complex issues in the context of domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, equity financings, SPAC transactions and corporate governance matters. Practice leaders Frank Ciatto, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York, and Robert Bolger in DC are experienced in the full spectrum of M&A transactions, and handle both buy and sell-side mandates. Charles Morton, a reference for M&A involving middle-market companies in the healthcare, technology and consumer products industries, is based between DC and Baltimore. Anthony Rosso in Baltimore often acts for publicly traded businesses, emerging growth clients and entrepreneurs in restructurings, M&A and commercial contracts, which are all core areas of activity for Daniel Straga in DC.

Practice head(s):

Frank Ciatto; Robert Bolger

Other key lawyers:

Charles Morton; Bryan Rakes; Anthony Rosso; Daniel Straga

Key clients

Enterprise Security Solutions, LLC

Redwood Capital Investments

NavSight Holdings Inc.

Dechra Limited and Dechra Holdings US Inc.


GenRock Investment Fund II, LP

Glass House Capital Management Corporation

1-800-Flowers, Inc.

CorePoint Lodging, Inc.

ZeroFox, Inc.

CoreSite Realty Corporation



Work highlights

  • Advised Dechra on five announced transactions.
  • Advised ClassPass on its merger with Mindbody.
  • Assisted ZeroFox in its acquisition of IDX and the creation of a publicly traded company via merger with L&F Acquisition Corp, a special-purpose acquisition company.

Ballard Spahr LLP

With a strong national footprint, Ballard Spahr LLP demonstrates strength advising buyers and sellers – ranging from privately held companies to multinational public corporations and private equity funds – on middle and lower-middle market M&A. Brian Doerner, who is a key contact for life sciences transactions in the Philadelphia office, and Barbara Rummel in Minneapolis, who has completed numerous transactions involving public and privately held businesses, serve as co-leaders of the firm’s M&A group. Co-head of the private equity practice Maggie Tatton in Minneapolis and Gregory Seltzer, who oversees the emerging companies and venture capital department, are other key contacts. Based in Phoenix, Karen McConnell specializes in corporate and securities law, and has a wealth of experience in both strategic M&A and private equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Brian Doerner; Barbara Lano Rummel

Other key lawyers:

Maggie Tatton; Karen McConnell; Gregory Seltzer; Wesley Robinson

Key clients

Communications Systems, Inc.

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP handles a steady flow of middle-market deals for a domestic and international clientele that includes a number of mid-size corporations, private equity firms and emerging companies active in an array of sectors, namely life sciences, consumer products, construction and energy. Robert Grammig, who has handled several publicly announced M&A in the US and involving Asia, Europe and Latin America, is based in Tampa. He coordinates the team with two other partners based in Florida: David Barkus, the key point of contact for private equity matters, and George Mencio, a name to note for international work, both of whom sit in the Miami office. Stephen Dietrich in Denver is regularly retained by retail and automotive clients in M&A, corporate governance and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Robert Grammig; David Barkus; George Mencio

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Dietrich; Paul Jaskot; Tammy Knight; Chauncey Lane


‘Tammy Knight — experienced, savvy, practical, down to earth, problem solver. She’s fantastic.’

‘The HK team is market leading in automotive law. They have the insights and answers that we expect from a top tier full service firm.’

‘Stephen Dietrich is one of the foremost automotive law practitioners in the nation. This is well known and since working with him, I can confirm that it is well deserved. Stephen leads the team that looks after our company, he provides safe advice, and is highly responsive to our needs.’

Key clients

Allegiant Partners Incorporated

Converge Technology Solutions Corp.


Cigna Corporation

Shell Oil Company

Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

SEI Investments Company

Conduent Incorporated

Panoramic Health

Sila Realty Trust, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented MarineMax, Inc. in its acquisition of Island Global Yachting LLC.
  • Acted for Shell Oil Company in the sale of its interest in Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and P.M.I. Norteamerica, S.A. De C.V.
  • Assisted The Scripps Research Institute in the sale of its Florida campus and Florida-related assets to the University of Florida.

Jones Walker LLP

Standing out for the breadth of its expertise and cross-border capabilities, Jones Walker LLP houses a team of ‘smart, experienced, [and] accessible lawyers‘ who are routinely sought out by companies at all stages of development, including large, mid-cap and start-up players, and active in a diversity of industries. Its impressive M&A workload is populated by a number of mergers, tender offers, asset and stock purchases as well as private equity investments, joint ventures and corporate governance issues. In New Orleans, Marshall Page possesses great experience in the M&A space; he is regularly retained by heavy industrial clients, including those in the petrochemical and midstream energy segments. In the same office, Curtis Hearn is a key point of contact for private equity and venture capital funds, while Britton Seal is singled out for his broad knowledge of corporate and securities law. Based in Birmingham, Beau Grenier has represented corporate clients of all sizes in M&A, divestitures, changes of ownership and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Marshall Page; Kelly Simoneaux

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Najder; Allison Bell; Brett Beter; Katherine Herbert; Curtis Hearn; Britton Seal; Beau Grenier


‘The team is very efficient. More importantly, they have a sense of urgency.’

‘Brett Beter and Katherine Herbert are outstanding.’

‘Beau Grenier is excellent.’

‘Smart, experienced, accessible lawyers in a midsize market who can compete on an equal footing with the best in the country while charging reasonable rates.’ 

‘Intellect, integrity, experience, accessibility and absolute “client first” commitment.’

Key clients

Lumen Technologies, Inc.

Ochsner Clinic Foundation d/b/a Ochsner Health

Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.

Alliance Offshore LLC

voestalpine AG

Tala Marine, LLC

Citizens State Bank

Southern States Bancshares, Inc

LLOG Exploration Company, L.L.C.

The Goldfield Corporation d/b/a Gridtek Utility Services

Center for Sight of Northwest Florida

Excel Interior Door, LLC

Merchants and Planters Bank

Mechanics Bank, Water Valley, MS

Work highlights

  • Advised Lumen Technologies, Inc. in connection with the “carve-out” sale agreement to sell a portion of its incumbent local exchange carrier business to Apollo Global Management, Inc. for $7.5bn.
  • Represented voestalpine AG in the $1bn sale of 80% of its ownership of voestalpine Texas to ArcelorMittal.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has considerable experience in sophisticated M&A, acting on behalf of buyers and sellers across a multitude of industries. The banking sector is a strong point for the department, which often handles transformational mergers and acquisitions involving commercial banks and thrifts. The practice is also well versed in corporate governance and special committees matters, and continues to develop its private equity and venture capital platforms. Co-leader Richard Cicchillo in Atlanta provides legal support to mid-market and large-cap companies in domestic and cross-border M&A, while fellow co-head Christina Gattuso in Washington DC is primarily focused on the financial services sector. Louis Barbieri, who sits in the Atlanta office, is a reference for private equity funds and portfolio companies. Also in Atlanta, the ‘knowledgeableKelsey Donnalley advises companies from the tech, healthcare, consumer products and telecoms sectors on strategic M&A and private equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cicchillo; Christina Gattuso

Other key lawyers:

Louis Barbieri; Mick Cochran; Edward Olifer; Siegmar Pohl; Steve Donahoe; Kelsey Donnalley


‘Great team. All very sharp, lots of deal experience, and fantastic service. Our lead corporate attorneys are great and pull in other specialist across the firm seamlessly.’

