By any measure, McGuireWoods
has established itself as a go-to law firm for M&A and private equity
transactions. In 2018, the firm again earned top five rankings for U.S.
M&A deals in
league tables published by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, as well as top 10 rankings for global M&A and mid-market private
“The league table rankings reflect the depth and breadth of our
transactional capabilities,” said
David Pusateri, deputy managing partner for McGuireWoods’ corporate practice.
“McGuireWoods has become an M&A leader because our lawyers understand
our clients’ industry-specific challenges and have a track record of
developing innovative strategies to help them achieve their business
McGuireWoods lawyers closed more than 400 M&A deals in 2018. Nearly
one-third of those transactions were in the healthcare industry, where the
firm excels in guiding clients through a gauntlet of regulatory, market and
financial challenges. The firm’s longstanding leadership in the industry
was on display when it held its
16th annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance
Conference in Chicago Feb. 20-21, bringing together hundreds of companies and
investors to explore
new strategies for closing deals and achieving growth.
The firm also saw significant deal activity in the technology and energy
sectors. Notably, McGuireWoods served as legal adviser to Dominion Energy
in completing its
$13.4 billion merger with South Carolina-based SCANA Corp. Lawyers from multiple practices and
government relations and grassroots advocacy teams from the firm’s public
affairs arm, McGuireWoods Consulting,
assisted Dominion in negotiating the merger and securing approvals from
three federal agencies and regulators in three states, showcasing the
firm’s comprehensive client service capabilities.
But the league tables only tell part of the story. McGuireWoods stands
apart with innovative, industry-focused initiatives that have been praised
by respected authorities and clients alike, and with a collaborative
approach that leverages the firm’s wide-ranging capabilities to tackle all
aspects of a transaction.
Two initiatives launched by the firm’s corporate practice were recognized
in Financial Times’
North American Innovative Lawyers report: a
nationwide program that connects independent sponsors with capital
providers , and a business development strategy that helps transactional lawyers
pitch for deals quickly and effectively. Mergers & Acquisitions magazine singled out the firm’s
independent sponsor initiative when it named McGuireWoods “Law Firm of the Year” in its Mid-Market M&A Awards.