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Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2014

Author(s): Brian C. Miner, David W. Pollak, Michael P. Lee
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Apr 2014
ISBN: 9781402422140
PLI Item #: 50664
CHB Spine #: B2098, B2099

Michael is the head of Reed Smith’s U.S. M&A Team and is a partner in Reed Smith's Global Corporate Group.

His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions, complex joint ventures, recapitalizations and restructurings, licensing transactions and general corporate counseling.  Michael’s practice covers a wide range of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, consumer products, food and beverage, telecommunications, and software.

Michael also applies his technical background (including a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University) in the representation of technology companies in intellectual property/information technology agreements.

Michael has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading corporate/M&A attorney and is a frequent speaker on M&A and private equity topics.

David W. Pollak has more than 30 years of experience as a corporate lawyer. He represents clients in public and private offerings of securities, including initial public offerings, and merger and acquisition transactions. David works closely with life sciences, financial services, technology, information services, and investment banking clients, and represents private equity firms. David serves as the firm’s Managing Partner of Operations, responsible for the firm’s financial performance, and is a member of the firm's Management Committee.

David served as leader of the firm’s business and finance practice for seven years, an elected member of the firm’s Compensation Committee for eight years, and an Advisory Board member for six years. He teaches a third-year course in negotiating skills in the context of M&A and securities transactions as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law.



Represented Cambridge Global Payments in its sale, for approximately C$900 million, to Fleetcor.

Represented Mercury Payment Systems in its sale, for approximately $750 million, to Silver Lake Partners.

Represented Health Net, Inc. in its $6.8 billion cash and stock merger with Centene Corporation.

Represented Nash Finch Company in its $1.3 billion merger with Spartan Stores Inc.

Represented Electra Ltd. in its acquisition of Gilston Electrical and Hellman Electric.

Represented Anterios, Inc. in its sale to Allergan.

Represented Portware in its sale for $265 million to FactSet.

Represented BlackBerry in its acquisition of AtHoc, Inc.

Represented BlackBerry in its acquisition of WatchDox, Inc.

Represented BlackBerry in its acquisition of Movirtu Limited.

Represented Conifer Securities in its sale to The Carlyle Group.

Represented SpartanNash in its acquisition of Caito.

Represented SpotOn Transact in its acquisition of EmaginePOS Inc.

Represented FastPay in its acquisition of AnchorOps.

Represented Nash Finch Company in its asset acquisition of Bag 'N Save.

Represented BlackBerry in its sale of its subsidiary, Newbay Software Limited.



University of Chicago Law School, J.D.

Princeton University, A.B., summa cum laude

Brian C. Miner is a corporate partner resident in Holland & Knight's Philadelphia office. Mr. Miner concentrates his practice in private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions advising public and private companies, and private equity firms.

Mr. Miner has substantial experience across a broad range of sectors, including asset management, life sciences, infrastructure, energy and manufacturing. In particular, his private equity experience includes advising investment management clients on acquisitions and dispositions of interests in private equity fund managers.

Mr. Miner is a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute (PLI), where he has served as the chair and regular panelist for the seminar "Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company" since 2012. He has been previously recognized as a leading private equity lawyer by The Legal 500, described as a "very strong tactician."