Northern Virginia


Corporate/M&A - Northern Virginia


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What the team is known for Recognized across the board as a heavyweight practice, with an enviable client roster and impressive regional, national and international capabilities. Adept at handling blue-chip transactional and private equity matters for clients in the government contracting, defense and technology spaces. Also noted for expertise in matters concerning the media industry and the pharmaceuticals arena.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've done an amazing job for us. They're responsive and strategic, they're constantly available and they're always looking for new ways to do things. They're really a part of our team."

"They provided depth of insight and they were able to draw from an awful lot of experience to provide more creative ways to handle issues."

Work highlights Represented ACON Latin America Opportunity Fund in its acquisition with Capital International Private Equity Fund of Vetra Energia, a major privately held Colombian oil producer.

Acted in e-discovery firm LDiscovery's acquisition of AlphaLit, representing LDiscovery.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Richard Horan receives widespread acclaim as a standout in the sector. Sources call him "great counsel - very wise and collaborative," and add that "he provides great service and exceptional work for us." His expertise includes transactions and acquisitions across a varied field of industries, including media, automobile and e-discovery.

Richard Becker's practice emphasizes private equity and acquisitions for domestic and international clients, with noted strength in the telecommunications and technology sectors. "He is excellent; even-keeled, patient counsel with an awful lot of insights," notes one source. 

Randy Segal enjoys an impressive reputation for her depth of experience in the telecommunications industry, with a clear track record handling transactions and financings for an enviable client roster.

Robert Welp centers his practice on private investment work. He is known for his impressive expertise representing venture capital and private equity firms in a wide range of transactions, both domestically and internationally.

Significant clients Dell, Columbia Capital, Chesapeake Lodging Trust, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.

Band 2 | Cooley LLP

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What the team is known for Standout within the emerging company and venture capital space. Significant bench strength and profile throughout the region, and maintains an impressive reputation for transactions in the technology sector. Also noted for its strengths in digital marketing and issues concerning the healthcare arena.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a great Northern Virginia practice."

"They have a phenomenal venture capital and technology practice."

Work highlights Advised ChannelAdvisor, an e-commerce software company based in North Carolina, in its $80.5 million IPO.

Acted in Millennial Media's $225 million acquisition of Jumptap, a mobile advertising platform. Cooley advised Millennial Media on the transaction.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Michael Lincoln receives widespread recognition as a leader in the field and sources describe him as "the brand name for the emerging growth venture capital practice." He is renowned for his expertise in transactions and private equity, and for his adroit handling of negotiations.

Andrew Lustig is acclaimed for his strength in both the commercial and government contracting spaces, handling a range of private equity financings and transactions. Sources note his profile in the sector and the strength of his practice, calling him "a great lawyer doing a great job."

Sources highlight Brent Siler in particular for his depth of experience with IPOs, advising clients across a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals and advertising. In addition, he is well versed in a variety of transactions, receiving praise for his depth of specialist knowledge in the area.

Significant clients SpaceX, Tesla, Under Armour, Avectra, Clarabridge.

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What the team is known for Held in particular esteem for its expertise in government contracting matters, handling a range of transactions, financings and due diligence work. Maintains a fine track record representing clients in industries including telecommunications and transport. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have significant strength in government contracting matters; they take the time to understand what we want and they're fantastic value."

Work highlights Advised ASM Research, an ESOP specializing in healthcare IT, in its acquisition by Accenture Federal Services.

Acted for OMNIPLEX World Services, a government security and background investigations service provider, in its majority investment by private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

William Mutryn heads the practice group and enjoys a stellar reputation for his depth of specialist experience. His expertise covers private equity and transactions, and sources also note that "he's really built a fantastic practice in the government contracting area."

Michael Mannix is described as "absolutely outstanding. He's a very capable lawyer - extremely organized, and he makes sure his team is too." He is highly regarded for his transaction-focused practice, acting for clients across a range of industries, including aerospace and insurance.

Eric Wechselblatt cochairs the firm's venture capital and emerging growth team and is singled out as a "great attorney and a terrific guy - he does really great work." He is well versed in acquisitions and financings, and is acclaimed for his expertise representing clients in industries such as defense software and medical devices.

Adam August maintains an impressive reputation for his broad-based practice and deft handling of a range of complex transactions, representing clients in areas such as software and defense.

Significant clients Blue Wolf Capital Fund, Computer Sciences Corporation, comScore, Digital Management, FedCap Partners.

