Patrick A. De Ridder

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Practices
Industries
International
Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, LLM, 1992
  • University of Leuven School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 1988
Admissions
  • Virginia
Affiliations

Member, Treasurer and Chair Finance Committee, Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Executive Committee Member and Secretary, Chesterfield Public Education Foundation

Languages
  • French
  • Dutch

Patrick concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, joint ventures and domestic and international supply chain management. In the M&A context, Patrick assists public and private companies domiciled in the United States with transactional activities in the United States and abroad, as well as companies outside the United States looking to acquire and divest businesses in North America. Patrick previously served as Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Cross-Border Transactions department for 4 years and has also served as Chair of the Associates Committee and as a member of the Advisory Committee.

Recent transactions have involved businesses with operations in the United States, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Iceland, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland and the United Kingdom, and have involved diverse industries, with a predominance in manufacturing, life sciences, and food and beverage. As a member of the life sciences industry group, he helps pharmaceutical and medical device companies develop business strategies for joint ventures and other development programs, including co-development and marketing agreements, licensing arrangements, commercialization agreements, and manufacturing and supply agreements.

In his role as a trusted business advisor, Patrick regularly counsels clients on general corporate and business law matters, helping them realize their strategic business objectives and goals. Earlier in his career, Patrick acted as legal counsel to the secretary of state of the Brussels Region (Belgium), after which he practiced at a Belgian law firm. He also served as an assistant professor in European Community Law and Public International Law at the University of Leuven School of Law in Leuven, Belgium.

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Representation of a Dallas-based middle market private investment firm, in its acquisition of a food and beverage company.

Representation of a supplier of exterior building products in its acquisitions of distribution and manufacturing businesses throughout the United States. 

Representation of a leading international seafood company based in Iceland in its auction process and sale of its U.S. operations and related procurement and manufacturing businesses to a Canadian seafood company.

Representation of a publicly held manufacturing and processing company with its procurement, processing, warehousing and supply agreements in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Representation of the world’s leading producer of films for pharmaceutical, medical device, food, electronics and general purpose thermoform packaging, as well as printing and specialty applications, including for the credit card industry, in connection with its expansion by means of acquisitions throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina and Brazil.

Representation of a designer, engineer, manufacturer, commissioner, and services industrial processor of water treatment systems in its acquisition of a provider of water treatment equipment for dialysis, healthcare, laboratory and industrial applications.

Representation of a German pharmaceutical and medical device company with its worldwide licensing, supply, contract manufacturing, quality control and distribution agreements.

Representation of a Virginia-based publicly held community bank in connection with its expansion by means of the acquisition of a mortgage company and of another publicly held community bank in the region.

Representation of a publicly held manufacturing and processing company in connection with the divestitures of its non-core businesses in California and China, as well as its expansion by means of a joint venture with a processing company in the Philippines.

Representation of a Virginia trucking company in connection with the sale of its entire U.S. operations.

Representation of multiple convenience store chains in connection with the sale of all of their operations to an Israeli group and a domestic chain, respectively.

Representation of a German technology company in connection with its acquisition of U.S. semiconductor manufacturing company.

Representation of a U.S. warehouse development and construction company in connection with the sale of its majority ownership interest in its Polish operations.

Listed as a “Recommended Lawyer,” Corporate and Commercial M&A: Smaller Deals Up to £50m, The Legal 500 UK, 2016

Author, "The New Normal – Expanded Due Diligence for FCPA Violations Top Ten Tips," Association of Corporate Counsel, June 4, 2013
Article Participant, "Vetting for Corruption More Critical Than Ever in International Deals," Counsel to Counsel, Steven Andersen, Winter 2010
Speaker, "Rethinking “Standard” Provisions and “Boilerplate” in Contracts: Identify Key Drafting Issues and Avoid Litigation," 2016 ACC Mid-Year Meeting, April 2016
Moderator and Speaker, "Cross-Border M&A Transactions and Overseas Contracting Issues," 6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference, November 2014
Presenter, "Dealing with Experts Post Acquisition: Will your Earn-Out Earn you a Trip to Court?," ACC Annual Meeting, October 2013
Presenter, "Drafting Considerations for International Contracts: Using Choice of Law and Other Contract Terms to Maximize Profit and Minimize Risk," ACC Annual Meeting, October 2012
Presenter, "Overview of M&A Issues for Non-M&A Lawyers," ACC Real Estate Committee, July 19, 2012
Speaker, "Structuring Successful MedTech Partnerships," 3rd Annual Medical Device, Durable Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Conference, November 2, 2011
Presenter, "Considerations for Outsourced Models of Product Development, Manufacturing, Distribution and Sales," Partnering Strategies for Life Sciences Firms, Webinar co-hosted by McGuireWoods, biopartnering.com and TVG, September 23, 2009