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Joe Alexander

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Corporate; Private Equity


Partner, Southeast US Managing Partner, and Southeast US Chair of DLA Piper's Corporate and Private Equity


Joe Alexander is a widely respected corporate and private equity lawyer who focuses his international practice on representing corporations and private equity firms in connection with M&A and corporate matters. Joe regularly represents nationally known private equity firms and sellers selling to such firms in M&A and governance matters, including M&A transactions for aggregate consideration exceeding US$11.0 billion in the last five years. He also serves as outside general counsel to various public and private companies, including in connection with M&A transactions for aggregate consideration exceeding US$6.0 billion in the last five years.


JD, Duke University School of Law; BBA, University of Georgia

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

DLA Piper LLP (US) operates primarily in the middle market, with a high volume of transactions driven by the likes of ABRY Partners, Wind Point Partners, Arbor Investments, Prairie Capital, Sterling Partners and Stonebridge Partners. The firm has made a particular impression in the healthcare sector, marrying its strong private equity credentials with excellent healthcare regulatory expertise. Food and beverages, life sciences, chemicals and industrials are also key sectors. Moreover, the firm has made an impression in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions for clients such as Wind Point and ABRY. It advised Wind Point on the sale of Novolex to Carlyle and represented Arbor in its acquisition of Greco & Sons. New York-based Daniel Eisner is an experienced figure, noted for his relationship with Arsenal Capital, and Atlanta’s Joe Alexander is the key relationship partner for ABRY. Miami partner Joshua Kaye is recommended for healthcare sector deals and is praised for his M&A and regulatory knowledge.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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