Enrico Granata

Enrico Granata

Education

Columbia University (B.A., 1999)
Columbia University (M.I.A., 2005)
Columbia Law School (J.D., 2005)

Bar Admissions

New York

Enrico Granata is a partner in the Corporate Department in New York, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. His practice focuses on representing private and public corporate clients, private equity funds, and hedge funds in negotiated and contested mergers, acquisitions, tender and exchange offers, proxy fights, takeover defense counseling, joint ventures and restructuring and other corporate transactions.

Mr. Granata has advised on a broad range of public and private transactions, frequently with a significant cross-border dimension. He has acted for buyers, sellers, and targets in mergers, tender offers, stock and asset acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures, and restructuring transactions. In addition, Mr. Granata also routinely advises public and private companies and their management, officers and directors on fiduciary duties and responsibilities, board/management issues, including conflicts of interest, related party transactions and executive compensation, “best practices” for boards and board committees, and a variety of other corporate governance matters.

Mr. Granata has extensive M&A and PE experience in a variety of sectors, including energy, technology, life sciences, financial services, media, telecommunications, consumer products, defense, and real estate/REIT.

Selected representations by Mr. Granata appear below. To view a more complete list see Matters.

  • Representing Mobileye, a leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving, in its $15.3 billion sale to Intel Corporation though a cash tender offer followed by a back-end squeeze-out transaction. 
  • Represented JERA in the acquisition of a 43% stake in Cricket Valley Energy Center, the developer of a 1,000MW natural gas-fired power plant located in Dover, New York.
  • Represented Kirin, a leading Japanese company in the food and beverage market, in connection with its equity investment for a 24.5% stake in The Brooklyn Brewery Corporation, a craft beer manufacturer located in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Represented OMERS Private Equity, the private equity investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, in the sale of newswire service Marketwired to Nasdaq.
  • Represented Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, a power sector focused private equity fund, in the acquisition of the 252MW Holtwood hydro plant and the 50MW Lake Wallenpaupack plant in Pennsylvania for $860 million in cash.
  • Represented Futamura Chemical, a leading Japanese manufacturer of plastic films, in connection with its acquisition of the Cellophane business of the Innovia Group, a UK-headquartered global manufacturer of Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene and Cellulose based film and a portfolio company of Candover Partners.
  • Represented WM Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in buyout investments in the health and wellness sectors, and its portfolio company Wellnext, in the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Natural Dynamics, a Texas-based nutraceutical company that holds leading nutraceutical brands including Natural Calm and Organic Life Vitamins, as well as the educational site Organic Connections.
  • Represented McAfee, the world's largest dedicated security technology company in its acquisition of NitroSecurity, a VC-backed company based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
  • Represented AIG in the acquisition of an equity stake in K2 Intelligence Holdings, a company specializing in investigative services, data analytics, compliance monitoring, cyber threat, and anti-money laundering.
  • Represented American Pacific Corporation, a manufacturer of fine chemicals and specialty chemicals, in a going private transaction in which it was acquired by H.I.G. Capital, a private equity investment firm, though a tender offer and follow-on merger.
  • Represented AmREIT in its defense against an unsolicited takeover offer by Regency Centers Corporation
  • Represented UDR, a leading multifamily real estate investment trust, in its definitive agreement with Home Properties and an affiliate of the Lone Star Funds to acquire up to six communities valued at $908 million.
  • Represented LBO France Gestion in connection with the leveraged buyout of McIntosh, a high-end audio equipment company, and certain other U.S. operating subsidiaries of Italy-based Fine Sounds.
  • Represented UBS Infrastructure & Private Equity, a business unit of UBS Asset Management, in connection with its acquisition of a 50% interest in a 161MW wind energy project located in Oldham County, Texas from EDF Renewable Asset Holdings, an affiliate of EDF Renewable Energy.
  • Represented Axium Infrastructure, a Canadian private equity firm, in connection with the acquisition of a 49% equity interest in a wind farm portfolio located in Oregon State from EDP Renewables North America.
  • Represented Mitsui in its acquisition of a 30% stake in 10 wind farms and 2 solar photovoltaic power plants in Canada from GDF SUEZ Canada.
  • Represented Dai Nippon Printing in the acquisition of Foto Fantasy (d/b/a Innovative Foto) from an affiliate of Sankaty Advisors, an independently managed affiliate of Bain Capital.
  • Represented OpenLink Financial, the leading provider of cross-asset trading, risk management and operations software solutions, in its acquisition of SolArc, a software company focused on commodity management solutions for companies operating across the commodity supply chain, with a particular strength in physical bulk commodities.
