Overview
Michael Meaney
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EMAIL mmeaney@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.348.5411

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Experience

Mike is a member at McDonald Hopkins in Cleveland. He has extensive experience assisting middle-market clients in executing complex mergers and acquisitions. Mike also counsels clients on the formation and operation of various investment vehicles, including search funds.

Mike earned a J.D., summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1977. He received an A.B., cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1974.

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Representation of an online compliance training leader in its sale to a leading education technology innovator.
  • Representation of an industry leader in Data, Voice and Unified Communications technologies in the execution of a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and operations of a major wi-fi provider.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the purchase of a company that sells and installs telecommunications systems for the hospitality industry.
  • Representation of private equity funds in the purchase of software companies.
  • Representation of the founders of a manufacturer of complex ceramics products for the aerospace and medical device markets in its sale to a German strategic buyer.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the sale of a digital marketing company to a NYSE-listed company.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in three separate transactions involving the purchase of companies that manufacture and lease industrial air heaters.
  • Representation of the purchaser of a leading manufacturer of copper tubing.
  • Representation of a corporation in the sale of its Netherlands-based subsidiary.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in five separate transactions involving the sale of portfolio companies, in each case for a purchase price of over $50 million.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in its acquisition of a specialty pipe threading business serving the oil industry in the Rocky Mountain states. Representation of the same client in the subsequent sale of this business to another private equity fund.
  • Representative of a private equity fund in its acquisition of a manufacturer and value-added distributor of specialty chemicals.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in its acquisition of a St. Paul, Minnesota based dominant regional provider of recycling services and end-of-life solutions for computers and electronic equipment. 
  • Representative of a private equity fund in its acquisition of a high-voltage powerline maintenance and service provider in Nebraska.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in its acquisition of a Kansas City based medical products company. 
  • Representation of a private equity fund in its acquisition of a Pennsylvania based company in the business of issuing service contracts on pre-owned vehicles. 
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the purchase of an Oklahoma-based professional employer organization.   
  • Representation of an investment management firm in the sale of its stock to a bank holding company. 
  • Representation of a publicly held diversified manufacturer with respect to (i) several merger and acquisition transactions (one of which involved a purchase price of over $100 million) and (ii) numerous commercial agreements. 
  • Representation of an investment fund with respect to the acquisition of an industrial company in the Midwest for a purchase price in excess of $100 million. 
  • Representation of an investor group in the sale of an industrial products distribution business to a New York Stock Exchange listed company. 
  • Representation of a bearings manufacturer in a $55 million sale to a New York Stock Exchange listed company. 
  • Representation of the owner of a local wireless personal communication service (PCS) for a major metropolitan area in the sale of the business to a private equity firm. 
  • Representation of an investor group in the sale of an industrial products distribution business to a private equity fund.
  • Representation of an entrepreneur in the sale of his manufacturing business to a portfolio company of a private equity firm for over $35 million, including a significant ongoing stake in the combined company. 
  • Representation of the purchaser the acquisition of an industrial products distribution business with eleven facilities located in six states. 
  • Representation of an entrepreneur in the sale of his distribution business to a private equity firm, including a significant ongoing stake in the company. 
  • Representation of an Ohio-based logistics services provider in its merger with a California-based strategic acquirer.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the purchase of a website.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the purchase of a value-added distributor and manufacturer of garage door parts and accessories.
Credentials

Admissions - State

  • Florida
  • Ohio

Education

  • Georgetown University
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2014-2018)

Public Service and Volunteerism

  • President of 50-member homeowners’ association
  • Officer on two local Assessment Equalization Boards
Insights

External Publications

  • “Will Your Purchase Agreement Stop You From Recovering Losses?,” Crain’s Cleveland Business, January 28, 2013.
  • "Ohio Nonresidents Taxed on Gain From the Sale of Debt or Equity in Closely Held Ohio Businesses," article co-authored in the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, January 2012.
  • “Legal Aspects of the Sale of a PEO,” PEO Insider Magazine, December 2008/ January 2009 and February 2009 issues.
  • “Before You Sell,” Smart Business Cleveland, September 2008.
  • “Contract Issues in Asset and Stock Acquisition Agreements: Warranties, Indemnities, Baskets, Caps, Materiality and Knowledge,” Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Acquisitions and Divestitures, October 2001.
Events

Speaking Engagements

  • “Search Funds,” The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, March 2009 & April 2010. 
  • “Search Fund Forum,” Harvard Business School, March 2009 & April 2010. 
  • “Search Funds,” Stanford University Graduate School of Business, February 2008 Entrepreneurship Conference. 
  • “Developments in Corporate Governance,” 12th Annual Bowne SEC Updates Seminar, November 2008. 
  • “Contract Issues and Asset and Stock Acquisition Agreements,” Cleveland Bar Association Seminar “Corporation Transactions – 2001,” May 2001.
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