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

Akerman LLP

Akerman LLP is distinguished by the breadth of its middle-market work, handling buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations and buyouts, spin-offs and sales of divisions and distressed company transactions. Team leads Jonathan Awner and Carl Roston are highly active across the practice; Awner's specialisms include corporate governance issues and transactions in the automotive sector, while Roston is highly recommended for his advice to investors and companies in distressed corporate situations. Other strengths for the team lie in recapitalizations and restructuring work for trading companies, and in advice for investors and entrepreneurs. The department stands out particularly for its private investment advice, including in the private equity and venture capital spaces, where Kenneth Wiggins is noted. Named attorneys are based in Miami.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Awner; Carl Roston

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Wiggins; Teddy Klinghoffer; Stephen Roddenberry; David Birke; Paul Quinn


‘Diverse practice of high-quality professionals.’

Key clients

AE Industrial Partners, L.P.

Associated Grocers of Florida

AutoNation, Inc.

Branford Castle Partners, LP

Carrols Restaurant Group

Consolidated Edison

Ferguson Industries, Inc.

Florida Veg Investments, LLC d/b/a Mr. Greens Produce

Grant Avenue Capital, LLC

HEICO Corporation

H.I.G. Capital, LLC

KLX, Inc (Note: KLX was purchased by Boeing for US$ 4.25 billion in May 2018)

Trivest Partners, L.P.

Warren Equity Partners

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

Comvest Partners

GPB Capital /Prime Automotive Group

JM Family Enterprises

HC2 Holdings, Inc.

New Era Technology, Inc./Sentinel Capital Partners

Resolute Forrest Products



RumbleOn, Inc.

Ubicquia LLC

XPO Logistics, Inc.

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 counts mid-market M&A as a core pillar of its corporate and finance group, which Kevin Lavin chairs from Washington DC. The DC office has strong offerings in the IT and government contracting sectors, and Matthew Owens brings notable expertise in private equity and consolidation work in the healthcare sector. Attesting to the group's strengths in the medical space, New York-based Derek Stoldt co-heads both the M&A and life sciences departments. Edward Deibert in San Francisco co-heads the M&A practice with him; Deibert has experience in the technology and particularly semiconductor industries, and the San Francisco office as a whole has a strong inbound and outbound China practice. The firm works closely with its regulatory practices, and corporate governance and board-level counselling is a key strength. New York-based Emanuel Cherney, who regularly advises on corporate governance, also represents private equity firms and other buyers and sellers of public and private companies.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lavin; Derek Stoldt; Edward Deibert

Other key lawyers:

Emanuel Cherney; Matthew Owens; Lowell Dashefsky; Teresa Johnson; Ronald Levine

Key clients

LSC Communications Ad Hoc Group of Lenders

Bardin Hill Investment Partners

Broadway Financial Corporation

CuriosityStream, Inc.

DC Capital Partners

First Republic Bank

Flushing Financial Corporation

Homesnap, Inc.

Kongsberg Gruppen


Onex Corporation

Pfizer, Inc.

Steering committee of first-lien noteholders to Techniplas LLC

Walker & Dunlop, Inc.

Wheels Up Partners Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Broadway Financial Corporation in its merger of equals with CFBanc Corporation to create the largest Black-led Minority Depository Institution (MDI) in the US with more than $1 billion in combined assets under management and approximately $850 million in total depository institution assets.
  • Advised CuriosityStream, the first streaming media company devoted to factual entertainment, in its combination with Software Acquisition Group, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company, at an equity valuation of $512 million.
  • Advised Homesnap on its agreement to be acquired by CoStar Group (Nasdaq: CSGP) for $250 million in cash.

Choate, Hall & Stewart

Choate, Hall & Stewart is highly active in both public and private M&A, representing a broad roster of acquirers, targets and financers. Brian Goldstein, who co-chairs the business and technology practice group, bolsters the team's extensive experience in the life sciences and technology sectors in particular, representing a range of clients from start-ups to public companies. John Pitfield jointly leads the team and advises on public offerings, tender offers and debt and equity financings, assisting Canadian as well as US companies. The team is particularly well known for handling Canadian private equity transactions. Pitfield also regularly handles corporate governance matters, public company reporting and regulatory compliance, including SEC regulations. Counsel Daniel Riley is highly regarded for his securities expertise as well as his flexibility across a wide range of corporate law matters. All named lawyers are based in Boston.

Practice head(s):

John Pitfield; Brian Goldstein

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Riley; Sarah Camougis; Tobin Sullivan

Key clients

Haemonetics Corporation

Bain Capital Life Sciences

US Dermatology Partners (Oliver Street Dermatology)

Candescent Partners

Creation Technologies International Inc.

Pegasystems Inc.

M/C Partners

TA Associates

Spectrum Equity

IdeaPaint, Inc.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland 'brings the reach and resources of a sophisticated international firm to middle-market M&A'. A formidable M&A team can tap into experts in any number of other practice areas ranging from capital markets to cyber security, so offering a full service and there are few industries in which it does not have specific experience. This is in addition to it being able to handle inbound and outbound deals through its global network of offices. SimplyAgree and DealMaster, are two of its technical innovations offered to clients in order to provide cost and time savings. Practice head Robert Pile (Atlanta) and M&A head Robert Copps (New York) provide decades of experience in M&A and other transactions to a range of domestic and international clients, and Washington DC-based Katie Blaszak is notable for advising an impressive range of media clients, where she is noted for her 'outstanding industry knowledge'.  Hill Jeffries assists clients on venture capital investments and governance matters in addition to mergers,  acquisitions and joint ventures, while Wade Stribling has a focus on private equity; sponsors and their portfolio companies. The latter two lawyers are both based in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pile; Robert Copps

Other key lawyers:

Wade Stribling; Katie Blaszak; Hill Jeffries; Michael Voynich; David Phillips; Marc Rawls


‘Highly knowledgeable and business savvy. Able to come up with creative solutions to complex legal problems.’

‘Eversheds really takes the time to learn the business, which helps ensure that legal spend is going toward what really matters. They are very sharp negotiators who also align with our corporate values around being a part of the communities we serve. True partners in every way.’

‘Katie Blaszak is also a key partner – as a junior partner she is incredibly technically proficient and has an unbelievable amount of energy that she uses for client benefit. She does an incredible job of staying in touch with the people she works with, which means she is able to identify issues and deliver solutions often before I’m aware of them!’

‘Eversheds brings the reach and resources of a sophisticated international firm to middle-market M&A practice, leveraging diversity of experience, expertise and location to deliver excellent value-added results.’

‘Hill Jeffries is a superstar and has been since he was a new associate. He is extremely attentive, never appears to get rattled, and pursues every open issue to completion.’

‘The team has broad experience and is extremely attentive and responsive. They are strategic partners and thinkers.’

‘The Eversheds team has some great mid-level partners and mid-level to senior associates, with broad knowledge and experience both of legal issues and industries. The team is adept with supporting in-house legal teams with commercial contracts, strategic vendors and partners, and corporate transactions. Over the years, I have worked with attorneys as they mature from associate to partner, and throughout have been impressed with the commitment demonstrated to understanding my needs and my company’s business objectives.’

‘I have worked with Katie Blaszak more than any other single attorney. She has outstanding industry knowledge in the media field, but as well as in automotive and software. Katie is an outstanding communicator, who is direct and cuts to the crux of the issues in the matters she supports, both in commercial and corporate transactions. ’

Key clients

Cox Enterprises

Advisor Group, Inc.

Goldman Sachs Middle Market Lending Corp.

Owl Rock Capital Corporation

Ares Capital Corporation

Garrison Capital Inc.

CIM Group

USA Television Holdings

Trinity Capital Inc.

Investcorp Credit Management BDC, Inc.

Trillium Asset Management Group, LLC.

Newtek Business Services Corp.

G4S plc

Voya Financial Inc.

Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company

Freepoint Commodities LLC

EG America


Channel Partners Capital, LLC

Horace Mann Educators Corporation

Arch Capital Group Ltd

Fiserv, Inc. (including First Data Corporation)

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Lion Global Craft Beverages Pty Ltd.

Enbridge, Inc.

MSouth Equity Partners

Safran S.A.

FleetCor Technologies

SSM Partners Growth Equity II, L.P.

APCO Holdings LLC

Lenovo USA (client name is publishable but work handled for client is confidential – see confidential section below for matter highlight)

Work highlights

  • Advising FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX).
  • Advised First Data Corporation (now part of Fiserv) in the sale of its Billhighway and Greekbill business divisions, providers of technology driven financial and accounting tools and payment services to member-based organisations, to Lovell Minnick Partners.
  • Represented Lion Global Craft Beverages Pty Ltd. in the stock acquisition of New Belgium Brewing Company, Inc.

