Lexis Practice Advisor®—Mergers & Acquisitions

Contributing Authors & Firms

Our contributing authors are leading practictioners in their respective transactional practice area.

Candice ChohGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Candice Choh

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Candice Choh is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles. She is in the firm's Corporate Transactions practice group and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity and general corporate matters.

Candice has represented both public and private companies as well as private equity funds in various business combination transactions, and has also represented both issuers and underwriters in several debt and equity offerings. She currently serves as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Convention Center Authority and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Business and Corporations Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

  • University of Southern California Law School, JD
  • Southern California Law Review, Senior Editor
    Order of the Coif
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, partner; Professional Development Committee, member; and Diversity Committee, member
  • Licensed to practice in California 
Tyler B. DempseyTroutman Sanders

Tyler B. Dempsey

Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP

Tyler Dempsey is a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP, Atlanta, Georgia. With over 12 years of experience, he focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies, and his clients include Domtar Corporation; Swank, Inc.; Mangrove Equity Partners, L.P.; and PRGX Global, Inc.

Tyler has significant experience with private equity financings and joint venture transactions, as well as  experience representing payment processing companies in general corporate and commercial matters. He was selected as a Rising Star in Mergers & Acquisitions by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine and named to Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite in Business Law.  

Tyler serves on the board of directors for CURE Childhood Cancer and on the finance committee for The Center for the Visually Impaired.

  • University of North Carolina, JD with honors
  • North Carolina Law Review
    Order of the Coif
  • University of Tennessee, BS, magna cum laude
  • Troutman Sanders LLP, partner
  • King & Spalding LLP, associate
  • Licensed to practice in Georgia
  • CURE Childhood Cancer, board of directors
  • The Center for the Visually Impaired, finance committee
Shawn DomzalskiGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Shawn Domzalski

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Shawn Domzalski, an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, is a member of the firm’s Corporate department and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and general corporate matters.

Shawn has represented both public and private companies as well as private equity funds in business transactions, fund formation and fund management work.  He currently serves on the board of directors of The Soldiers Project.

  • Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, JD, magna cum laude
  • Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Order of the Coif
  • St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society of Jesuit Institutions
  • Washington University, BS
  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, associate
  • Licensed to practice in California  
Michael E.S. Frankel

Michael E.S. Frankel


Michael Frankel, a senior corporate development, strategy and operating executive, has led and closed more than 100 transactions, deploying over $10B in capital and driving strategic expansion and growth. He also has led operational initiatives to develop and launch new products and technologies, expand into new markets and restructure businesses.  Currently, he advises clients on strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and innovation through his firm Hyde Park Advisory.   

Michael has extensive experience in several sectors, including business services, information services, market research and data analytics, B2B content and data and enterprise software, with great expertise in acquisitions, equity and venture investing, strategy, product development and international expansion.

He serves on several boards, including the board of directors of Onvia (Nasdaq: ONVI), a leading data and lead vendor to Business government contractors. In addition, Michael is the author of three books and several articles on strategic transactions.

  • University of Chicago, JD, MBA and BA
  • Hyde Park Advisory, founder
  • LexisNexis Group, senior vice president and global head of business development and M&A
  • IRI, senior vice president of corporate development and strategy
  • VeriSign, senior corporate development
  • GE Capital, senior corporate development
  • Merrill Lynch, vice president investment banking
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, corporate associate
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Stephen I. Glover

Firm: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Stephen I. Glover is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. He has extensive experience representing public and private companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other transaction matters.

Stephen has been ranked one of the top five corporate transactions attorneys in Washington, D.C. for the past seven years (2005 - 2011) by Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers. He is listed in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, and securities and capital markets law. In August 2009 he was named as a finalist for the top Washington Corporate M&A lawyer by The Washington Business Journal. He was also a finalist in 2007 and 2005, and won the award in 2004. In 2006, Stephen was identified among Ten of the D.C. Area's Top Deal-Making Attorneys' by Legal Times.

Stephen's clients include large public corporations, emerging growth companies and middle market companies in a wide range of industries. He also advises private equity firms, individual investors and others.

Stephen is a member of the DC Bar Board of Governors, as well as a former co-chair of the Steering Committee for the D.C. Bar's Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section. Mr. Glover has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Stephen earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Amherst College.

