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John Pitfield

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Choate, Hall & Stewart

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Practice Group Leader - Business & Technology


John Pitfield is co-chair of Choate’s Business & Technology Group. His practice focuses on public offerings, tender offers and debt and equity financings for both US and Canadian companies, as well as corporate transactions for public and private companies, including all types of mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and going private transactions for companies in a broad spectrum of industries. Mr. Pitfield also advises on all aspects of capital raising and acquisition of target companies for funds of all types, and is an expert on corporate governance matters, public company reporting and regulatory compliance.

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

Within: Leading lawyers

John Pitfield - Choate, Hall & Stewart

Within: M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Choate, Hall & Stewart's corporate department regularly works alongside the firm's IP, litigation, real estate and labor and employment practice groups on M&A deals. Its experience includes advising acquirers, targets, financing sources and investment bankers on public and private M&A. The team also has significant experience acting for technology and life sciences companies, and is known for its cross-border capabilities, including serving as US counsel to companies in Canada, Israel and Europe (particularly those in the UK and Ireland), that are involved in acquisitions involving expansion into the US. SeaChange International, Teradyne, Candescent Partners and US Dermatology Partners (Oliver Street Dermatology) are clients. The practice group leaders are John Pitfield and Brian Goldstein. Goldstein led advice to Oliver Street Dermatology Management in a series of roll-up acquisitions of dermatology practices nationwide; and Robert Jahrling, who acts for companies in a wide range of industries, including software, telecoms, market research, medical devices and healthcare services, assisted public company Datawatch Corporation with its acquisition of Ontario-based Angoss Software Corporation, a privately held data science platform provider. Jahrling also acted for Forrester Research, a publicly traded research and advisory company, in its acquisition of FeedbackNow. Other highlights for the practice included its advice to Bradford Networks, an Internet-of-Things-focused network security and automation company, in its sale to strategic buyer Fortinet; its work for Logomix, an online platform that provides custom marketing products and services to small businesses, during its sale to Deluxe Small Business Sales; and its assistance to Claris Vision Holdings, a portfolio company of Candescent Partners, with the sale of Claris Vision (which provides vision care services) and its subsidiaries and affiliates to CV Investments, an Eli Global portfolio company. Daniel Riley is a highly regarded corporate and securities counsel. All listed advisers are in Boston.

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Venture capital and emerging companies

Within: Venture capital and emerging companies

Choate, Hall & Stewart's Boston-based team is known for its solid expertise in tech and life sciences deals. Brian Goldstein advised Leerink Transformation Partners, a lead investor, on a $21m Series C financing of Aktana, and also assisted Cyteir Therapeutics with the closing of its $35m Series B preferred stock financing. Other clients include Cogito Corporation, Locus Robotics, and Lantos Technologies. Goldstein shares leadership of the practice with John Pitfield, and Brian Lenihan and Laurence Naughton are also names to note.

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