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.
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) in United States
Jonathan Awner; Carl Roston
Other key lawyers:
Kenneth Wiggins; Teddy Klinghoffer; Stephen Roddenberry; David Birke; Paul Quinn
‘Diverse practice of high-quality professionals.’
AE Industrial Partners, L.P.
Associated Grocers of Florida
Branford Castle Partners, LP
Carrols Restaurant Group
Ferguson Industries, Inc.
Florida Veg Investments, LLC d/b/a Mr. Greens Produce
Grant Avenue Capital, LLC
H.I.G. Capital, LLC
KLX, Inc (Note: KLX was purchased by Boeing for US$ 4.25 billion in May 2018)
Trivest Partners, L.P.
Warren Equity Partners
Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.
GPB Capital /Prime Automotive Group
JM Family Enterprises
HC2 Holdings, Inc.
New Era Technology, Inc./Sentinel Capital Partners
Resolute Forrest Products
XPO Logistics, Inc.
- 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 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.
Kevin Lavin; Derek Stoldt; Edward Deibert
Other key lawyers:
Emanuel Cherney; Matthew Owens; Lowell Dashefsky; Teresa Johnson; Ronald Levine
LSC Communications Ad Hoc Group of Lenders
Bardin Hill Investment Partners
Broadway Financial Corporation
DC Capital Partners
First Republic Bank
Flushing Financial Corporation
Steering committee of first-lien noteholders to Techniplas LLC
Walker & Dunlop, Inc.
Wheels Up Partners Holdings
- 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 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.
John Pitfield; Brian Goldstein
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Riley; Sarah Camougis; Tobin Sullivan
Bain Capital Life Sciences
US Dermatology Partners (Oliver Street Dermatology)
Creation Technologies International Inc.
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.
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. ’
Advisor Group, Inc.
Goldman Sachs Middle Market Lending Corp.
Owl Rock Capital Corporation
Ares Capital Corporation
Garrison Capital Inc.
USA Television Holdings
Trinity Capital Inc.
Investcorp Credit Management BDC, Inc.
Trillium Asset Management Group, LLC.
Newtek Business Services Corp.
Voya Financial Inc.
Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company
Freepoint Commodities LLC
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.
MSouth Equity Partners
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)
- 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'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. Vice-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.
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.’
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.
Broke & Bones Studios
HF Foods Group Inc.
Prime AE Group
American AllWaste LLC
Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.
Select Management Group
Galen College of Nursing
Global University Systems BV
Ambow Education Holding Ltd.
NV5 Global, Inc.
- 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 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 'exceptional' Gregory 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.
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 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.
Jeffrey J. Delaney; Jonathan J. Russo; Justin Hovey
Other key lawyers:
Stephen B. Amdur; David Ingles; Jarrod D. Murphy; Nicole Islinger
Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
NextEra Energy Transmission, LLC
The Raine Group
- 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'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.
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.’
Camper Clinic, Inc.
IG Design Group Americas, Inc.
Radiate Holdco, LLC
Reynolds and Reynolds Company
Victor Technology, LLC
- 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' 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.
Other key lawyers:
Frank Placenti; Jaime Daddona; David Zagore; Edward Steiner
The Timken Company
Lassonde Industries Inc.
Hitachi Construction Machinery Co
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
The Procter & Gamble Company
The Sherwin-Williams Company
East West Manufacturing, LLC
Asahi Kasei Homes
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.
JBS USA Food Company
Pine Island Capital Partners
SFW Capital Partners
- 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 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.
Charles Morton Jr; Robert Bolger Jr
Other key lawyers:
Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.
Bento Box Entertainment, LLC
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.
Brian Doerner; Maggie Tatton
Other key lawyers:
Karen McConnell; Gregory Seltzer
Revolutionary Security LLC
Design and Production Incorporated
SLANG Worldwide Inc
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.
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.’
Arch Capital Group Ltd.
Cable One, Inc.
Trans World Entertainment
- 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), Adrienne Ellman (who is also co-chair of the PE practice and co-head of the NY office) 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.
Alex Aber; Joseph Basile; Adrienne Ellman
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.’
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
Global Forest Products LP
The Boston Consulting Group
Fenway Sports Group
- 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 Muchin Rosenman LLP 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.