‘Rich Cicchillo and Kelsey Donnalley are the main partners we work with. Very knowledgeable and great service…make you feel like you are their most important client. They negotiate hard, but are also pragmatic to deliver results and keep deals moving.’

Key clients

CRH plc

Oldcastle Infrastructure, Inc.

Oldcastle APG, Inc.

Columbia Financial, Inc.

SiteOne Landscape Supply

Vega Consulting, Inc. and its affiliate, AmericanCyberSystems, Inc.

2Ride Holdings

Source Capital, LLC

Gouverneur Bancorp, Inc.

Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Beacon Specialized Services, Inc.

BlueArc Capital Partners and Merit Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented CRH plc in an auction process to sell its Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope business to KPS Capital Partners, LP.
  • Assisted Columbia Financial, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Freehold MH, Freehold Bancorp, and Freehold Bank.
  • Represented Vega Consulting, Inc. and its affiliate, AmericanCyberSystems, Inc., in connection with their acquisition of Volt Information Services for $156m.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP continues to attract top-end M&A mandates, regularly acting on behalf of numerous financial and strategic clients in a vast range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, agribusiness, consumer products, real estate, energy and media, to name a few. Corporate chair Ernest Wechsler has recently assisted private equity sponsors, strategic acquirers and sellers as well as SPACs in M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He oversees the practice from New York, where co-managing partner Howard Spilko is highly regarded for middle-market transactions. Todd Lenson has significant experience in all types of M&A work, offering advice to public companies, private equity funds, family offices and real estate investment trusts. Adi Herman is also part of the core M&A team; his expertise covers minority investments, carve-outs, recapitalizations and governance issues. All named practitioners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Ernest Wechsler

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

VICI Properties Inc.

BlackRock, Inc.

Rialto Capital

The NPD Group

Stone Point Capital LLC

Euclid Transactional LLC

NewPoint Real Estate Capital LLC

Sentinel Capital Partners

Focus Financial Partners Inc.

Capstar Special Purpose Acquisition Corp.


Eliassen Group, LLC


American Foundation for the Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.


Sabal Capital Partners LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised VICI Properties Inc. in connection with a number of significant transactions.
  • Advised BlackRock on an investment of $750m by funds managed by BlackRock Alternative Investors, along with Warner Music Group, to purchase the music catalogues of “modern evergreen” artists, with a focus on female and diverse songwriters.
  • Assisted Rialto Capital in connection with a strategic minority investment by CNO Financial Group Inc.

Linklaters LLP

Demonstrating extensive experience in buy and sell-side deals, Linklaters LLP acts for a diverse roster of public companies, private equity firms and investment banks in a variety of corporate work, including M&A transactions with cross-border implications. Mid-market M&A is a key pillar of the practice, which also possesses significant capabilities in de-SPAC deals, corporate restructuring and board advisory issues. The New York-based team was recently strengthened by the addition of long-time M&A and private equity practitioner Lev Loukhton, who relocated to the US from Europe where he served as the firm’s marketing and business development partner. Rated for its ‘great technical expertise‘, the practice is led by Scott Sonnenblick, who has a wealth of experience in cross-border deals and complex joint ventures. Pierre-Emmanuel Perais is skilled in SPAC-related matters, equity and asset sales, while Clara Pang is particularly noted for her track record in the financial services, energy and manufacturing industries. The ‘outstandingJosh Feit regularly assists private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on multijurisdictional deals.

Practice head(s):

Scott Sonnenblick

Other key lawyers:

Lev Loukhton; Pierre-Emmanuel Perais; Clara Pang; Josh Feit


‘Great technical expertise. Very committed to executing deals.’

‘Josh Feit – outstanding in terms of his knowledge of us as a client, technical expertise and willingness to go the extra mile to get the deal done.’

Key clients

Altaris Capital Partners

Barry Callebaut

Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp

Daimler AG

Hg Pooled Management Limited


Jagex Limited

Marfrig Global Foods S.A.

Moolec Science Limited

PlantPlus Foods

Roth Capital Partners

Sercel SAS / CGG

Sibanye Stillwater Limited

Union Acquisition Corp II

Work highlights

  • Advised Moolec Science Limited on its $504m business combination agreement with LightJump Acquisition Corp.
  • Assisted Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp in connection with its $236m merger with Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
  • Advised Sercel Holding SAS on the acquisition of certain software assets from Ion Geophysical Corporation and its acquisition of Geocomp.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

The ‘resourceful, diligent, well respected, results-oriented‘ team at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is equally adept at handling both domestic and cross-border mid-cap transactions on behalf of buyers and sellers operating in highly regulated industries, including financial services, healthcare, TMT and retail. The practice, which is managed by Thomas Poletti in Orange County, also provides representation to banks and other financial institutions in their acquisitions, and to investment banks in their role as financial advisor in M&A deals. Poletti possesses a broad skillset that in addition to strategic M&A extends to capital markets and SPACs. Also on the West Coast, Craig Miller is a name to note in San Francisco for financial services and venture capital clients. Based in Washington DC, Scott Schwartz acts for investors and companies in the media, insurance, biotechnology and manufacturing industries, and is also proficient in corporate governance and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Poletti

Other key lawyers:

Scott Schwartz; Craig Miller; Veronica Lah


‘Expert, resourceful, diligent, well respected, results-oriented, deep knowledge.’

‘Scott Schwartz is very committed.’

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 in its acquisition of Floify.
  • Represented QAD Inc. in its successful $2bn acquisition by leading software investment firm Thoma Bravo.
  • Acted for+HUMMEL in its acquisition of Pamlico Air.

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

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.‘s M&A offering is especially concentrated on clients in the life sciences, tech and energy sectors, where the team is adept at handling middle-market acquisitions, mergers and corporate reorganizations. Singled out for its track record in “fallen angel” reverse mergers, the department excels in SPAC-related deals, and continues to be engaged by several investment banks in the context of M&A transactions. Fortune 500 clients, private equity firms and closely-held companies routinely turn to Dean Zioze in Boston for advice on M&A in the healthcare, technology, industrial, media and consumer product sectors. He oversees the team that also features Michael Fantozzi, who marries expertise in financing transactions, M&A and corporate governance. Based in New York, Stephen Gulotta acts for various sellers and buyers in M&A across an array of sectors, and is also engaged by investment banking firms acting as financial advisors in transactions. Megan Gates has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Michael Fantozzi; Dean Zioze; Stephen Gulotta

Other key lawyers:

Larry Naughton; Matthew Gardella; Marc Mantell; Dan Bagliebter; Matthew Tikonoff

Key clients

Royal Philips


eBay Inc.

