With more than 330 lawyers and 11 offices within the United States, Carlton Fields is a full-service firm with a strong presence in Florida and Connecticut. The firm has recently opened an office in Short Hills, New Jersey to keep expanding its growth in the New York area.
Carlton Fields is among the top real estate firms Connecticut and is active on matters related to real property, acquisitions, development and real estate investment trusts. The real estate team worked on a number of deals and it represented insurance companies, banks and commercial finance companies. The transactions involved large office buildings, shopping centers, residential real estate, hospitality properties, golf courses and condominium developments.
Philadelphia-headquartered Dechert is a global firm founded in 1875, best known for its funds expertise. With more than 900 lawyers and 27 offices globally, the firm stands out nationally in different practice areas, including structured finance, M&A, private equity and real estate.
Within Connecticut, Dechert is among the top firms in real estate with an emphasis on structured and securitized commercial real estate debt assets. The team represents mutual funds, investment advisers, insurance companies, banks and hedge funds and it is involved in multi-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary deals. Over the research period, the firm advised Goldman Sachs on a $375 million secured credit facility loan to data center provider Aligned Energy.
Finn Dixon & Herling is one of the top firms in Connecticut for M&A. Founded in 1987, the law firm is located in Stamford where almost 60 partners and other professionals work across different practice areas, such as capital markets, restructuring and insolvency and banking and financing. The M&A team is the largest of the firm.
The law firm is regularly involved in acquisitions, mergers, spin-offs, recapitalizations and cross-border transactions. In particular, the firm works with a lot of private equity clients. One interesting mandate saw the M&A team advise private investment firm Gridiron Capital on the sale of Quality Solutions, an asset light facilities management provider, to global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. Another deal saw the firm represent Capital Partners Private Equity Income Fund on the acquisition of Fletcher-Terry.
Holland & Knight stars in the middle market space. Following the merger of two firms in Florida in 1968, Holland & Knight has grown to establish offices in major cities around the country and abroad, including domestic offices in Miami, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The firm has also a strong connection to Latin America and Europe through offices in Mexico City, Bogotá and London. Recently, it has also formed a Venezuela focus team, a group of partners who will assist clients with interests in Venezuela.
The M&A group based in Connecticut represents private equity funds, private companies and public companies in middle market mergers and acquisition as well as leveraged buyout transactions.
One interesting mandate came from the representation of Privé Revaux Eyewear on its sale of a significant minority stake to private equity firm TSG.
Pullman & Comley is a Connecticut based firm that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019. The firm has strong roots in Connecticut with offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and Westport, in addition to an office in White Plains, New York. It represents a wide range of businesses, public and governmental entities and individuals in the New England region as well as throughout the US. The firm is a member of the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms.
The M&A group advises buyers and sellers across a variety of transactions such as recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, acquisitions and divestitures.
Pullman & Comley has a strong reputation in the real estate space with an emphasis on commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, financing transactions, retail and office leasing, as well as commercial and community development. For example, the law firm represented a local savings bank with a non-revolving multiple tranche line of credit to the owner of Goodwin Square, a historic office building in Hartford.
Robinson & Cole, founded in 1845, operates eleven offices within the United States. Three of them are based in Connecticut in Hartford, New London and Stamford. A full service law firm, Robison & Cole is particularly active in real estate and M&A. It represents Fortune 500s, start-up companies as well as non-profit and governmental organizations.
The M&A team represents public and private companies of all sizes, from technology start-up to multinational companies, with an emphasis on manufacturing, construction, energy and technology.
The real estate lawyers focus on project development, financing, commercial leasing and telecommunications. In one mandate, the firm advised wireless telecommunications provider before the Connecticut Siting Council and Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in connection to the installation of wireless facilities throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Shipman & Goodwin has marked its centennial anniversary in 2019. A full service firm with more than 165 attorneys in offices throughout Connecticut, New York and Washington, DC, Shipman & Goodwin represents public and private companies, government entities, non-profit organizations and individuals. The firm is a member of Interlaw, an international network of pre-vetted full service law firms in more than 120 cities.
The firm has a strong M&A practice across a variety of industries, such as healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, technology and education. Over the research period, it conducted a variety of deals. For example, the firm represented Reimagine Group with its acquisition by Dynata, a first-party data and data services company. Other key clients include Vesselon, Better Packages and CyVek.
In November 2018, the firm launched an opportunity zones team based in Connecticut.
Founded in 1934, Wiggin and Dana is among the top firms in Connecticut with locations in New Haven, Greenwich, Hartford and Madison. Wiggin and Dana serves as United States counsel for many European companies and it has a global reach throughout its offices based in New York, Philadelphia, Palm Beach and Washington DC. The firm is primarily known for its M&A practice and is also active in real estate.
In Connecticut, Wiggin and Dana has a strong focus on middle-market M&A transactions in a range of sectors, such as biopharma, technology, construction, health care, manufacturing, media and utilities. Over the research period, the firm has represented family offices and private equity firms and it also acted as local counsel on large M&A transactions.
In the M&A space, the firm represented electronic toll collection services company Highway Toll Administration on its acquisition by global investment firm Platinum Equity Partners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Another interesting transaction saw the firm advise Hudson Technologies on its acquisition of Airgas-Refrigerants.
The real estate team works in a broad range of transactions including acquisitions, sales, developments, leasings and financings. Over the research period, the group was very active on real estate financing transactions. One interesting mandate saw the firm representing Jackson Laboratory, a non-profit research institute based in Bar Harbor, Maine, regarding an agreement involving $291 million in state bond funding, the construction of the genomic research institute and a research collaboration agreement with the University of Connecticut.
In 2018 the firm lost M&A partner Scott Kaufman who joined Sullivan & Worcester.