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Venable team recognized for its creativity, resourcefulness, and perseverance in closing high-profile deal worth more than $500 million




New York, NY – June 21, 2016 – The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New York, the largest association of middle-market deal-making and corporate professionals in the city, and The M&A Advisor recently announced their 6th Annual Champions Award winners. Among this year's honorees was Venable LLP, which received the Technology Deal of the Year Award for its role in last year's sale of popular online dating site PlentyOfFish Media, Inc. to the Match Group.

The annual awards honor individual deal makers and transactions, as well as the leading middle-market firms that drive growth within the greater New York metropolitan area. An independent panel of judges selected the award winners by weighing various factors, including the importance of the transaction, product, service, or deal maker to the industry and the level of creativity, resourcefulness, and perseverance it took to complete the deal.

Venable, along with Canadian business firm McMillan LLP, co-advised PlentyOfFish in the deal, valued at $575 million. The high-profile sale was widely covered by several top-tier news publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times among others. Philip T. von Mehren and Michele Maney of the firm's New York office and Andrew F. Pratt of the firm's Washington, DC office led the Venable team. Damien G. Scott, Charles K. Kolstad, Lisa Jose Fales, Paul Feinstein, Emilio W. Cividanes, and Robert P. Davis also advised on the matter.

ACG New York, the founding chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth, has more than 1,000 members across all industry sectors. ACG New York facilitates long-term relationships, driving middle-market growth. Its members focus on the investment of private capital, which benefits the pension funds held by municipal workers, firefighters, police officers, health workers, and others who provide years of service for the public good.

Founded in 1998, The M&A Advisor is the preeminent organization recognizing excellence, honoring achievement, offering thought leadership, and facilitating connections among the world's leading deal-making, turnaround, and finance professionals.

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Note: Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. Its lawyers and legislative advisors serve domestic and international clients in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, regulatory matters, and government affairs. For more information, visit www.Venable.com.