PayPal, Inc.

Monomoy Capital Partners

ProKidney LP

Azenta Life Sciences

Adviser Investments

Dassault Systèmes

Myriad Genetics

Netsmart Technologies


Fulgent Genetics

HealthpointCapital Partners

Fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty (1547)

Effectual Inc.


Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc.

Classy, Inc.

Walk Vascular, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Royal Philips in connection with its acquisition of Vesper Medical Inc.

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP fields a team of specialist M&A practitioners who are the trusted partners of a variety of longstanding and new clients operating in a range of sectors, notably metals and mining. Led from Chicago, the team regularly works with top Canadian natural resources companies on some of their most significant transactions. Practice head John Koenigsknecht stands out for his strong background in domestic and cross-border M&A involving public and private companies. Devoted to complex transactional and corporate governance matters, Michael Gray handles a mix of M&A, private equity deals and venture capital investments. Middle-market businesses regularly seek Joshua Klein‘s assistance in deals taking place in the tech, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and life sciences spaces. Cristina DeMento primarily attracts instructions from high-growth companies and their investors. All named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

John Koenigsknecht

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The NGE team and its principal John Koenigsknecht are very good in maintaining long-term client relationships and doing so through their knowledge of the client’s business, participating on a non-fee-basis in client events and keeping themselves up to date on how the client’s business develops. With their client knowledge, the starting period for new projects is always short, and it also helps a lot when addressing day-to-day legal matters.’

‘The lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with go beyond the call of duty and are always available to answer questions and help.’  

Key clients

Covanta Holding Corporation

Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation (f/k/a Mudrick CapitalAcquisition Corporation and successor to Hycroft MiningCorporation)

Trelleborg AB/Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

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

NIBE Industrier AB (publ) of Sweden/Backer EHP Inc. (U.S.operating entity) and NIBE Energy Systems Inc. (and itssubsidiaries, including, among others – WaterFurnaceInternational, Inc., The Climate Control Group andEnertech, Inc., FPI Fireplace ProductsInternational/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


Work highlights

  • Advised Marathon Capital, LLC, on its strategic collaboration agreement with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
  • Advised Sandstorm Gold on all aspects of the high-profile acquisition of two significant royalty assets.
  • Advised Upfront Healthcare on it’s acquisition of PatientBond.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Noted for its cross-office collaboration, Nixon Peabody LLP ‘provides comprehensive support in cross-border M&A transactions‘, private equity investments, joint ventures and other corporate transactions in the middle-market space. Clients operate in a diversity of sectors, but the ‘top quality‘ team has been particularly active in the consumer goods, technology and life sciences segments. Todd Tidgewell in Albany oversees the corporate group, and also plays a prominent role representing private equity funds and their portfolio companies. Richard Langan, who is based in New York, ‘is a standout M&A practitioner‘ with substantial experience in domestic and multijurisdictional deals, including public and privately negotiated acquisitions, mergers and strategic alliances. Lior Zorea, a seasoned M&A practitioner in San Francisco, who works with clients from the technology and digital media sectors, is routinely engaged by emerging growth companies and venture capital funds in relation to their transactional and corporate needs.

Practice head(s):

Todd Tidgewell

Other key lawyers:

Richard Langan; Eric Tanck; Kevin Grant; David Brown; Dan Belostock; Lior Zorea


‘The Nixon Peabody M&A team is excellent both technically and in terms of ease of working with them. One thing that really makes them stand out is the absolutely seamless way they operate between offices. You would never know what office a team member on a deal is working from – it is as though they are all just one team. I have not seen this done as well anywhere else.’

‘Richard Langan is a standout M&A practitioner. He is highly experienced, very client focused and has amazing judgement. He really is a true senior statesman in this regard. He has run a number of matters for us now, and he always delivers!’

‘Richard Langan of Nixon Peabody is kind, experienced and responsible. He’s a great partner, and I feel confident having him represented the firm.’

‘The team provides comprehensive support in cross-border M&A transactions. The team has very skilled and experienced experts, and their teamwork has been excellent.’

Richard Langan helps us a lot to make a strategy planning based on various legal risk analysis. He is a well-balanced person and has an excellent problem-solving skill in M&A deal.’

‘Nixon Peabody’s M&A practice is top-quality. Lior Zorea, in particular, is a cutting-edge, innovative transaction attorney who finds ways to present and achieve the highest quality results for their clients.’

‘We’ve worked with Nixon Peabody (NP) on multiple acquisition opportunities and have found the team to be professional, personable and punctual in every aspect. It’s clear this is a team that operates on a level above their peers, and we’ve seen this when dealing with teams on the other side of the table that are under-prepared, slow to respond, and make mistakes.’

‘Have been working closely with Lior Zorea, leading partner, and his team, for a few years now. They have continuously shown top-notch professionalism.

Key clients

AMP Capital Holdings Limited

Constellation Brands, Inc.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

Paychex, Inc.

Valo Health


Evolved by Nature, Inc.

Halma PLC

Bruker Nano, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented AMP Capital Holdings Limited in connection with the sale of AMP’s infrastructure mezzanine debt platform to Ares Holdings, L.P.

Seward & Kissel LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP has established a good reputation for middle-market negotiated M&A in a range of sectors, and increasingly handles international deals involving buy-side private equity firms. The New York-based team, which is praised for being ‘incredibly attentive and well-versed in M&A‘, is under the joint leadership of James Abbott, whose areas of expertise cover cross-border deals, joint ventures and private equity investments in the media and shipping sectors, and Craig A Sklar, a key contact for investment management industry work. The highly regarded Nick Katsanos offers ‘commercial practical solutions‘ in the context of M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions in the media, broker-dealer, veterinary and shipping spaces. Counsel Danielle Lemberg takes on a leading role in a variety of corporate transactions, including M&A, private and venture capital deals.

Practice head(s):

Craig A Sklar; James Abbott

Other key lawyers:

Nick Katsanos; Gary Anderson; Danielle Lemberg


‘Knowledgeable team. Great at understanding our business. They are focused on defending our terms but simultaneously making sure the deal isn’t put at risk as we look to build a partnership with each investment.’

‘The team of partners and associates is strong in private equity and M&A. Jim Abbott and Nick Katsanos together manage to keep on top of detail throughout the transaction, quickly grasping issues and offering commercial / practical solutions. They never hide behind specialists but find solutions in a calm and measured manner.’

‘Special mention goes to Nick Katsanos and Jim Abbott who are a great double-act. They always endeavour to turn comments around in 24 hours so they keep you on your toes as a colleague on the same side. Nick’s recall of detail across complex transaction documents in another jurisdiction is really impressive but at the same time he and Jim are just a real pleasure to work with. I would have them in my team any day! Super smart, responsive, practical and good value would be the words I would use to describe them.’

