Our attorneys provide in-depth deal coverage, from initial structuring through due diligence and documentation to closing and post-closing integration. In every transaction, business perspective informs our legal strategy and creative structuring so that client goals are met with outcomes that pave the way for growth and success.


Our more than 70 M&A/private equity attorneys represent buyers (both strategic and financial) and sellers ranging from small, privately held companies to multinational public companies in transactions that span small and middle markets to multibillion-dollar mergers. Because of the scale of our practice and depth of our deal experience, we are responsive to the unique requirements of every client and transaction, no matter the deal type or size or relevant industry.

Exceptional Teamwork

Our attorneys work closely with our tax, securities, executive compensation, employee benefits, intellectual property, environmental, and other attorneys to handle every facet of a deal. We excel at creating a "can-do" environment—for our deal team, investment bankers, accountants, and the principals and counsel on the other side of the table—in ways that bridge differences and allow complex deals to close.

M&A Services and Industry Experience

We represent clients in:

  • Stock and asset-based transactions, including mergers and consolidations
  • Management buyouts
  • Rollups
  • Tender offers
  • Leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Going private transactions
  • Privatizations
  • Joint ventures and other strategic alliances
  • Technology licensing and transfers
  • International transactions

We have represented clients in the life sciences, technology, manufacturing, gaming, consumer products, retail, health care, telecommunications, financial services, waste management, and energy industries, among others, and regularly engage in cross-border and international transactions.

Private Equity Funds, Managers, and Investors

Our private equity attorneys represent buyout funds, mezzanine funds, and venture capital funds in fund formation and in the acquisition and disposition of portfolio companies and investments. We represent portfolio companies in their investment transactions and in post-investment matters. We also represent fund investors, such as endowment funds, foundations, pension plans, and family trusts, with respect to their investments in private equity funds. Finally, we represent hedge funds and other pooled investment vehicles in all aspects of their operations, including regulatory and compliance obligations.

Our experience representing both funds and sellers enables us to see transactions from all sides and create tax-efficient structures that align the risk and reward to the goals of each side. This creative approach helps our clients propose alternatives and respond to issues in a way that differentiates them from competitors in pursuing and closing investments.

VENTURE CAPITAL

Entrepreneurs with innovative technologies, rapid growth potential, and a sound business model and management team need experienced attorneys who can help turn their ambitions into profitable enterprises.

Our attorneys represent high-tech and life sciences start-ups and emerging companies through all stages of growth, from entity formation and angel/seed funding through institutional funding, to initial public offerings and other liquidity events. The firm offers clients full legal counsel in:

  • Entity selection and formation
  • Capital investment structures
  • Tax advice and planning
  • Seed through start-up and late-stage financing
  • Executive compensation
  • Employee benefits and incentive compensation plans
  • Equity and debt offerings
  • Patent prosecution and portfolio counseling
  • Trademarks and copyrights
  • Licensing agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-compete agreements
  • Corporate governance counseling
  • Exit strategies and liquidity events, including IPOs, M&A transactions, and management buyouts

We also represent venture capital funds and other investors who seek investment opportunities. We understand the venture investment landscape and know what is "market" for deal structures. We help investors evaluate potential investments, assist with due diligence investigations, negotiate financing terms, draft documentation, and structure and close transactions efficiently. We also work with and provide counsel to portfolio companies after the venture investment.

compensation committee counseling

We have experience counseling the Compensation Committee, as part of our general representation of the company or as special counsel to the Compensation Committee, in all areas of executive compensation, both cash-based and equity-based, for both privately held and publicly traded companies. This counseling includes ongoing SEC-related compliance matters and assisting in issues related to executive compensation that arise in the merger and acquisition context.

contact

Karen C. McConnell 
Practice Leader 
Tel 602.798.5403
mcconnellk@ballardspahr.com

Craig Circosta
Practice Leader
Tel 215.864.8520
circostac@ballardspahr.com

Michele J. Rowland
Practice Leader
Tel 303.299.7323
rowlandm@ballardspahr.com