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Brian P. Finnegan
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New York, NY 10019-6064
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Brian Finnegan is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and Private Equity Group. He represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a wide variety of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, strategic investments, recapitalizations and opportunistic financings. Brian has represented clients in the chemicals, energy, gaming, financial services, airline, education, publishing and general industrials fields, among others.

Prior to practicing law, Brian spent eight years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, flying in the carrier-based E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, and later serving as a military advisor to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s South America section.

EXPERIENCE

Representative experience includes:

  • Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. and an investor group led by the Apollo funds, investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Company and Hill City Capital, in their take-private acquisition of Atlas Air Worldwide for an enterprise value of $5.2 billion
  • Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and its portfolio company McGraw Hill, an educational content company, in the $4.5 billion sale of the company to Platinum Equity
  • Apollo Global Management in its acquisition of the U.S. wealth distribution and asset management businesses of Griffin Capital, a privately held alternative investment asset manager
  • Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management in the acquisition of a majority stake in Novolex Holdings, a South Carolina-based manufacturer of packaging products for the foodservice, delivery and carryout, food processor and industrial markets, from The Carlyle Group
  • Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management in a $600 million preferred financing in connection with the $7 billion acquisition of W.R. Grace & Co. by Standard Industries Holdings
  • Apollo Global Management in its merger with Athene Holding, a leading retirement services company, in an all-stock transaction valued at $11 billion
  • Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management as lead investors in the $1.75 billion preferred investment in Albertsons Companies, a food and drug retailer
  • Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management in its acquisition of a substantial portion of the former power and energy business of SPX Flow, a manufacturer of process equipment and turn-key systems
  • Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management in the acquisition of a majority interest in Direct ChassisLink, a provider of marine and domestic container chassis and asset management services to the U.S. intermodal industry, from EQT Infrastructure
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in the acquisition of Sun Country Airlines, a leading regional airline
  • MPM Holdings Inc., a silicones and advanced materials company, in its approximately $3.1 billion acquisition by SJL Partners, KCC Corporation and Wonik QnC Corporation
  • Hexion Inc., a specialty chemicals company, in the sale of its Phenolic Specialty Resin, Hexamine and European-based Forest Products Resins businesses to investment firms Black Diamond and Investindustrial
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in the acquisition of Phoenix Services, a provider of outsourced slag handling, metal reclamation, and other services to leading steel mill customers
  • Consortium of investors, including The Vistria Group and funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in their $1.1 billion take-private acquisition of Apollo Education Group, one of the world’s largest private education providers
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in the concurrent acquisitions of Maxim Crane Works, a provider of comprehensive lifting services in the United States, from affiliates of Platinum Equity, and AmQuip Crane Rental, a provider of highly specialized, complex lifting solutions, from affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management along with Riverstone Holdings and other investors, in the $7.15 billion acquisition of the oil and natural gas exploration and production assets of El Paso Corporation
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in the $2.4 billion carve-out acquisition of McGraw Hill Education, a digital learning company, from The McGraw Hill Companies
  • MidCap Financial, a middle-market lending unit, 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
  • Time Warner Cable in its $3 billion acquisition of Insight Communications
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in a $300 million investment in CH2M, a provider of critical infrastructure and natural resource solutions
  • Penn Foster Education, a provider of skills development and digital credentialing solutions and a portfolio company of Vistria Group, in its acquisition by an investor group led by Bain Capital
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in an investment in Laureate Education, a global network of degree-granting higher education institutions
  • Liz Claiborne, Inc. (now Kate Spade & Company) in its sale of the Liz Claiborne family of brands and the Monet brand to J. C. Penney Corporation
  • Caesars Entertainment Corporation in its formation of a new growth-oriented entity, Caesars Growth Partners, and a related $1.1 billion rights offering
  • Harrah’s Entertainment in its acquisition of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Brian has been recognized in The Legal 500 for his work in M&A deals over $1 billion. In 2022, Brian was featured as one of Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Dealmakers in America.”

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