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Corporate/M&A & Private Equity — Eastern Pennsylvania


Ballard Spahr LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted for its representation of a wide range of emerging and established companies and private equity clients. Maintains considerable experience in divestitures, joint ventures and securities offerings.

Strengths "They are, without exception, knowledgeable, hardworking, very client-focused, thoughtful about maintaining costs, responsive, and accessible."

"They get me what I need, not what they think I need" says one client. "Ballard understands the business side well enough that they don't have to give you a dissertation to give good advice."

Notable practitioners

Justin Klein is well-regarded as a corporate counsel for both transactional and advisory matters. He advises public and private companies on wide-ranging topics from mergers to debt securities offerings. Sources laud his ability to "take on high-profile deals and do them well."

Craig Circosta assists clients on acquisitions, sales, mergers, asset transactions and stock management. Sources say: "He has earned a reputation of being a very confident, very knowledgeable business lawyer. He does more than just M&A and is called upon for his legal and business advice."

Richard Braemer is an "exceptionally good" attorney who maintains a sound reputation for his years of experience leading corporate transactions as well as his work on governance and investment matters. Sources praise his advice as "very sophisticated."

Brian Doerner focuses on licensing and strategic alliances for life sciences, tech and manufacturing companies. He is also experienced with securities law. Sources praise him as "responsive" and highly capable on complicated deals.

Greg Seltzer handles corporate transactions for a wide range of clients. He has particular experience handling deals in the sports, technology and hospitality industries. Sources say: "He is very accessible, experienced and has a good legal instincts."

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Blank Rome LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for A middle-market focused team advising clients on matters including public and private M&A, joint ventures and securities offerings. Also noted for its expertise in corporate governance.

Strengths Commentators expressed their happiness with client service, describing the team as "very attentive, very knowledgeable and very available."

"We have always felt that whenever we are in transactions, even with larger firms on the other side, they have always held our own and that gives me confidence."

Work highlights Advised NewSpring Capital-owned telecom provider X5 Solutions on its $60 million acquisition of Altus GTS.

Assisted McKinnis Consulting Services in its sale to Navigant Consulting.

Significant clients Siemens, J.F. Lehman & Company, AccuWeather, Image First Laundry Specialists, Penn Detroit Diesel-Allison.

Notable practitioners

Alan Zeiger represents private and public companies, entrepreneurs and private equity funds on sophisticated corporate law matters. His clients value him for his ability to "bring balance and clarity to complex clauses and inform you what their implications are very simply."

Steven Dubow's broad corporate practice encompasses venture capital, M&A, private equity investments and advice for portfolio companies, and capital formation. He regularly represents AccuWeather locally on a wide range of corporate matters.

Linsey Bozzelli is a "very technically competent" attorney who is noted for her transactional and venture capital fund practice. Sources say: "She's detail-oriented, efficient, and she gets through stuff quickly."

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

We focus on middle-market ($25 million to $500 million deals), plus the occasional $1 billion+ deal. Few firms in Philadelphia can match us in this space. We handle numerous public and private M&A transactions each year, and have a large and growing private equity practice. We also advise on capital raisings, securities offerings, corporate governance, and venture capital.

Our attorneys advise and guide companies through their entire life cycle, from entrepreneurs to startup companies to larger, mature businesses.

Reps and warranties insurance has become increasingly common in M&A deals. We have an advantage over other firms in this space.

Our corporate team has developed strong links to, and receives a regular flow of referrals from, the advisory community of accountants, banks, and corporate finance houses. Working closely with these advisors is often crucial to successfully advising emerging companies.

We have a unique, strong focus in this market on digital media, including gaming, video, and internet/e-commerce. Our clients include global companies and start-ups, and we offer them the full package, including support with data privacy and intellectual property.

Our 20+ partner Philadelphia-based corporate team also has growing capability in Pittsburgh.

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Cozen O'Connor - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Advises clients from a range of sectors including healthcare, technology and manufacturing. Highly adept in handling mergers, buyouts and auction deals, among other transactions.

Strengths "They provide an absolutely terrific service," clients report. "All of them are great communicators, and not only is their knowledge and experience top-notch, but they are very good at getting to the issues."

"A pleasure to work with," clients agree: "The teamwork they displayed, the service they provided and the outcome we achieved were exceptional."

Work highlights Assisted Sony Creative Software with the corporate aspects of its sale to Magix Software.

Represented Vetri Family Restaurants on matters related to its sale to Urban Outfitters.