Other key lawyers:
Kenneth Miller; Walter Weinberg; Kimberly Smith; Mark Solomon
GR Companies, Inc.
SP Plus Corporation
ExploreUSA RV Supercenters
Improving Holdco, Inc.
Blue River PetCare Group
CR Fitness Holdings, LLC
BBH Capital Partners
Highlander Partners, L.P.
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.
Ernest Wechsler; James Moriarty
Other key lawyers:
Howard Spilko; Thomas Molner
Argand Partners LP
Bluespring Wealth Partners LLC
Bullhorn (a portfolio company of Stone Point Capital)
Education Growth Partners
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.
- 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 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.
Michael Woodard; Geoffrey Cockrell; David McLean
Other key lawyers:
Joanne Katsantonis; Ryan Purpura; Chris Scheurer
Equitrans Midstream Corporation
Lansing Building Products
Falfurrias Capital Partners
Health Enterprise Partners
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.
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.’
City of London Investment Group PLC
Constellation Advisers, LLC
Kudu Investment Management
Piper Sandler Companies
Emigrant Partners, LLC
iM Global Partner
Kennedy Lewis Investment Management
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.
Jeralin Cardoso; Linda Michaelson; Ariel Yehezkel
Other key lawyers:
Jeryl Bowers; Lawrence Braun
Redgate Partners, LLC
Pacific Piston Ring Co., Inc
ETS Express, LLC
Alvarado Manufacturing Co., Inc
American Paper & Plastics, Inc. and Carryout Bags, Inc.
Circuit Services, LLC
Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Ready at Dawn
Lakin Tire West and Lakin Tire East
Diestel Turkey Ranch
Varsity Healthcare Partners
Advanced Lighting Concepts LLC d.b.a. Environmental Lights
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc
Securadyne Systems Intermediate LLC
Sullivan 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.
Other key lawyers:
Benjamin Armour; Oded Har-Even
Air City Inc.
Audios Ventures, Inc., dba Simplecast
Culture Connect, LLC
Diversified Healthcare Trust (Nasdaq: DHC)
Henry Rose LLC
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM)
Jefferson Capital Management LLC
Liteboxer Technologies, Inc.
MacFarlane Development Company, a development affiliate of MacFarlane Partners
MAM Software, Inc.
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
- 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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Joseph H. Kye; Adam S. Lewis; Shelby Parnes; Benjamin Williams
Ace Hardware Corporation
L Squared Capital Partners
The Duchossois Group, Inc./Duchossois Group, Inc.
Merit Capital Partners
The Edgewater Funds
Valor Equity Partners
RoundTable Healthcare Partners
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.
Other key lawyers:
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.
Peter Schnur; Louis Rappaport
Other key lawyers:
Gary Goldenberg; Linsey Bozzelli; Kathleen Cunningham; Steven Dubow
Flutter (Paddy Power Betfair)
J.F. Lehman & Company
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.
Other key lawyers:
Stephanie Hosler; Steve Baumer
- 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 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.
David Barkus; Robert Grammig; George Mencio
Other key lawyers:
American Water Works Company, Inc.
Arlington Capital Partners
Audax Private Equity
Blue Wolf Capital Partners, LLC
Carolina Beverage Group
Converge Technology Partners
Enterprise Financial Corp
FedData Holdings, LLC
Hometown Food Company
Howard Midstream Energy Partners
Intertape Polymer Group, Inc.
Kforce, Inc. (NASDAQ: KFRC)
King Street Real Estate GP LLC
Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN)
Lithia Motors, Inc.
Marine Max, Inc. (NYSE: HCO)
NSM Insurance Group
Pine Tree Equity Management
Raymond James Financial (NYSE:RJF)
Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL)
Trivest Partners, L.P.
- 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.
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.’
Blaze Portfolio Systems LLC
Blue Harvest Fisheries
Lifeway Foods, Inc.
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company
RuMe Oak Run, LLC
- 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.
Richard Cicchillo Jr.; Christina Gattuso
Other key lawyers:
Louis Barbieri III; W. Benjamin Barkley; Stan Blackburn
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
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.
iSolved HCM (portfolio company of Accel-KKR Capital Partners)
- 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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Gray; David Stone; John Koenigsknecht
‘Prompt service, great advice.’