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP‘s M&A team acts as a strategic advisor to public and private mid-market companies, and handles a full range of deals. The group has notable strengths across a range of sectors: LA-based co-chair Arash Khalili is particularly recommended for his media and entertainment expertise and is also active in related industries including fashion, wellness and fitness. Mitchell Nussbaum, who jointly heads the practice from New York, concentrates on acting for emerging growth companies and investment banks. Deputy chairs Lloyd Rothenberg and Steven Hurdle, based in New York and Los Angeles respectively, bolster the department’s strong offerings for venture capital and private equity funds, and for start-ups, particularly in the innovative technology space. The M&A and corporate teams are fully joined-up, and the department is noted for its cross-border expertise with particular strengths in Asia, Western Europe and Israel.

Practice head(s):

Mitchell Nussbaum; Arash Khalili

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd Rothenberg; Steven Hurdle; Ross Emmerman; Barry Mehlman


‘Loeb & Loeb was uniquely qualified to manage our recent M&A transaction in the education sector. Over the years they have cultivated a deep knowledge of the sector and a first-hand familiarity with the key participants.. Coupled with a strong understanding of deal point precedents, we were extremely well represented.’


Key clients

Les Schwab Tire Centers

Roth CH Acquisition I Co.

Strategic Global Management Inc.; FAT Brands Inc.

Lead Sports and Fitness Equipment Investor

Health Sciences Acquisition Corp,

OPES Acquisition Corp.

8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp.

Orisun Acquisition Corp.

Wealthbridge Acquisition Ltd.

Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp.

Clint Stinchcomb

Curiosity Stream

Broke & Bones Studios

HF Foods Group Inc.

Fujipacific Music

Scientific Learning

Annapurna Production


NewHold Enterprises

Prime AE Group

American AllWaste LLC

TransUnion LLC

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.

Select Management Group

Galen College of Nursing

Global University Systems BV

Ambow Education Holding Ltd.

Euromoney plc

NV5 Global, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented two family shareholders in the sale of their majority ownership interests in Les Schwab Tire Centers to investment firm Meritage Group.
  • Represented Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp., a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition corporation, in a $381 million merger with Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Represented Seaview, a leading theater production company, in connection with a strategic investment by Sony Music Masterworks.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP is valued by clients for being able to 'balance legal risk assessment with strategic goals' and for the ability of the team to collaborate. It employs proprietary tools to provide its clients with transparency on budgeting and real-time monitoring of the progress of their cases. Alternative fee and project management programs are especially geared to mid-market clients. Lori Green in Rochester and Christopher Keefe in Boston head the group which has an impressive range of domestic and international clients from industries as diverse as consumer products (food and beverages in particular), technology and energy. Its expertise encompasses all aspects of corporate and M&A work and includes public-to-public and private-to-public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and compliance with securities law. Some of the highly rated attorneys in the group include Chicago-based Brian Krob who has a wealth of experience advising corporates, private equity and not-for-profit clients in the healthcare and tech sectors. David Martland (Boston) is known for handling complex international deals, and also in Boston, the 'exceptionalGregory O’Shaughnessy acts for private equity, growth equity, and venture capital investors. Washington DC-based John Partigan chairs the firm’s nationwide securities practice and is noted in particular for his work in the media industry which includes capital markets advice. Andrew Share in Manchester is also noted, especially for technology-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Keefe; Lori Green

Other key lawyers:

David Martland; John Partigan; Brian Krob; Greg O’Shaughnessy; Andrew Share; Philip Taub


‘We have been with our main contact for years. He follows up on everything anyone does for us. ’

‘Available 24/7. Have helped from personal issues, kid issues to all business issues. ’

‘I think the key to Nixon’s success is the way the attorneys collaborate. No matter what the situation there is someone who has seen something similar before. The ability to draw from so many experiences – sets Nixon’s team apart.’

‘I feel like the attorneys that I work with make you feel like your family.’

Phil Taub and Andrew Share are great lawyers and even better people. ’

‘To prepare myself for the sale of my business I recognized that the first step was to understand the process and have a strong team assembled. After interviewing several firms I selected Greg O’Shaughnessy of Nixon Peabody. He had the knowledge experience and personality I was looking for and I was impressed with his support staff. The major factors for my decision was the process he proposed and his knowledge of the due diligence process. Greg and his team was there for every step I took and participated in every discussion.’

‘Atty O’Shaughnessy was always focused on the best way to get me the best deal possible and advised that the best deal is not always the highest sell price. Also they provided me at the beginning an estimate of the legal costs that would be involved and updated me if there was any change so there would be no surprises. The billing was always concise and billed timely with no surprises. Atty O’Shaughnessy and his Associates were exceptional and I do not hesitate to recommend their legal services.’

‘They understand the needs of the business and balance legal risk assessment with strategic goals. Very practical and actionable advice is a hallmark of the firm.’

‘Andrew Share is our go-to partner. He understands the needs of in-house counsel and the pressures we face. He does an incredible job of assessing our legal requirements while also taking business needs into account. He makes my job manageable in a very small in-house legal department with limited resources. Having the assistance of Andrew is like having another four lawyers on my staff. He is that good.’

‘The team have shown a quick understanding of our businesses, and what is important to us.’

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Alexandra Lopez-Cassero, who managed to explain complicated regulatory topics in a calm way, while keeping an eye out for pragmatic solutions. Brian Krobb is also worth a mention: responsive and always helpful in getting us across the finishing line of an M&A Project.’

‘Incredibly responsive and VERY easy to work with’

‘The Nixon Peabody team that works on our matters made the time investment necessary to truly understand the different sectors of our business and the associated unique legal considerations. They know our business, they know us, they know our concerns and preferences, and that makes them more than an outside law firm, it makes them a valued partner. Partner Tyler Savage and Associate Kat Murphy provide stand-out service and expertise. ’

‘What is unique is their capacity to answer any question in all domains but also to always take into account the needs of the business in assessing the risks.’

‘I work with John Partigan. Not only is John always available but it is really appreciated that as a partner he is the one to deal with all our issues so that he has a global view of our problematics. He has got a perfect understanding of our business and has a very wide expertise. ’

‘The Nixon team, especially Brian Krob, are true partners for us. They are responsive, balanced and thoughtful in their approach. We also feel that our in-house teams (both legal and business) learn and grow from working with Brian. In practice areas that are new to us, working with Brian and his team enables our in-house team’s professional development.’

‘Brian Krob is a great lawyer and true teacher. His ability to break down complex legal matters for our business teams and even in-house counsel coming into new practice areas is tremendously valuable for us as a business. The communication is always clear, effectively breaking down issues, educating in-house legal and business but then always offering clear advice.’

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP is notable for its ever-growing, national M&A practice which is integrated with its broad corporate and private equity offerings. David Ingles (New York) and Nicole Islinger (Washington DC) are just two of the M&A partners who joined the practice in 2020. Technology, media and financial services are some of the industries for which it is known, where it handles both domestic and cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures and complex divestitures for a range of public and private companies. Based in New York, Jeffrey Delaney is the global practice group leader. Jonathan Russo  and Justin Hovey, co-lead the M&A practice from New York and San Francisco respectively. In New York Stephen B. Amdur  focuses on work for private equity clients and Jarrod D. Murphy  handles some high-impact M&A work for corporates and private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey J. Delaney; Jonathan J. Russo; Justin Hovey

Other key lawyers:

Stephen B. Amdur; David Ingles; Jarrod D. Murphy; Nicole Islinger

Key clients


Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.

Foursquare Labs



Inphi Corp.

Nikola Corporation

NextEra Energy Transmission, LLC

The Raine Group


Work highlights

  • Representing Inphi Corporation, a leader in high-speed data movement, in its announced sale to Marvell Technology Group Ltd., a leader in infrastructure semiconductor solutions, in a cash and stock transaction with an implied valuation of approximately $10 billion.
  • Represented The Raine Group in connection with the $2.7 billion business combination between DraftKings Inc., a digital sports entertainment and gaming company known for its industry-leading daily fantasy sports and mobile sports betting platforms, Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: DEAC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, and SBTech, an international turnkey provider of cutting-edge sports betting and gaming technologies. The combined company will become the first and only vertically-integrated pure-play sports betting and online gaming company based in the United States.
  • Represented Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., a global provider of custom-engineered sealing, connecting, conducting and shielding solutions for original equipment manufacturers, in its sale to Kaman Corporation. Kaman acquired Bal Seal and related assets for approximately $330 million under a securities and asset purchase agreement. Bal Seal has been a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of precision springs, seals, and contacts for the last sixty years. Pillsbury won “Deal of the Year” (Energy & Industrials) by The Deal Middle Market Awards 2020 for this notable transaction.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's middle-market focused M&A practice regularly advises financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds and private equity investors. A key strength is in healthcare M&A, representing venture capital clients and also handling sales and affiliations across a range of providers. In addition, the group handles strategic investments in franchise systems and large multi-unit developers, particularly for private equity clients and franchisors. The team stands out for its cross-border coverage, with a presence in the UK, Western Europe and Asia, and for its commercial and post-M&A disputes practice. It employs a M&A Budget App in order to predict more accurately transactional costs. Chicago-based Suzanne Saxman, who recently led transactions in the chemicals and technology sectors,  jointly heads the team with Andrew Lucano in New York, who has extensive experience in securities transactions. 