Significant clients Conner Strong & Buckelew, Utz Quality Foods, Genesis HealthCare, Beachbody, South Jersey Industries.

Notable practitioners

Richard Busis heads the securities offerings and regulation practice, concentrating his own practice on securities offerings and M&A work. His peers consider him "a very talented and knowledgeable securities lawyer who takes a fair and practical approach to matters while still being an advocate for his client."

Jason Shargel frequently represents issuers and funds, advising on securities offerings, venture and growth capital. Clients feel that with his assistance they "maximized our position on every point we could" and peers also praised him for "fighting tirelessly for his clients consistently throughout the negotiation."

Larry Laubach assists clients in acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and asset transactions. A very satisfied client describes him as "very responsive, very smart, and creative. He takes the time to learn about the way we do things."

The "charismatic" Michael Heller concentrates his practice on transactional matters including M&A and IPOs. Clients praise his "exceptional business judgment" and laud him as "very smart and very tough."

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Dechert LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for A comprehensive team with a broad scope of expertise in corporate, M&A, private equity and securities matters. Particularly noted for its experience in multijurisdictional transactions and commonly sought after by major national and international private equity firms.

Strengths "They are can-do, creative and practical when telling me how to solve a problem," one client reports. "Lots of lawyers can spot issues, but where they separate themselves is that they understand the business we are in, and how to make a business decision."

Another adds that "they are very good at putting client interests first."

Work highlights Advised Infiltrator Systems in its sale via reverse triangular merger to an entity affiliated with the Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan.

Represented The Harvard Drug Group in its $1.115 billion sale to Cardinal Health.

Significant clients Crown Holdings, Franklin Square Capital Partners, Stripes Group, Amkor Technology, B&G Foods.

Notable practitioners

Barton Winokur is considered a "pillar" of the firm, renowned for his decades of excellent corporate representation. He focuses on particularly complex M&A and governance work and private equity advice, where he has earned himself a reputation as "an unbelievable negotiator."

Henry Nassau has a fantastic reputation and a broad scope of capability in corporate law. He advises his clientele on everything from mergers, dispositions and investments to proxy contests and corporate governance, with his wealth of experience from both private practice and as a former in-house general counsel. Sources say: "Being able to understand the issues and know the law is good, but overriding everything is judgment and I think Henry has absolutely great judgment."

James Lebovitz is extensively experienced in corporate transactions for the financial sector, healthcare and life sciences industries, as well as in capital markets matters. He has garnered a reputation among peers as "a practical lawyer who is easy to do transactions with."

As leader of the firm's corporate governance group, William Lawlor is highly respected for his regulatory and governance knowledge. He is also active on M&A and financing work. Clients describe him as "smart, practical and efficient" and particularly laud his business advice.

Carmen Romano's practice concentrates on representing private equity clients, as well as strategic investors, in M&A transactions. He is highly knowledgeable in industries such as healthcare, food and beverage, transportation and consumer products, and is valued in the market for his "experience, client service, team management and attention to detail."

Geraldine Sinatra represents private equity sponsors on buyouts, portfolio transactions, acquisitions, financings and restructurings. She also assists sponsors and portfolio companies in preparation for securities offerings. Sources praise her as "very balanced and commercial."

Craig Godshall's practice centers on private equity fund representation and sees him engaged in transactions in industries including healthcare and utilities. Clients say: "His biggest strength is his experience. When anything comes up he can be trusted to know whether it's a large or a small issue."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Prominent corporate group with a robust bench known for its excellent private equity connections and experience. Typically engaged in high-value, complex M&A work. Also well-versed in corporate venturing and securities advice for public company clients.

Strengths "With the team at Drinker there is a true sense that we are working together and they are there to support and help me and drive the success of any matter."

Praise was also given for the depth of the practice. "The junior resources there are exceptional. They have partner-like associates that you can get a lot of leverage out of."

Notable practitioners

David Denious is one of the firm's most prominent private equity attorneys. His private equity clientele appreciate his ability to "laser in on things" describing him as "laid back and easy to talk to, but really tough when necessary."

Neil Haimm's practice covers M&A, venture and growth capital investments and strategic acquisitions. He chairs the corporate and securities practice group and brings over 30 years' experience in the field. Market sources consider him "an excellent lawyer, because he is very knowledgeable, very calm, a very good listener and he responds to the issues directly."

Douglas Raymond is well reputed for his securities and M&A expertise. He frequently handles high-value securities offering work and is also experienced with corporate governance concerns. Clients say: "He's very persuasive, very even-tempered, balanced, and in my experience that produces good results."

