Mr Michael Woodard > McGuireWoods LLP > Richmond, United States > Lawyer Profile

McGuireWoods LLP
United States
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Specialty Corporate Practices


Michael devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing and advising purchasers and sellers, both private and public companies, in stock and asset purchase, and merger and acquisition, transactions, as well as joint ventures and leveraged and management-sponsored buy-outs. Recent transactions have involved diverse industries, including energy, life sciences, manufacturing, oil and gas distribution, utilities, product distribution and alternative energy production. Michael also spends a portion of his time advising public companies in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, including initial public offerings. In addition, he advises clients regularly on compliance with 1934 Act reporting requirements and annual meeting and proxy statement matters. In addition to his M&A and securities work, Michael advises clients on general corporate matters, including corporate governance issues, fiduciary duties and other standards of conduct. He also works with clients in each stage of venture capital growth, providing advice on an array of corporate issues facing an emerging and growing company.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power

The team at McGuireWoods LLP advises energy companies and investors on a range of corporate, finance and project development mandates. Richmond-based Michael Woodard advises Coronal Energy on comprehensive development and transactional matters across its solar project portfolio, and Becky Diffen, who heads the practice from the Austin office, acted for Hill Country Wind Power in the development and sale of a 400MW wind farm in Texas. Also recommended is Chicago-based Timothy Callahan, who regularly acts for project sponsors and lenders in the financing and development of wind farms, solar plants and other renewables projects. Other key clients include Dominion Energy, Apex Clean Energy and Macquarie Capital.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

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McGuireWoods LLP fields attorneys in the healthcare, solar energy, life sciences and technology sectors as well as in niche areas such as furniture, student housing, and food and beverage. Notable clients are SPX, a North Carolina-based supplier of highly engineered products and technologies, and Compass Group, a foodservice and support services company. Highlights included acting for Compass Group in several transactions, including the acquisitions of France-based Elior Group, a global contracted food and support services business; assisting Scotland-based Clyde Blowers Capital with its $245m sale of industrial gearing manufacturer Cone Drive to The Timken Company; advising SPX on the acquisition of Schonstedt Instrument Company, a manufacturer of magnetic locator products; and assisting private equity firm Falfurrias Capital Partners on several deals, including its investments in E-Technologies Group and Best Impressions Caterers. In large deals, the practice advised Dominion Energy, one of the US’ largest energy producers, on its proposed stock-for-stock merger with SCANA Corporation. Michael Woodard in Richmond is the chair of the firm’s M&A department and Chicago-based Geoffrey Cockrell chairs the private equity group. Also highly regarded are Charlotte’s Chris Scheurer, Thomas Zahn in Pittsburgh and Richmond’s Joanne Katsantonis.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Headed by Michael B. Woodard in Richmond, the team at McGuireWoods LLP has particular expertise in fintech and advanced software-related projects, where it advises across the gamut of IP and licensing arrangements. Other contacts in the department include Rakesh Gopalan in Charlotte, and Chicago-based Steve Gold, who has been advising energy service provider Direct Energy on a pilot project to utilize blockchain technology in an electricity procurement application. The practice group saw several personnel changes in 2018: Dallas-based Stuart M. Rasley joined the team from Squire Patton BoggsRebecca A. Brophy  joined the Raleigh office from Smith Anderson, and Chicago-based Gregory P. Hawver joined from Winston & Strawn LLP; in San Francisco, however, Lior O. Nuchi left for Norton Rose Fulbright, while Elliot Katz left to found an automotive company.