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Saxman; Andrew Lucano

Other key lawyers:

Paul Kruger; Andrew Sherman; Greg Markel; Paul Pryzant


‘The team has a very commercial approach to transactions – always thinking of the big picture – and very engaged partners to guide the process. Partners use creative approaches to get to a win/win scenario.’

‘Suzanne Saxman listens to what the client wants but is truly focused on understanding the client’s business needs. She approaches issues with a business perspective while bringing legal expertise to solve problems.’


Key clients

Camper Clinic, Inc.

IG Design Group Americas, Inc.

Radiate Holdco, LLC

Reynolds and Reynolds Company

Victor Technology, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented IG Design Group Plc in its acquisition of CSS Industries, Inc. by way of a Tender Offer and back end merger.
  • Represented Radiate in its acquisition of EnTouch Systems, Inc.
  • Represented The Reynolds and Reynolds Company in its acquisition of GoMoto, Inc.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' corporate M&A team represents public and private companies across a broad range of sectors, with a strong offering for heavy industrial and manufacturing clients. As part of a wide-ranging global network, the department is well-positioned to handle complex multi-jurisdictional acquisition and divestiture transactions. The group has extensive experience in private equity and venture capital transactions, and in representing issuers and investors in private placements of securities. Daniel Berick is the Americas chair within the firm's global corporate practice; he is particularly known for representing banking firms, venture capital and private equity firms and family offices. Up-and-coming partner Jaime Daddona, who is based in Phoenix, focuses on transactions including corporate governance matters, stockholder relations matters and securities issues. Phoenix-based Frank Placenti chairs the corporate governance and securities regulation practice, focusing on shareholder relations, internal investigations and SEC investigatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Berick

Other key lawyers:

Frank Placenti; Jaime Daddona; David Zagore; Edward Steiner

Key clients

Lincoln Electric

The Timken Company

Lassonde Industries Inc.

Meritor, Inc.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Ashland Inc.

Valvoline, Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Company

LinQuest Corporation

The Sherwin-Williams Company

East West Manufacturing, LLC

Asahi Kasei Homes

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

JBS USA Food Company

Coats Group

Pine Island Capital Partners

SFW Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented SFW Capital Partners (SFW), a private equity firm based in New York, with its acquisition and related financing of Micromeritics Instrument Corporation.
  • Advised on the sale of Delta Private Jets to Wheels Up.
  • Advised Ashland on the sale of its maleic anhydride business and manufacturing facility in Neal, West Virginia, to AOC Materials LLC.

Venable LLP

Venable LLP offers a wide range of corporate services,  and is particularly known for advising on public and private deals. The practice also handles related transactions including joint ventures, tender offers, divestitures, reorganizations and liquidations; continuity business planning is another strength. Charles Morton Jr is particularly recognised in the private equity space, focusing on technology and healthcare; he splits his time between Baltimore and Washington DC. Morton jointly chairs the group with Washington DC-based Robert Bolger Jr, who regularly represents start-up companies. The group also has a Los Angeles offices, which is noted for its expertise in media and entertainment, including digital media and branded merchandise businesses. In additional to transactional work, the practice also advises on corporate governance, securities compliance and regulations, and shareholder litigation.

Practice head(s):

Charles Morton Jr; Robert Bolger Jr

Other key lawyers:

Ronn Davids

Key clients

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.

PapGene, Inc.


GenRock Investment

ClassPass Inc.

Bento Box Entertainment, LLC

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP's practice focuses on middle- and lower middle-market transactions, advising both buyers and sellers ranging from small, privately held companies to multinational public companies. The group also has strong private equity capabilities, centred on the financial services, technology and healthcare industries. Gregory Seltzer chairs the emerging growth and venture capital group, which is particularly recommended for Philadelphia-based tech companies and start-ups. Brian Doerner, who also co-chairs the firm's life sciences and technology group, jointly heads the department with Maggie Tatton in Minneapolis. Tatton has extensive experience handling transactions in the speciality retail, food distribution and manufacturing sectors. Karen McConnell (Phoenix) acts for private equity clients and Gregory Seltzer co-heads the emerging growth and venture capital group. Named attorneys are based in Philadelphia unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Brian Doerner; Maggie Tatton

Other key lawyers:

Karen McConnell; Gregory Seltzer

Key clients

Revolutionary Security LLC

Jazwares, LLC

Design and Production Incorporated

SLANG Worldwide Inc

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP advises US and international buyers, sellers, financiers and investors on middle-market M&A and other strategic transactions, as well as M&A-related financing. John Schuster is a name to note for bank financing and securities work. Practice head Kimberly Petillo-Décossard advises on a wide range of corporate transactions, and is known within the market for her extensive M&A experience. Work for life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotech companies forms a keystone of her practice. Ross Sturman is noted for his experience in M&A financings, and regularly advises on corporate governance. Senior associate Joseph Rosati is noted for his work across the practice, counselling domestic and foreign companies. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Petillo-Décossard

Other key lawyers:

John Schuster; Ross Sturman; Joseph Rosati


‘Cahill’s team is knowledgeable, accessible, and tremendous advocates for their clients. They have a unique ability to take complex legal issues and explain them in the simplest of terms, while providing insightful counsel to achieve company objectives.’

‘Cahill’s attorneys stand out for their attention to each individual client. Kimberly Petillo-Décossard is a stand-out partner. Her ability to quickly and succinctly understand the unique situation of our company and provide reasonable alternatives to achieve our objectives has proven invaluable.’


Key clients

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

Allied World

Arch Capital Group Ltd.


Cable One, Inc.



ICON plc

S&P Global

Trans World Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advised Arch Capital Group Ltd. in its signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Watford Holdings Ltd.
  • Represented Cable One, Inc.  in its recent transactions with three communications service providers: Valu-Net LLC, Wisper ISP, LLC, and AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC.
  • Advised 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. in its acquisition of PersonalizationMall.com.

Foley Hoag LLP

Foley Hoag LLP‘s M&A team has a strong focus on life sciences, technology and early stage companies; the latter being a long-established core area where the firm routinely works with venture-backed companies. It also has expertise relating to professional services and various manufacturing sectors and has a global reach through a network of firms. The M&A group is led by Joseph Basile (Boston), and Alexander Aber (Boston). They collectively provide decades of experience across all aspect of M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Corey Brown is a name to note for corporate governance matters in addition to M&A work. Adrienne Ellman left the firm in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alex Aber; Joseph Basile

Other key lawyers:

Corey Brown; Mark Haddad; Peter Rosenblum; Meredith Haviland


‘The team has a unique insight into the market and how it affects the client’s situation. The advice is always spot on.’

‘Joe Basile is an experienced and skilled practitioner.’

Key clients

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Organogenesis Holdings Inc.

Mill Road Capital Management LLC

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

Entegris Inc.

Dell Technologies

Global Forest Products LP

The Boston Consulting Group

Galen Partners

Fenway Sports Group

Work highlights

  • Advised global biopharmaceutical company Alexion Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of Achillion.
  • Advised Galen Partners in its acquisition of Evolve Treatment Centers.
  • Advised New-Indy Containerboard, LLC, in a joint venture between The Kraft Group, LLC, and Schwarz Partners, LP, in its acquisition of Shoreline Container, LLC.


Katten focuses on middle-market M&A and transactions, assisting buyers, sellers, and family offices. The team advises businesses across their full life-cycle, from initial organization and funding, through to follow-on financing rounds and any potential liquidity events. The group has a particularly strong private equity offering, representing private equity funds, portfolio companies and mezzanine funds across a broad range of industries. Healthcare and software are key sector strengths, while Chicago-based global practice head Mark Grossmann led work on behalf of GR Companies in the emerging cannabis sector. Also in Chicago, Kimberly Smith, who is a co-chair of the M&A and private equity practices, has vast experience in structuring complex transactions. The practice recently opened an office in Dallas, headed by Mark Solomon; other offices are in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Grossman

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Miller; Walter Weinberg; Kimberly Smith; Mark Solomon

Key clients

GR Companies, Inc.

