Philip T. von Mehren

Partner
Von Mehren, Philip T.

Philip von Mehren is co-chair of Venable’s Corporate Group in New York.  Philip routinely negotiates cross-border and U.S.-based acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and dispositions for strategic and financial clients. He currently serves as outside counsel for the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), a trade organization that represents Latin American-focused limited and general partners. He has also advised governments on legislative initiatives, including privatization of telecommunications and petrochemical assets.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented Keywords Studios Plc, an international technical services provider to the global video gaming industry, in its $66.4 million acquisition of the outstanding shares of VMC Consulting Corporation and Volt Canada Inc.
  • Represented Canada-based online dating site, PlentyOfFish Media, Inc. in its $575 million sale to the Match Group, a subsidiary of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). Mr. von Mehren and team recently won the "Technology Deal of the Year Award" from The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New York for their role on the deal
  • Represented a Korean-owned subsidiary in the combination of its majority-owned subsidiary with a U.S.-based telecommunications company in a stock-for-stock transaction, which included the Korean parent agreeing to become a subordinated lender to the U.S. entity
  • Represented a public U.S.-based phone company in the multi-billion-dollar purchase of a non-U.S.-based phone company
  • Represented a U.S.-based private equity fund in the leveraged buyout (LBO) of a portfolio company in the machining industry with significant operations in the United States, France, Germany, and Sweden
  • Represented a U.S.-based private equity fund in the purchase and sale of portfolio companies, including advice regarding acquisition by a holding company (created on behalf of financial buyers and managers) of a controlling interest in an oil and gas service corporation based in Houston
  • Represented a private equity fund in an LBO transaction in which it acquired an extruder company with U.S. and overseas operations
  • Represented private equity funds with a Latin American focus in offshore and onshore aspects of transactions in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude Harvard Law School 1990
  • M.Phil. Cambridge University 1984
  • B.A. Reed College 1982

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Contributes articles covering issues related to private investment and cross-border legal representation
  • Lectured on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, and Fordham Law School

Languages

  • Spanish

Recognition
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  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2019 - 2021
  • Technology Deal of the Year Award, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New York, for his role in working with the team to close the "Plenty of Fish” sale