‘We love the S&K team. Incredibly attentive and well-versed in M&A. We wouldn’t be able to operate without them. They are constantly plugged in and advise us in more ways than a typical counsel would.’

‘Primarily work with Nick Katsanos. He is the best. Always available, knowledgeable and just a general pleasure to work with.’

‘Deep industry knowledge, top attorneys and great service, delivered at a fair price compared to other NYC law firms.’

‘Craig Sklar and Nick Katsanos are fantastic M&A lawyers with excellent legal and problem solving skills.’

‘The things that make them stand out are their availability and the practical approach to complete the transactions we have worked on together.’

Key clients

Tiedemann Advisors, LLC

Frontline Ltd.

Growth Catalyst Partners

Estancia Capital Management

Marblegate Asset Management, LLC


Marex Group

TechInsights Inc.

Kudu Investment Management

iM Global Partner

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The corporate and securities group at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is a strong performer in the middle-market M&A space, where it supports companies of all sizes, ranging from private and public companies to start-ups and emerging businesses. With an expansive footprint across the country, the team is proficient in multi-state and cross-border M&A, as well as private equity deals, joint ventures and strategic alliance arrangements. Based in Century City, co-head Linda Michaelson focuses on corporate transactions in the technology, media, renewable energy and healthcare sectors. John Hempill in New York and Jeralin Cardoso in Del Mar are also at the helm of the group; Cardoso is a key contact for healthcare clients. Lawrence Braun in Los Angeles maintains a broad practice in corporate and securities law, M&A and healthcare transactions, while Frank Bacelli is the M&A partner to note in the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Jeralin Cardoso; John Hempill; Linda Michaelson

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Braun; Zachary Turke; Kandace Watson; Chad Ensz; Frank Bacelli; Stephen LaSala; Cedric Powell


‘The team’s sheer intelligence and business acumen distinguish it from others. The key lawyers don’t operate from a scripted deal “playbook” the way that other firms typically do; rather, the partners really extend themselves to understand the subject businesses (and the businesses at a particular point in their history) and the deal objectives before putting any pen to paper. This approach produces an optimal result tailored for the client in a most streamlined and cost-effective manner.’

‘Frank Bacelli and Cedric Powell were exceptional. Not only do they demonstrate strong subject matter expertise, but they’re extremely intelligent and results-oriented businessmen. They approach their work with great humility and an earnest engagement with the client, which shows how confident they are in their own capabilities. They are smart, agile, collaborative and affable – a real joy to work with even under very difficult and time-sensitive circumstances. The culture they’ve created among the M&A team is one that fosters unique relationships with their clients, and a desire to deliver the optimal result in the most cost-effective way.’

Key clients

FAT Brands Inc.

Sony Pictures Entertainment


Bellami LLC

Brooklyn Bedding

EZ-Flo International, Inc.

Battery Systems, Inc. and its affiliates

OpenGate Capital

Fishawack Health Group

Washington Gastroenterology

Mawson Infrastructure Group Inc

Amulet Capital Partners

BlueHalo, an Arlington Capital Partners portfolio company

Arlington Capital Partners

Save Mart Companies

Potter Electric Signal Company

Octo Consulting Group, an Arlington Capital Partners portfolio company

Thrasio Holdings, Inc.

Allied Universal

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fatburger parent, FAT Brands Inc in the acquisition of Global Franchise Group from Serruya Private Equity and Lion Capital.
  • Represented Sony Pictures Television in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Industrial Media.
  • Acted for the UrgentMED group companies in the sale of their equity to Quilvest Capital partners.

Thompson Hine LLP

Buy and sell-side M&A, corporate finance and compliance are all core areas of activity for the team at Thompson Hine LLP, which is well versed in transactional matters involving small to mid-size companies, large privately-held enterprises, emerging companies, investment firms and private equity funds. Spearheading the practice, Frank Chaiken acts for several European and American clients in US and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and commercial agreements. He splits his time between Chicago and Cincinnati, and receives support from a robust team of M&A practitioners spread across the country. Emma Off in Cincinnati is counsel of choice for many private investment firms, as well as public and private companies active in various industries. Based in Cleveland, William Henry specializes in strategic and private equity M&A deals, and also provides assistance to clients in corporate reorganizations and governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Frank Chaiken

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Welburn; Tony Kuhel; Todd Schild; Corby Baumann; Emma Off; William Henry

Key clients

Meritor, Inc.

Centre Lane Partners, LLC

BrightSpring (formerly PharMerica)

ProMach, Inc.

Peppertree Capital Management, Inc.

Hillenbrand Inc.

The Home Depot

GE Aviation

The Davey Tree Expert Company

Crown Equipment Corporation

Emmi AG

ArentFox Schiff

A result of the March 2022 merger between Schiff Hardin and Arent Fox, ArentFox Schiff provides ‘impeccable‘ legal services to domestic and international companies as well as private equity firms engaged in M&A transactions, divestitures, joint ventures, reorganizations and take-privates. The life sciences and healthcare sectors are core strengths for the corporate and securities department, which is jointly led by David McHugh in Chicago and Steven Cohen in Washington DC. In the Chicago office, Steve Isaacs has been particularly active handling M&A transactions in the healthcare space; Matthew Galo acts for private companies, their owners and investors; and Jason Zgliniec is a key contact for M&A in the banking sector. Based in Washington DC, Jay Halpern oversees the beverage and food industry-focused group.

Practice head(s):

David McHugh; Steven Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Steve Isaacs; Jay Halpern; Matthew Galo; Jason Zgliniec; Jennifer DePalma; Sara Rosenberg; Matthew Berlin


‘ArentFox Schiff has been our company counsel for many decades. Their service is impeccable. This year we closed on an acquisition and ArentFox Schiff were great partners for us as we negotiated and documented the deal successfully.’

‘Steve Isaacs is the consummate professional, always available, always taking the time to understand the business ramifications of the issue at hand, always offering alternatives for consideration.’

Key clients

Altaris Capital Partners, LLC

Avatar Corporation

BK Medical

Clearwater Compliance

Cresset Asset Management, LLC

FNBC Bank & Trust

The Leaders Bank


Tuthill Corporation

Wintrust Financial Corporation

Vox Media

Work highlights

  • Advised Altaris Capital Partners on the approximately $241m take-private acquisition of Intricon Corporation.
  • Represented Avatar Corporation in its sale to Caldic B.V.
  • Represented Tuthill Corporation on the sale of its Pump Group to Ingersoll Rand Inc. for $85m.

