Corporate/M&A - Northern Virginia
THE FIRM Hogan Lovells has one of the largest corporate practice groups in Northern Virginia and is highly rated for its diverse practice, which handles high-level M&A transactions and private equity work. The firm offers services in a number of specialized industry sectors, including telecommunications, media and technology, aerospace, defense and government services. It regularly undertakes cross-border deals, and advised UK-based manufacturing company Cobham on the $350 million sale of its ownership interest in its US-headquartered Analytics Solutions Business to California-based Parsons Corporation.
Sources say: "A world-class firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Richard Horan is praised by clients for his "exceptional legal abilities - he is easy to work with, hard working and innovative." He led the firm in its work for Cobham.
Richard Becker specializes in private equity, M&A and other commercial transactions, both in the USA and further afield.
Randy Segal's broad practice includes M&A, private equity and venture capital work. She continues to advise the government of Mexico on a $1.5 billion satellite program procurement.
Robert Welp features on many of the team's key deals. His practice covers financing transactions, fund formation and corporate reorganizations.
THE FIRM Cooley maintains a strong reputation for its venture capital practice and emerging company work in Northern Virginia. It also represents publicly held companies in M&A, with a focus on tech sector deals. In recent highlights, the firm advised Millennial Media on its IPO and follow-on offering, and acted for URS on its $260 million acquisition of Apptis Holdings. Other clients include Micromet and Rosetta Stone.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly respected Michael Lincoln is one of the state's top venture capital specialists. He is held in high esteem by commentators for his expertise in the arena, and for his leading negotiation skills.
Andrew Lustig earns praise for his efficient and effective approach to transactions. He recently acted for Lightyear Acquisition Company on its acquisition of Near Infinity.
Brent Siler focuses on registered public offerings, corporate governance, M&A and venture capital work. He acted for OPNET Technologies on its $1 billion sale to Riverbed Technology.
THE FIRM This group's broad corporate practice covers venture capital finance, middle and upper-market M&A deals and due diligence. It has a strong focus on government contracts, with additional expertise in other industries including healthcare, retail, green tech and life sciences. The firm recently represented management consulting firm Whitney Bradley & Brown (WBB) in its sale to Netstar-1 Government Consulting.
Sources say: "I would use them again and again - they were simply outstanding."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Government contracts specialist William Mutryn is recommended for his "professional, understated and calm" approach to his work. One client said: "He is a superstar."
Eric Wechselblatt is "a go-to guy" for emerging growth work. "Working with Eric was a fantastic experience," said one client, adding: "He is compassionate and strong, he understood me, and made sure I understood everything."
The up-and-coming Adam August is praised for his "intelligence, responsiveness and focus on delivering good value." He represents both public and private company clients in merger, acquisition and disposition transactions. One client comments: "He did a great job in getting us to the finish line."
THE FIRM This firm had a busy year in the corporate/M&A market in Northern Virginia. The team has broad expertise, including in representing both public and private companies in securities and financing transactions. Notably, 2012 saw the firm expand its government contracts group with a number of significant lateral hires. Representative work highlights include acting for software company Sonatype on its $25 million Series C venture capital financing, and advising Salient Federal Solutions on its acquisition of ATS.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Knox is the cochair of the firm's East Coast/Europe corporate practice. He is highly rated for his professional approach and involvement in technology and life sciences transactions. He recently advised ManTech International on its acquisition of HBGary.
Lawrence Yanowitch is praised for his "zealous advocacy." Peers describe him as a "very skilled, very thorough and very determined" attorney. He cochairs the firm's global M&A group and was involved in the ManTech/HBGary deal alongside Knox.
Gregory Giammittorio is an "experienced, poised and very effective negotiator," say interviewees. He acted for ITT Exelis on its acquisition of Space Computer Corporation.
Charles Katz advises on M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, divestitures and strategic investments. Work highlights include advising Novak Biddle on the sale of its portfolio company Copiun to Good Technology.
THE FIRM This firm specializes in government contracts, technology M&A and private equity fund formation. The team is active on both the buy and sell side of transactions, and regularly undertakes multijurisdictional work. It acts for a diverse list of clients, ranging from entrepreneurs to industry-leading multinationals.
Sources say: "An extremely good firm that is focused on achieving results." "A strong government group."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice group head Craig Chason is described by clients as a "seasoned and knowledgeable" attorney who is "very in tune with business objectives." His clients include technology companies and government contractors.
Steven Meltzer is "a trusted adviser and counselor. He understands the bigger picture of very complex transactions and gets to the most critical point of the negotiation."
Matthew Swartz represents middle market and technology companies in a broad range of matters, including M&A, private equity and venture capital investments.
THE FIRM DLA Piper is a strong competitor in private equity and venture capital work in this market. The firm stands out for its national and international reach, and is often sought out for its cross-border experience. Representative work highlights saw the team act for New Enterprise Associates and New Atlantic Ventures on the $36 million financing of Moda Operandi. It also represented NextNav in a $50 million growth equity financing led by Goldman Sachs and Columbia Capital.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The experienced Jeffrey Lehrer cochairs the firm's emerging growth and venture capital group. "He sees deals from both sides. He is great at client management, very hard-working, responsive and super friendly," say sources.
THE FIRM This firm's experience cuts across a diverse cross section of practice areas, from corporate finance to government contracts. Recent work includes representing nonprofit research corporation Noblis in its acquisition of ElanTech Systems. Other clients include WR Grace, Base Technologies and Electronic Consulting Services.
Sources say: "Venable has a great government contracts team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Schmelter cochairs the firm's government contractor services industry group. He is "highly respected and well regarded" among peers.
Thomas France specializes in M&A, banking, financial services and the structuring and formation of new ventures.