THE FIRM This relatively young firm is a favorite of corporates for its incredible strength in the M&A arena, where it is well recognized for its impressive industry knowledge covering life science, insurance, healthcare, sports and technology. The team acts for a variety of domestic companies and continues to expand its international client base, in places such as Australia and South America. Recent major work includes advising Big 12 Conference on its $1.3 billion telecast rights agreement with Fox Sports.
Sources say: "They are smart, effective lawyers. We have found them to be very efficient in their delivery of services – they staff the right number of attorneys on a project, with the right combination of skill sets."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Chair of the firm's corporate finances practice, William Mahood has "a great ability to quickly separate material from non-material issues and to focus on the deal points that are the most important to clients. He is quick to offer creative solutions when potential roadblocks are encountered." He has a comprehensive breadth of corporate, M&A and securities expertise, and recently advised Palmer Square on a $25 million investment in hedge funds.
Robert Fitzgerald is a senior member of the firm's corporate law group and is well regarded for his extensive experience in general corporate issues.
Frank Ross is recommended for his corporate advice to private companies and is also recognized for his active transactional practice in the healthcare, real estate, and banking finance arenas. Recently, he acted as the lead counsel in a significant $2.5 billion merger of three hospital systems in Kentucky.
Kevin Sweeney is regarded as a real asset to the group for his extensive knowledge of the life sciences space. He also elicits praise for his excellent analysis of complex issues and for his fine communication skills.
Trip Frizell heads the firm's corporate law group and has a long-established general corporate practice covering a wide range of aspects and sectors. Clients single out his "outstanding work ethic" and reserve special praise for his ability to go "above and beyond" expectations in order to close a deal.
The experienced and highly rated Kenneth Suelthaus operates out of St. Louis and enjoys "a great reputation and a very high profile." He has a robust M&A and general corporate practice, with a particular focus on banking matters. Over the past year, he has advised Landmark Bank on branch location acquisitions within a notably tight timeframe.
Andrew Hoyne enters the tables this year having received a wealth of outstanding feedback, with interviewees saying "he is a very confident legal adviser" and "a very thoughtful lawyer." Clients also describe him as "extremely responsive, practical and proactive." He is particularly sought after for his life sciences expertise.
Highly experienced attorney Joseph Porter provides a full range of corporate counseling and is particularly involved in banking-related deals. He recently played a leading role in a large banking M&A transaction, advising The International Group on structuring and negotiating a purchase.
James Polsinelli offers extensive experience and a strong focus on corporate law and M&A matters. "He is very professional and can explain things in layman's terms," sources reveal.
Jacob Bayer is vice chair of the firm's corporate group and is renowned for his transactional work and in-depth experience of handling small- to medium-sized M&A deals.
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