Brown Rudnick is among the top firms in the restructuring and insolvency space. The firm works across a variety of sectors, including technology, healthcare, distressed real estate, energy and financial services.
The team represents middle market public and private companies, creditors and equity holders in complex insolvency cases, Chapter 11s and Chapter 15s. In one highlight matter, the group represented HMH Media, former owner of the Boston Herald newspaper, on its Chapter 11 proceedings resulting in the sale of the newspaper.
Choate Hall & Stewart is a Boston-based firm with a reputation in a range of practice areas. Its biggest strengths are banking and finance, M&A and restructuring and insolvency. The firm has advised many world-leading banks, non-banks lenders and investors across different industries, such as life sciences, healthcare and technology. In addition, the firm stands out for representing many of the country’s most active private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.
One standout banking deal was to represent Bank of America on its $3.15 billion senior secured loan to Rite Aid Corporation. The firm also represented Great American Capital on its $200 million senior secured term loan to BJ Services.
The M&A group works often together with the private equity team, and the M&A and private equity group is the largest of the firm. In one highlight deal, the firm advised Datawatch on its $176 million acquisition by Altair.
The restructuring and insolvency team advises on international insolvencies, working with debtors, creditors and equity sponsors. The group has an emphasis on representing healthcare sponsors. The firm advised Encina Business Credit as agent in the National Stores chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Cooley’s Boston office stands out for its M&A and capital markets practice areas. The team excels in deals focused on tech, life sciences, medical device and healthcare, consumer, education and media.
The capital markets group advised biopharmaceutical company Scholar Rock on its $86.3 million IPO over the research period. Another interesting mandate came from representing the next-generation technology services provider Endeva on its $145.8 million IPO.
In the M&A space, the group represents private and public companies in M&A, joint ventures, divestitures and financing transactions. In one standout deal, the firm represented Jive Communications, a leading provider of cloud-based phone systems, on its sale to LogMeln.
Although headquartered in the UK, DLA Piper has enough locations in cities across the US that it would be easy to mistake them for an American firm. The firm has offices in the biggest US markets such as New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Los Angeles. In addition, DLA Piper handles deals in smaller US cities, including Minneapolis, Minnesota, Wilmington, Delaware and Baltimore, Maryland.
DLA Piper’s Boston office represents multinational, national and emerging companies with an emphasis on technologies and investments. Among its biggest strengths is its M&A practice, in addition to real estate and restructuring.
The M&A group advises public and private companies with a focus on the technology sector. In one highlight deal, the team advised CIRCOR International on its $85 million sale of Reliability Services business to RelaDyne.
Duane Morris’ Boston office is particularly strong in M&A and restructuring and insolvency but also works on banking and real estate matters.
In the M&A space, the firm was especially active on manufacturing deals. One highlight transaction was the representation of Clock Spring, the world’s leading manufacturer of pipeline and pipe work repairs, on its acquisition of Citadel Technologies.
The restructuring and insolvency group advised creditors, banks, debts purchasers and trustees. The firm was appointed Chapter 11 trustee of New England Compounding Pharmacy. The firm also represented CrossHarbor Capital Partners in connection with its Chapter 11 acquisition of the Yellowstone Club.
The M&A group hired Alexander Gonzales from Winstead.
The firm rose to tier 3 in the M&A rankings.
“Duane Morris has an excellent bankruptcy practice throughout the Northeast, especially in Boston and Wilmington. They are bright, practical and provide excellent advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency
“Excellent lawyer. Great, practical advice rendered on a timely basis.”
Foley Hoag, founded in Boston in 1943, is a top firm in M&A. The firm also has offices in New York, DC and Paris. The firm is a member of LexMundi, a leading association of independent law firms.
In addition to its M&A strength, the firm is also active on hedge funds and restructuring and insolvency matters.
The M&A practice group includes 80 corporate and tax lawyers and works across a range of sectors with a focus on life sciences, technology, energy, consulting and investment management. One deal saw the firm acting as US counsel for Sensata Technologies, a NYSE-listed Dutch company, that migrated its seat of incorporation to England through a merger between Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. and Sensata Technologies Holding PLC. The firm advised the company in all US aspects of the transaction. Another M&A deal saw the firm advise technology company Inovalon on its $1.2 billion acquisition of Ability.