SP Plus Corporation

Keeco LLC

ExploreUSA RV Supercenters

Improving Holdco, Inc.

Blue River PetCare Group

Browz LLC

CR Fitness Holdings, LLC

BBH Capital Partners

Highlander Partners, L.P.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is well regarded for its skills across corporate and M&A matters and has an impressive roster of private equity, hedge fund and financial services clients. The practice is led by Ernest Wechsler and James Moriarty, the latter is recognised for his private equity expertise. The team's work encompasses M&A, joint ventures, minority investments, and corporate restructurings, as well as in general corporate matters in sectors ranging from manufacturing and real estate to technology. A co-managing partner, Howard Spilko, advises on domestic and cross-border middle-market mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, and Thomas Molner is co-chair of the equity capital markets and public companies practices.

Practice head(s):

Ernest Wechsler; James Moriarty

Other key lawyers:

Howard Spilko; Thomas Molner

Key clients

BlackRock Inc.

Argand Partners LP

Bluespring Wealth Partners LLC

Bullhorn (a portfolio company of Stone Point Capital)

Cornell Capital

Education Growth Partners

Lumos Capital

Mitchell | Genex (a portfolio company of Stone Point Capital)

Paine Schwartz Partners

Perceptyx (a portfolio company of TCV)

PIMCO’s private equity group

Sentinel Capital Partners


The Nederlander Organization

Stone Point Capital

VICI Properties Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Stone Point Capital LLC and Mitchell | Genex (a portfolio company of Stone Point Capital) on the acquisition of Coventry Health Care Workers Compensation, Inc., a leading provider of cost containment technology, clinical service and disability management, from Aetna Health Holdings, Inc.
  • Acted for SitusAMC, the leading provider of services and technology supporting the real estate finance industry, in relation to a strategic investment in the company by The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).
  • Advised BlackRock Inc. on its $1.3bn acquisition of eFront (excluding settlement of eFront’s outstanding debt).

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP represents private and public companies on both the buy and sell sides of stock purchases, mergers and other forms of acquisitions, divestitures and combinations. The department is particularly strong in the healthcare industry, and also has significant expertise in the financial services, real estate, industrials and technology sectors. Richmond-based group chair Michael Woodard stands out for his experience in energy sector transactions, regularly negotiating complex transactions on behalf of utilities and developers to acquire and develop large portfolios of solar and wind projects. Chicago-based Geoffrey Cockrell, assisted by David McLean in Dallas, chairs the firm's private equity group, and the department has notable strength in private equity exits.

Practice head(s):

Michael Woodard; Geoffrey Cockrell; David McLean

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Katsantonis; Ryan Purpura; Chris Scheurer

Key clients

Dominion Energy

Novant Health

Equitrans Midstream Corporation

Acuren Incorporated

Domain Capital

AvidXchange, Inc.

Lansing Building Products

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Health Enterprise Partners

Trinity Capital

Seward & Kissel LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP has a great deal of experience across a broad range of domestic and cross-border corporate and financing transactions. James Abbott co-chairs the group, and has extensive experience with international sell-side M&A and with the investment management, media and shipping industries; Nick Katsanos is recommended for international sell-side M&A and other transactions in those sectors. Craig Sklar, who jointly leads the team with Abbott, focuses on M&A, private equity and venture capital deals, including joint venture and seed investment transactions. Senior associate Danielle Lemberg is also noted for her work in the private equity space, in particular for venture capital transactions and equity financings. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Craig Sklar; James Abbott

Other key lawyers:

Nick Katsanos; Danielle Lemberg


‘We have developed a close relationship with the partners (Craig Sklar and Nick Katsanos) over two decades. They understand us and our needs, so any engagement is productive and focused. ’

‘Strong focus on investment management firms and ability to quickly interpret key transaction issues for C-suite. Unparalleled commercial knowledge of the investment industry.’

‘Excellent problem solving, extensive domain expertise in investment management, superb client service.’

‘I have worked extensively with Craig Sklar. He is an excellent problem solver, very strong on business issues, fierce advocate for his clients, goal and deal oriented, works quickly and efficiently. ’

‘The partners at Seward & Kissel are accessible, friendly, knowledgeable, and committed to listening to clients’ concerns and delivering responsive solutions. S&K is a very fine law firm for mid-market private-company M&A transactions. ’

‘They have been incredibly efficient and responsive. Very quickly grasped our business need, limited but pointed questions to enable them to do their work, and perfectly organized through the process.’

‘Nick Katsanos is a pleasure to work with. From day one in our recent engagement he understood our business need. He also didn’t hesitate to call out when he felt a different direction was in order to our initial thinking, and we consistently ended up following his suggested approach.’

‘The team is very responsive. A real strength is the balance of legal, business, structuring and tax advice given by the team. We find the advice to be practical and collaborative. The industry context and possible solutions to legal problems are much appreciated.’

‘Craig Sklar provides a balanced view of both sides to each legal issue. His ability to discuss both sides and the goals of each parties allows us to get the best outcomes.’

Key clients

Frontline Ltd.

City of London Investment Group PLC

Constellation Advisers, LLC

Kudu Investment Management

Piper Sandler Companies

Emigrant Partners, LLC

iM Global Partner

Marex Spectron

TechInsights Inc.

Kennedy Lewis Investment Management

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘s corporate and securities department covers a broad range of transactional and general corporate matters, and has the capacity to handle complicated multinational and multi-state transactions. Jeryl Bowers, who focuses on M&A and general commercial transactions, is particularly noted for his expertise in the automotive industry. San Diego-based Jeralin Cardoso, Linda Michaelson in Century City and Ariel Yehezkel in New York jointly head the corporate and securities practice.

Practice head(s):

Jeralin Cardoso; Linda Michaelson; Ariel Yehezkel

Other key lawyers:

Jeryl Bowers; Lawrence Braun

Key clients

Redgate Partners, LLC

Pacific Piston Ring Co., Inc

ETS Express, LLC

Alvarado Manufacturing Co., Inc

Media Services

American Paper & Plastics, Inc. and Carryout Bags, Inc.

ICM Partners

Circuit Services, LLC

Bison Capital

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC

Sony Interactive Entertainment


Ready at Dawn

Goldwind Americas


Lakin Tire West and Lakin Tire East

Diestel Turkey Ranch

Varsity Healthcare Partners

Advanced Lighting Concepts LLC d.b.a. Environmental Lights

OncoCyte Corporation

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc

Allied Universal

Securadyne Systems Intermediate LLC

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester LLP advises on a wide variety of M&A and corporate matters, including governance, compliance and disclosure, stock exchange listing standards and REITs. The firm has carved out a niche representing Israeli companies in securities offerings on the Nasdaq; New York-based Oded Har-Even, who handles numerous public offerings and other corporate work for Israeli companies in the United States, is the key name here. Group lead Lewis Segall regularly advises a range of clients encompassing financial institutions, private equity groups, family-owned businesses, family offices and other investors. Benjamin Armour focuses on corporate and securities law, representing public and private companies in M&A and SEC reporting. All partners are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Segall

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Armour; Oded Har-Even

Key clients

Air City Inc.

Audios Ventures, Inc., dba Simplecast

Culture Connect, LLC

Diversified Healthcare Trust (Nasdaq: DHC)

Henry Rose LLC

Integration Partners

Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM)

Jefferson Capital Management LLC

Liteboxer Technologies, Inc.

MacFarlane Development Company, a development affiliate of MacFarlane Partners

Madison Properties

MAM Software, Inc.

Microtec s.r.l.

The Mid Island Group

North Ridge Securities Corp.

Pointer Telocation Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: PNTR)

Reason Capital Group LLC

Service Properties Trust (Nasdaq: SVC)

Social Fulcrum LLC

Tekscan, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised MAM Software Group, Inc. on its acquisition by Kerridge Commercial Systems.
  • Represented Simplecast in all sell-side negotiations and diligence during its acquisition by SiriusXM.
  • Represented Microtec s.r.l. in its acquisition of Lucidyne Technologies, Inc.

Vedder Price

Chicago-based Vedder Price is notable for its work in private equity, especially acquisitions, and for its skills in relation to complex regulated industries such as financial services, health care, gaming,  and investment services (mutual funds and broker-dealers). The group's chair, Michael A. Nemeroff is notable for the breadth of his expertise; advising private equity firms and hedge funds, and advising on leveraged and management buyouts, and advising on structures for executive compensation. With equally broad skills, vice chair, Joseph H. Kye advises on debt and equity offerings in addition to M&A and private equity matters.  Adam S. Lewis advises on the full range of corporate transactions, and PE fund formations. In addition to acquisitions work, Shelby E. Parnes and Benjamin O. Williams assist public and private companies on partnership formations, governance and securities rules and regulations, including SEC filings. 

