Mergers & Acquisitions

Brian Lenihan, Steve Cohen, Louis Marett, Charlie Johnson
Bob Jahrling, Bill Gelnaw

Preeminent Private Equity Buyout Practice  

Represent preeminent private equity firms in buyouts and related acquisition financings, including:

Avista Capital Partners
BV Investment Partners
Candescent Partners
Capital Resource Partners
Century Capital   
Heritage Partners
Mainsail Partners
New England Capital
Riverside Partners
Spectrum Equity    
Summit Partners
Symmetric Capital
Tudor Ventures
Volition Capital
Windjammer Capital

Broad Range of Industries    

Mergers and acquisitions in wide range of industries, including:

Business services
Consumer products
Family businesses
Financial services
Life sciences
Professional services/consulting
Software and hardware

Publications & Events

Choate Represents Windjammer Capital in Sale of Protective Industries to Berwind

Choate Named Finalist for M&A Advisor 7th Annual International M&A Awards

Choate Launches Complex Trial & Appellate Litigation Group

Brian Goldstein on Biotech Option Deals

Choate Garners 31 National and Boston “Tier 1” Rankings in US News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Law Firms” Report

2015 Best Lawyers in America

Christian Atwood featured in Law360 Dealmakers Q&A session

Choate Sweeps Manufacturing Sector “Deal of the Year” Category at the ACG New York Champion’s Awards

Rees Hawkins Named M&A Advisor 2014 “40 Under 40” Award Winner

Timothy Becker Joins Choate

Christian Atwood Named Law360 Private Equity Rising Star

Choate Counsels Windjammer Capital in Major Industrial Acquisitions

Choate Represents Windjammer Capital Investors' Portfolio Company Maxcess International in Sale to Bertram Capital

Choate's M&A Work for Mobile Payment Innovator Shore up $800 Million Sale to eBay

Choate Wins "Deal of the Year" Award from M&A Advisor

Choate Co-Sponsors Thomson Reuters Northeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum

Brian Goldstein and Tobin Sullivan in Law360 on the Funding Gap for Life Sciences Companies

2014 Best Lawyers in America

Christian Atwood Named M&A Advisor 2013 “40 Under 40” Award Winner

Choate Ranked Second Among the “Most Active Law Firms” Nationwide for Private Equity by PitchBook

John Pitfield Profiled in Securities Law360

  • Choate launches a dedicated Complex Trial & Appellate Litigation Group comprised of seasoned trial attorneys from its leading litigation practice.  Read more...

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    Over one-third of equity partners and majority of practice areas recognized for excellence

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    Choate was ranked among the best law firms in this year's US News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list, and has been named as an elite "National Tier 1" law firm in 4 practice areas.  Choate also received top "Tier 1" Boston rankings in 27 practice areas.  Read more...

  • Choate recently represented Windjammer Capital in its acquisition of Engineered Controls and the add-on acquisition of Superior Holding.  Read more…

  • Choate represented Maxcess International, a portfolio company of Windjammer Capital Investors, in its sale to Bertram Capital.  Read more…

  • Choate represented Braintree Payment Solutions, LLC in its sale to eBay Inc. for $800 million.  Read more...

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mergers & acquisitions

"supports us for the entire duration of the transaction life cycle, providing superior advice throughout”

Chambers USA

Experts in Mergers & Acquisitions    

Expert representation of acquirers, targets, financing sources and investment bankers in public and private mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international.

National Recognition

  • Ranked nationally as a Tier 1 firm in Middle-Market M&A by The 2014 Legal 500, a guide to the preeminent law firms in the US
  • Leading lawyers in US in licensing and open source software

Complex Transactions

Highly experienced in complex mergers and acquisitions, including:

  • $6.2 billion public-to-public merger of two global electronics companies
  • $1.8 billion sale of software company (representing special committee) to private equity firm
  • $1.1 billion sale of mutual fund complex and going-private transaction for leading financial services company
  • $770 million purchase of stock from a rival biometrics provider
  • $640 million sale of nursing home operator to Canadian corporation
  • $245 million sale of consumer product designer to publicly-traded company
  • $237 million stock acquisition of private software company by public company
  • $180 million sale of educational software provider to public company
  • $152 million sale of business-to-business publishing company to UK-based global media company traded on London Stock Exchange
  • $145 million asset sale of wireless telecom towers to publicly-traded shared wireless and broadcast infrastructure owner/operator
  • $130 million sale of healthcare service provider to electronics company
  • $115 million acquisition of privately-held biotechnology company by public company

Transaction Powerhouse    

Mergers and acquisitions with value over $60 billion.
Acquisition financings with value over $5 billion.
(since 2000)

Bench Strength  

50 lawyers and team of supporting specialists in corporate, securities, private equity, finance, tax, antitrust, employment, IP, environmental and real estate.  Lawyers throughout practice area consistently receive national recognition for excellence.

Client Groups    

Diverse and extensive merger and acquisition client groups, including:

  • Buyout and other private equity funds
  • Corporate buyers
  • Corporate targets
  • Financial institutions    
  • Investment bankers
  • Public and private corporations
  • Special board committees
  • Management teams

IP Due Diligence

Lawyers with PhDs and other advanced degrees perform sophisticated M&A due diligence in full range of IP issues.  One of first major Boston firms to establish patent group.  Nationally recognized IP litigation practice.  Full range of high-end strategic IP services, including patent prosecution; trademark prosecution; copyright protection; licensing; and trade secrets and unfair competition counseling.

Leader in Sophisticated Acquisition Financing    

Represent leading national and international financial institutions and acquisition borrowers in full range of acquisition financings.

National/International Reach    

Mergers and acquisitions in nearly all 50 states and many foreign countries.  Preeminent US – Canada cross-border transactional practice.


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