Robert Juelke is especially experienced in assisting insurance and financial services industry clients with M&A matters. His long-term clients consider him to be "a trusted adviser. He is practical, commercial, and extremely responsive and hardworking."

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Duane Morris LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Respected operator in the Pennsylvania market with a varied corporate practice. Very active in M&A and securities work advising on joint ventures, corporate governance and other transactional issues.

Strengths "They provide high-level service in the most efficient, practical manner of any firm I have dealt with."

"They know how to approach a situation with just the right amount of tact, diplomacy and friendliness. Most firms know how to be professional but these folks really understood the intricacies of the buyer and the seller and grasped the idiosyncrasies."

Work highlights Advised the special committee of the board of directors of Javelin Mortgage Investment in its merger agreement with Armour Residential REIT.

Represented Polder Housewares in the sale of all its assets to New York private equity fund Topspin Partners.

Significant clients Unilife, STRATA Skin Sciences, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, National Securities Corporation, Hill International.

Notable practitioners

Kathleen Shay focuses her practice on corporate financing, M&A, securities and venture capital work. Clients say: "Her general corporate law knowledge is a real strength, as is her phenomenal recall for the company's history."

Richard Jaffe is known for his combination of venture and private equity work. Clients enthuse: "His greatest strength is being able to act as a strategic adviser in addition to as an attorney. He has strong technical skills and is also really good at handling the big picture and what needs to be focused on to make a deal happen."

About the Team (content provided by Duane Morris LLP)

Duane Morris provides practical and creative legal counsel, while assisting clients in complying with regulatory, statutory and other legal mandates. Our corporate lawyers share our clients' entrepreneurial passion and deliver responsive representation that is important for successful business organizations.

We advise clients in forming business entities and assist them in defining the rights and relationships of owners and stockholders. For companies in other stages of the business life cycle, our group develops and implements exit strategies and handles succession planning matters (particularly for closely held or privately held entities).

We are experienced in negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements of all types, including employment, distribution, manufacturing, licensing, outsourcing and other agreements. Our lawyers regularly advise on technology licensing, transfer and collaboration arrangements for information, life sciences and other technologies. For many clients, we provide guidance for compliance with international trade, import-export controls, customs and other regulatory requirements.

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Provides a full range of corporate services, including expertise in M&A, fund formation and securities matters. Advises major clients in the construction, consumer product manufacturing and financial services sectors.

Strengths "I can hop on a phone call and they know immediately what we are trying to accomplish and just how to do it."

"The team has a strong life sciences team," important for engaging with one of the state's most significant industries.

Work highlights Represented Lannett Company in its acquisition of the privately held Silarx Pharmaceuticals for $42 million.

Advised Aqua America regarding the merger between its subsidiary Aqua Pennsylvania and Superior Water Company.

Notable practitioners

Michael Harrington's practice focuses on representing clients in life sciences, clean tech and healthcare sectors. He handles mergers, financing and securities matters. Clients praise his ability to "get creative to provide a legal solution for a business problem."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Premier practice catering for local, regional, national and international clients. Offers specialist expertise in divestitures, financings and other corporate issues. Particular strengths in the energy, technology and retail sectors as well as the life sciences space.

Strengths "The work product they put out is phenomenal" enthused one client. "I send everything I can to Morgan Lewis because I know it is going to get done right, get done fast, and the recommendations are not going to go off-base. They are true business advisers."

Clients say: "They are solid, practical business lawyers who get the work done in a cost-efficient manner."

Work highlights Represented The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack, in its $1.031 billion sale to Icahn Enterprises.

Assisted AmerisourceBergen on regulatory and financing issues surrounding its $2.575 billion acquisition of PharMEDium Healthcare Holdings.

Significant clients Antares Pharma, Sun Capital Partners, eBay, SEI Investments, Gramercy Property Trust.

Notable practitioners

The "extraordinary" David Gerson has built his reputation on advising private equity funds in complex transactions. He is especially experienced handling deals involving distressed businesses and cross-border issues.

Marlee Myers acts on securities and governance matters, as well as on transactions, public offerings, financings and strategic deals. Commentators mark her "deep experience" and how "extremely knowledgeable, intense and focused she is. She is a very determined lawyer for her clients."

Richard Aldridge leads the firm's M&A practice and and typically assists with joint venture and M&A transactions. Clients describe him as "a professional that can guide you through deal issues and work through the complexities at the center, with a practical perspective."

James McKenzie handles a vast array of securities and M&A legal matters for clients. He is hailed by clients as "one of the best securities lawyers anywhere." His remit also includes cross-border M&A transactions, corporate governance and NYSE and NASDAQ compliance advice.

