Financial Advisory Services

In today’s era of increased transparency, heightened regulatory and law enforcement scrutiny, and growing activism on the part of shareholders and the plaintiffs’ bar, financial advisors play a critical role in the success of any corporate transaction, investment or financing deal. While investment banks and other financial advisory companies can help their clients minimize risks, their own involvement in mergers, acquisitions, and securities and corporate matters can increase their exposure to claims, disputes and litigation. The financial advisory team at McGuireWoods helps investment banks and other financial advisory companies, including the bulge bracket, top middle market firms and premier boutique firms, in negotiating effective engagement agreements and in rendering fairness, solvency and valuation opinions.

Our client list is a veritable who’s who of the financial services industry located not only in the United States but also around the world including companies located in CanadaChina and Western Europe. So we understand the nuances of financial advisory issues in those jurisdictions and counsel our clients accordingly.

We counsel clients at every step in the process, including drafting and negotiating engagement letters and indemnification agreements, reviewing and commenting on transaction documents and investment bank and advisory firms’ presentations to their clients’ boards of directors, and drafting opinions and descriptions of the financial analyses underlying those opinions in documents to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We also provide guidance with respect to general corporate issues that arise in the context of our clients’ engagements, such as fiduciary duties analysis, disclosure philosophy and compliance with federal securities law.

Our financial advisory team comprises some of the firm’s top corporate, securities and financial services lawyers, several of whom have significant experience, prior to joining McGuireWoods, serving as in-house counsel and investment bankers at top financial institutions and financial services providers. Leading members of our practice are regularly ranked by The American Lawyer and Corporate Control Alert as among the top counsel to investment banks acting as financial advisors. Over the last ten years, members of our financial advisory practice have assisted clients on more than $100 billion of M&A transactions. As industry leaders, our lawyers speak frequently at legal events and conferences sponsored by organizations such as the Practising Law Institute and the American Bar Association.

We have represented financial advisory clients in deals involving a broad range of industries, including the following:

  • Construction
  • Defense and aerospace
  • Energy
  • Food and beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality, hotel and leisure
  • Life sciences
  • Mining
  • Technology
  • Transportation

We draw on the full resources of our international firm, including our corporate, governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, cross-border transactions, restructuring and litigation practices, to provide comprehensive, coordinated guidance to financial advisory firms and banks.

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Scott E. Westwood Partner T: +1 412 667 7989
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Robert W. Baird Advises Span-America Medical Systems in $80 Million Sale

Representation of Robert W. Baird as financial advisor to Span-America Medical Systems, a mattress manufacturer, in its $80 million sale via cash tender offer to Savaria Corp., a publicly traded, Canada-based leading manufacturer in the accessibility industry.
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BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Representation of BMO Capital Markets as financial advisor to (1) Primo Water in its $263 million acquisition of Glacier Water Services and (2) Providence and Worcester Railroad in $126 million sale to Genesee & Wyoming Inc.; and (3) Questar Assessment Inc. in its $127.5 million sale to Educational Testing Service.
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EOG Resources Expands Presence in Delaware and Powder River Basins

Representation of Houlihan Lokey as financial advisor to Yates Petroleum in its $2.5 billion sale to EOG Resources.
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Benchmark Capital

Representation of Benchmark Capital as financial advisor to RR Media in its $242 million sale to SES S.A.
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Oppenheimer & Co.

Representation of Oppenheimer & Co. as financial advisor to VirtualScopics in its $16 million sale to BioTelemetry.
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Leidos Takes Next Step in Evolution

Representation of Stout Risius Ross as financial advisor to Leidos Holdings, Inc. in its $4.6 billion merger with the Information Systems & Global Solutions business of Lockheed Martin Corp.
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Eureka Capital

Representation of Eureka Capital as financial advisor to Roofing & Insulation Supply in its acquisition of Beacon Roofing Supply.
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Olsen Palmer

Representation of Olsen Palmer as financial advisor to (1) Clayton, HC in its $284 million sale of Clayton Bank & Trust and American City Bank to FirstBank, a wholly owned subsidiary of FB Financial Corporation; and (2) F&M Bank in its $85 million sale to F&M Bancorp.
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Oberon Securities

Representation of Oberon Securities as financial advisor in various engagements.
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Cassel Salpeter & Co.