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Amherst College, B.A., summa cum laude
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Licensed to practice in District of Columbia
  • Member, Board of Governors of District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, Securities Regulation and Mergers & Acquisitions Committees, ABA
Gregory GrossmanDLA Piper

Gregory S. Grossman

Firm: DLA Piper

Gregory Grossman, a partner at DLA Piper, Chicago, is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities group. He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other private equity transactions. His clients include multinational corporations, private equity funds, venture capital funds, emerging growth companies and other entities.

Within M&A, Gregory has represented buyers and sellers in all facets of mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, including auction-style sales processes. His significant experience also encompasses representing private equity funds and their portfolio companies in leveraged buyouts, refinancings and recapitalizations.

Additionally, Gregory has represented venture capital funds and emerging growth companies in various types of equity and debt investments, including seed and early-stage financings, late-growth equity investments and down-round restructurings.

His transactions regularly involve multi-disciplinary, cross-border teams that leverage strengths of DLA Piper’s worldwide platform.

  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, high honors
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS, high honors
  • DLA Piper, partner
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Katten Munchin Rosenman LLP
  • Licensed to practice in Illinois
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
Neil E. HermanMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Neil E. Herman

Firm: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Neil E. Herman is a partner in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. For more than 27 years, Neil has represented debtors, financial institutions, trustees, and creditors in out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy matters. He also has extensive experience representing landlords, real estate developers and shopping center owners in bankruptcy matters, and a substantial portion of his practice involves representing buyers of assets out of bankruptcy.

Neil has lectured on bankruptcy topics at New York Law School, Hofstra Law School and Columbia Business School and has been a panelist on numerous bankruptcy programs and seminars sponsored by the New York Law Journal, the Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Additionally, he has written or co-written numerous articles on bankruptcy and is the author of an extensive chapter on “Retail Bankruptcies” in the most recent Colliers on Bankruptcy treatise.

A member of the Turnaround Management Association, Neil has been recognized each year by New York Super Lawyers and was previously selected by Turnarounds and Workouts as a “Top 40 under 40” practitioner.

  • Hofstra University, School of Law, J.D.
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Dean’s List, B.A.
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Zalkin, Rodin & Goodman LLP
  • Licensed to practice in New York
  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Bar Association
  • State Bar of New York
Tom KleinGreenberg Traurig LLP

Thomas C. Klein

Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP

Thomas Klein is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, East Palo Alto, California. Focusing on start-up and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and public company representation, Tom’s practice includes representation of companies in formation, private and public financing, domestic and international technology strategies, and mergers and acquisitions. He also has represented public and private companies in diverse industries, including software and hardware, Internet applications, services, content, telecommunications technology, semiconductors, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices, and venture capital.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Tom was with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. in Palo Alto. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law since the spring of 2001, a UC Berkeley Extension instructor since 2008, and, during the spring of 2006, was an adjunct lecturer in securities regulation at Stanford Law School.

  • University of Chicago Law School, JD
  • Swarthmore College, BA, with honors
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP, shareholder
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
  • Licensed to practice in California, and before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Tax Court
  • Santa Clara University Law School, adjunct lecturer
  • Hiller Aviation Institute and Museum, advisory board member
  • Santa Clara University School of Law's High Tech Law Institute, advisory board member
  • Tynax, Inc., advisory board member
  • Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, board member
  • UC Berkeley Extension, Instructor
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Hiller Aviation Institute and Museum, pro bono counsel
  • The Hotchkiss School, regional council member
  • Stanford University Law School (2006), adjunct lecturer 
Kandis KoustenisCloudigy Law PLLC

Kandis Koustenis

Firm: Cloudigy Law PLLC

Kandis Koustenis is an attorney with Cloudigy Law PLLC, an intellectual property and technology law firm in McLean, Virginia. Kandis has extensive experience in trademark litigation, prosecution and counseling, as well as litigation and counseling in the related areas of copyright, design patent and advertising law.