Blank Rome LLP

Focused on domestic and global private equity and strategic transactions, Blank Rome LLP is active in a multitude of sectors, including tech, manufacturing, and healthcare. Corporate clients of all sizes turn to the team for assistance in the full spectrum of public and private M&A transactions, take-privates and employee stock ownership plan acquisition deals. Louis Rappaport in Philadelphia serves as outside counsel to a myriad of business clients, both in relation to transactional and corporate governance issues. He oversees the practice alongside two partners based in New York: Peter Schnur, whose areas of expertise range from private equity deals to corporate divestitures and finance, and Kathleen Cunningham, who brings together experience in M&A, securities offering and SEC reporting.

Practice head(s):

Louis Rappaport; Peter Schnur; Kathleen Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Robert Mittman; Maria Trainor; Naomi Gallimore


‘The firm truly works as a team and is highly dedicated to completing the deal in the best interests of the client.’

‘Very strong team, providing expertise in all areas necessary for a successful merger or acquisition.’

Key clients

RE2, Inc

Gladstone Investment Corporation

J.F. Lehman

Ryder System, Inc.


Accuweather Inc.

Harbour Group Industries

Breakthrough Beverage

Mereo Capital Partners

Avantus Holdings LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented RE2, Inc. in its sale to Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation.
  • Represented an affiliate of Balmoral Funds in its take-private acquisition of Trecora Resources.
  • Represented Breakthru Beverage Group in connection with the acquisition of Major Brands, Inc.

Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor showcases a consistent record of closing a significant number of M&A for clients throughout the US, Canada, and internationally in a wider variety of industries, such as tech, healthcare, financial services, telecoms, manufacturing and consumer products. Co-chair Ira Guternick offers representation to public and private companies, funds, start-ups and entrepreneurs in relation to M&A, strategic joint ventures and private equity investments. He manages the group with Larry Laubach; both practice heads are based in Philadelphia. Christian Moretti is a name to note in the New York office for general corporate advisory matters, transactions, and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Ira Gubernick; Larry Laubach

Other key lawyers:

Christian Moretti; Christopher Bellini

Key clients

Utz Brands, Inc.

Planet 13 Holdings Inc.

J&J Snack Foods Corporation

The Beachbody Company

Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc.

Agiliti Health, Inc.

Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation

Shank’s Extracts, Inc.


Genesis HealthCare, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the owners of HEYDUDE in its $2.5bn sale to Crocs.
  • Acted for J&J Snack Foods Corp. in its $222m acquisition of the equity securities of Dippin’ Dots Holdings, L.L.C.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

The corporate team at Dickinson Wright PLLC brings together vast experience in M&A, private equity investments, divestitures, and internal reorganizations. With offices located throughout the country, the team is often engaged in both cross-border and domestic matters involving the healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, consumer goods and automotive sectors. Scot Crow possesses far-reaching expertise in private equity deals, venture capital financings and corporate transactions. He is based in Columbus, where Benton Bodamer is especially active advising privately held businesses on transactions and general corporate matters. Amy Kwiatkowski in Detroit is noted for her in-depth knowledge of corporate law, including complex M&A and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Scot Crow; Amy Kwiatkowski; Benton Bodamer

Other key lawyers:

Alex Brown; Richard Bolton; Andrew MacLeod; John Schuring; Jeffrey York; Erin Pawlowski; Cristina Luse; Anthony Alfano

Key clients

Gage Growth Corp.

Straine Dental Management, LLC/Straine DM Holdings LLC

Farmaceuticalrx LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Gage Growth Corp in its all-stock sale transaction to TerrAscend.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Singled out for its unparalleled experience in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is one of the first ports of call for M&A and other strategic transactions involving healthcare provides, hospital and physician groups, and long-term care companies. Private equity sponsors turn to Mark Lutes for advice on the impact of regulatory compliance concerns on their healthcare industry investments; he is based in Washington DC and spearheads the group with George Breen. Joshua Freemire is a contact in Baltimore for private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lutes; George Breen

Other key lawyers:

Amy Dow; Joshua Freemire; Gary Herschman; Kathleen Premo; Stephanie Lerman


‘The team has an extensive array of experts in areas such as purchase agreement negotiations, employment law, tax, medical billing, risk & compliance, and other healthcare-specific matters. Our organization trusts Epstein Becker Green to bring best-in-class advice as we grow and pursue high-priority strategic endeavors.’

‘The level of access is unparalleled. Kathleen Premo and Stephanie Lerman are always available when new challenges arise with our business. They have earned the highest level of respect and trust from senior leaders in the company.’

Foley Hoag LLP

Foley Hoag LLP is regularly engaged by a litany of clients, most notably players from the tech and life sciences sectors, on account of its capabilities in buy-side M&A, SPAC-related deals, distressed transactions and buyouts. The team is led from Boston by domestic and cross-border M&A specialist William Kolb, Corey Brown, who focuses on private equity investments, and Erica Rice, who stands out for her impressive M&A track record in the cannabis space. Mark Haddad is also active in strategic transactions, working on behalf of investors, start-ups, and public companies. All named practitioners are based in Boston.

Practice head(s):

Corey Brown; William Kolb; Erica Rice

Other key lawyers:

Meredith Haviland; Mark Haddad; Peter Rosenblum


‘Client service, availability, expertise, the ability to focus on the key matters and not get tied up in the immaterial issues, advising/educating our clients (and theirs).’

‘Great level of communication from Meredith Haviland and team on relevant items for us to be able to support them and mutual client from an offshore perspective on getting the deal done. Overall, notably an excellent collaborative ethos working with them and pragmatic approach on the transaction.’

Key clients

Organogenesis Holdings Inc.

Mill Road Capital Management LLC

Advanced Medical Strategies

Charles River Associates

Global Forest Products LP

Greenlight Biosciences, Inc.

Columbia Care Inc.


Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca

Aware, Inc.





Aptiv PLC/ Winchester Interconnect, a subsidiary of Aptiv

Bid2Win Software


Lantheus Medical Imaging

The Gores Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Columbia Care in a $2bn acquisition by Cresco Labs.
  • Assisted Genuity Science in its sale to HiberCell for $100m.
  • Advised GatesAir on its sale to Thomson Broadcast.

Husch Blackwell LLP

Small and mid-size companies entrust Husch Blackwell LLP with their most significant M&A, contractual issues and corporate governance matters. The team, which is managed Kirstin Salzman in Kansas City, attracts considerable praise from clients for its ‘thoughtful, pragmatic approach to dealmaking‘. In the same office, Edward Wilson assists private equity funds, as well as strategic buyers and sellers in corporate transactions. Based in St Louis, Ashley Edwards concentrates on the consumer goods and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kirstin Salzman

Other key lawyers:

Edward Wilson; Steven Carman; John Moore; Philip Koutnik; Ashley Edwards


‘Strong, comprehensive team that can handle the details and the overall strategy for transactions.’

‘Reasonable, approachable, but willing to fight for their clients’ interests.’

‘Exceptional client service. Thoughtful, pragmatic approach to dealmaking while protecting our interests.’