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.
- 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.
Thompson & 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.
Other key lawyers:
J. Holt Foster III; Jesse E. Betts; Jessica Hammons
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
- 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 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.
Other key lawyers:
William Henry; Stuart Welburn; Tony Kuhel; Todd Schild
‘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.’
Pro Mach, Inc.
Fifth Third Bank
Emmi Roth USA, Inc.
Buckeye Power, Inc
Crown Equipment Corporation
- 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.
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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Bolton; Andrew MacLeod; Mark High
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
- 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.
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.
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.’
Service Electric Cable T.V. of New Jersey, Inc.
Vonage Holding Corp.
Customers Bancorp, Inc.
Mid-Atlantic Topco LLC
Dupont de Nemours, Inc.
Post Road Group
S-Network Global Indexes
Thesys Group Inc
Glass House Group
- 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. 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.
Other key lawyers:
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.
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.’
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Associated Bank N.A.
Casey’s General Stores
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.
Five Elms Capital
Green Plains, Inc.
Nidec Motor Corporation
- 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.
Gregory Klein; Ashok Mukhey
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
Renewable Resources Group
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.
Dean Zioze; Stephen Gulotta, Jr.; Michael Fantozzi
Other key lawyers:
Royal Philips/Philips North America LLC
Brooks Automation, Inc.
Cheetah Medical, Inc.
Stifel Nicolaus and Company
Fulgent Genetics, Inc.
Nomura Greentech LLC (formerly Greentech Capital Advisors)
Pharmerit International LP
- 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 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.
Gus Dixon; Michael Hollingsworth; Rhys Wilson
- 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.
John J. Crowe; Eric M. Hellige
sbe Entertainment Group
Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd.
Guardian Capital Group
ComSovereign Holding Corp.
KBL Merger Corp. IV
- 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.
Schiff Hardin LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP 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.
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.’
Altaris Capital Partners, LLC
First Mid Bancshares, Inc.
Kimball International, Inc.
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
The Duracell Company, a Berkshire Hathaway company
Midwest Tape, LLC
Newell Brands Inc.
50 South Capital, LLC
Hendrickson USA, LLC
- 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.
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.
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.’
Nippon Steel Nisshin Co. Ltd
QinetiQ Group plc
- 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.
Arent Fox LLP
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.
Other key lawyers:
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.
Kevin Douglas; Ryan Thomas
Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (now known as Bally’s Corporation) (NYSE: TRWH/BALY)
Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS)
HealthStream (Nasdaq: HSTM)
i3 Verticals (Nasdaq: IIIV)
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Nasdaq: CBRL)
AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AXO)
Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO)
Tivity Health (Nasdaq: TVTY)
Hibbett Sports, Inc. (Nasdaq: HIBB)
- 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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Dos Toros Taqueria
American Elite Molding LLC
Business News Americas Inc
- 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.
Other key lawyers:
Amy Dow; Gary Herschman
‘Amy Dow is an excellent partner; very responsive and knowledgeable about the life sciences industry.’
Holland & Knight LLP represents buy- and sell-side public and private companies in a range of M&A and corporate transactions, and also advises on corporate governance issues. Tampa-based Robert Grammig heads the firm's corporate, M&A and securities practice, with significant experience handling international business transactions.
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.
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.’
Ochsner Health System
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.
David Calhoun; Scott Allen
Parthenon Capital Partners
Greater Sum Ventures
Brown Brothers Harriman
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.
Frank J. Ross, Jr.; Jonathan K. Henderson; William W. Mahood, III
Royal Crown Partners, LLC
Artio Medical, Inc.
Big 12 Conference, Inc.
Alpenglow Rail and Connor Clark & Lunn CC&L Infrastructure
Senior Care Centers LLC
- 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.
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.
Christopher Ivey; Mark Skaist; Tom Waldman
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.
Mark Kaduboski; William Perrone
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
The Marlin Company
Southfield Capital Partners
PetVet Care Centers , LLC
Olink Proteomics Holding AB
Bernoulli Enterprise, Inc.
Genpact International, Inc.
CAS Medical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASM)
Amastan (now 6K, Inc.)
U.S. Retirement Partners, Inc.
Surplus Group, LLC