Practice head(s):

Michael Nemeroff

Other key lawyers:

Joseph H. Kye; Adam S. Lewis; Shelby Parnes; Benjamin Williams

Key clients

Ace Hardware Corporation

L Squared Capital Partners

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

Merit Capital Partners


Glanbia plc

The Edgewater Funds

Enova International

Valor Equity Partners

RoundTable Healthcare Partners

CIT Group

Vance Street Capital Partners

LaSalle Capital Partners

Rockwood Equity Partners

Foley & Lardner represents domestic and international public and private companies, investment banks, and private equity and venture capital funds in M&A and other transactions including spin-offs, divestitures and joint ventures. Detroit-based Daljit Doogal heads the business law department; David Sanders in Washington DC acts as vice-chair.

Practice head(s):

Daljit Doogal

Other key lawyers:

David Sanders

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP is particularly active in the insurance, government contracting, professional services and maritime and transportation industries, drawing on the firm's wider strengths. New York-based practice chair Peter Schnur is recommended for M&A in the manufacturing, heavy industry, shipping and aerospace sectors; he co-chairs the corporate, M&A, and securities practices with Louis Rappaport in Philadelphia. Also in Philadelphia, Gary Goldenberg provides M&A, private equity and general corporate advice. The firm's core groups are based in New York and Philadelphia, but it also has corporate teams in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. The practice primarily advises privately-held companies on M&A and on related matters including capital raisings, securities offerings and corporate governance. The department also has a growing private equity and venture capital practice.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schnur; Louis Rappaport

Other key lawyers:

Gary Goldenberg; Linsey Bozzelli; Kathleen Cunningham; Steven Dubow

Key clients


Arizona Coyotes

Flutter (Paddy Power Betfair)

General Cable


J.F. Lehman & Company

Korn Ferry

Mazars USA


Xcel Brands

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP represents public and private companies in a full range of strategic M&A, particularly excelling in strategic acquisitions and divestitures, and private-equity-backed deals. The team is well-positioned to handle cross-border and international deals, and has an especially developed presence in Asia, Russia and Israel. The group has particularly strong client relationships in the industrial manufacturing and  consumer goods industries, regularly advising on split-offs, spin-offs and restructurings. Based in St Louis, John Welge chairs the M&A and corporate finance practice group, and Stephanie Hosler  now leads the firm’s recently combined corporate and finance transactions team. Her clients include those in the life sciences/pharmaceuticals, agribusiness and food industries.

Practice head(s):

John Welge

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Hosler; Steve Baumer

Work highlights

  • Advised Emerson on the acquisition via merger of American Governor Company, and on the acquisition of the Spense and Nicholson product lines from Circor International.
  • Represented American Pacific Corporation in its sale to affiliates of AE Industrial Partners, LP.
  • Advised J.R. Simplot Company on the acquisition of all of the outstanding equity of Pinnacle Agriculture Enterprises LLC from Apollo Group.

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP has expanded its nationwide presence with the hire of some nine partners. The practice heads are based in Florida; Robert Grammig leads the corporate, M&A and securities practice, leveraging over 30 years’ experience in public company M&A, securities law and general corporate work. David Barkus heads the private equity group, and is highly recommended for aviation and aerospace work. George Mencio co-chairs the corporate group with Barkus and Grammig, and also leads the firm's international initiatives department. Clients ranging from start-ups to international corporates also benefit from the firm's proprietary Matterhorn Database of transaction documents, which saves clients time and costs.

Practice head(s):

David Barkus; Robert Grammig; George Mencio

Other key lawyers:

Adam August

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.
  • Represented MasTec, Inc. in a range of transactions.
  • Represented 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.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's national corporate group, based in Chicago, is led by Timothy Lavender who guides clients through the most complex corporate transactions. The team has strong sector focus including an established reputation in agri-business areas. This includes advising on private equity and other investment opportunities in rural businesses. It also assists start-ups in a variety of industries including the tech and finance sectors, working with members of its technology transactions and sourcing practice group. Another area of focus is logistics and distribution. Andrew Pillsbury, who 'continually comes up with creative solutions' combines  corporate, M&A and financing expertise and Jennifer Norkus has a broad commercial practice.

Practice head(s):

Timothy R. Lavender

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Pillsbury; Jennifer Norkus; Jennifer Wong; Michael Ryan


‘The team at Kelley Drye exceeded my expectations with their knowledge, expertise, and handling of the M&A transaction. My transaction was relatively small but I was treated as if the transaction was a much larger transaction. What was different about working with Andrew and Jennifer was their ability to find the perfect balance between a deep analysis of the smallest details and a wider view of the overall goals of the transaction.’

‘Andrew Pillsbury – Had a very strong grasp of the business variables that would make the transaction successful. His depth of experience made the entire process easier because we knew what to expect every step of the way. He continually came up with creative solutions that would be a win-win for all parties. Jennifer Norkus – She is exceptional in many ways and I requested her specifically to be included in the transaction. She is extremely organized and detail-oriented. It was very comforting for me to have a partner that left no stone unturned during the process. Jennifer was also no push-over in the process, she lead the led the negotiations and took a stand when it was in our best interest. ’

‘This was the only M&A deal I have been involved in so I don’t have any comparison to other firms. The team was great walking us through the legal and practical aspects of the deal. ’

‘Tim Lavender and Jennifer Wong were both great to work with. They made themselves available upon short notice and were always willing to answer questions and quickly review and turn around documents.’

‘The Kelley Drye team is solution oriented and very responsive. When presented with a legal issue, they break it down into practical business terms. I don’t need to rewrite and email from them before including members of my business team or executives in my company. And they are on top of projects. They meet timelines and project manage.’

‘I work with predominantly with Mike Ryan. He has many years experience in the industry and provides very practical insight and advice. He is a solution minded attorney, who understands both business and legal issues and has always been an asset in structuring the deal to achieve business goals as efficiently as possible. I’ve worked with him lawyer to lawyer but also been able to have him work directly with the business when needed. He is a valued member of our extended legal team.’


Key clients

Blaze Portfolio Systems LLC

Blue Harvest Fisheries

Lifeway Foods, Inc.

Brown Gibbons Lang & Company

MicroVentures Marketplace

RuMe Oak Run, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Blaze Portfolio, in its sale to LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
  • Advised Blue Harvest Fisheries in its acquisitions of 12 groundfish vessels and 27 fishing permits.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton stands out in the market for M&A in the banking industry, handling acquisitions of banks, thrifts, and credit unions, and related firms, including mortgage brokers and insurance agencies. Securities law compliance is a core part of the practice, with the department frequently representing hedge funds, mutual funds and other investment advisors in connection with securities and regulatory compliance matters, including securities enforcement proceedings. Christina Gattuso in Washington DC focuses on corporate and securities matters and financial institution regulatory matters, regularly counseling clients on disclosure and federal securities law requirements. Atlanta-based Richard Cicchillo Jr.  chairs the M&A, securities and corporate practice, and also has extensive experience in intellectual property development and licensing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cicchillo Jr.; Christina Gattuso

Other key lawyers:

Louis Barbieri III; W. Benjamin Barkley; Stan Blackburn

Key clients

Delta Air Lines, Inc.


Sovereign Systems

Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.

Columbia Financial, Inc.

Oldcastle Infrastructure, Inc.

First Advantage Bancorp

Wellesley Bancorp, Inc.

CRH Americas Materials

SiteOne Landscape Supply

Goldsboro Milling Company

Westbridge Agricultural Products, Inc.

William Penn Bancorp, Inc.

SolAmerica Energy

iSolved HCM (portfolio company of Accel-KKR Capital Partners)

Work highlights

  • Represented Delta Air Lines, Inc.in a large, innovative transaction, helping to raise $9 billion, wherein the Delta SkyMiles program was dropped into a separate, bankruptcy-remote, wholly owned Cayman Island subsidiary, called SkyMiles IP Ltd.
  • Represented Delta Air Lines, Inc., helping raise more than $7 billion in five weeks early in the COVID-19 shutdowns.
  • Representing AT&T in its $1.95 billion sale of its wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (“USVI”) to Liberty Latin America.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP's M&A practice is recommended for clients in the financial services and healthcare sectors, where the group leverages the firm's wider strengths. Thomas Poletti in Orange County heads the group; with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palo Alto, the firm has a strong California presence in addition to its teams on the East Coast.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Poletti

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP acts for both buyers and sellers in connection with negotiated public and private mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and dispositions. In addition to transactional assistance, the team provides strategic advice on general corporate matters, restructurings and securities issues. Chicago-based group chair Robert Gerber concentrates his practice on advising private companies. Michael Gray leads the firm's private equity, venture capital and growth group, as well as its fund formation and investment management practice. Asset management firms, portfolio companies and hedge funds are key clients, and the department has a strong offering for entrepreneurs.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gerber

Other key lawyers:

Michael Gray; David Stone; John Koenigsknecht


‘Prompt service, great advice.’