Foley Hoag’s regular clients include Dell, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Global Forest Partners and Mill Road Capital. In recent years, the firm added other key clients such as Crane, Fiera Comox, AstroNova, New Indy Container Board and Boston Consulting Group.
Over the research period, the team was strengthened by the addition of Thomas Draper, an IFLR1000 Highly Regarded expert in debt financing. Draper joined Foley Hoag from Ropes & Gray, where he led the finance group.
“The team, led by Peter Rosenblum, is excellent, always delivering high quality services.” – Private equity
“Mark provided strategic, timely, professional and cost effective legal services.” - M&A
“Peter is one of the most talented attorneys I have ever worked with. He is innovative in his thinking when addressing legal issues, and he is excellent at spotting issues that no one else had seen.” M&A
Goodwin Procter’s office in Boston opened more than 100 years ago and it maintains a leading role in New England in banking, capital markets and M&A. The Boston office counts 460 attorneys and it has a focus on technology, financial institutions and educational institutions.
The M&A team advised Segall Bryant & Hamill on its acquisition of the investment advisory business of Denver Investments. The firm also advised Gallatin Point Capital on its $200 million equity investment in the financial services and asset management business lines of Hunt Companies.
Founded in 1900, Goulston & Storrs is headquartered in Boston and has offices in New York and Washington DC. The law firm is strong in the middle market, and it often works on cross-border transactions. Goulston & Storrs’ biggest strength is its financing and banking practice area where the firm is among the top firms in the state. The firm also stands out for its M&A practice.
The firm’s banking and finance practice worked on deals ranging from $500 million to over $3 billion. A standout banking deal saw the firm advise Bank of America on a $3.2 billion senior unsecured cross-border credit facility. The firm also represented Abacus Finance as senior lender in numerous sponsor-backed leveraged recapitalizations.
The M&A group has gained a reputation in the middle market. Split between buy-side and sell-side, the group advises public companies, family funds, operating companies, management teams and private equity firms across different industries, such as manufacturing, retail, hospitality, health care and technology. The team advised National Monitoring Center on its sale to The Riverside Company, a private equity firm. Many key deals remained confidential.
Over the research period, the M&A team in Boston added Gene Barton from Pepper Hamilton to its practice.
The firm rose to tier 1 in the banking rankings and broke into tier 2 of the M&A rankings.
“Great service, intelligent advice.” – Private equity
“Great service, always on time, excellent network. Very creative, experienced deal maker.” -Private equity
Jones Day opened the Boston office in 2011 to keep serving its New England-based clients. Although the firm is active in different practice areas, its biggest strength is finance and banking. The office has a particular emphasis on the life sciences and financial services industries.
The banking and finance team in Boston was involved, together with other locations, in representing Nutrien, the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services, in connection with its public offering of $1.5 billion. Another transaction saw the Boston office advising TransDigm on increasing its revolving credit commitment by $160 million.
McDermott Will & Emery was founded in Chicago in 1934. Since then the firm has branched out across the United States with offices in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, California, DC and Florida. Although the firm works across a range of sectors, it has established itself as a powerhouse when it comes to healthcare transactional work.
Regular banking clients include the likes of Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Capital One. More recently, the firm acquired City National Bank and MidCap Financial as clients
The firm gained four financial and corporate partners in Chicago including Gregory Metz in M&A, Joshua Samis in private equity financing, Michael McStay in mid-market private equity and Anh Lee in debt financing. Armando Ramirez and Jeffrey Meyers, who both focus on acquisitions and financings within the energy and infrastructure sectors, joined the New York office. Also in New York, Ivan Presant joined the M&A practice. In Miami, the firm added Roy Larson as an M&A partner.
In M&A, the firm’s California team advised Intuitive Surgical on its joint venture with Fosun Pharma. The firm also advised Virttu, a biopharmaceutical company, on its acquisition by TNK Therapeutics. Technology is also an active practice within California M&A, although most technology work is confidential.