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What the team is known for Receives widespread acclaim for its strength in transactional work, representing a broad spectrum of clients across industries such as media, government contracting and defense. Impressive reputation for its expertise in private equity and for its strategic, commercial handling of complex work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're extremely solid, dependable, thoughtful and business-savvy. They're able to anticipate issues and they have a good sense of what's 'market'."

"We've been very happy. Their approach is very good for managing tasks in an efficient and cost-effective way."

Work highlights Represented network security company Sourcefire in its $2.7 billion sale to Cisco Systems, the largest cybersecurity firm purchase since Intel's 2010 acquisition of McAfee.

Acted in the $300 million equity investment in Galeos Group by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, representing Galeos Group.

Notable practitioners  

East Coast and Europe corporate practice cochair Thomas Knox focuses on representing clients in the technology and life sciences spaces, and enjoys a sterling reputation for his expertise in financings and acquisitions. Sources note that "he anticipates issues, has ideas on how to take them on and executes very well. He has good ideas about risks, keeps things practical and gets things done."

Lawrence Yanowitch cochairs the firm's global M&A practice group, and receives significant praise for his strengths in private equity work and for his enviable commercial skills. "He's phenomenal. Very sound business judgment - there are very few lawyers I'd want to put in front of a board, but he's very good at communicating in business terms," reports one impressed interviewee.

Gregory Giammittorio receives significant acclaim for his deft and confident handling of complex acquisitions, with an impressive reputation for his detail-focused approach. One source notes: "He does a really great job of managing deals efficiently," while another adds: "We had confidence nothing would be overlooked. He made sure we understood the complexities and what the practical consequences were."

Charles Katz is highly experienced in representing clients across industries such as media and technology, with impressive expertise in private equity matters, acquisitions and financings. Sources call him "absolutely excellent at negotiations - very knowledgeable and supremely capable."

Significant clients Arbitron, Lafarge, Equity Residential, KEYW Corporation, LogiAnalytics.

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What the team is known for Well-established practice with an impressive reputation for its expertise in private equity and venture capital work. Acclaimed for its ability to coordinate its global reach and resources to represent clients in a wide range of industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're responsive, their work is thorough and they focus on the core issues."

Work highlights Acted for Digital Signal Corporation in its $50 million venture capital financing from Technology Control.

Represented New Enterprise Associates and Valhalla Partners in their Series D financing of Videology.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Lehrer heads the department and cochairs the firm's emerging growth and venture capital group. He is described as "friendly, personable and a consummate professional. He understands what you're trying to accomplish and he's unbelievably knowledgeable about everything we need him for."

Significant clients CustomInk, HSP International, CloudSherpas, Arctic Sand, Virtustream.

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What the team is known for Clear strength in private equity matters and a range of transactions, representing clients throughout the region. Adept in government contracting work, with an impressive track record handling tech-side deals.

Work highlights Represented Notable Solutions in a transaction, structured as an asset acquisition, in which the firm's client purchased the business and operations of a major enterprise output management solutions provider.

Acted for Noxilizer in its acquisition of a number of assets from a Japanese venture-backed corporation.

Notable practitioners  

Craig Chason heads the practice group, and is highly acclaimed for his wealth of private equity expertise and for his experience in government contracting work. Sources note his profile in the sector and his practical approach to deals.

Steven Meltzer enjoys an impressive reputation among peers for his wealth of experience in the sector. "He's long had a very successful practice in the tech and venture capital market," notes one source in particular. 

Matthew Swartz maintains a strong standing in the area, with an impressive depth of expertise handling technology sector work. Sources praise his profile, his deft handling of complex deals and his fine track record in the sector.

Significant clients Monument Capital Group, AmCad, UltiSat, Tenable Network Security, Texas A&M University System.

Band 3 | Venable LLP

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What the team is known for Impressive expertise in government contracting work and noted strength in a wide range of transactions and due diligence. Represents a broad spectrum of clients in the hospitality, engineering and technology spaces. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very responsive, and the quality of their work is extremely high."

"They've done a very good job of positioning themselves in government transactional work."

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Schmelter cochairs the firm's government contractor services industry group, receiving acclaim for his transaction-centered practice. Sources say: "He's very pragmatic and business-oriented - he's attuned to helping support the client's objective and getting the deal done efficiently."

Significant clients Jorge Scientific, WR Grace, Base Technologies, CenTauri Solutions, Cognosante.

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Scott Meza of Greenberg Traurig, LLP chairs the corporate and securities practice in the Tysons Corner office and is highly experienced in acquisitions and investment work for an impressive array of clients, with particular expertise in the energy and IT arenas. "He can negotiate on his feet - he gets things done," reports one impressed source.

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