Northern Virginia


Corporate/M&A - Northern Virginia


Band 1 | Cooley LLP

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What the team is known for Renowned for the representation of emerging, high-growth companies. Considerable expertise in venture capital, growth equity and capital market transactions. Particular strengths in the technology and life sciences sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think the attorneys are amazing. They are always prepared, always on point and have really offered us the best advice. It is a fantastic partnership."

"The firm is exceptional because they do such a range of transactions. They were able to tell us what a typical transaction was, what terms were market and what to push back on."

"The firm is exceptional. The partner on our account is exceptional, but he does have a great team underneath him. The associates have always been top notch. I rate their responsiveness at the highest level."

Work highlights Advised Blackbird Technologies on its $420 million sale to Raytheon.

Assisted Revolution Growth with its separate investments in Handybook, Revolution Foods, BigCommerce and CustomInk, totaling approximately $140 million.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Lincoln is an expert in the representation of startups in significant transactions. Sources note: "He is brilliant at understanding the complexities and the business challenges of small companies and of startups. I can explain a problem and he understands it from a business standpoint and a legal standpoint."

Head of department Andrew Lustig represents both buyers and sellers in M&A. He is typically involved in transactions for high growth technology clientele. Clients reports: "He is extremely bright. His business approach and understanding of what the value is for each party is very good and makes the deal happen."

Brent Siler concentrates his practice on securities matters for public technology companies. One prominent source noted that "he is a very talented securities and IPO lawyer. He is really good."

Significant clients Clarabridge, Invincea, Mandiant, SAP National Security Solutions, Space Exploration Technologies.

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What the team is known for Market leader in the field offering regional, national and international capabilities to blue chip clientele. Considerable expertise in handling M&A transactions for clients in highly regulated industries. Key areas of focus include government contracts, telecommunications, media and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We could not be happier with the firm. In terms of the attorneys' expertise, it is as good as I have encountered. Where they really stand out is their overall service level; they are incredibly responsive and have a real knack for giving very practical advice."

"Its ability to work transnationally has impressed us. They have people working in other locations with specific subject matter expertise, which has helped us greatly."

Work highlights Acted for Fox Television Stations on its acquisition of two stations in California from Cox Media Group, in exchange for two Fox stations in Massachusetts and Tennessee.

Assisted ACON Equity Partners III with its purchase of Injured Workers Pharmacy.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Horan has extensive knowledge of private and public M&A. He is renowned for his involvement in the representation of automotive and media clients. One prominent source reported: "I am a big fan of his. He is a good general practitioner and could do any project."

Richard Becker represents clients of all sizes in corporate matters. He regularly handles transactions for private equity investors and corporations. One client reports: "He provides foresight and a solid, steady hand when closing multiple transactions."

Randy Segal offers specialist expertise in the satellite and telecommunications space. She has experience in M&A, joint ventures and divestitures with international aspects. "She is very attuned to the needs of the client," notes one impressed source.

Robert Welp is lauded by one client as "very creative when structuring deals around problems, very responsive and knows our business very well." His expertise is in the private equity and venture capital field.

Significant clients Dell, Columbia Capital, Spencer Spirit Holdings, LDiscovery, Affinia Group.

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What the team is known for Strong corporate offering for midmarket clients. Specialty in government contract-focused transactions. High levels of activity in the intelligence, healthcare and cyber security sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm keeps the end goal in mind and ensures that your deal works."

"It is an outstanding firm with great people. It has a great reputation and is visible in the community."

"It is a go-to firm for any government sector transactions."

Work highlights Represented Dynamics Research in its acquisition by Engility Holdings.

Acted on behalf of Zeta Associates in its sale to Lockheed Martin.

Notable practitioners  

William Mutryn represents regional clients from a wide range of industries, including healthcare, government services, software, aerospace and defense. He is experienced in corporate finance, governance and M&A matters.

Adam August has a broad practice, representing both public and private companies in a range of transactions. Sources say: "He just makes good decisions and raises the right issues. Strategizing deals goes well with him," and "his talent and demeanor have really impressed us."

Michael Mannix handles a comprehensive array of corporate matters for a wide-ranging client roster. One client reports: "He finds solutions to problems. I found him useful not just in terms of providing the legal perspective, but also the real world perspective too."