In the financing space, lawyers led by Gary Rosenbaum in California advised new client MidCap Financial on several financings including a $345 million financing to fund the acquisition of an insurance brokerage. City National Bank is a big client for the firm. The firm advised the bank on a $90 million syndicated loan to Monrovia Nurseries. The firm also advised JPMorgan Chase Bank on granting a credit facility to Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company, a Chicago-based private equity firm.
Chicago is McDermott Will & Emery’s headquarters, and the firm conducts a significant amount of financing and restructuring work out of this office.
The firm’s banking team often advises private equity firms as borrowers on acquisition financings.
HIG Capital, a Miami-based private equity firm is a frequent client. McDermott has advised HIG Capital on financing a number of acquisitions including the acquisition of Just Home Healthcare services and of Scuf Gaming.
A few recent transactions demonstrate the firm’s healthcare expertise. In one transaction, the firm advised Capital One Healthcare as agent on the $310 million syndicated senior credit facilities provided to Diplomat Pharmacy. The firm also advised Care Capital Properties on financing for the acquisition of six behavioral health hospitals.
In Chicago, the firm divides its restructuring and insolvency practice into three categories: healthcare bankruptcy, municipal insolvency and transactional advice. Within municipal insolvency, the firm advised Goldman Sachs Asset Management on Puerto Rico’s $73 billion bankruptcy. In healthcare, the firm is advising Baptist Healthcare System with a turnaround plan for $600 million of debt and helped Presence Health with refinancing its debt.
The firm’s M&A practice advises a mix of M&A clients and private equity firms. Several private equity funds are regular clients of the firm including Great Points Partners and Industrial Opportunity Partners.
The firm helped Motorola Solutions acquire Spillman and its affiliate Citadex. Like the financing practice, the firm’s M&A practice is also very active in the healthcare sector. For example, the firm helped Steward Health Care System acquire IASIS Healthcare for $2 billion.
McDermott Will & Emery’s Boston team is focused on high-end corporate, domestic and cross-border M&A, primarily specializing in middle market and upper-middle market work, as well as private equity and securities work.
The firm’s Boston office is a market leader in life sciences and healthcare transactions with close ties to many pharmaceutical, healthcare, and technology companies, which can be exhibited in its representation of Advent Life Sciences, one of Europe’s most established venture and growth capital firms, in its investment in Moximed, joining existing investors NEA, Morgenthaler Ventures, and Vertex Healthcare, among others.
A consistent player in many middle and high-level transactions, McDermott Will & Emery has continually maintained its reputation as one of the biggest and most respected firms across the US. The firm focuses much of its energy on maintaining long term relationship with multinational companies, while also representing rising entrepreneurial firms, investors and capital providers, and many of the world’s wealthiest families. Beginning as a local Chicago firm, McDermott Will & Emery has grown to become a major global player with offices around the United States in major cities such as: Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Orange County, Silicon Valley, Miami, New York, Washington DC; as well as overseas in Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Seoul & Shanghai.
The firm’s banking practice consists of 25 experienced attorneys across the Chicago, California, New York, Dallas, Boston, Washington DC and Miami offices.
The firm’s New York practice represents many private clients and wealthy families in a variety of direct investing transactions. The firm’s international presence is also well known, as a large portion of the New York corporate practice is focused on Israeli technology and biotech companies, advising on more US IPOs for Israeli companies than any other law firm. The firm also maintains a large presence with businesses in Korea, as well as Germany. The firm’s presence in some of the largest international deals to date can be highlighted in the representation of Evonik, a German multinational chemical company, on its $3.8 billion acquisition of the performance-materials unit from Air Products & Chemicals, the largest acquisition ever for the German specialty chemicals company.
McDermott Will & Emery’s California transactions practice consists of 15 lawyers across the Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices, where it focuses efforts on healthcare, life sciences, technology and emerging companies, as well as collaborating with the firm’s Shanghai office.
Ted Laurenson moved from the firm’s New York to its Silicon Valley office, boosting the firm’s securities investment management and broker-dealer practice in California.
