Mergers and Acquisitions

  • With more than 300 attorneys on our Mergers and Acquisitions Team, we provide responsive and comprehensive legal services to public and private companies in their merger and acquisition transactions.
  • Holland & Knight applies its resources and extensive experience to the full range of transactions your business may encounter, handling transactions of varying sizes involving small, middle-market and large businesses.
  • Our team counsels clients on issues including transaction structuring and negotiation, methodical due diligence, careful documentation, and thorough attention to SEC matters, securities filings and corporate governance issues.
  • Our industry immersion and many established relationships throughout the investment banking and financing communities further enhance the support you gain when partnering with our Mergers and Acquisitions Team.
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Overview

Leveraging Teamwork and Resources to Support Your M&A Transactions

Whether you are a purchaser or seller in a domestic or international transaction, you’ll require the broad-based know-how and efficient representation of a diverse legal team.

The attorneys in our Mergers and Acquisitions Team work in concert with dedicated lawyers in antitrust, intellectual property, labor and employment, employee benefits, securities, environmental, tax, real estate and other related practices to provide an integrated and cost-effective response to the needs of your business in this area.

Practical, Precise Management in the Full Range of Transactions

Our resources and experience are applied to the full range of transactions your business may encounter. We have handled transactions of varying size, including some that have exceeded $5 billion. Deals have included negotiated and unsolicited transactions, mergers, stock and asset purchases and sales, tender offers and leveraged buy-outs, “going private” transactions, spin-offs, consolidations and roll-ups, management buy-outs, joint ventures and corporate recapitalizations, reorganizations and restructurings.

Providing the Critical Support Required for Successful Outcomes

From methodical due diligence, careful documentation and thorough attention to SEC matters, securities filings and corporate governance issues, to electing a structure through artful negotiation, our team lends exemplary support and comprehensive counsel. 

Industry Orientation Bolsters Effective Representation

Representing numerous clients in the government contracts, technology, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, financial services, maritime, professional services and other sectors, our industry immersion further enhances the support you gain when partnering with our team. Our commitment shows, with Bloomberg ranking us among the Top 20 law firms in the U.S. for mid-market transactions in its 2019 Global M&A Mid-Market Legal Advisory Rankings.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented different management teams in equity and employment matters as part of a sale transaction
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the audio/visual solutions industry in an internal reorganization
  • Represented a former CEO of a Nasdaq-listed company in various initial public offering (IPO), investment and personal stock ownership-related matters
  • Represented a privately owned, family business in connection with shareholder requests for information, other shareholder-related issues under the Illinois Business Corporation Act and the negotiation of supply and co-packing agreements

  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with a senior secured credit facility and a subordinated secured credit facility for the funding of a new platform in the pet products industry
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the pet products industry in connection with an amendment to its senior secured and subordinated secured credit facilities to provide for an increase in the amount borrowed under the senior credit facility and the consent of the senior and subordinated agents and lenders to a new strategic acquisition
  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with an amendment to an existing credit facility
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the thermoplastic and thermoset resins industry in connection with the refinancing and consolidation of its first-, second- and third-lien credit facilities into a senior secured and subordinated secured credit facility
  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with a senior secured credit facility for the funding of a new platform in the steel tube exhaust industry
  • Represented an institutional lender in a series of three loan transactions to assisted care and senior living facilities
  • Represented a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed company in an internal reorganization and the negotiation of guarantees for rail-car leases
  • Represented a publicly traded company in a secondary offering of common stock and the exercise of a subsequent over-allotment option
  • Advised a developer of e-discovery software in connection a minority equity investment in the company

