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Corporate/Commercial — Vermont


Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew PC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading practice, well known for its financing, transactional and regulatory work in healthcare and higher education. Also offers noted experience pertaining to the technology, software and construction sectors. One of the foremost firms advising on the financing and operation of renewable energy projects throughout the state. Counts well-known locally based corporations among its clients.

Strengths Peers and clients alike are "very impressed with the Dinse team." One source adds that the firm is "really strong in the representation of educational institutions."

Another source says the firm is "practical, straightforward and easy to deal with."

Work highlights Represented NRG Systems in its sale to ESCO Technologies, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey McMahan acts as the firm's managing partner. He has substantive experience in intellectual property law, centered on the healthcare and higher education sectors. He has particular expertise in M&A, capital raising and technology licensing issues.

Brian Murphy is highlighted as a "fine attorney" by peers. He is frequently engaged to advise on corporate governance, transactions and tax planning, and has a particular expertise in counseling nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

The "excellent" Afi Ahmadi handles M&A and financing transactions as well as providing advice on commercial contracts and corporate governance issues.

David Gurtman has significant experience assisting entrepreneurs and investors in the formation and structuring of new companies, as well as M&A. He specializes in transactions involving renewable energy projects.

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Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished practice with four offices across Vermont and a deep bench of talented practitioners. Well known for its expertise on a diverse range of corporate law matters including tax planning, equity financing and M&A. Has additional experience in the captive insurance space. Capable of providing a holistic service to a wide range of regional and national clients including companies in the healthcare and hospitality sectors.

Strengths "The firm provides a first-rate service," say sources, with one client adding: "I like the firm's approach to business."

According to one commentator, "it is one of the most responsive groups that I have ever worked with. They are very knowledgeable about the captive insurance industry. They are very engaged, very up to date and very good about keeping their clients informed about what's going on."

Another client says: "The talent the firm has is always available to us and ready to dig in."

Notable practitioners

Kathleen Davis "is able to get through all the weeds and focus on what really needs to happen," according to clients. She is a highly respected captive insurance practitioner who has extensive expertise in business formation and operational issues. One source says: "She is one of the most prominent attorneys in the captive insurance industry," adding that "she is extremely well known and well versed."

Thomas Moody is active across a wide range of corporate transactional matters. His expertise includes the raising of capital, entity formation and M&A transactions. Peers say: "He's very diligent. When he grabs onto a project he really runs with it and does a good job."

Paul Ode is considered to be "very thorough and detail-oriented" by peers, who add that he "does a good job for his clients." He maintains a broad corporate practice, which includes advising clients on capital raising, asset acquisition and commercial agreements.

Roger Prescott specializes in tax planning and also advises businesses on asset acquisition and financing, including investments by foreign entities. Peers describe him as "one of the top tax practitioners in Vermont."

David Sylvester handles a wide range of commercial matters, including M&A and financing transactions. He represents a wide range of companies operating both inside and outside Vermont.

Zaw Win is a "rising star" who is building an impressive reputation for his work in captive insurance issues. He advises captive entities on organization, operation, licensing and governance matters. Clients say: "He is a complete professional. He has always been very reasonable and practical in his approach and very levelheaded. He doesn't make things overly complicated."

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Gravel & Shea - Corporate/Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Burlington-based firm with an impressive track record across a broad range of business law matters counseling both local and out-of-state clients. Areas of excellence include M&A, finance, taxation and construction law. Particularly active in the renewable energy space.

Strengths Gravel & Shea maintains a "longstanding corporate practice," with clients describing the firm as "amazing."

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Peter Erly "is smart, experienced and knows what's important," according to peers. Clients comment: "The quality of his work is outstanding." His expertise spans corporate and securities law, and he acts on behalf of a wide range of clients on corporate formations, financings and M&A transactions.

William Mason focuses on M&A and financing transactions, and is also knowledgeable about partnership agreements and securities. "He's very good, smart and sophisticated," say peers, adding: "He is very efficient and gets deals done fast. He sees the big picture."

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Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Respected full-service firm that is known for its market-leading work in the captive insurance sector. Also active in a wide range of commercial law matters such as executive compensation, franchising and M&A. Has a particular strength in representing clients in the utilities and healthcare practice areas.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Johnson "has a lot of knowledge with regards to both traditional and captive insurance companies," according to market sources. He provides regulatory advice to insurance companies, both captive and traditional, and also represents banks and financial institutions.

The "very well regarded" Jon Eggleston is highly experienced in tax and corporate law matters. His expertise includes business planning and financing transactions.

Keith Roberts represents healthcare organizations, businesses and municipalities on a range of commercial issues, including governance and M&A transactions. Peers say he is "a smart, effective lawyer" and particularly commend his expertise in municipal bond work.

Russell Young is considered "a very good practitioner" by one source, while another states: "He's seasoned in the industry and has a stellar reputation for providing excellent legal advice to captive insurance clients." He advises captive insurance companies on a wide range of issues from formation to operation and dissolution.