Key clients

OmniMax International

Peaksware Holdings

JF Brennan and Sons Company

Paric Corporation

Hultafors Group NA

Cequel III LLC

PS Capital

Roto Sports

Key Investment Partners


v2 Ventures Group

Fiber Energy Products

Gundersen Health System

NVNG Investment Advisors

Diamond Club Entertainment

Mental Health Emergency Center, Inc.

TS Ortho Solutions, LLC


National Produce Consultants




Working across a number of national offices, Katten regularly handles a strong mix of mid-market deals for clients from the healthcare, life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, and TMT sectors. The team is best known for its experience in the private equity space, where it advises clients on novel leveraged buyouts, add-on acquisitions and divestitures. Operating out of the Chicago office, Kimberly Smith has considerable experience acting for private equity firms and investors, while Christopher Atkinson is particularly well placed to assist in M&A matters in the technology industry involving start-ups and open-source technologies. They jointly head up the department with corporate partner Mark Solomon and David Washburn, who excels in complex buy and sell-side deals on behalf of public and private companies; both attorneys are based in Dallas. Splitting his time between Chicago and New York, Mark Grossmann is noted for his private equity and M&A capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Smith; Christopher Atkinson; David Washburn; Mark Solomon

Other key lawyers:

Mark Grossmann; Thomas Lamprecht; Victor Zanetti; Peter Bogdanow

Key clients

American Rail Partners, LLC

AndysAnelto, Inc.

Brand Agnostic Services LLC (a portfolio company of NextGen Growth Partners)

Catalytic, Inc.

Chicago Sun-Times

Exploria Resorts Frontline Food Services Holdings, LLC

Granite Creek Capital Partners

Highlander Partners

Highlander/Benestar Brands

Keeco LLC

Prairie Capital

PSP Capital Partners, L.L.C.

Ronin Equity Partners

SAGE Veterinary Centers, LP (a portfolio company of Chicago Pacific Founders)

West Monroe Partners, LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ronin Equity Partners in its roll-up acquisitions of specialty manufacturing companies Stout, Brewmation, Automated Extractions, and Twin Monkeys – Project Malt.
  • Advised Granite Creek Capital Partners on the purchase of new platform CP Direct.
  • Advised Brand Agnostic Services LLC on the sale of its wholesale distribution wine business.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Primarily based in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Maryland, the corporate and M&A group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP attracts mandates from mid-market buyers and sellers active in a range of industries, most notably banking, technology, automotive and healthcare. Based in Baltimore, Colleen Pleasant Kline handles the full range of M&A, and regularly assists with Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification filings. Gus Dixon in Columbia is a notable M&A practitioner in the South Carolina market, whose experience encompasses securities law, corporate finance, investigations and business transactions. Key individuals in Atlanta include Michael Hollingsworth, who focuses on middle-market deals in the consumer products, healthcare, construction and tech sectors, and Rhys Wilson, who brings to the table extensive experience in this space.

Practice head(s):

Colleen Pleasant Kline; Gus Dixon; Michael Hollingsworth; Rhys Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Galison; Tom Brumgardt; Timothy Hodge; Rebekah McCorvey

Key clients

Matrix Resources

FD Fund Administrator

Infinite Leap, Inc

Calculated Risk L.P.

Chase Corporation

Exeter Street Capital Partners


Pye-Barker Fire & Safety LLC


Synergy Recycling, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Ironmark on its sale to Post Capital Partner.
  • Advised Infinite Leap Inc. on its acquisition by CenTrak.
  • Advised AppGeo on its sale to The Sanborn Map Company Inc.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Recognized for its ‘breadth of knowledge‘, Sullivan & Worcester LLP stands out for its experience in M&A involving REITs, fintech and opportunity zones. Blue-chip public companies and emerging technology players regularly retain the team on middle-market deals, including those that involve multiple jurisdictions. Boston-based Benjamin Armour spearheads the M&A group, and plays an active role in the firm’s blockchain initiative. In the same office, Lewis Segall steers the corporate department on a number of transactional matters, ranging from joint ventures to acquisitions and divestitures in the renewable energy, advertising, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Segall; Benjamin Armour

Other key lawyers:

Avi Rao


‘The firm has a breadth of knowledge and resources to tap into to assist us in a variety of matters. They are skilled at simplifying complex situations and presenting the pros and cons of each so that we can make informed decisions.’

‘Lewis Segall demonstrates a strong understanding of the matters we have presented to him. He helps us to think through the complexities of each situation in the context of the other aspects of our business.’

Key clients

Tremont Mortgage Trust

Diversified Healthcare Trust

DarioHealth Corp.

Hancock Natural Resources Group

Siyata Mobile Inc.


Masy BioServices

Admiral Metals



Bally’s Corporation

Sharper Shape

AG Mednet, Inc.

Integration Partners Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Admiral Metals, which was acquired by Reliance Steel & Aluminium Co.

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP excels in handling middle-market M&A for a balanced mix of emerging and growing companies, private equity buyers and family-owned businesses active in a variety of industries, including healthcare, logistics, and real estate. Specialized in M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance issues, Sherman Cohen in Atlanta chairs the corporate and finance practice with Sean Fogarty, who is based in the same office, and advises on the entire spectrum of M&A matters, including strategic partnerships and franchising agreements.

Practice head(s):

Sherman Cohen; Sean Fogarty

Other key lawyers:

Michael Golden; Andrew Schutt

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has recently played a leading role in key industry transactions in the worlds of consumer goods, healthcare and commercial real estate. The team continues to grow its client roster in the private equity space, where it is increasingly acting for funds and their portfolio companies with a particular focus on the middle-market. Based in Nashville, Michael Holley heads up the corporate and securities practice, and often serves as primary corporate and M&A counsel to several private equity firms and strategic investors. Ryan Thomas and Angela Humphreys, who also sit in the Nashville office, jointly oversee the healthcare private equity group.

Practice head(s):

Michael Holley; Ryan Thomas; Angela Humphreys

Other key lawyers:

David Cox; Kris Kemp; Tatjana Paterno


‘Michael Holley has been critical to allowing us to start and grow our firm. He is extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’

Key clients

Humana, Inc.

Addus HomeCare Corporation

LP Building Solutions

Mid-America Apartment Communities

NN, Inc.

i3 Verticals

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

AutoZone, Inc.

Hibbett Sports

Ryman Hospitality

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP handles transactional matters on behalf of public and private companies, private equity funds, venture capital firms and family offices. Traditionally recognized for its strong financing credentials, the New York-based firm is well placed to advise on the negotiation and execution of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other strategic transactions in a variety of sectors, most notably TMT. The practice is under the leadership of Helene Banks. Kimberly Petillo-Décossard , Ross Sturman  and Joseph Rosati are no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Helene Banks

Key clients


Allied World

Arch Capital Group

Boston Scally

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Cable One, Inc.