The firm has an active M&A practice out of its Dallas office, focusing primarily on the upper middle-market space. The firm’s involvement in some of the market’s largest mergers can be seen in its representation of Amazon, acting as deal counsel alongside Sullivan & Cromwell attorneys for Amazon in respect of its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods. The deal marks Amazon’s biggest-ever acquisition and transforms Amazon into a grocery giant overnight. The team also has boasts a continued relationship with Dallas based convenience store chain 7-Eleven.
The firm’s Texas practice began in 2015 with the acquisition of a group of partners from K&L Gates.
The firm’s Washington DC office represents U.S. and international companies in an array of upper middle-market M&A transactions.
The team’s involvement in many high-level transactions can be seen in its representation of Steward Health Care System in connection to its $2 billion acquisition of IASIS Healthcare, resulting in Steward becoming the largest private hospital operator in the US, with 36 hospitals across 10 states, as well as a projected revenue of $8 billion in its first year of merged operation.
"Gary is a very detailed and thoughtful attorney. Gary strikes a balance between possible legal outcomes and probable legal outcomes. Gary also is very knowledgeable of the debt markets."
"Excellent experience, knowledgeable and viewed as a premier counsel to Debtors and Lenders within healthcare insolvency cases and other general insolvency situations. He has a National reputation for premier service and results."
Beginning as a Boston firm in the early 1930s, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo has grown to establish offices in large cities around the country and overseas, including domestic offices in Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Stamford, Connecticut and Washington DC.
The firm’s biggest strength is its restructuring and insolvency practice, in addition to strong M&A and capital markets practices with focuses on biotechnology, technology, health care, insurance, retails and consumer products.
The restructuring and insolvency team worked on a number of deals over the research period. In one standout deal, the firm represented Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB as indenture trustee holders in the bankruptcy case of Energy XXI.
The M&A team advises buyers, sellers, private equity and venture capital firms. In one highlight deal, the firm advised Naurex, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, in its merger with leading global pharmaceutical company Allergan.
Headquartered in Philadelphia – where the firm was founded in 1873 – Morgan Lewis & Bockius is a leading national firm. In addition to its headquarters, the firm operates 16 other US offices, including in New York, San Francisco, Dallas and Los Angeles. Morgan Lewis has a particularly extensive reach in the Northeast, with offices dotting smaller cities such as Hartford, Connecticut, Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey.
Morgan Lewis is among the top firms in, banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and restructuring and insolvency in Massachusetts.
The capital markets team works on equity, debt and structured finance deals. One highlight was the representation of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals on its $174 million share offer.
The firm boasts a large M&A practice in Boston, advising sellers and buyers. In one standout deal, the firm advised Iron Mountain on its $1.315 billion agreement to acquire the US operations of IO Data Centers, a provider of data storage. Another interesting mandate saw the firm advise Vets First Choice on its merger with the animal health business of Henri Schein. Moreover, the group represented Monaco-based Silversea Cuirses and its owner on the sale of the business to Royal Caribbean Cruises for $1 billion.
Over the research period, the Boston team’s restructuring and insolvency group advised many public and private companies in restructures, out-of-court workouts, distressed sales and liquidations. For example, the team advised Wells Fargo Bank on a $247.5 million DIP facility to Nine West. The team’s experience can also be see in its representation of GSO Capital and its affiliates on a Restructuring Support Agreement for the reorganization of VER Technologies.
“Morgan Lewis & Bockius is capable in the public securities area, although I wish it had more depth and expertise. I would recommend the particular partner with whom I work most closely, Laurie Cerveny.” – Capital markets
“The firm is outstanding at M&A, general corporate and securities work, licensing and strategic transactions, trademark litigation and securities litigation. It is a full service and well-integrated firm which can deploy a team at all levels to meet our business needs.” – M&A
“Julio is the best biotech industry lawyer in Boston. He brings exceptional legal skills and negotiating ability in order to accomplish our business needs. He does an excellent [job] of mentoring and training younger lawyers so that we have sufficiently staffed projects. From the board room to the negotiating table to advice on the phone, there is no one better than Julio.” – M&A
“Smart, accessible, practical and easy to work with.” – Capital markets
Nixon Peabody’s Boston office has gained a reputation for its M&A practice. The team works across different sectors, such as health care, manufacturing, consumer products, food and beverage, technology and life sciences.
