DENVER (May 22, 2017) – M&A attorney Stephen J. Dietrich, whose practice focuses primarily on automobile dealerships and also includes representing private equity firms and family offices in various investments and other transactions, has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the Denver office. Joining the firm with Mr. Dietrich are Sarah Seedig and Elizabeth English as senior counsel and associate, respectively. All were previously with Greenberg Traurig in Denver.
“Stephen and his team have the preeminent auto dealer M&A practice in the United States,” said James McDermott, the head of Holland & Knight’s Business Section. “Stephen’s strong relationships with automobile manufacturers and dealership financing sources, both bank and nonbank, will be a great asset as the firm continues to expand its presence in the automotive industry.”
Mr. Dietrich and his team represent retail auto dealers in the acquisition and disposition of business operations, including manufacturer matters, real estate, financing and dealer licensing. They have been involved in the purchase or sale of more than 200 dealerships, many of them large, multi-unit groups. They also work with several non-dealer clients on corporate and M&A matters, debt and equity financing, restructuring transactions and commercial real estate development. These clients include business entities, family offices and high-net-worth individuals.
“Holland & Knight’s industry focus, strong presence in key geographical markets and collaborative culture make it the perfect fit for our practice,” said Mr. Dietrich. “My clients are innovators in the industry and are looking for the next-generation business model, which aligns very well with the work the firm is doing in the transportation sector.”
“We are delighted that Stephen and his team have joined us,” said Shawn Turner, executive partner of Holland & Knight’s Denver office. “Stephen is an accomplished corporate, securities and M&A attorney with an incredibly strong practice, and Sarah and Elizabeth bring unique skills to our office that will position them nicely to continue to develop their practices and to expand the services we can offer our clients in Denver and beyond. This talented group of attorneys will be very important contributors to our office and the firm, and represent precisely the collaborative approach and expertise we remain focused on as we analyze opportunities to continue to expand our Denver office and presence in the region.”
To accommodate its growth, the office recently moved to larger quarters at 1801 California Street in downtown Denver.
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