  • Represented Hub International in its acquisition of The O&S Insurance Brokerage Group Inc. and OSA Insurance Brokerage Services LLC
  • Represented Hub International in its acquisition of Euclid Specialty Managers LLC
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Country Clean Paper Supplies
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Classic Solutions Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Dees Paper Co. Inc.
  • Represented Delta Southern Railroad Inc. in its sale to Patriot Rail Co. LLC
  • Represented Hub International Midwest Limited (Hub) in its acquisition of the business of James L. Miniter Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of International Sales & Marketing LLC (ISM), food service disposable, cleaning supplies and packaging company headquartered in Puerto Rico
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Palm Paper Supply
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of North Alabama Chemical
  • Represented Hub International in its acquisition of Alexander & Co., an employee benefits and investment brokerage and consultation firm, whose clientele includes public school systems and local governments
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of The Russell Hall Co., a leading supplier of paper goods and cleaning supplies in the Connecticut marketplace
  • Represented Golden Gate Capital in its sale of PetroChoice Lubrication Solutions for $479 million to Moove, a subsidiary of Brazilian-based Cosan S.A.
  • Represented Imperial Bag & Paper Co. LLC d/b/a Imperial Dade in its acquisition of Veritiv Canada
  • Represented Revolos, a full-service finance and insurance solutions provider and portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, in its sale to Protective Life Corp., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dai-Ichi Life Holdings Inc.
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of the assets of Texas-based GBC Benefits Ltd. d/b/a Gus Bates Insurance & Investments
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of the assets of New York-based The B&G Group Inc.
  • Represented Specialty Program Group in its acquisition of Tennessee-based Avant LLC
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of the assets of Tennessee-based Harris, Madden, Powell, Stallings & Brown Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of disposable food service and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of California-based P&R Paper Supply
  • Represented Imperial Dade in its acquisition of Texas-based Wagner Supply Co.
  • Represented Clover Wireless, a global leader in aftermarket life-cycle management services for mobile, computing and other consumer electronics devices, in its acquisition of Teleplan, a global electronics supply chain services and solutions provider
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of Nebraska-based SilverStone Group
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, its acquisition of California-based Area Distributors
  • Represented LiveVox Inc. in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Teckst Inc., a New York-based software company, and its acquisition of SpeechIQ LLC, an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven speech analytics and quality assurance platform
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, its acquisition of Pennsylvania-based Philip Rosenau Co.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, its acquisition of California-based The Paper Co.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of New York-based Strauss Paper Co. Inc.
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of the assets of Pennsylvania-based Cosaint Insurance Partners LLC
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Missouri-based Mid Continent Paper & Distributing Co. Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Massachusetts-based Butler-Dearden Paper Service Inc.
  • Represented Hub International Limited in its acquisition of Maryland-based The Insurance Exchange Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of New York-based Edmar Cleaning Corp.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, its acquisition of Joshen Paper & Packaging of New Jersey
  • Represented a private equity fund in the sale of a gasket manufacturing business to a public company
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Alabama-based American Osment
  • Represented a leader in the wireless, internet and satellite communication industry in its sale to a global communications company
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Texas-based Gulf Coast Paper Co. Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of Atlanta-based Sikes Paper & Chemical Supply Inc.
  • Represented Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, in its acquisition of JPC Enterprises d/b/a Jersey Paper Plus
  • Represented a publicly traded marketer and distributor of brand name over-the-counter healthcare and household cleaning products in its  acquisition of certain brand name over-the-counter healthcare products from a private equity firm
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of a leading online retailer of men's apparel
  • Represented multiple subsidiaries (domestic and foreign) of a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed company in the sale of its European vendor finance business to a former public company
  • Represented a private equity fund in two proposed acquisitions of the gambling and gaming operations of two privately owned companies
  • Represented a NYSE-listed company in the proposed acquisition of the business of a leading privately owned equipment leasing company
  • Represented a private equity fund in the formation of a new platform and the simultaneous acquisition of the assets of one company and the stock of another, both in the steel tube exhaust industry, with a total deal value in excess of $60 million
  • Represented a privately owned client in the acquisition of the assets of a modeling education franchise
  • Represented a privately owned client in the environmental solutions industry in the acquisition of the equity of a used print cartridge and mobile phone reseller
  • Represented a privately owned client in the environmental solutions industry in the acquisition of the assets of an electronics trade-in and recycling solutions company
  • Represented a privately owned client in the thermoplastic and thermoset resins industry in the acquisition of the assets of a thermoplastics company
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the audio/visual solutions industry in its auction sale to a financial buyer
  • Represented a NYSE-listed company in a Bankruptcy Code Section 363 transaction involving the purchase of assets of a privately owned company in the cat litter and cat products industry
  • Represented a secured lender in an assignment for the benefit of creditors transaction
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the industrial coatings industry in its sale to a strategic buyer
  • Represented a family-owned investment fund in various equity investments in the oil and gas industry
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the education marketing industry in its auction sale to a financial buyer
  • Represented a privately owned client (private equity portfolio company) in the building products industry in its sale to a strategic buyer
  • Represented a subsidiary of a NYSE-listed company in two transactions (one asset and one stock) in the water solutions field of the oil and gas industry
  • Represented a privately owned client in the sale and transfer of equity in an oil-and-gas exploration company

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