Co-chair of Choate’s Private Equity Group, Lee Feldman helps private equity funds and their portfolio companies to successfully complete buyouts, recapitalizations, growth equity investments and exit transactions, in a variety of industries, including software and technology, healthcare, business services, and financial services. He also represents private companies in mergers and acquisitions and other transactions across a variety of industries.
Lee has represented numerous private equity sponsors, including Cove Hill Partners, Mainsail Partners, Riverside Partners, Serent Capital, and Sverica Capital.
Previously, Lee served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of American Dental Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPI), a portfolio company of Summit Partners.
In addition to his practice, Lee is a former member of Choate’s Executive and Compensation Committees.
- Best Lawyers in America
- The Legal 500
- Massachusetts Super Lawyer
- Multiple acquisitions and investments on behalf of private equity fund clients in software as a service business, and other technology businesses.
- Numerous leveraged buyouts by private equity fund clients of healthcare IT and health services businesses.
- Extensive experience in roll-ups, consolidations and build-ups in a variety of industries.
- Numerous transactions in energy and clean-tech sector, including representation of leading strategic acquiror/consolidator and clean-tech venture capital firm.
- Numerous buy-side and sell-side transactions in dental practice management sector.
- $640 million sale of private-equity backed nursing home operator to large buyout fund.
- $770 million merger of equals and subsequent $110 million acquisition by publicly-traded identity solutions company.
- Numerous minority growth equity investments on behalf of private equity fund clients in a variety of industries.
- Representation of founder-owned business in connection with exit transactions involving financial and strategic acquirers.
Publications and Presentations
- "Q&A With Choate's Lee Feldman," featured, Private Equity Law360
- "Negotiating SEll-Side Engagement Letters," co-author, Buyouts Magazine
- "Middle Markets," moderator, MIT Sloan Private Equity Symposium
- "The Complexity of Compromise," co-author, Mergers & Acquisitions
- "Key Deal-Making Trends: Lessons From the Healthcare Industry," moderator, iGlobal Forum’s Annual M&A Investing Summit, New York.
- "Money, Medicine, and Regulatory Minefields – Navigating Healthcare Services Buyouts" co-author, Buyouts Magazine.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Member of the American Bar Association
- Member of the Boston Bar Association
- Lee is a passionate tennis player and was a member of Columbia University’s tennis team that won an Ivy League Championship and competed in the NCAA Division I National Championships
Education & Credentials
- Boston University School of Law
- JD, 1993
- Editor-in-Chief, Banking Law Journal
- Columbia University
- BA, 1989
The current FTC leadership has been making strong statements against private equity roll-ups across industry sectors, and on September 21, 2023, acted on this rhetoric by suing a large health care provider in Texas, along with its founding private equity sponsor.
Best Lawyers in America® has recognized 43 Choate attorneys in its 2024 edition, including naming 4 partners as Lawyer of the Year in Boston for their respective practice areas.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with the concurrence of the Department of Justice (DOJ), recently published proposed rules aimed at radically expanding the information that goes into a Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filing. By the FTC’s estimate, the time required to complete an HSR filing will increase, on average, by 107 hours.
Choate represented Sverica Capital Management in a strategic growth investment in Zyston, a provider of comprehensive end-to-end cybersecurity solutions that enable businesses to improve their security posture and program management maturity.
The 2023 edition of The Legal 500 recognized 29 Choate attorneys in their respective fields and 12 practice areas, with education and middle-market M&A receiving Tier 1 rankings.