Venable Adds Experienced International Corporate Partners Philip von Mehren and Michele Maney to New York Office

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Pair advise on domestic and cross-border deals for full range of industries

NEW YORK – February 25, 2015 – Further adding to its growing corporate transactional practice in New York, Venable LLP announced that it added two top M&A attorneys, Philip T. von Mehren and Michele Maney. They join as partners in the firm's New York office where Mr. von Mehren will co-chair the New York Corporate Group.

Mr. von Mehren and Ms. Maney join from Baker & McKenzie, where they were also partners. Earlier this month, Venable added cross-border transactional attorney Peter R. Sternberg as a partner in its New York office.

Mr. von Mehren and Ms. Maney handle a variety of domestic and international transactions for buyers and sellers, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures and joint venture agreements. They regularly advise private equity and venture capital firms in their transactions. They also frequently handle general corporate matters for clients.

The two attorneys have worked on deals in virtually every major market sector, including financial services, telecom, and technology, consumer products, scientific and educational publishing, healthcare and highly engineered manufacturing. They've also worked on deals involving large public companies as well as those in the middle markets.

At Venable, Mr. von Mehren and Ms. Maney join one of the nation's leading mid-market M&A practices. The firm was ranked by Legal 500 in the Tier 1 category for middle-market M&A. The practice has gained particular recognition for its work on technology, financial services, and government contractors.

"Philip and Michele are great additions to our growing M&A platform," said Lawrence H. Gesner, chair of Venable's Business Division. "We believe we've established ourselves as a destination for middle-market companies looking to grow through acquisitions. Our attorneys are continually brought in to help shepherd these deals to fruition, and Philip and Michele both have great track records of success in advising businesses in this sector on critical transactions."

Among Mr. von Mehren's and Ms. Maney's noteworthy representations include:

  • Public U.S.-based phone company in its multi-billion dollar purchase of a foreign telco;
  • Large telecom subsidiary in a stock-for-stock transaction;
  • US-based private equity fund in the leveraged buyout of a portfolio company in the machining industry with significant operations in the U.S., France, Germany, and Sweden;
  • Private equity fund with a Latin American focus in offshore and onshore aspects of transactions in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile;
  • Global healthcare company in its $2 billion acquisition of a U.S. medical care provider;
  • Energy transportation company in its sale of an oil pipeline for $417.8 million;
  • Leading healthcare and scientific publisher in its $143 million sale of software solutions provider; and
  • Private equity fund in a $150 million leveraged buyout of an extruder company.

"As our corporate profile continues to grow in New York, we're excited to have the expanded capabilities and experience that Philip and Michele bring, especially following so closely on the arrival of Peter Sternberg earlier in February," said Edmund M. O’Toole, partner-in-charge of Venable's New York office. "Not only do they have a substantial range of deal expertise, but their portfolio of international M&A work is impressive with a history of major transactions in Europe and Latin America. That cross-border reach complements work in other parts of the firm."

Mr. von Mehren commented: "We're looking forward to aligning our practice with Venable, which has a proven franchise in middle-market advisory work and across multiple industries, including defense, cybersecurity, technology, healthcare and other areas where Michele and I often work. The firm's long-time strength in the middle market was well known to us, but we were happily surprised to learn how robust Venable's international platform is with a long list of multinational clients and experience in large cross-border deals, both outbound and inbound. We see a terrific opportunity ahead for us at Venable."

Mr. von Mehren received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, his Master's from Cambridge University, and his B.A. from Reed College.

Ms. Maney received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her B.A. from Yale University.


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