Mergers & Acquisitions



Our attorneys have significant experience with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, and joint ventures. We advise and assist public and private enterprises - as both buyers and sellers - with all aspects of these undertakings, including stock- and cash-based transactions, tender offers, proxy contests, and due diligence.

Representative Matters

  • Acted as United States counsel in connection with the merger of minerals and mining companies with assets of more than $3 billion.
  • Represented the holder of FCC regulated PCS licenses in a series of sale transactions to multiple buyers with an aggregate purchase price of approximately $150 million.
  • Structured and negotiated the $100 million sale of an aviation components manufacturing business.
  • Served as counsel to public utilities in their mergers, corporate reorganizations, asset divestitures and acquisitions.
  • Represented multiple parties in the private sale of a noteworthy wine and spirits industry business involving complex state liquor and bulk sale laws, tax, employment, operating and trademark considerations.
  • Represented a major New Jersey real estate developer in its corporate restructuring which included an exchange of equity securities and a spinoff of development properties into a newly formed entity.
  • Represented a secured lender in the foreclosure on and subsequent sale of an equity interest in an entity which owned an ethanol plant in Iowa.
  • Acted as U.S. counsel to a U.S. denim manufacturer in the acquisition of a denim mill located in Milan, Italy.
  • Represented the purchaser of a speech therapy business and the subsequent sale of such business to a major health care company.
  • Represented the seller of a metal stamping business headquartered in the United States and with operations in the People's Republic of China.
  • Represented Dataram, a Princeton-based manufacturer of memory products and provider of performance solutions, in its acquisition of U.S. Gold, a gold exploration and development company.
  • Represented a Canadian manufacturer in the acquisition of a series of machinery manufacturing plants and related assets in the United States, including one auction under Bankruptcy Court supervision.
  • Developed practical and economical procedures for a large foreign client to acquire a series of small start-up companies in the United States.
  • Represented numerous buyers and sellers of restaurants located throughout the New York City area.
  • Represented a registered FINRA broker-dealer firm in connection with the merger with a publicly registered broker-dealer firm.

Select M&A Matters in the Banking Industry

  • Represented ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. in its $243 million merger with Center Bancorp, Inc. to form the fourth largest bank headquartered in New Jersey.
  • Represented Team Capital Bank in connection with its $122 million acquisition by Provident Financial Services and merger into The Provident Bank, forming a bank with $8.2 billion in combined assets and 90 branches in 13 counties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • Represented South Jersey-based Colonial Financial Services, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Cape Bancorp, Inc. for approximately $55 million, forming a combined bank with an estimated $1.6 billion in assets and 22 locations throughout New Jersey.
  • Represented BankAsiana, the largest Korean-American bank headquartered in the New York/New Jersey market with total assets of $207.3 million, in connection with its acquisition by Wilshire Bancorp for approximately $32.5 million.
  • Represented Riverside Bank in its $28 million merger agreement with Salisbury Bancorp, Inc., forming a bank with approximately $808 million in total assets, $630 million in total loans and $682 million in total deposits with 13 branch locations across Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York.
  • Represented Hilltop Community Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Hilltop Community Bank, in the execution of a Merger Agreement that provides for its acquisition by Haven Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Haven Savings Bank, for approximately $27 million.




MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS LAWYERS


Partners

ANTHONY R. COSCIA 
CHARLES A. DAMATO 
CHRISTOPHER E. DEAN 
GREGORY EISENSTARK 
MICHAEL M. MORIARTY 
ROBERT A. ROSSI 
ROBERT A. SCHWARTZ 
JAMES M. SULLIVAN 

Associates

SPENCER C. FRIEDMAN 
GREGORY T. KRAUSS 
MARIE KYM SMITH