Philip T. von Mehren

Von Mehren, Philip T.

Philip von Mehren is co-chair of Venable’s Corporate Group in New York. Philip negotiates cross-border and U.S.-based acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and dispositions. He also advises private equity and venture capital firms on purchases, sales, and investments involving the Latin American market. He has negotiated onshore and offshore transactions in Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela. 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.


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




  • 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


  • Spanish


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2019 - 2020
  • 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