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Brian C. Lavin

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New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0650

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Brian C. Lavin is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. He regularly advises in the negotiation and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other entities.


Brian's recent private equity transactions include representing:

  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in numerous transactions including:
    • its agreement to invest in and partner with U.S. Oral Surgery Management
    • its strategic partnership with Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies
    • in partnership with Trinity Consultants’ management and employees, in its acquisition of Trinity Consultants from Levine Leichtman
    • its acquisition of a controlling stake in Technimark Holdings
    • its investment and partnership with American Veterinary Group
    • in the merger of The Hillman Group, a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital, and Landcadia Holdings III, a special purpose acquisition company
    • its partnership with NetSpeed
    • its investment in Race Communications
    • its take-private acquisition of Otelco Inc.
    • its investment in Calero Software to finance its merger with MDSL
    • its minority equity sale to Stonyrock Partners
    • its acquisition of an equity stake in Mercer Advisors from Genstar Capital and Lovell Minnick Partners
    • its acquisition of Berlin Packaging from Investcorp
    • its acquisition of FirstLight Fiber from Riverside Partners
    • its investment in VetCor Group
    • its acquisition of Safe Fleet Holdings from The Sterling Group
    • its sale of Wave Broadband
    • its acquisition of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants from Sentinel Capital Partners
    • its acquisition and subsequent sale of ViaWest, Inc.
    • its numerous transactions involving its portfolio companies including, AccentCare, Berlin Packaging, FirstLight, Firth Rixson and Imagine! Print Solutions
  • Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, a portfolio company of Silver Lake Partners, in its sale to EQT
  • The Chatterjee Group and Rhône Capital in their joint acquisition of Lummus Technology, a division of McDermott International, in connection with the company’s chapter 11 case
  • Clearlake Capital Group in a consortium deal to acquire Chelsea Football Club
  • Crestview Partners in its multiple investments including:
    • with other institutional investors in Cumulus’s Media Inc. as part of Cumulus’ acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation
    • Camping World/Good Sam Enterprises
  • General Atlantic in its investment in Buff City Soap
  • General Atlantic, alongside Warburg Pincus and Georgian, in its growth investment in SPINS
  • Helios Fairfax Partners Corporation, alongside other investors including the National Basketball Association, in the formation of NBA Africa, a new entity that will conduct the league’s business in Africa, including the Basketball Africa League
  • MetroNet in its co-investment by KKR and Oak Hill Capital
  • Shred-it International, a portfolio company of Birch Hill Equity Partners, in its merger with Cintas Corporation’s document destruction business
  • WaveDivision Capital and Searchlight Capital Partners in their acquisition of Frontier Communications’ Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana operations

Brian’s recent public company transactions include representing:

  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
  • Cigna in its acquisition of Brighter Inc.
  • Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co. in its acquisition of Sepracor
  • The Discovery Channel in its 50/50 joint venture with Hasbro to launch The Hub
  • Emdeon in its sale to Blackstone
  • The special committee of the board of directors of Pattern Energy Group Inc. in its approximately all-cash acquisition by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
  • Restaurant Brands International in its acquisition of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  • Time Warner Cable in its merger with Charter Communications
  • Universal American Corp. in its acquisition of APS Healthcare

Brian’s recent private company transactions include representing:

  • Boat Rocker Media in its acquisition of Matador Content
  • DS Services Holdings in its sale to Cott Corporation from Crestview Partners
  • The Getty family in its buyout of The Carlyle Group’s interests in Getty Images Inc.
  • Hemisphere Media Group in its acquisition of the remaining 75% stake in Pantaya from Lionsgate
  • Major League Baseball in its sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Management
  • MGM in its sale to Amazon
  • ViaWest in its sale to Shaw Communications from Oak Hill Capital, along with other shareholders, and the subsequent sale of ViaWest by Shaw Communications to Peak10
  • Vice Media in connection with various private placements and its joint venture with A&E Networks to launch VICELAND
  • WME IMG (now Endeavor) in:
    • connection with the merger of Learfield with IMG College, a subsidiary of Endeavor
    • its strategic partnership with, and sale of a minority interest to, Silver Lake Partners
    • the formation of a new China-based subsidiary
    • its investments in WME IMG by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC and SoftBank Group
    • its acquisitions of Ultimate Fighting Championship, Fusion Marketing and IMG LIVE

Brian is recognized by The Legal 500 as a key lawyer in private equity buyouts.

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