Dyadic International

Embedded Healthcare

ICON plc

Kaspien Holdings

Lingo Management

McWhorter Capital Partners


S&P Global

Shutterstock, Inc.

Trevi Health Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for S&P Global’s Sustainable1 business in its acquisition of The Climate Service, Inc.
  • Assisted Cable One, Inc in its joint venture with affiliates of GTCR, Stephens Capital Partners, The Pritzker Organization, and certain members of the management team for the venture to support the formation of Clearwave Fiber.
  • Advised Shutterstock, Inc. on its $210m acquisition of Pond5.

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris LLP‘s corporate team comprises a ‘wide range of specialized attorneys‘, who are well equipped to handle the gamut of M&A work, including domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, private equity deals and corporate compliance. Chairman Brian Kerwin in Chicago steers the team on a variety of sale and purchase transactions in a myriad of sectors, such as manufacturing, healthcare, retail, technology and banking. Managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office Kirk Domescik is praised for his ability ‘to thread the needle to get a very difficult deal closed‘, especially in the healthcare sector. Baltimore-based Michael Hardy is a ‘go-to partner‘ for private equity clients.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kerwin

Other key lawyers:

Kirk Domescik; Michael Hardy; Robert Kadlec; Lee Potter; Richard Silfen; Driscoll Ugarte; Shelton Vaughan; Joseph Machi


‘The Duane Morris team does a great job reacting to the changing needs of our firm. A strength of the practice is their ability to help provide advice and counsel that contemplates not just the transaction at hand but ensuring we address potential future concerns/liabilities/business situations.’

‘Michael Hardy is our go-to partner at Duane Morris. He has a great grasp of our business and goals and has helped staff our projects and transactions accordingly. He has been able to direct his team members with the most experience in each case to work with us and jumps in when a push is needed. He has helped our firm grow and be properly represented in increasingly more complex transactions.’

‘Wide range of specialized attorneys, with specific areas of expertise. Therefore, well-equipped to handle all aspects of transactions.’

Key clients

Devine Holdings, LLC

Jushi Holdings, Inc.

F.E.R. fischer Edelstahlrohre GmbH

Avante Financial Group

Rocket Development Partners

Envac AB

Cardno Limited

Jones Software USA

Four Springs Capital Trust

5Metis, Inc.

Runway Healthcare, LLP and its portfolio companies, Waypoint Orthopedics, Inc. and Toetal Solutions, Inc.

Early Bird Medical, Inc. – Night Owl Medical, Inc.

Element Dental (fka Mid-Atlantic Dental)

Catalent Inc.

Secure Exchange Solutions

CenterCap Group


Apex Global Solutions LLC

Pipeline Health System, LLC

Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, P.C./Dr. Eugene Hurwitz

Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons, P.C.

Brightlink Communications, LLC

Axis Pain Center

Gadsden Eye Associates, P.C.

Marietta Plastic Surgery, LLC

Market Street Advisors, LLC d/b/a Archer®

Achieve Partners

Pharos Capital Group

Blue Elephant Capital Management


Camden Partners

Career Education Corporation

CoreLife MD

McClarin Plastics

Hibiscus Bioventures

Post Road Group

Resolve Growth Partners

Durable Capital


The Washingtonian

Quanta Services, Inc.

M&T Bank

United Bank

Eagle Bank

Certified Collectibles Group (“CCG”)

Roundwood Capital, LLC

Scientific Air Management

Consolidated Water Co.

Scuti.AI L.L.C. (f/k/a GStore LLC)

Harborside Inc.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

The ‘always available, fully responsive and overall deeply knowledgable‘ corporate team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP acts for both sellers and buyers in lower mid-market transactions, ranging from spin-offs to distressed M&A. The practice demonstrates notable strength in corporate governance and compliance matters. In the Chicago office, Timothy Lavender marries expertise in corporate finance and M&A across an array of industries, while Andrew Pillsbury stands out for his substantial experience in US-based and internationally significant M&A and private equity investments. Also in Chicago, Jennifer Norkus shines in complex M&A involving private and public companies. Michael Adelstein, who often handles private equity and SPACs-related transactions, is a key point of contact in New York.

Practice head(s):

Tim Lavender; Andrew Pillsbury; Michael Adelstein

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Norkus; Courtney Kleshinski


‘The Kelley Drye team is great. They are always available, fully responsive and overall deeply knowledgable. They’re very easy to work with and have that unique (and very valuable) touch that make you feel properly taken care of and 100% secure with the legal work they do.’

Key clients

The Andersons

Vantage Outsourcing

Sorcia Minerals

Market Rebellion

Blaze Portfolio Systems LLC

Experian Information Solutions (National Credit Reporting Agency)

Lifeway Foods, Inc.

Plante Moran

Work highlights

  • Advised The Andersons, Inc. on the Sale of its Railcar Repair Business to Cathcart Rail.
  • Represented Vantage Outsourcing in its sale to Pharos Capital Group, LLC.
  • Assists Sorcia Chile SPA in the acquisition of Lithium Rights in the Salar De Maricunga, Chile.

Moore & Van Allen, PLLC

Moore & Van Allen, PLLC‘s corporate group in North Carolina and the Southeast is a strong force in nationally significant energy M&A and transactions in the financial services and private equity spaces. The practice is jointly led by Charlotte-based duo Jeremy Godwin, who serves as primary outside counsel to the firm’s largest clients in relation to their corporate, commercial and M&A engagements, and Joe Fernandez, whose knowledge of the conventional and renewable energy segments is noteworthy. Bill Zimmern, who sits in the same office, is at the helm of the largest private equity M&A matters managed by the team.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Godwin; Joe Fernandez

Other key lawyers:

Bill Zimmern; Rob Rust; Scott Syfert


‘Great knowledge and responsiveness. Good value for the level of expertise.’

‘Jeremy Godwin: knowledgeable about the business; practical and efficient; gets things done. Joe Fernandez: strong subject matter expertise; pragmatic and efficient.’

Key clients

Frontier Growth

Carousel Capital

CBRE, Inc.

AEA Investors

Capital Vision Services, LLC

Workplace Options

Gryphon Investors

North Mill Equipment Finance, LLC


Nucor Corporation

Pike Electric

Enlightenment Capital

Sonic Automotive, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Nucor Corporation in connection with its $3bn acquisition of C.H.I. Overhead Doors, LLC from KKR.
  • Advised Nucor Corporation in connection with its $1bn acquisition of Cornerstone Building Brands’ insulated metal panels business.
  • Assisted Frontier Growth in connection with its $300m sale of a majority of the equity interests of Clearwave, Inc..