Representation of Cassel-Salpeter as financial advisor to HF2 Financial Management in its $175 million acquisition of ZAIS Group.
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Barclays

Representation of Barclays as financial advisor to Force Protection in its $360 million litigated sale to a leading aerospace and defense company.
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Berenson

Representation of Berenson as financial advisor to EnergySouth in its $510 million sale to Sempra.
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Bulge Bracket Investment Bank

Representation of a bulge bracket investment bank as financial advisor to (1) Iberdrola in its $8.4 billion acquisition of Energy East; (2) DRAXIS in its $255 million sale to Jubilant Organosys; (3) RehabCare in its $101 million acquisition of Symphony Health, a subsidiary of Leucadia; (4) Centex in the $400 million sale of Centex to Balfour Beatty; (5) KB Home in its $811 million sale of Kaufman & Broad to PAI; (6) Cree in its $668 million acquisition of Ruud Lighting; (7) Eldorado in its $2.5 billion acquisition of European Goldfields; (8) Cardinal Health in its $2.1 billion acquisition of AssuraMed; and (9) Alaska Airlines in its $2.6 billion acquisition of Virgin America.
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Capstone

Representation of Capstone as financial advisor to (1) The Standard Register Company in its $218 million acquisition of WorkflowOne; (2) CCA Industries, Inc. in a financing; (3) Entertainment Gaming Asia Inc. in a rights offering; (4) ION in a debt exchange; and (5) in solvency engagements.
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CBIZ

Representation of CBIZ in solvency engagements.
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Citigroup

Representation of Citigroup  as financial advisor to (1) Accu-Met Laser and New England Precision Grinding in their sales to Riverside; (2) ProLogic in its sale to Ultra Electronics; and (3) TMI in its sale to MiTek.
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Credit-Suisse

Representation of Credit-Suisse as financial advisor to (1) On Command in its $300 million sale to Liberty Media; and (2) SafeNet in its $450 million acquisition of Rainbow Technologies.
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Duff & Phelps

Representation of Duff & Phelps  as financial advisor to (1) Rotonics in its $40 million sale to Spell Capital; (2) McJunkin Red Man in a recapitalization; (3) Gibraltar Packaging in its $21 million sale to Rosmar; (4) CommScope in its $2.65 billion purchase of Andrew; (5) ZANTAZ in its $400 million sale to Autonomy; (6) Applied Digital in its $82 million merger with Digital Angel; (7) Source Interlink in its $1.3 billion purchase of the Primedia Enthusiast Division; (8) Primedia in its issuance of a $96 million dividend; (9) KCPC in its $1 billion purchase of Central Parking; (10) American Industrial in its $20 million purchase of E-ONE; (11) LSSi in its $70 million sale to Volt Delta; (12) Peabody Energy in its spin-off of Patriot Coal; (13) Trans Healthcare in its $48 million sale of assets to Omega Healthcare; (14) Time Warner in its spin-off of its cable business; (15) Seacor in its $410 million spin-off of Era Group; (16) NBTY, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, in a leveraged dividend recap; (17) First Data in its $29 billion sale to KKR; (18) Granite Construction in its acquisition of Wilder Construction; (19) Veramark in its sale to Varsity Inc.; (20) ABC Supply and American Builders & Contractors Supply in their transaction to redeem shares, repay certain indebtedness; (21) CiG Wireless in its $150 million sale to Vertical Bridge; (22) Aclara, a portfolio company of Sun Capital, in a leveraged recap; and (23) in solvency engagements.
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Goldman Sachs


Representation of Goldman Sachs as financial advisor to a leading tax firm in its aborted $1 billion sale of one of its divisions to Cerberus.
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KPMG Corporate Finance

Representation of KPMG Corporate Finance as financial advisor to (1) Hurray! in a transaction with Shanda Interactive; (2) Wonder Auto Technology in its acquisition of Jinheng (BVI) from Jinheng Automotive; (3) Ku6 in a transaction with pipi.com; and (4) Luna Innovations in Luna’s sale of its medical shape sensing business to Intuitive Surgical.
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John Cornelius John B. Cornelius
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 7625
F: +1 804 698 2106
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Ryan A. Durham Ryan A. Durham
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6466
F: +1 214 273 7496
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Tristan Freeman Tristan Freeman
Associate
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7026
F: +1 212 715 6274
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Louis Greenstein Louis D. Greenstein
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 202 857 2415
F: +1 202 828 3310
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T:+1 212 548 7068
F: +1 212 548 2150

Aaron G McCollough Aaron G. McCollough
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8256
F: +1 312 698 4522
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Stephen Older Stephen Older
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2122
F: +1 212 715 2307
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Jeffrey Rothschild Jeffrey L. Rothschild
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7086
F: +1 212 715 6291
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Richard W Viola Richard W. Viola
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2149
F: +1 704 444 8779
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Scott E Westwood Scott E. Westwood
Partner
Tower Two-Sixty
260 Forbes Avenue
Suite 1800
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7989
F: +1 412 402 4191
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October 9, 2014
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Pocket MBA Fall 2012: Finance for Lawyers

October 11-12, 2012
New York City and Live Webcast
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Rural/Metro: Delaware Supreme Court Affirms $76 Million Award Against Financial Advisor

Holds That Financial Advisors Are Not Gatekeepers

December 21, 2015
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The Importance of Oversight

Recent Trends in Delaware Financial Advisor Liability

December 9, 2015
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The Deal
March 31, 2009
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