The M&A group worked on numerous deals. One standout deal came from advising industrial technology company Sensata Technologies on its divestment of its valves business to automotive and electric parts company Pacific Industrial for $173 million.
Proskauer Rose’s office in Boston is the largest outside the firm’s New York headquarters. The firm’s transactions have an emphasis on technology and life sciences, and the firm is active in banking and M&A.
The capital markets team advised Frontera Energy on its $350 million senior unsecured notes issue.
The M&A team is active in public mergers, acquisitions and tender offers. One standout deal was to advise Acquire Clarus, a life sciences investment firm, on its sale to Blackstone.
The corporate department in Boston hired partner Chad Dale.
Ropes & Gray, founded in Boston in 1865, has grown to become one of the largest firms in the world. Advising on a range of business and corporate matters, the Boston-based firm has expanded into the US with offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington DC. The firm is also located in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Ropes & Gray occupies a prominent position in the capital markets space. The firm represents corporate issuers, leading private equity firms and investment banks on IPOs, follow-on offerings, convertible offerings and securitizations in a wide range of industries.
The firm’s M&A practice began in 2013, with the practice growing each year. The group specializes in the financial services, healthcare and life sciences, retail and consumer brands and technology sectors. A standout deal was to advise Summit Partners on its $1.2 billion sale of Ability Network. In another deal, the firm represented Bain Capital on the acquisition of US Renal Care, a provider of dialysis.
One of the most well-known firms in the English-speaking world, Skadden is a top financial and corporate firm. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in most of the US’ largest legal markets, including Houston, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Washington DC and Boston.
Skadden is a top M&A firm in Massachusetts and its Boston office works on M&A transactions for clients across an array of different industries.
In one standout deal, the firm represented Juno Therapeutics on its $11 billion acquisition by Celgene. The firm also represented WeWork on its $4.4 billion investment by SoftBank Group and SoftBank Vision Fund. Over the research period, key clients included Gilead Sciences and Kite Pharma, Hasbro, TravelCenters of America and Synergy Pharmaceuticals.
Among the most easily recognisable and highly regarded law firms in the country, international law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges operates its headquarters out of New York. Unlike many powerhouse New York firms, Weil has an extensive reach into several US regions; in addition to its New York location, the firm has offices in Boston, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Princeton, New Jersey, Silicon Valley and Washington DC. Weil’s top US practice areas are its M&A and restructuring and insolvency groups. A significant amount of the firm’s M&A work comes in the private equity space.
Weil added restructuring and insolvency partner Ryan Dahl and capital markets partner Michael Hickey to its New York office in January 2018.
The firm maintains one office in California in Silicon Valley. Through California the firm continues to advise private equity firms both in acquisitions and in financings. Prominent private equity clients include California-based firms like Genstar Capital, Silver Lake and Sumeru Equity Fund, as well as firms based outside of California like Providence Equity, which is based in Rhode Island. The firm also advises the portfolio companies of these private equity funds.
In banking, the firm focuses on advising private equity firms and their portfolio companies on obtaining financing, often to finance their acquisitions. For example, the firm advised Velocity Technology Solutions, a portfolio company of Silver Lake Sumeru, in the $235 million financing of its acquisition of Mercury Technology Group. The firm also advised Oak Hill Capital Partners on credit facilities to finance its acquisition of Edgewood Partners Insurance Center. Additionally, the firm advised Infinite Electronics in a first lien incremental term facility to finance its acquisition of Smiths Interconnect’s Microwave Telecoms business and helped Genstar Capital obtain $393 million to finance its acquisition of Power Products. That being said, the firm also will help private equity firms and their portfolio companies obtain financing for other purposes. For example, the firm advised Pretium Packaging, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, in obtaining $390 million in credit facilities to refinance its debt.
