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Ryan D. Blicher

Tel: +1-212-373-3517
Fax: +1-212-492-0517

Tel: +1-212-373-3517
New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0517

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Ryan Blicher is an associate in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Ryan focuses his practice primarily on advising S&P 500 and other large-cap public companies and global private equity firms on high-profile cross-border and domestic M&A transactions and leveraged buyouts. Ryan regularly represents clients in significant M&A transactions across a broad range of industries, including technology, media and telecom, healthcare, consumer and retail, industrials, energy and natural resources, insurance, and lodging and real estate. Ryan also regularly counsels companies and their boards of directors on hostile takeovers and activist defense, and a broad range of corporate governance matters affecting policy, strategy and crisis management.

Ryan’s representative clients include Apollo Global Management; Qualcomm; Honeywell International; Softbank Vision Fund; Benchmark Capital; ADT; Carnival Cruise Line; Norwegian Cruise Line; MacAndrews & Forbes; Fortress Investment Group; Oak Hill Capital Partners; Searchlight Capital Partners; Dana Incorporated; Red Robin Gourmet Burgers; Destination XL Group; Roark Capital Group; Gamut Capital Management.


Ryan has advised public companies and private equity firms on numerous high-profile transactions. Ryan’s recent representations include:


  • Apollo Global Management, Inc. in its $43 billion merger with Athene
  • Honeywell International in the spin-off of its turbochargers business into a separate publicly traded company (Garrett Motion)
  • Translate Bio in its $3.2 billion sale to Sanofi
  • Grupo Salinas in its $2.5 billion sale of Iusacell to AT&T
  • ADT Inc., a portfolio company of funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, Inc., in its acquisition of Defenders Inc.
  • Principals of Fortress in connection with the sale of Fortress Investment Group to SoftBank Group
  • Redbox in its combination with Seaport Global Acquisition Corp., a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company
  • Clear Secure, Inc. in its initial public offering, lead managed by Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Allen & Co and Wells Fargo Securities
  • South Mountain Merger Corporation, in its merger with Billtrust
  • Filament Brands, a portfolio company of Centre Partners, in its acquisition of Lifetime Brands


  • Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. in its:
    • $2.2 billion acquisition of Diamond Resorts International;
    • $1.6 billion acquisition of Outerwall, Inc. (n/k/a Coinstar);
    • $1 billion acquisition of Vectra (fka OM Group);
    • acquisition of Phoenix Services;
    • acquisition of Cardenas Markets;
    • acquisition of Tony’s Finer Foods;
    • acquisition of Smart Start;
    • investment in Express Energy;
    • investment in Cimpress; and
    • investment in U.S. Acute Care Solutions
  • Searchlight Capital Partners, LP and its portfolio companies in various matters, including in its acquisition, alongside ForgeLight, of a majority stake in Univision Holdings
  • Roark Capital Group in its acquisition of Great Expressions Dental Centers
  • Driven Brands, a Roark portfolio company, in its acquisition of International Car Wash Group
  • EN Engineering, a portfolio company of General Atlantic, in its sale to Kohlberg & Company
  • Gamut Capital Management, L.P. and its portfolio companies in various matters, including JPW Industries in its acquisition of Baileigh Industrial Holdings


  • MidCap Financial in its $3.6 billion acquisition of loans managed by Mubadala GE Capital, a joint venture lending business between General Electric Capital Corporation and Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development Company
  • MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and certain of its affiliates in the sale of its portfolio company, HUMVEE®manufacturer, AM General to KPS Capital Partners

Ryan is also active in pro bono work and the community. He chairs the Advisory Board of the New York Legal Assistance Group and devotes many hours each year to pro bono work, including Paul Weiss’ immigration, refugees & asylum representations in partnership with the ACLU, and advising small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Ryan also volunteers his time and experience to train law school students from top law schools in M&A.

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