Key clients

Covanta Holding Corporation

Hycroft Mining Holding Corporation

Trelleborg AB/Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

Hycroft Mining Corporation

NIBE Industrier AB

First Analysis Corporation

Sandstorm Gold Ltd.

Pan American Silver Corporation

Valor Equity Partners

Equity Group Investments / Zell Credit Opportunities Fund

RECSOLU, Inc. d/b/a/ Yello

Blockchain Foundry Inc.

Work highlights

  • Helped Sandstorm establish its currently active at-the-market equity program that allows the company to issue up to US$140 million of common shares from treasury to the public.
  • Acted as fund formation counsel to litigation finance investment firm GLS Capital LLC in its debut fund, which raised more than $345 million in capital commitments from investors.
  • Served as legal advisor to the stockholders party to the voting agreement on Anixter International Inc.’s merger with WESCO International Inc.

Holland & Knight LLP

Dallas-based Thompson & Knight LLP focuses on M&A and private equity and venture capital, with significant expertise in representing clients in the oil and gas industry, particularly those with a focus on upstream and midstream activities. Group leader Wesley Williams represents private investment fund sponsors in structuring and forming private equity investment funds and oil and gas resource and minerals funds. Within the oil and gas space, the group handles a full range of M&A, equity financings, leveraged buyouts and restructurings for operating companies and capital providers.

Practice head(s):

Wesley Williams

Other key lawyers:

J. Holt Foster III; Jesse E. Betts; Jessica Hammons

Key clients

Approach Resources Inc.

Basic Energy Services Inc.

Chaparral Energy, Inc.

Haggar Clothing Co.

Natural Gas Partners

Oilfield Water Logistics, LLC

Petro Waste Environmental

Tailwater Capital LLC

U.S. Bank National Association

Yorktown Energy Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Oilfield Water Logistics, LLC in the sale of its midstream water infrastructure and services business to InstarAGF Asset Management Inc. and its Canadian and international co-investors.
  • Advised the management team for Alchemist Energy, LLC, on its partnership with Vortus Investment Advisors, LLC.
  • Represented USA Water in the formation and funding of a new national water and wastewater services and utility business, including the solicitation of private equity sponsors, as well as the acquisition of Texas-based Si Environmental, LLC.

Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP has a broad M&A and securities practice, with notable strengths in compliance and corporate governance. In addition, the practice regularly advises on dispositions, take-private transactions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments. William Henry in Cleveland principally handles M&A and private equity transactions. The team handles a large proportion of international transactions, and Chicago-based group chair Frank Chaiken represents numerous European as well as American clients.  The New York team is recommended for shareholder activism and private investment work, but the firm as a whole has a strong presence in the Midwest, with offices in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Frank Chaiken

Other key lawyers:

William Henry; Stuart Welburn; Tony Kuhel; Todd Schild


‘Great communication.’

‘Knowledgeable partners, associates & staff  who take the time to understand the client’s objectives, needs, and available budget and resources.’

‘Trusted advisors in helping me navigate  growing and sustaining a viable business in a dynamic marketplace.’


Key clients

Meritor, Inc.

STERIS Corporation


Pro Mach, Inc.

Fifth Third Bank


Emmi Roth USA, Inc.

Buckeye Power, Inc


Crown Equipment Corporation

Rockwell Automation

Work highlights

  • Represented Hillenbrand’s wholly-owned subsidiary Milacron in the sale of its Cimcool industrial fluids business to DuBois Chemicals, Inc.
  • Assisted Rockwell in the acquisition of 100% of stock for Fixx, Inc.
  • Advised Ferrous Natural Resources on its sale to Vale S.A. for $550 million.

ArentFox Schiff

ArentFox Schiff, formerly Schiff Hardin, advises USA and multinational businesses as well as private equity firms on domestic and international M&A and divestitures. The team has substantial experience in reorganisations and restructuring, dispositions, spinoffs and financings, fund formation and representation of institutional investors. David P. McHugh and Steve Isaacs  lead the group, and Isaacs also heads the private equity team. Alexander B. Young is the deputy practice group leader for M&A and private equity. In addition, the practice is highly active in the venture capital space, and Isaacs and Young have significant experience in securities offerings, regulations and compliance. All named attorneys are based in Chicago. Please note this editorial reflects Schiff Hardin's practice before its merger with Arent Fox in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

David P. McHugh; Steve E. Isaacs; Alexander B. Young


‘Trust. Flexibility. Follow through. ’

‘Dave McHugh excels at marshalling the right resources (internal to his firm, or external) and managing them.’


Key clients

Altaris Capital Partners, LLC

Snap-on Incorporated

Paramit Corporation

First Mid Bancshares, Inc.

Kimball International, Inc.

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.


Bunn-O-Matic Corporation

The Duracell Company, a Berkshire Hathaway company

Midwest Tape, LLC

Newell Brands Inc.

50 South Capital, LLC

Hendrickson USA, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Altaris Capital Partners LLC in its $650 million acquisition of substantially all of Kindeva Drug Delivery from 3M Company.
  • Advising Kimball International, Inc. in the acquisition of Poppin, Inc., a tech-enabled B2B commercial furniture design company, for $110 million with potential for additional contingent payments equal to $70 million.
  • Advised Communications Holdings, Inc. in the first stage of an investment transaction between Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) and an affiliate of Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. (“Searchlight”) and the refinancing of the Company’s remaining outstanding debt.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP advises on a broad range of business transactions, M&A, and corporate governance. Seattle based Matthew LeMaster, who chairs the firm's M&A practice, has particular expertise in the manufacturing, distribution and retail industries.

Practice head(s):

Matthew LeMaster

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC has a wealth of experience in international M&A, acting for organizations with a presence across Mexico, Japan and Western Europe. Clients include both trading companies and private equity investors, with sector strengths in financial services, media, manufacturing and consumer goods. In addition to transactional work, the department has extensive expertise in M&A-related issues encompassing regulatory matters and federal securities law. Scot Crow in Columbus heads the corporate, M&A and private equity group, leading high value investments, acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers, and advising on corporate management issues.

Practice head(s):

Scot Crow

Other key lawyers:

Richard Bolton; Andrew MacLeod; Mark High

Key clients

Apeks Supercritical

Expedeon AG

Growth Catalyst Partners, LLC

The Stable Group Holdings, LLC

XanEdu Publishing, Inc.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

TrueFire Studios, LLC

GEMG Holdings, LLC

Active Interest Media, Inc.

Silver Peak Partners, LLC

ERI Holdings, LLC

The Peninsula Fund VI Limited Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Germany-based biotechnology company Expedeon AG in the sale of the client’s proteomics and immunology business activities to the LSE-traded company Abcam plc.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP advises public and private companies, private equity firms and investment banks. Bill Jonason in Minneapolis and Layne Smith in Salt Lake City jointly head the practice. Jonason acts as general counsel for numerous businesses without in-house counsel, while Smith focuses on the healthcare and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Bill Jonason; Layne Smith

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris LLP handles a wide range of M&A and strategic corporate governance work, regularly representing business entities, lenders and private equity funds. The group draws on the firm's strong banking and finance department, advising on acquisition financing, syndicated loan transactions, venture debt financings, fund formations and equity investments. The team has a particularly strong venture capital offering in the alternative energy, technology and manufacturing sectors. Chicago-based Brian Kerwin chairs the corporate practice group, and also has extensive experience in M&A-related financings.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kerwin

Other key lawyers:

Robert Kadlec; Richard Jaffe; Kathleen Shay


‘They will take care of any and all challenges presented.’

‘This is a practice that is hardworking, dedicated to their client, and overall very down to earth and friendly. They can explain issues quickly and efficiently, and are helpful in suggesting solutions that will work for their client. We have completed several transactions with Duane Morris, most recently in the last three years a debt recapitalization and a minority equity sale, and in each transaction there were complex tax and structure questions that had to be worked through in order to get the transaction over the finish line. Duane Morris was able to creatively navigate the hurdles, all while explaining the nuances to their client, and we were able to come out on the other side in a better place thanks to their thorough efforts.’


Key clients

Avisa Pharma

YouVisit, LLC

Service Electric Cable T.V. of New Jersey, Inc.

Vonage Holding Corp.

Customers Bancorp, Inc.

