Rees M. Hawkins

Rees Hawkins has extensive experience working with private equity and growth equity funds and their portfolio companies in general corporate matters, financing matters and M&A. Mr. Hawkins also regularly represents emerging technology companies at all stages of the business lifecycle. 

Mr. Hawkins has been selected as one of The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 Award Winners in the Legal Advisor category, and has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star for the last six years. 

Practice Focus

Mergers & Acquisitions:  corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and private placements for private companies in a variety of industries including, clean-tech, software, healthcare and food services.

Business & Technology:  formation and early funding stages for local domestic and international start-up companies with a focus on clean-tech and software companies.

Private Equity/Venture Capital:  represents private equity and venture capital firms with respect to portfolio company financing transactions and disposition.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented Braintree Payment Solutions, in $800 million sale to eBay, Inc. / PayPal, Inc.
  • Represented Spectrum Equity (equity sponsor) in Extreme Reach, Inc.’s $485 million “take private” of TV and On-Line digital advertising solutions provider.
  • Represented Greencore Group, plc’s (GNC: LSE) U.S. subsidiaries in several strategic acquisitions across the U.S. and in general corporate matters.
  • Represented international satellite networking solutions company in series of cross-border acquisitions.
  • Represented private equity fund in $455 million syndicated leveraged buy-out of manufacturing company and company’s subsequent $40 million strategic acquisition.
  • Represented private Irish company in sale to IBM.
  • Represented private equity fund in acquisitions of outpatient specialty care Health-IT company and home healthcare software solutions provider.
  • Represented growth-equity fund in minority recap investment in pharmalogical services provider.
  • Represented international mobile device manufacturing company in strategic acquisition of software platform.
  • Represented private equity fund in growth equity financings of developer of continuing education software and provider of in-home healthcare software and services.
  • Represented private equity syndicate in recapitalization and investment in online bill payment company, and subsequent $300 million sale to public company acquirer.
  • Represented private equity fund and management team in $287 million cross-border sale of developer and provider of mortgage origination software to public strategic acquirer.
  • Represented clean-tech company in acquisition of organic materials manufacturer.
  • Represented venture capital fund in early stage funding of travel website company.
  • Represented daily-deal start up in general corporate matters, acquisitions and financings.
  • Represented international test equipment rental company in strategic acquisition in United States.
  • Represented investor in its acquisition of controlling stake in, and restructuring of, manufacturer of advanced power electronics.
  • Represented analytic software company in $60 million sale to large public company.
  • Represented investor in its acquisition of controlling stake in, and restructuring of, manufacturer of advanced power electronics.

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Hawkins has served on the firm’s Hiring Committee and is actively involved in corporate pro bono work for the Center for Women & Enterprise.

Education & Credentials

University of North Carolina School of Law
JD, 2005, with honors
Lehigh University
BA, 2002, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa