John R. Pitfield

Practice Group Leader - Business & Technology

John Pitfield is co-chair of Choate’s Business & Technology Group. He has been named a top lawyer in Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA and a Best Lawyer in America in Securities Regulation law. He has also been named in The Legal 500 for middle market private equity buyouts and a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

Practice Focus

Corporate & Securities:  public offerings, tender offers and debt and equity financings, for both US and Canadian companies.

Mergers & Acquisitions:  corporate transactions for public and private companies, including all types of mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and going private transactions for companies in a broad spectrum of industries.

Private Equity:  all aspects of capital raising and acquisition of target companies for funds of all types.

Public Company Compliance:  corporate governance matters, public company reporting and regulatory compliance, including with the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Representative Engagements

  • Representation of Claris Vision in its sale to Eli Global.
  • Representation of John Risley, co-founder of Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated, and affiliated entity FP Resources USA Inc. in the acquisition of The First Marblehead Corporation (NYSE:  FMD).
  • Representation of Dermatology Associates and Candescent Partners in sale of Dermatology Associates to ABRY Partners.
  • Representation of Quadrant Software and Candescent Partners in sale of Quadrant Software to Fresche Legacy.
  • $100 million follow-on offering for Nasdaq-listed company.
  • Represented Canadian biotechnology and marketing companies in US “wrap” components of Canadian bought deals.
  • $20 million buyout acquisition of dental management company.
  • $100 million acquisition of privately-held US company.
  • $400 million disposition of division of public US company.
  • $40 million disposition of privately-held US company.

Publications and Presentations

  • "Let's Make a U.S. Deal," co-author, Best Lawyers Winter Business Edition, December 2015.
  • "Practical Tips for Canadian Companies Launching in the U.S. Market," speaker, Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England's 48hrs in the Hub, Boston, April 2015.
  • “Practical Tips for Canadian Companies Launching in the US Market,” speaker, Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England's 48hrs in the Hub, October 2014.
  • “Proxy Statement Interactive Breakfast Seminar,” panelist, RR Donnelley, October 2013.
  • “Practical Tips for Canadian Companies Launching in the US Market,” speaker, the Canadian Technology Accelerator and the Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England's 48 Hours in the Hub, October 2013.
  • “Q&A With Choate’s John Pitfield,” featured, Securities Law360, May 2013.

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Pitfield is a member of the American and Boston Bar Associations.  He is the former co-chair and serves on the Board of Visitors of Fenway Health, a leading Boston-based LGBT health provider and research institute.

Education & Credentials

University of Toronto Law School
LLB, 1997
Queen's University
BA, 1994, first class distinction