Before joining Cloudigy Law, Kandis served as in-house counsel in charge of the global intellectual property programs and portfolios for Toys “R” Us and Kenneth Cole. Prior to her in-house experience, Kandis was a senior IP litigator and counselor in the New York offices of Darby & Darby PC and Goodwin Procter LLP. With her diverse mix of private practice, in-house, and strategic consulting experience, Kandis brings a business and strategy-focused perspective to her litigation and counseling practice.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, cum laude
  • The University of Virginia, BA
  • Cloudigy Law PLLC
  • Toys “R” Us, Inc.
  • Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Darby & Darby PC
  • Licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia
  • International Trademark Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Melissa Sawyer

Firm: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Melissa Sawyer is a partner in the General Practice group at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York. Her practice is focused on a variety of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity matters, domestic and international.

Experienced in takeover offense and defense, poison pills, assets sales, auctions, joint ventures, crafting earn-outs, special committee representations and representing individual significant shareholders in connection with M&A transactions, Melissa’s experience also extends to multiple industries, including healthcare and life sciences, insurance, financial services, consumer goods and manufacturing.

She was recently recognized by M&A Advisor in the publication’s 2012 annual “40 Under 40” ranking as one of 40 top professionals who reached a significant level of success in their careers under the age of 40. Additionally, Melissa was featured in The New York Times® “The Facebook® of Wall Street’s Future” as one of roughly 100 people 40 years old or younger who make up the “next generation of dealmakers,” and in New York Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Compliance, and Business/Corporate. Currently, Melissa is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD
  • Washington and Lee University, BA
  • Licensed to practice in New York
  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
Scott L. SemerDavies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Scott L. Semer is a partner at the New York office of Canadian-based Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. He specializes in the taxation of cross-border investments, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate joint ventures.

Scott is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School where he teaches a seminar called the Deals Workshop, which examines how complex commercial transactions are designed to share risks and rewards to maximize each deal participant’s opportunities to succeed.

A graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was Review and Essay Editor of the Columbia Law Review, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a film major, Scott is the co-author of Structuring Real Estate Joint Ventures with Private REITs and his articles appear regularly in a variety of journals.

  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
  • Tisch School of Arts at New York University, B.F.A.
  • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Claudia SimonPaul Hastings

Claudia K. Simon

Firm: Paul Hastings

Claudia Simon is a partner at Paul Hastings LLP, Los Angeles, California.  She has extensive experience representing public and private clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions, including tender offers, stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, cross-border acquisitions, auction transactions, defensive strategies and going-private transactions.  

Claudia also represents investment banking firms in connection with their roles as financial advisors in mergers and acquisitions.  In addition to her work in the acquisitions arena, Claudia handles securities and general corporate law matters. 

  • University of San Diego School of Law, JD, magna cum laude
  • San Diego Law Review
    Order of the Coif
  • University of California at Berkley, BA, cum laude
  • Paul Hastings LLP, partner
  • Licensed to practice in California
  • American Bar Association, member of the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions; serves on the working group for the Strategic Buyer/Public Company Target Deal Points Study and the Private Target Deal Points Study 
Carolyn J. VardiWhite & Case LLP

Carolyn J. Vardi

Firm: White & Case LLP

Carolyn Vardi, a partner at White & Case LLP, New York, is in the M&A practice group and chair of the Firm's New York Lawyers Committee.

Carolyn represents buyers and sellers in domestic and international public and private mergers and acquisitions, including joint ventures and equity co-investments. This involves the representation of domestic and international corporate clients in a broad range of industries, private equity funds, and commercial banks and their private equity affiliates.

Her practice is particularly focused on representing private equity firms with respect to their acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies. She has also advised on bankruptcy related matters and regularly counsels clients on general corporate matters and corporate governance.

In 2011, Carolyn was named to The M&A Advisor’s "40 Under 40" list of outstanding lawyers. She also is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” for both M&A and private equity in the United States in Euromoney’s Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide (2012); Euromoney's Expert Guide to Women in Business Law (2012); and was named a "Rising Star" for M&A in SuperLawyers Metro Edition (2012).

Carolyn frequently provides sought-after M&A thought leadership over a wide range of platforms, including publications and presentations to industry groups. She recently co-authored "Private equity in International Franchising" in the International Journal of Franchising Law, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2013. In addition, she serves an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.

  • Columbia Law School, JD
  • Yale University, BA, cum laude
  • White & Case LLP, partner
  • Licensed to practice in New York
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