Joanne Soslow leads the firm's securities practice and has a great reputation in the market for her work on both securities advice and transactional matters. She has particular expertise advising emerging growth businesses and venture capital groups.

Regarded as a true "intellectual" in the securities space, Alan Singer "remembers every period and comma in the securities laws." He advises public companies on proxy statements, SEC filings, corporate governance and stock exchange standards compliance among a host of other regulatory and transactional matters.

The firm recently mourned the loss of Stephen Goodman, a highly respected figure in the Philadelphia legal market.

About the Team (content provided by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP)

Morgan Lewis has more than 200 partners in the corporate practice firmwide, and its international M&A lawyers work on a broad range of mergers and acquisitions. We counsel sellers and buyers, investors and owners, boards of directors, and sources of financing (M&A) and intermediaries, including private equity and venture capital funds. We help secure transaction financing, working with investment and commercial banks and other institutional lenders, and we advise entity-level decisionmakers, counseling boards, independent director committees, and management groups in myriad regulated and unregulated industries around the world. Our transactions range in value from a few million dollars to tens of billions of dollars. Our M&A and private equity practice works closely with offices and practices around the globe to provide practical business goal-oriented advice that combines our M&A proficiency with the firm’s industry experience.

While the team’s core practice is representing clients in middle-market and upper-middlemarket transactions, the practice is also known for its representation of clients in both public and private multibillion-dollar transactions. Our practice remains active within both the public and private sector with a continuous flow of new deal work. Our league table rankings support our activity within the midmarket sector and they highlight the international scope of our M&A matters.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for An expansive corporate, M&A and private equity group with a fine reputation for its middle-market work. Home to a strong bench skilled in both advisory and transactional matters for corporate, private equity or alternative investor clients.

Strengths One client praises the "incredibly professional and detail-oriented" manner in which the team works.

Other sources also enjoy a very good relationship with the team: "They are very responsive and they make it easy."

Value for money Clients report that "the firm is flexible and creative when working out unique billing arrangements," and stress that they "have really come to value Pepper, not only for how they partner with our legal department to provide excellent service, but also at a price that is reasonable."

Work highlights Represented IT services client IGATE Corporation during its $4 billion sale to French company Capgemini.

Assisted insurance broker and employee benefits consultants Marsh & McLennan in more than 30 insurance agency acquisitions across North America.

Significant clients RAIT Financial, Brandywine Realty Trust, Edgewood Partners Insurance, NewSpring Capital, GameStop.

Notable practitioners

Barry Abelson is a true star of the Pennsylvania corporate Bar, having extensive expertise across private equity deals, securities, mergers, dispositions and acquisitions. Sources say: "He is the best strategic attorney in how he reconciles the business issues and legal issues. He is also one of the best negotiators."

Bruce Fenton is known in the market "as one of the leading private equity lawyers" and a "great dealmaker." He advises sponsors and portfolio companies on a broad range of corporate concerns, including governance and transactions, as well as related financing.

Christopher Miller has experience working with private equity and domestic or international companies. He handles M&A transactions as well as growth equity and debt financings. Clients "consider him to be very good at tactical matters" in particular.

Michael Friedman is a corporate securities expert known by his clients as "very bright, diligent, dedicated and very, very thoughtful in a practical, strategic way." He frequently represents issuers and underwriters in security offerings. He is also active on corporate acquisition and joint venture matters. His work for REIT clients is particularly highly regarded.

Cochair of the firm's corporate and securities practice Brian Katz is highly regarded for his work on securities matters. He also has experience on significant M&A deals.

About the Team (content provided by Pepper Hamilton LLP)

The Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton is committed to providing its clients with clear, imaginative, and practical advice in connection with all types of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnering arrangements, restructurings and reorganizations, and public and private securities offerings, venture capital and other financing transactions. The firm also is experienced in advising corporations, boards of directors, board committees, individual directors, corporate officers and directors about corporate governance issues and related matters. Pepper Hamilton represents private equity clients in the full range of investments and dispositions encountered in the life cycle of an investment fund, including structured equity and leveraged buyouts, PIPEs, roll-ups and exits such as refinancings, recapitalizations, mergers, public offerings, and stock or asset sales. Our corporate and securities lawyers work closely with lawyers in the firm’s finance, tax, intellectual property, employee benefits, real estate and environmental practices. The group also works closely with the intellectual property and antitrust practice groups in advising clients with respect to licensing and other transactions.



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