Amit Kakkar

Associate

kakkara@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8265
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Amit Kakkar is a corporate and transactional attorney who advises both publicly and privately held companies on corporate and commercial transactions. Amit applies his legal and business acumen and experience to counsel clients on formulating and implementing business development strategies. He has experience working in large teams to provide practical, creative, and comprehensive legal and business solutions for complex projects. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Amit served a legal externship with in-house counsel at a major utility company.

Amit focuses his practice on merger and acquisition transactions. As set forth in his representative matters below, Amit has represented major companies in drafting and negotiating transaction terms and documents, such as merger agreements, asset and stock purchase agreements, stockholders’ agreements, operating agreements, employment agreements, and confidentiality agreements. Amit also advises on securities matters, including public and private offerings, capital-raising transactions and disclosure issues, private equity and venture capital transactions, corporate governance, and general contract matters.

In addition to his work with large and established corporations, Amit routinely assists and advises entrepreneurs and small companies in forming, starting, and funding businesses. Amit counsels these clients on entity formation and business structuring, shareholder and operating agreements, capital raising, and other issues affecting startup companies.

Amit’s work has earned him accolades from The M&A Advisor, which recognized him with its Emerging Leaders award denoting excellence in deal-making, restructuring, and financing, and The Legal 500, which recognized him for excellence in middle-market mergers and acquisitions.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Teleflex Incorporated in the acquisition of Nostix, LLC, a developer of tip confirmation systems used in connection with the placement of vascular access devices
  • Represented Spark Therapeutics in the acquisition of Genable Technologies, a private gene therapy innovator
  • Represented DuPont in a multijurisdictional transaction for the sale of Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls (GLS/Vinyls), a unit of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers with assets across many countries, to Kuraray Co., Ltd., for $543 million plus the value of inventories
  • Represented DuPont in the sale of Liqui-Box Corporation, its liquid packaging business, to investment affiliates of The Sterling Group
  • Represented a global life sciences company in the sale of a subsidiary business
  • Represented a life sciences company in the private placement of Series C preferred stock with current and new investors
  • Represented IPS-Integrated Project Services in the sale of the majority of its membership interests to Alleghany Capital Corporation, a private equity purchaser and wholly owned subsidiary of Alleghany Corporation
  • Acted as the lead associate in representing the City of Philadelphia and the Mayor in the historic proposed sale of Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) and negotiating a complex auction transaction valued at approximately $2 billion. The sale of PGW was the largest transaction ever proposed by the City of Philadelphia and would have been the largest city-owned U.S. utility sale, but was rejected in its late stages by City Council.
  • Represented an NYSE-traded aerospace company in a Rule 144A private placement offering of convertible debt and in the acquisition of the stock and membership interests of a leading commercial metal finishing provider
  • Represented a leading independent equipment leasing and finance company in a growth equity investment from a private investment firm
  • Represented a national investment company in the sale of its ownership interest in an energy-from-waste facility 

Professional Activities

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Philadelphia Chapter, member of ACG Young Dealmakers

ACG University Class of 2015

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Ballard Spahr’s Hiring Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

Named by The M&A Advisor as a winner of its Emerging Leaders/40 Under 40 Award, legal adviser category, 2017

The Legal 500 US, M&A/corporate and commercial - M&A: middle-market, 2018, 2019

Publications

Co-author, "Choosing the Proper Transaction Structure: Asset vs. Stock vs. Merger," Lexology, May 10, 2012

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2009)
Recipient, Law Faculty Merit Scholarship; Treasurer, South Asian Law Student Association

Drexel University (B.S. 2006)

New Jersey

Pennsylvania