Christal Contini
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Christal L. Contini

Member; Co-chair, Mergers and acquisitions

EMAIL ccontini@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.430.2020

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Christal is a member and a co-chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. Her practice is also focused on representing physician practice groups, medical laboratories, search funds and both strategic buyers and sellers in various types of transactions, including complex mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, distressed acquisitions and dispositions, financings, and investments. Christal also provides general corporate counseling to a variety of middle market businesses, business owners, boards of directors, management teams and investors on matters relating to corporate governance, commercial contracts, compliance and operational issues. Her industry experience covers a wide array of industries such as healthcare, quick-service and full-service franchise restaurants, polymers and manufacturing. Christal has also served in an in-house counsel capacity for a pathology laboratory, a software service provider, a polymer manufacturer and an international manufacturer and distributor of household and commercial products.

Christal earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2008 and served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Health. She received a B.A., cum laude, from Ashland University in 2003.

Representative Cases/Matters

Middle Market Representative Matters:

  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of the platform fire protection services company and subsequent add-on acquisitions.
  • Represented family owned custom rubber manufacturer in its acquisition of multiple add on companies.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of a manufacturing and commercial sales of scales and dimensioning systems business.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of a specialty chemicals business.  
  • Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of a lawn maintenance and pest control business.  
  • Represented a private equity search fund in the acquisition of a software as a service business.
  • Represented a private equity search fund in the acquisition of an ambulatory services business.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the disposition of an analytics and channel customer engagement firm.  
  • Represented multi-national inks and coatings manufacturer in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a large U.S. based inks and coatings manufacturer for $100 million.
  • Represented Quaker Steak and Lube, owner, operator and franchisor of over 65 casual dining restaurants, in the sale of substantially all of its assets to a strategic public company buyer pursuant to a §363 sale out of bankruptcy.
  • Represented large manufacturer in the sale of certain assets to a private equity backed company as part of an add-on acquisition.
  • Represented large manufacturer in the sale of certain assets to current management.
  • Represented large manufacturer in the sale of certain assets to a publicly traded multinational company.
  • Represented selling company in sale of assets to private equity fund as part of a roll-up of companies.
  • Represented franchisee in the disposition of multiple restaurants in four states.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in asset sales, stock sales, and mergers.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in §363 and Article 9 transactions.

Healthcare Representative Matters:

  • Represented physician owned medical laboratory in the sale to a private equity fund that will serve as the original platform company for future add-on acquisitions.
  • Represented a substance abuse and drug rehabilitation center in its sale of stock to a public healthcare company.
  • Represented large regional medical laboratory in sale of assets to a publicly-traded laboratory company.
  • Represented healthcare technology company in debt/equity financing transaction.
  • Represented medical device manufacturer in partial sale/strategic alliance transaction.
  • Represented dental practice in sale of assets to a strategic purchaser.  
  • Represented individual radiologists in the sale of a multi-national radiology practice to a private-equity backed platform company.
  • Represented numerous pathologist-owned medical laboratories involved in merger, acquisition and joint venture activities.
  • Represented clients in the formation and operation of joint ventures in the healthcare industry.  

Admissions - State

  • Ohio


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Ashland University

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for Crain's Cleveland Notable Women in Law (2018)

Professional Membership

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Public Service and Volunteerism

  • Dobama Theatre (Board of Directors)

External Publications

  • "Don't let due diligence deflect from the deal of a lifetime," Crain's Cleveland Business, January 19, 2018
  • "Materiality scrape' can be more than a minor cut," Crain's Cleveland Business, January 14, 2017 
  • "Considering a Sale of Your Business? Be Familiar with the Concept of an Earnout," RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest August 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • "Business and Clinical Strategies for Anatomic Pathology Groups and Pathology Labs: Weighing the Options of Capital Infusion, Acquisition, Sale, or Merger", Christal Contini, Chair; Panel: Tom Rehwald, Michael Cohen, John Reiboldt, Al Sirmon, Executive War College, May 1, 2018