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Craig S. Wittlin

Managing Partner
  • Rochester and Buffalo
  • 585.231.1260
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As HSE's Managing Partner, Craig oversees the operation of the Firm's five offices and provides strategic leadership and direction to the Firm's 130 lawyers and a total staff of 250, who comprise the most dynamic corporate law firm in upstate New York. Craig was elected by his partners to serve as the Firm's Managing Partner beginning in January, 2016.

As Managing Partner, Craig is responsible for implementing and achieving the Firm's strategic plan, which focuses on providing differentiated, high-value service to clients through a commitment to teamwork, excellence and entrepreneurship.

Craig also maintains an active corporate law practice, and leads HSE teams in various merger, acquisition, securities, joint venture, and capital markets transactions, representing clients in the banking, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, retail, and other industries. Over the last decade, Craig has led HSE’s team on transactions with an aggregate value of more than $10 billion, ranging from transactions of less than $1 million to more than $1 billion. Craig also has substantial experience advising executives and board members of Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, and other public companies on matters related to corporate governance, risk assessment, and disclosure obligations under federal securities laws.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • President, Town of Inlet Historical Society
  • Former Board Member and Vice President, Temple B'rith Kodesh
  • Former Board Member, YMCA’s Camp Gorham
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, GEVA Theatre Center
  • Former Board Member, CP Rochester

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Recognized by Chambers USA from 2012-2018 in the field of Corporate/M&A
  • Named to the Chambers USA 2017 and 2018 Upstate New York “Eminent Practitioner” List
  • Named as Best Lawyers® 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester, NY
  • Named as Best Lawyers® 2013 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester, NY
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2009-2017
  • Recipient, “Forty Under 40” Award, Rochester Business Journal, 2004

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in connection with more than 20 acquisitions, with purchase prices ranging from $8 million to more than $500 million.
  • Representing a leading international company in two merger transactions with public company targets, including primary responsibility for all aspects of negotiating and drafting the acquisition agreements and the related Form S-4 registration statements.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in three offerings of debt securities under Rule 144A, having an aggregate value of nearly $2 billion.
  • Representing the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a consumer products company in a “going private” transaction.
  • Advising a privately held company in connection with three rounds of private equity financing, totaling nearly $40 million.
  • Representing a private equity fund in approximately ten different investments.
  • Representing an investment advisory firm in connection with the formation of multiple group trusts and other pooled investment vehicles.
  • Representing a company conducting a “roll-up” transaction in the building supply industry, including the negotiation and closing of five acquisitions.

NEWS

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

  • Albany Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Syracuse University, B.S., Managerial Law and Public Policy
HSE Law
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Craig S. Wittlin
Managing Partner
cwittlin@hselaw.com
tel: 585.231.1260
fax: 585.232.2152

As HSE's Managing Partner, Craig oversees the operation of the Firm's five offices and provides strategic leadership and direction to the Firm's 130 lawyers and a total staff of 250, who comprise the most dynamic corporate law firm in upstate New York. Craig was elected by his partners to serve as the Firm's Managing Partner beginning in January, 2016.

As Managing Partner, Craig is responsible for implementing and achieving the Firm's strategic plan, which focuses on providing differentiated, high-value service to clients through a commitment to teamwork, excellence and entrepreneurship.

Craig also maintains an active corporate law practice, and leads HSE teams in various merger, acquisition, securities, joint venture, and capital markets transactions, representing clients in the banking, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, retail, and other industries. Over the last decade, Craig has led HSE’s team on transactions with an aggregate value of more than $10 billion, ranging from transactions of less than $1 million to more than $1 billion. Craig also has substantial experience advising executives and board members of Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, and other public companies on matters related to corporate governance, risk assessment, and disclosure obligations under federal securities laws.

Representative Experience

  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in connection with more than 20 acquisitions, with purchase prices ranging from $8 million to more than $500 million.
  • Representing a leading international company in two merger transactions with public company targets, including primary responsibility for all aspects of negotiating and drafting the acquisition agreements and the related Form S-4 registration statements.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in three offerings of debt securities under Rule 144A, having an aggregate value of nearly $2 billion.
  • Representing the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a consumer products company in a “going private” transaction.
  • Advising a privately held company in connection with three rounds of private equity financing, totaling nearly $40 million.
  • Representing a private equity fund in approximately ten different investments.
  • Representing an investment advisory firm in connection with the formation of multiple group trusts and other pooled investment vehicles.
  • Representing a company conducting a “roll-up” transaction in the building supply industry, including the negotiation and closing of five acquisitions.

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • President, Town of Inlet Historical Society
  • Former Board Member and Vice President, Temple B'rith Kodesh
  • Former Board Member, YMCA’s Camp Gorham
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, GEVA Theatre Center
  • Former Board Member, CP Rochester

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Chambers USA from 2012-2018 in the field of Corporate/M&A
  • Named to the Chambers USA 2017 and 2018 Upstate New York “Eminent Practitioner” List
  • Named as Best Lawyers® 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester, NY
  • Named as Best Lawyers® 2013 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester, NY
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2009-2017
  • Recipient, “Forty Under 40” Award, Rochester Business Journal, 2004

News

Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • Albany Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Syracuse University, B.S., Managerial Law and Public Policy

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