Mark Scribner "gets deals done in a way that's effective for his client," according to sources. He is well regarded for his representation of lenders in financing transactions. He also advises on broader operational and corporate matters and is knowledgeable about foreign investment issues.

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Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd - Corporate/Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Long-established Rutland-based firm, offering legal advice on a broad range of corporate law matters. Particular expertise in the startups, emerging companies and venture capital space. Additional strength in commercial finance matters on behalf of banks and other lending institutions.

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Elizabeth Glynn is "always straightforward and helpful in negotiating a deal," according to market sources. She maintains a broad practice which encompasses commercial and bankruptcy law, and regularly works for financial institutions and healthcare entities. Her expertise includes lending transactions, foreclosure proceedings and entity formation.

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Band 1

Gravel & Shea

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Peter Erly "is smart, experienced and knows what's important," according to peers. Clients comment: "The quality of his work is outstanding." His expertise spans corporate and securities law, and he acts on behalf of a wide range of clients on corporate formations, financings and M&A transactions.

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Jeffrey J McMahan

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey McMahan acts as the firm's managing partner. He has substantive experience in intellectual property law, centered on the healthcare and higher education sectors. He has particular expertise in M&A, capital raising and technology licensing issues.

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Band 1

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Moody is active across a wide range of corporate transactional matters. His expertise includes the raising of capital, entity formation and M&A transactions. Peers say: "He's very diligent. When he grabs onto a project he really runs with it and does a good job."

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Band 1

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Murphy is highlighted as a "fine attorney" by peers. He is frequently engaged to advise on corporate governance, transactions and tax planning, and has a particular expertise in counseling nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

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Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Ode is considered to be "very thorough and detail-oriented" by peers, who add that he "does a good job for his clients." He maintains a broad corporate practice, which includes advising clients on capital raising, asset acquisition and commercial agreements.

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Band 2

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very well regarded" Jon Eggleston is highly experienced in tax and corporate law matters. His expertise includes business planning and financing transactions.

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Band 2

Michael G Furlong

Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Furlong of Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC "has a wealth of experience and has been in a lot of big transactions," say peers. His expertise centers on general business and transactional issues including M&A, commercial real estate and financing. He advises financial institutions, real estate developers and technology companies.

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Band 2

William A Mason IV

Gravel & Shea

From the Chambers USA guide

William Mason focuses on M&A and financing transactions, and is also knowledgeable about partnership agreements and securities. "He's very good, smart and sophisticated," say peers, adding: "He is very efficient and gets deals done fast. He sees the big picture."

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Band 2

Wm Roger Prescott

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Roger Prescott specializes in tax planning and also advises businesses on asset acquisition and financing, including investments by foreign entities. Peers describe him as "one of the top tax practitioners in Vermont."

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Band 2

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Roberts represents healthcare organizations, businesses and municipalities on a range of commercial issues, including governance and M&A transactions. Peers say he is "a smart, effective lawyer" and particularly commend his expertise in municipal bond work.

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Band 3

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Afi Ahmadi handles M&A and financing transactions as well as providing advice on commercial contracts and corporate governance issues.

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Band 3

Elizabeth A Glynn

Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Glynn is "always straightforward and helpful in negotiating a deal," according to market sources. She maintains a broad practice which encompasses commercial and bankruptcy law, and regularly works for financial institutions and healthcare entities. Her expertise includes lending transactions, foreclosure proceedings and entity formation.

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Band 3

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew PC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Gurtman has significant experience assisting entrepreneurs and investors in the formation and structuring of new companies, as well as M&A. He specializes in transactions involving renewable energy projects.

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Band 3

Paul Frank + Collins P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Melloni is an experienced attorney whose expertise includes commercial lending as well as general business governance issues. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in municipal finance and infrastructure development matters.

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Band 3

H Kenneth Merritt Jr

Merritt & Merritt

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Merritt leads the transactional corporate practice at Merritt & Merritt. He is knowledgeable about the formation and governance of a range of businesses and financial institutions, and also regularly handles securities transactions. "He's good at entrepreneur work," say sources, explaining: "He's very good if you are a company trying to raise money."

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Band 3

R W Eli Moulton III

The Moulton Law Group, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Eli Moulton of The Moulton Law Group, PLLC navigates a broad array of business and transactional needs, predominantly on behalf of entrepreneurial companies. "He is very smart and good to work with. If you want to get a deal done in a couple of days, he's a good guy to use." He has particular expertise in financing transactions and capital raisings.

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Band 3

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Scribner "gets deals done in a way that's effective for his client," according to sources. He is well regarded for his representation of lenders in financing transactions. He also advises on broader operational and corporate matters and is knowledgeable about foreign investment issues.

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Band 3

David J Sylvester

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Sylvester handles a wide range of commercial matters, including M&A and financing transactions. He represents a wide range of companies operating both inside and outside Vermont.

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