Mid-Atlantic Topco LLC

StoneMor Inc.

Dupont de Nemours, Inc.

Post Road Group

Smartlink, LLC

S-Network Global Indexes

Thesys Group Inc

Glass House Group

Work highlights

  • Represented DuPont in its $110 million acquisition of Evoqua’s Memcor business, which includes ultrafiltration and membrane bio-filtration technologies.
  • Represented YouVisit, LLC in its sale to EAB, a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners that provides research, enterprise technology, and data-enabled services for education institutions.
  • Represented Vonage Holding Corp. in its acquisition of certain assets of Over.ai, a Tel Aviv-based Voice Artificial Intelligence provider for enterprise communications.

Haynes and Boone, L.L.P.

Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. handles a wide variety of M&A and related transactions, including spin-offs, divestitures, strategic alliance and distressed transactions, representing both buyers and sellers. Tom Harris heads the M&A practice group from Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Tom Harris

Other key lawyers:

Janice Sherry

Husch Blackwell LLP

With offices in Kansas City, St. Louis and Milwaukee, Husch Blackwell LLP has a notably strong presence in the Midwest, acting on a national scale for clients based in the region and for international clients seeking to buy or sell businesses in the Midwest. Kirstin Salzman heads the M&A, securities and corporate governance team from Kansas City; she handles joint ventures, governance issues, private equity and venture capital investments, regularly advising private equity and mezzanine funds in portfolio investments. Phoenix-based Chris Erblich leads the financial services and capital markets industry unit.

Practice head(s):

Chris Erblich; Kirstin Salzman

Other key lawyers:

Jim Goettsch; Mary Anne O’Connell


‘The Husch team has a ton of experience executing middle market transactions, allowing them to provide sound advice and innovative solutions for their clients. They also work incredibly hard – we make investments all around the globe and it’s not unusual for us to have meetings pop up at 2am that they need to attend – they are always available when their clients need them.’

‘They are incredibly dedicated to their clients and are regularly available 24/7 when we need them, especially when working on global transactions. They provide innovative solutions and are incredible at focusing on the things that matter. Their experience allows them to know what matters, protect their clients, and do it in a way that’s fun to work with them.’

Key clients

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

Associated Bank N.A.

Casey’s General Stores

Commerce Bancshares

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.

Five Elms Capital

Green Plains, Inc.


Nidec Motor Corporation


Work highlights

  • Served as lead outside counsel to Casey’s in their $580 million acquisition of Buchanan Energy, owner of Bucky’s Convenience Stores.
  • Served as seller’s counsel in sale of Associated Financial Group to USI for approximately $265 million.
  • Represented PKWARE, developers of the .ZIP file format, in connection with sale to private equity firm Thompson Street Capital Partners.

Irell & Manella LLP

Irell & Manella LLP advises a range of public and private companies and funds on M&A, leveraged buyouts, corporate governance and securities issues. The practice is highly active in the software sector, regularly advising start-ups and growth companies on fundraising and private equity investments. Gregory Klein is particularly focused on the private equity and venture capital space, representing venture funds, hedge funds and other institutional money managers. He jointly chairs the group with Ashok Mukhey, who has extensive experience in securities regulation and compliance. All named partners are based in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Klein; Ashok Mukhey

Key clients

Genstar Capital

Professional Datasolutions, Inc. (PDI)

Enverus (f/k/a Drillinginfo)

Angeles Equity Partners, LLC


Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.

Beach Point Capital Management

AJ Capital Partners

Angeleno Group, LLC

Legendary Entertainment

Renewable Resources Group

Rusheen Capital

Management, LLC

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

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. handles both public and private company M&A, and also has a strong offering for private equity firms and venture-backed companies. M&A practice head Dean Zioze brings significant manufacturing and consumer goods sector expertise, in addition to his experience in medical technology transactions. Stephen Gulotta Jr heads the New York corporate and securities practice, and also acts as the office managing partner. Boston-based Michael Fantozzi heads the corporate, tax, private client and immigration group, advising on financing transactions and corporate governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Dean Zioze; Stephen Gulotta, Jr.; Michael Fantozzi

Other key lawyers:

Larry Naughton

Key clients

Royal Philips/Philips North America LLC


eBay Inc.

Brooks Automation, Inc.

Cheetah Medical, Inc.

Globalization Partners

Dassault Systèmes

Myriad Genetics

Netsmart Technologies

PayPal, Inc.

AVX Corporation

Hitachi Americas

Exagen Inc.

Stifel Nicolaus and Company

Fulgent Genetics, Inc.

HealthpointCapital Partners

DropCar, Inc.

Effectual Inc.

Nomura Greentech LLC (formerly Greentech Capital Advisors)

Pharmerit International LP

Work highlights

  • Represented QIAGEN N.V., a Germany-based provider of life science and molecular diagnostic solutions, in its $248M cross-border acquisition of NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc., a US-based company that designs and develops molecular diagnostic solutions for hospital and clinical reference laboratories.
  • Represented Globalization Partners, Inc., a global professional employer organization (PEO), in its cross-border minority investment led by TDR Capital and Wincove Capital.
  • Represented Philips in its acquisition of Intact Vascular, Inc., a U.S.-based developer of medical devices for minimally-invasive peripheral vascular procedures.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP represents both buyers and sellers in middle-market M&A, and has strong private equity and venture capital capabilities. The firm has a strong presence in the Southeast, with offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, South Carolina and Florida, but is fully capable of handling work nationally. Gus Dixon in Columbia is noted for his securities and corporate governance experience; he co-chairs the practice with Rhys Wilson, who focuses on M&A in the retail sector, and Michael E. Hollingsworth II, who advises trading companies and private equity firms. All named attorneys are based in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Gus Dixon; Michael Hollingsworth; Rhys Wilson

Work highlights

  • Represented Carolina Financial Corporation, parent company of CresCom Bank in Charleston, S.C., in the closing of a merger with United Bankshares, Inc., the parent company of United Bank in Washington, D.C
  • Represented United Community Banks, Inc. in its acquisition of Three Shores Bancorporation, Inc., a $2 billion bank holding company, and its subsidiary bank, Seaside National Bank & Trust.
  • Represented NovaBone in a cross-border merger with Halma, plc.

Pryor Cashman LLP

Pryor Cashman LLP advises domestic and international companies, including start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and investment funds. The team has particular expertise in life sciences and medical supplies, and is also active in the software and technology sectors. The corporate and M&A practice is jointly headed by Eric Hellige, who assists China-based companies doing business in the US, and John Crowe, who represents public and privates companies, LLCs and private equity firms and investors. Both are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

John J. Crowe; Eric M. Hellige

Key clients

WHP Global


sbe Entertainment Group

Crestview Partners

Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd.


Pure Flix

Guardian Capital Group

ComSovereign Holding Corp.

Soleus Capital

KBL Merger Corp. IV

Work highlights

  • Represented WHP Global on its $117 million acquisition of the Joseph Abboud trademarks from Tailored Brands.
  • Represented Crestview Partners, a New York based private equity firm with approximately $9 billion of aggregate capital commitments, in connection with the purchase of a minority interest in International Creative Management Partners (“ICM”).
  • Represented Toronto-based investment management company Guardian Capital Group, in a majority interest acquisition agreement with Agincourt Capital Management, an independent U.S. asset manager.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is well equipped to handle all stages of deals, from proposals and due diligence reviews to structuring and closing. Its broad corporate group regularly advises on complex government contracts issues, CFICU and FOCI issues, filings and compliance matters. Jeffrey Lowenthal counsels issuers, investment banking firms and public companies on securities, including regulations and disclosure. He jointly chairs the firm's corporate practice with Christopher Doyle, who also leads the M&A and joint ventures practice. Both are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Doyle; Jeffrey Lowenthal


‘I have worked with Stroock for many years and have found that the quality of its practice in the M&A area is excellent. In addition, the practitioners are very knowledgeable and quite practical in their advice. Finally, they are very responsive to the needs of the client ’

‘The individuals who I have worked with are very practical in addressing problems and responsive to the needs of the client.’

Key clients

UKG Inc.

Nippon Steel Nisshin Co. Ltd

QinetiQ Group plc

Castleton Commodities

Work highlights

  • Acted as M&A counsel to Deluxe Entertainment services in its sale of its distribution business, Deluxe Media, to Platinum Equity.
  • Advised two public non-traded REITs — Highlands REIT and one other very large REIT— in responding to hostile mini-tender offers.
  • Advised STG in the acquisition of RSA Security LLC and affiliates.

