McGuireWoods deputy managing partner
Joanne Katsantonis was named Energy & Industrials Dealmaker of the Year in The Deal Awards, which honor leaders and top transactions in the
deal economy over the past year. The Deal
is a leading news source for business intelligence, providing coverage
of corporate transactions, dealmakers and advisers.
Katsantonis, the firm’s deputy managing partner for development, won the
award for Energy & Industrials Dealmaker of the Year in the Large Cap
Category. She led a McGuireWoods team representing longtime client
Dominion Energy in the sale of its natural gas transmission and storage business to an
affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway — the largest purchase of U.S. energy
assets announced in 2020.
A former leader of McGuireWoods’ nationally recognized
energy industry team, Katsantonis is a strategic adviser to energy companies, from public
utilities and independent power producers to financial investors. Among her
many honors, she was named a
2020 Energy MVP by Law360, a
Go-to Lawyer for Business Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly and an
M&A Trailblazer by The National Law Journal.
“I am grateful for this recognition and especially proud that our deal work
across the firm has been recognized in this awards program,” Katsantonis
The firm also was honored for its role in two award-winning transactions,
including the Private Equity Deal of the Year (Middle Market). The firm
represented longtime client Falfurrias Capital Partners and American Safety
Council (ASC), a leading provider of online training and certification for
workplace and driver safety, in the sale of ASC to Ridgemont Equity
Christopher Nesbit led the McGuireWoods team representing Falfurrias Capital. The sale marked
a successful exit for Falfurrias Capital following a six-year growth
partnership that saw ASC add five complementary businesses and a new
leadership team. McGuireWoods lawyers advised on all the add-on
“We value our longstanding relationship with Falfurrias Capital and are
delighted to be recognized for assisting our client in this important
transaction,” Nesbit said. “This was a true team effort that demonstrated
our significant capabilities in M&A and private equity deals.”
In addition, McGuireWoods earned recognition for its role in the Energy
& Industrials Deal of the Year (Large Cap).
The firm served as counsel to Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. as financial
adviser to WillScot in its merger with portable storage company Mobile
Jeffrey L. Rothschild led the McGuireWoods team representing Stifel.
“We were pleased to represent Stifel as financial adviser to WillScot in
this major acquisition,” Rothschild said.
McGuireWoods was a finalist for Energy & Industrials Law Firm of the
Year and was involved in deals that were finalists for awards in two
categories. The firm represented an investment bank in Harsco’s acquisition
of Stericycle’s environmental solutions business, which was a finalist for
Energy & Industrials Deal of the Year (Middle Market). McGuireWoods
also represented an investment bank in Dime Community Bancshares merger
with Bridge Bancorp Inc., a finalist for Financial Services Deal of the
Year (Middle Market).
McGuireWoods consistently ranks among the leaders in U.S. and global
M&A deals — including private equity transactions — in league tables
Bloomberg and Refinitiv. The firm was recently rated a “powerhouse” for private company and straightforward M&A deals in a report
published by BTI.