Eric Wechselblatt handles general corporate mandates, M&A, and venture capital transactions. His clientele includes telecommunications, software, IT, financial services and medical devices companies.

Significant clients Alion Science & Technology, CSC, comScore, Digital Management, FedCap Partners.

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What the team is known for Solid practice with a strong transactional reputation within the government contracts arena. Typically represents public companies from the aerospace, defense, software, cybersecurity, life sciences and media industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The firm is strong in terms of technology-based M&A." 

Work highlights Assisted Veeco Instruments in its purchase of Synos Technology.

Represented Excelis in its purchase of engineering firm Celestech.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Knox represents clients of all sizes, typically from technology-based industries, in transactional and financing matters. One senior source considered him "a leader in this area."

Lawrence Yanowitch offers considerable expertise in transactional matters for public and private startups, investors and investment banks. His recent client list includes ManTech, Chart Acquisition and Data Tactics. One source described him as a "top guy and a go-to person at the firm."

Gregory Giammittorio handles a wide range of transactional matters. He is described as "a very even-keeled, smart and thoughtful lawyer." He recently led Exelis' acquisition of Celestech.

Charles Katz regularly represents technology companies, particularly startups, in transactional mandates. His recent client list includes Grant Company and Chart Acquisition.

Significant clients Equity Residential, KEYW, LogiAnalytics, ManTech International, Data Tactics.

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What the team is known for Noted for its involvement in the venture capital and emerging growth space. Handles the full spectrum of corporate and M&A law for a diverse clientele. Capacity to engage in regional, national and international mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The attorneys are very practical in the application of what they do. They recognize the kind of company we are and apply business sense to our transactions. They are good advisers, who are very prompt and thorough with the work they provide."

"The quality of the service was excellent. Its attorneys offer very solid subject matter knowledge."

"The firm is large and has expertise across all areas of law and geographies. We have never run into a situation where we had a specialized need and DLA Piper did not have the expertise."

Work highlights Represented Privia Health in its transaction with a Goldman Sachs' affiliate, from which the client secured $400 million funding to support its nationwide expansion.

Advised HSP International on its cross-border merger with UK-based Nair & Co.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Lehrer is noted for his expertise in venture capital-backed, technology-based transactions. Sources say: "I have found Jeff to be an incredible asset. His counsel is first rate. He is able to blend sound legal advice with practical business management considerations."

Significant clients Custom Ink, Bessemer Venture Partners, Greensmith Energy Management Systems, LLR Partners, Millennial Media.

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What the team is known for Considerable experience representing technology clients in significant transactions. Provides counsel for clients of all sizes, ranging from entrepreneurs to established companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a well-managed, high-quality firm that can provide value at multiple levels. Its attorneys are resourceful and have a great breadth of knowledge."

"Overall, I found the service to be very professional and fast. The firm hires smart, proactive attorneys."

Work highlights Represented Boku in its cross-border purchase of MoPay, a German-based competitor.

Assisted Landon IP with its sale to CPA Global.

Notable practitioners  

Craig Chason is described by one client as "super smart, very prepared and a tough negotiator." He represents both buyers and sellers in a range of transactions. He is particularly active in the representation of aerospace, defense and government services clients.

Steven Meltzer undertakes a wide range of corporate mandates for both public and private clients. He is well versed in venture capital financings, securities offerings, M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance. One source describes him as "well-seasoned and experienced on all topics. He is a strong, practical attorney."

Matthew Swartz represents a range of biotechnology, medical devices, manufacturing, retail and government contractor clients. A fellow practitioner reports: "He is an excellent lawyer, who does a very good job for his clients in a reasonable and collegial manner."

Significant clients Monument Capital Group, AmCad, UltiSat, Noxilizer, Tenable Network Security.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Scott Meza of Greenberg Traurig, LLP primarily concentrates his practice on transactional matters for technology, government contracting, healthcare and telecommunication clients. One source noted: "He is very knowledgeable on the M&A side and brings a commonsense approach to transactions."

"Terrific practitioner" Joseph Schmelter of Venable LLP leads on significant transactions, financings and governance matters for IT, financial services, government services, defense and aerospace businesses.

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