The firm continues to advise on high profile M&A transactions through its Silicon Valley office. For example, the firm advised Chewy on its sale to PetSmart. A couple of the firm’s highlight transactions saw the partners advise SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies.) The firm advised Gores Holdings, a SPAC, in acquiring Hostess Brands in a transaction valued at $2.3 billion. The firm also advised Pace Holdings Corp, a SPAC, in its $1.75 billion combination with Playa Hotels & Resorts. In the healthcare space, the firm advised CSL Behring on its $416 million acquisition of Calimmune.
Weil Gotshal & Manges’ Boston practice is a vital part of the firm’s global practice, and continues to represent clients in an array of local, domestic, and global transactions. The team in Massachusetts has handled a number of significant transaction in the last year, including representing Thomas H Lee Partners as selling shareholder of CompuCom Systems in the company’s $1 billion sale to Office Depot; as well as representing Sanofi in its $750 million acquisition of Protein Sciences Corporation.
Weil’s banking team worked with the joint lead arrangers and administrators in connection with a high number of significant financing deals, including several highly publicised acquisition financings. Some of the New York practice’s key clients were household finance names like JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Barclays. In one highlight deal that saw Weil guide the borrower, the firm advised SoftBank Group in connection with a $1.5 billion acquisition financing for SoftBank’s purchase of Fortress Investment Group.
Weil’s versatile capital markets practice handles meaningful deals in the debt and equity spaces, and represents issuers and underwriters in both areas. Two of the capital markets group’s key clients were private equity firms Thomas H Lee Partners and Advent International. One highlight deal from the debt side came in relation to client Johnson & Johnson’s $4.5 billion notes offering. On the equity side, among the highlights was a $566.5 million private offering by client J Crew Group.
The financial services and pharmaceuticals industries were two large sources of work for Weil’s New York M&A group this past year. One highlight from the financial services sector was client Synchrony Financial’s $5.8 billion acquisition of PayPal. An M&A highlight with a private equity component was the $3.85 billion sale of Husky IMS to Platinum Equity by clients OMERS Private Equity and Berkshire Partners.
Weil’s accomplished restructuring group advised on a number of deals in the retail and oil and gas sectors this past year. One highlight from retail was Gymboree’s $1.1 billion Chapter 11 restructuring. Weil advised private equity sponsor Bain Capital on the Chapter 11 proceedings, which ended in September 2017.
The firm’s Dallas banking and finance practice plays an integral part in the firm’s global practice, with extensive experience in representing top tier acquisition finance for private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers, subordinated debt financings, mezzanine financings and restructurings.
Weil Gotshal & Manges’ robust banking and finance experience can be seen in the firm’s representation of inventive Health, a provider of value-added services to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, in their development of new drug products and medical devices, as well as INC Research Holdings, a global contract research organization in the $3.1 billion refinancing of their existing secured credit facilities in connection with their $4.6 billion merger of equals and the resulting combined company’s entry into new $3.1 billion term loan and revolving credit facilities.
As one of the largest players in the world for M&A transactions, Weil Gotshal’s well established Dallas M&A practice has built on reputation on representing public, as well as private companies on many transactions exceeding a billion dollars.
The team’s restructuring and bankruptcy practice remains involved in many of the largest bankruptcies happening in the US. The firm’s experience in Texas as well as the rest of the country can be seen in its representation of Tidewater and certain subsidiaries in its $2 billion Chapter 11 case, filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware.
WilmerHale is a global firm headquartered in Boston and DC, with offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. The current firm known as WilmerHale was created through the merger of the Boston-based firm Hale and Dorr and the Washington-based firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. Since then, the firm has played a leading role in different practice areas, such as M&A, capital markets, restructuring and banking.
Established in 1918, WilmerHale's Boston office has grown from a five-lawyer office to a diverse practice of more than 300 lawyers who represent national and international client bases. The firm is among the top in Massachusetts in banking, capital markets, M&A and restructuring and insolvency. Over the research period, the firm represented automated software testing company mabl on a $20 million series B funding.