ArentFox Schiff

ArentFox Schiff, formerly Arent Fox LLP, handles M&A, corporate governance and securities compliance, representing investment banks and buyers and sellers. Steven Cohen heads the corporate and securities practice; Jay Halpern advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on strategic transactions and financings. Both are based in Washington DC. Please note this editorial reflects Arent Fox LLP's practice before its merger with Schiff Hardin in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Steven Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Jay Halpern

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC advises both buyers and sellers on transactions and financings. The team is particularly noted for its work for private equity firms and their portfolio companies, especially in private equity healthcare transactions. Ryan Thomas chairs both the private equity group and the specialised private equity healthcare team. Kevin Douglas, who has extensive healthcare industry transactional experience chairs the corporate and securities group, and focuses on advising public companies on corporate and securities law.  All named lawyers are based in Nashville.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Douglas; Ryan Thomas

Key clients

Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (now known as Bally’s Corporation) (NYSE: TRWH/BALY)

Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS)

HealthStream (Nasdaq: HSTM)

OMNIA Partners

i3 Verticals (Nasdaq: IIIV)

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Nasdaq: CBRL)

AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AXO)

LFM Capital

Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO)

Tivity Health (Nasdaq: TVTY)

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (Nasdaq: HIBB)

Mainsail Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised HealthStream in its $32 million cash acquisition of ShiftWizard, Inc., an innovative SaaS-based scheduling application.
  • Advised Groups360, a platform that simplifies bringing people together for meetings and events, in its acquisition of IDEM Hospitality, a Singapore-based platform to help hoteliers maximize revenue from their meetings, events and group business.
  • Advised Bally’s Corporation (NYSE: BALY), formerly Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRWH), in connection with its proposed $120 million cash acquisition of Jumer’s Casino & Hotel from Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP's corporate team advises on M&A, securities law compliance, corporate governance, restructurings and recapitalizations. It also has expertise in private equity and venture capital transactions. James Bedar heads the firm's US corporate practice.

Practice head(s):

James Bedar

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is particularly noted for representing clients in cross-border investments into the United States, benefiting from the team's CFIUS experience, and is well placed to handles transactions with multi-jurisdictional components. Lawrence Goodman in New York, who heads the firm's M&A practice group, has extensive experience advising clients in complex M&A and private equity matters, and regularly acts as counsel to New York investment banks. The wider corporate team also has significant experience with securities matters.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Goodman

Other key lawyers:

Valarie Hing

Key clients

Dos Toros Taqueria

American Elite Molding LLC

Business News Americas Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Dos Toros on a complex sale of the company that included a complex pre-closing capitalization structure that provided tax and other benefits to Dos Toros’ stockholders.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. primarily concentrates on M&A in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, representing healthcare companies in complex business transactions. Washington DC-based practice head Mark Lutes specialises in advising private equity firms on investments into the healthcare space. The group further bolsters its transactional capabilities with expertise in state and federal regulatory approvals, and has a strong litigation and government investigations practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lutes

Other key lawyers:

Amy Dow; Gary Herschman


‘Amy Dow is an excellent partner; very responsive and knowledgeable about the life sciences industry.’

Jones Walker LLP

Jones Walker LLP provides corporate services, including M&A and securities, to publicly traded and privately held companies throughout the Gulf Coast. Curtis Hearn represents private equity and venture capital firms, and is particularly active in the energy, healthcare, transportation, logistics and manufacturing sectors. He jointly leads the team with J. Marshall Page III, who regularly advises heavy industry clients in the petrochemical and mid-stream energy industries. Both are based in New Orleans.

Practice head(s):

Curtis Hearn; J. Marshall Page III


‘Extremely capable and credentialed counsel able to provide pragmatic advice across the spectrum of commercial and compliance topics. Firm members work cooperatively with inhouse counsel and clients to quickly distil information and solve complex legal opportunities and challenges. ’

‘Marshall Page is extremely capable commercial and M&A counsel. Strong personal work ethic, and solutions-oriented relationship builder on both sides of the table.’


Key clients

Ochsner Health System

CenturyLink, Inc.

LongueVue Capital

Navitas Petroleum

Viking Energy Group, Inc;

Marucci Sports LLC

FNB Bancshares of Central Alabama, Inc.

Freeport McMoRan Inc.

Pacific Drilling S.A.

Savage Inland Marine, LLC

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP handles deals on both the buy- and sell-sides, and is particularly known for its technology sector expertise and regional strength in the Southeast. The group handles restructurings, spin-offs and divestitures for public and private companies. Scott Allen, who has experience in outsourcing and manufacturing, jointly heads the team with David Calhoun, who is noted for his securities and corporate finance practice. The team regularly acts for technology-focused private equity firms. All named attorneys are based in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

David Calhoun; Scott Allen

Key clients

K1 Capital

Serent Capital

Parthenon Capital Partners

Greater Sum Ventures

Hg Capital

Mainsail Capital

Sage Software


Brown Brothers Harriman


Polsinelli PC

Polsinelli PC's corporate and transactional group handles a broad range of M&A-related work, including spin-offs, joint ventures and venture capital transactions. Kansas City-based William Mahood III  chairs the M&A and divestitures practice. Also based in Kansas City, Frank Ross Jr heads the firm's wider business department and led on several large transactions in the healthcare sector in 2020. He also advised on deals in the manufacturing, and technology sectors. Jonathan Henderson chairs the corporate and transactional practice, and also acts as office managing partner in Dallas. He has significant experience advising healthcare services companies.

Practice head(s):

Frank J. Ross, Jr.; Jonathan K. Henderson; William W. Mahood, III

Key clients

CommonSpirit Health

Royal Crown Partners, LLC

Virbac Corporation

Artio Medical, Inc.

Big 12 Conference, Inc.

Alpenglow Rail and Connor Clark & Lunn CC&L Infrastructure

Stonecourt Capital


Senior Care Centers LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Virbac Corporation in the sale of a major division, divesting for $400 million USD.
  • Represented Artio Medical, Inc. in closing a stock-for-stock merger of two leading emerging medical device companies.
  • Represented Senior Care Centers LLC in its spinoff of approximately 80 facilities and the reorganization around the remaining core of 25 facilities through Chapter 11, involving approximately $2 billion in debt.

Robinson & Cole LLP

Robinson & Cole LLP advises clients on M&A, divestitures, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts and going private. The firm has a strong presence in the Northeast. Eric Kogan in Stamford and Matthew Guanci Jr in Hartford are key contacts,

Other key lawyers:

Eric Kogan; Matthew Guanci Jr

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP works with buyers and sellers, representing public and private companies, investment companies, private equity firms and family businesses. The practice also has significant experience in securities matters, asset-based lending, corporate governance and regulatory issues. Megan Harmon in Pittsburgh and Sarah Hewitt in New York jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Megan Harmon; Sarah Hewitt

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth represents clients ranging from early stage companies, to publicly traded corporations, to portfolio companies of private equity firms. Private equity is a particularly notable area of work for the group, with related strengths in investments and transactions in technology, software and healthcare. The department handles M&A and tender offers, stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, joint ventures and going-private transactions. Corporate and securities partner Christopher Ivey jointly heads the team with Mark Skaist and Tom Waldman. Ivey and Skaist are based in Newport Beach, while Waldman splits his time between Santa Monica and San Diego.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Ivey; Mark Skaist; Tom Waldman

Wiggin and Dana LLP

Wiggin and Dana LLP is highlighted for being 'great on global cooperation' when serving its domestic and international clients. It handles the full range of M&A and corporate work combined with cross-practice support which includes areas as diverse as antitrust, data privacy and tax. It also has a focus on private equity in sectors including biopharma, IT, financial services, and telecoms. Stamford-based William Perrone and Mark Kaduboski head the team; managing partner, Paul Hughes also co-chairs the emerging companies/venture capital group.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kaduboski; William Perrone

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hughes


‘The firm attracts top talent who are responsive, hard-working and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very flexible and knowledgeable, combined with a strong supportive business mind-set. Great on global cooperation with many sites, nationalities and time zones involved.’

‘Absolutely client-focused, superb attention to detail.’

‘Mark Kaduboski is the lead coordinator for our relationship and he is effective in answering the questions he can, seeking input from his colleagues where appropriate, and coordinating for additional support when necessary. Mark is especially skilled in applying his experience and insights to different situations, even from superficially unrelated industries or topics.

‘Besides very robust legal support, they provide good business understanding, why they also provide good tactical advice and negotiating support.’


Key clients

The Marlin Company

Anticimex International

Southfield Capital Partners

PetVet Care Centers , LLC

RallyBio, LLC

Olink Proteomics Holding AB

Bernoulli Enterprise, Inc.

Genpact International, Inc.

CAS Medical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASM)

Device42, Inc.

Amastan (now 6K, Inc.)

U.S. Retirement Partners, Inc.


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