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Singled out for being the largest technology-focused corporate and M&A practice in the Southeast, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP concentrates on middle-market transactions on behalf of domestic and international technology companies and industry-focused private equity firms. The practice, which showcases particular strength in sell-side mandates and is based in Atlanta, is jointly managed by Scott Allen and David Calhoun, the latter of whom possesses in-depth knowledge of both public and private M&A transactions. Amie Singer handles a broad range of transactional matters, including private equity and venture capital, the latter of which is a core area of focus for Christopher Maxwell, the firm’s emerging companies and growth equity group chair.

Practice head(s):

David Calhoun; Scott Allen

Other key lawyers:

Amie Singer; Christopher Maxwell; Nick Rueter; Harris Howard

Key clients




Big Time Software


Energy Assurance

TransAct Communications


LoneTree Capital


Work highlights

  • Represented SightPlan in its $135m investment by SmartRent.
  • Represented Big Time Software in its $100m investment by Vista Equity Partners.
  • Acted for Energy Assurance in its acquisition by Element Materials Technology Group.

Pryor Cashman LLP

With a multifarious sector focus that includes consumer goods, manufacturing, life sciences, technology and media, Pryor Cashman LLP is well positioned to handle a multitude of acquisitions, divestitures, and all types of business combinations. Headquartered in New York, the corporate and M&A group is under the joint leadership of John Crowe, who offers regular support to strategic buyers and sellers, financial services players, and portfolio companies on investment opportunities, and Ali Panjwani, who undertakes a breadth of transactional work in the technology and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Crowe; Ali Panjwani

Other key lawyers:

Jason Pachter

Key clients

Worldwise, Inc.

Maxim Group LLC, Roth Capital Partners, and EF Hutton

CSI Innovations Inc.

WHP Global

Auto Services Group Limited (SunCar)

Critical Mention

Sendyne Corp.

Luokung Technology Corp.

Ospraie Ag Science LLC

Essex Coatings + Finishings, LLC

Consolidated Elevator


Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

California-based Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth works for a balanced roster of early-stage companies, publicly traded corporations, private equity houses and their portfolio companies. Technology M&A deals and private equity investments are at the core of the practice, which also demonstrates significant expertise in mandates involving the life sciences and medical device industries. Christopher Ivey in Newport Beach advises companies of all sizes on M&A and strategic growth transactions, while Tom Waldman in Los Angeles is particularly proficient in add-on investments, exits and portfolio company legal matters. Also in LA, Shoshana Zimmerman is a key contact for private equity firms.

Practice head(s):

Chris Ivey; Tom Waldman

Other key lawyers:

Shoshana Zimmerman; Arash Lessantiz; Trent Benson

Key clients

Shoshana ZimmermanAapi, Inc.

Accume Partners

Appfolio, Inc.

Bitcentral, Inc.


CURE Pharmaceutical

Econolite Group, Inc.

FNC Title Services, LLC

Gallant Capital

Interneer Inc. d/b/a/ Intellect

Ivantis, Inc.

Jet Health, Inc.

Lloyd Design Corporation

Profit Enhancement Systems

Salas O’Brien

Snow Peak Capital

Tolemar Manufacturing

Turtle Rock Studios

Work highlights

  • Advised Ivantis on its $475m sale to Alcon.
  • Advised FNC Title Services, LLC on the $105m sale of 100% of the membership interests of Falcon Master Holdings, LLC, the holding company of FNC Title Services, to Stewart Title Holdings, Inc.
  • Represented Interneer, Inc. d/b/a Intellect in its $35m majority growth investment from Strattam Capital.

Troutman Pepper

Focusing on assisting middle-market companies operating in a range of sectors with their transactional matters, Troutman Pepper offers coast-to-coast coverage and a team of specialized attorneys who are well versed in M&A, commercial contracting, venture capital, private equity and corporate governance. The healthcare and life sciences sectors are strong points for the department, which is jointly headed up by Mason Bayler in Richmond and Wilmington-based Matthew Greenberg. Greenberg is routinely retained by private equity players as well as strategic buyers and sellers in the entire spectrum of M&A.

Practice head(s):

Mason Bayler; Matthew Greenberg

Key clients

FMC Corporation

Stepping Stones Group

Susquehanna Private Capital

Heights Finance

Mercer (US) Inc.

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC

MVM Life Science Partners LLP

Pebble Technology, Inc.

Renovacor, Inc.

Signet Healthcare Partners

Hull Street Energy, LLC

Outplayed, Inc.

Message Broadcast

American Tire Distributors, Inc.

Franchise Group, Inc.

Southern Company Gas

Northern Illinois Gas Company

Work highlights

  • Represented FMC Corporation in their agreement to acquire BioPhero ApS for $200m.
  • Acted for American Tire Distributors, Inc. in its acquisition of the wholesale tire operations of Monro, Inc.
  • Assisted Mercer (US) Inc. in the sale of its national affinity-based membership and marketing business, Mercer Affinity, to Association Member Benefits Advisors.

Wiggin and Dana LLP

Wiggin and Dana LLP‘s M&A portfolio is populated by a number of middle-market mergers, stock asset purchases and dispositions across various industries, including life sciences, technology, financial services, manufacturing and consumer goods. Stamford-based Mark Kadubosk has a wealth of experience in M&A involving private and publicly traded companies; he oversees the department with William Perrone in the same office, whose areas of expertise include complex transactions, joint ventures and corporate divorces in the manufacturing, technology, media and retail sectors. Other key individuals include James Greifzu in Stamford, and New York-based Andrew Ritter, an advisor to start-ups, founders and investors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kaduboski; William Perrone

Other key lawyers:

Heather Rahilly; James Greifzu; Andrew Ritter; RJ Kornhaas


‘We have worked with W&D in a number of cross-border transactions all of which has been very successful. Our team appreciate the high attention given to us from partners and skilled associates in all practice groups. Their team has shown a high level of understanding for the challenges that a foreign investor may face when investing in the US market.’

‘Our primary contacts at W&D are Bill Perone, Andrew Ritter and RJ Kornhaas. Andrew is very technically skilled in his M&A work and very available for discussions. RJ has showed great M&A skills and very high work capacity. I hope he will make it partner soon!’

Key clients

KKR & Co. and PetVet Care Centers, LLC

EQT and Anticimex International AB

Swedencare AB

PathWell Health, Inc

U.S. Retirement Partners, Inc. and Kohlberg & Company

Southfield Capital Partners

DevSpark LLC d/b/a Spark Digital

Navesink Mortgage Services LLC

Aero Mist, Inc.


Midwestern Electric

Various Venture Capital Firms

Mizzen Capital, LP

Cibes US Holding Inc.

Integro, LLC

Las Olas Venture Capital

Edge Technology Group

NTE energy

Converting Technology, Inc.


Work highlights

  • Advised PetVet Care Centers, LLC on various M&A matters over the last year.
  • Assisted Anticimex International in its acquisition of approximately 100 pest control companies.
  • Acted for Swedencare AB in its $475m acquisition of the Garmon Corp. d/b/a NaturVet.