Recipients of a Chambers USA Band 1 ranking, the Harter Secrest & Emery M&A attorneys are proud to be described by Chambers & Partners, the worldwide leader in law firm rankings, as having a “market-leading practice with substantial experience in a range of M&A matters.”

The firm’s M&A attorneys represent public and private companies in connection with acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate finance transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, and other transactions. These attorneys have the advantage of leveraging the expertise of attorneys in other specialties (e.g. tax, environmental, labor, employee benefits, intellectual property, immigration, real estate, bankruptcy) to structure transactions and address the unique issues that each deal presents.

We frequently coordinate non-U.S. aspects of transactions with counsel in foreign jurisdictions, including, in recent years, counsel in Asia, Australia, Latin and South America, and the European Union. Similarly, we act as special U.S. counsel to companies and law firms located in foreign jurisdictions in connection with U.S. aspects of transactions.

We have represented companies in connection with such transactions ranging in value from several million dollars to in excess of one billion dollars.

Our Clients

  • Carestream
  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • High Falls Brewing Company
  • Wegmans
  • GateHouse Media
  • Graham Corporation
  • American Express
  • Health Management Associates
  • Transcat
  • Bourland & Leverich Supply Co. L.L.C.
  • Rochester Americans (AHL Hockey)
  • Kodak
  • DeltaPoint Capital Management, LLC
  • WVT Communications
  • MacKenzie-Childs
  • Tribridge
  • Alteva
  • PAETEC
  • Norampac/Cascades
  • Buffalo Sabres (NHL Hockey)

Our Deals

Recent transactions for a few of our clients where we have acted as counsel include the following (where not confidential we have disclosed purchase price/consideration and client name):

  • Represented Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE) in connection with numerous transactions including:
    • Aspects of the $527,000,000 sale of its digital imaging patent portfolio to a consortium in a bankruptcy sale
    • Aspects of the sale of its personal imaging and digital imaging businesses in a bankruptcy sale to satisfy a several billion dollar liability
    • Sale of CCD Image Sensor business to a Platinum Equity portfolio company
    • $65,000,000 sale of CMOS Image Sensor business to Omnivision Technologies (Nasdaq)
    • $129,000,000 sale of OLED business to a group of LG companies
    • Acquisition of Bowe Bell + Howell’s production document scanner business
    • $250,000,000 acquisition of Scitex Digital Printing's worldwide commercial inkjet business (n/k/a Versamark)
    • Acquisition of National Semiconductor's (NYSE) CMOS image sensor business
    • Acquisition of Laser-Pacific Media Corporation (Nasdaq) in a public merger
  • Represented Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE) in connection with numerous transactions including:
    • $191,000,000 acquisition of Munroe Regional Medical Center
    • $525,000,000 acquisition of seven acute care hospitals from Catholic Health Partners
    • $145,000,000 acquisition of two acute care hospitals from Wuesthoff Health System
    • $515,000,000 acquisition of five acute care hospitals from Tenet Corporation (NYSE)
    • $380,000,000 sale of non-controlling interest in seven acute care hospitals to Novant Health Care and related joint venture agreements
    • $80,000,000 acquisition of two acute care hospitals from Providence Health Systems
  • Represented American Express Inc. (NYSE) in connection with the sale of certain travel service related assets to Altour and the sale of its wholesale package vacation business to a Bain Capital portfolio company

  • Represented Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE) in connection with its $312,000,000 acquisition of one of the top twenty largest insurance brokerages in the United States and $37,000,000 acquisition of the third party administrator business of GAB Robbins North America, Inc.

  • Represented the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team in connection with its sale to new ownership

  • Represented K+S Aktiengesellschaft, as U.S. counsel in certain specialized areas, in connection with its $1,700,000,000 acquisition of Morton Salt from Rohm and Haas Company

  • Represented Norampac, a division of Cascades Canada ULC (TSX), in connection with a $430,000,000 Greenpac joint venture for the construction, equipping and operation thereon of a "green" state-of-theart containerboard manufacturing facility

  • Represented Warwick Valley Telephone (Nasdaq) in connection with its $17,000,000 acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Alteva, LLC

  • Represented PAETEC Holding Corp. (Nasdaq) in connection with its $61,000,000 acquisition of Xeta Technologies (Nasdaq) in a cash out merger and its acquisition of certain software related assets of Formula Telecom Solutions, from its Israeli parent

  • Represented Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. in connection with the divestiture of its egg production facilities

  • Represented Veramark Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq) with its sale to a private equity buyer via a tender offer

  • Represented PTI (Nasdaq) in connection with its cash out merger

  • Represented distributor of oil country tubular goods in connection with a $250,000,000 divestiture to a private equity fund

  • Represented Gatehouse Media, Inc. (NYSE) in connection with a $125,000,000 acquisition of several dozen media outlets

  • Represented Carestream Health in connection with its acquisition of Quantum Medical Imaging’s radiology equipment business and the acquisition of oral and maxillofacial surgery and dental practice management software business from Windent

  • Represented High Falls Brewing Co. in connection with its sale to KPS Capital Partners LP

  • Represented MacKenzie-Childs in connection with its sale to Twin Lakes Capital

  • Represented Cinnabar Solutions and Selkirk Industries in connection with approximately $110,000,000 sale of retail fixture business to Royston Holdings, LLC

  • Represented Transcat, Inc. (Nasdaq) in connection with various acquisitions and divestitures