  • Represented the members of UMT Consulting Group, a strategic project and portfolio management consulting firm, in the sale of the company to Ernst & Young.
  • Represented First Reserve, a global energy-focused private equity and infrastructure investment firm, in connection with the acquisition of Kingfisher Wind, a 298MW wind energy project located in Northern Canadian County and Southern Kingfisher County in Oklahoma, and the related a $270 million tax equity financing.
  • Represented Public Sector Pension Investment Board in the acquisition, through its wholly owned subsidiary Infra-PSP Canada, of a 49% equity interest of the holding company of I-69 Development Partners (I-69 DP).
  • Represented Inovalon, a leading provider of medical data analytics, in connection with its initial public offering and related reorganization transactions.
  • Represented Royal Bank of Canada in the sale of Liberty Life Insurance Company, its U.S. life insurance subsidiary, to Athene Holding.
  • Represented Matrixx Initiatives in its sale to funds managed by H.I.G. Capita by means of a cash tender offer followed by a back-end merger.
  • Represented Harris Corp. in its acquisition of CapRock Communications from funds managed by ABRY Partners.
  • Represented The Weinstein Company in its out-of-court restructuring of substantially all of its consolidated indebtedness.
  • Represented the members of York Capital Management in their sale of a minority interest to Credit Suisse.
  • Represented Anheuser-Busch InBev in its sale of substantially all of the assets of InBev USA to funds managed by KPS Capital Partners.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in its sale of Cournot Financial Products to funds managed by Quadrant Structured Products.
  • Represented Blockbuster in connection with its unsolicited proposal to acquire Circuit City.
  • Represented GS Infrastructure Partners and Mediobanca in the acquisition of minority equity stakes in Sintonia, the infrastructure investment vehicle of the Benetton family
  • Represented Swisscom in its tender offer for all outstanding shares of Fastweb through a tender offer followed by a squeeze out transaction.
  • Represented Statoil in its merger with the oil and gas business of Norsk Hydro.
Mobileye / Intel
Representing Mobileye, a leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving, in its $15.3 billion sale to Intel Corporation though a cash tender offer followed by a back-end squeeze out transaction.
JERA / Cricket Valley Energy Center
Represented JERA in the acquisition of a 43% stake in Cricket Valley Energy Center, the developer of a 1,000MW natural gas-fired power plant located in Dover, New York, and several other proposed investments in natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric power generation facilities in the United States.
Kirin / Brooklyn Brewery
Represented Kirin, a leading Japanese company in the global food and beverage market, in connection with its equity investment for a 24.5% stake in The Brooklyn Brewery Corporation, a craft beer manufacturer located in Brooklyn, New York that serves customers through a network of distributors in the United States and internationally.
OMERS Private Equity / Multiple Transactions
Represented OMERS Private Equity, the private equity investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, in the sale of newswire service Marketwired to Nasdaq, and in its acquisition of Expion, a social marketing platform, and Uberlabs, a visual listening and image recognition platform.
Futamura Chemical / Innovia
Represented Futamura Chemical Company, a leading Japanese manufacturer of plastic films, in connection with its acquisition of the Cellophane business of the Innovia Group, a UK-headquartered global manufacturer of Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene and Cellulose based film and a portfolio company of Candover Partners.
WM Partners / Wellnext
Represented WM Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in buyout investments in the health and wellness sectors, and its portfolio company Wellnext, in the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Natural Dynamics, a Texas-based nutraceutical company that holds leading nutraceutical brands including Natural Calm and Organic Life Vitamins, as well as the educational site Organic Connections.
Balfour Beatty / Parsons Brinckerhoff
Represented UK-based Balfour Beatty in the $1.35 billion sale of its professional services unit Parsons Brinckerhoff to Canadian-based management consultant WSP Global in a spin-off transaction.
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners / Hydro Plants Acquisition
Represented Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, a power sector focused private equity fund, in the acquisition of the 252MW Holtwood hydro plant and the 50MW Lake Wallenpaupack plant in Pennsylvania for $860 million in cash.
Dai Nippon Printing / Multiple Transactions
Represented Dai Nippon Printing, a major Japanese printing firm, in the acquisition of Foto Fantasy (d/b/a Innovative Foto) from an affiliate of Sankaty Advisors, an independently managed affiliate of Bain Capital, and in connection with other proposed investments in the United States.
American International Group / K2 Intelligence
Represented AIG in the acquisition of an equity stake in K2 Intelligence, a company specializing in investigative services, data analytics, compliance monitoring, cyber threat, and anti-money laundering.
First Reserve / Kingfisher Wind
Represented First Reserve, a premier global energy-focused private equity and infrastructure investment firm, in connection with the acquisition of Kingfisher Wind, a 298MW wind energy project located in Northern Canadian County and Southern Kingfisher County in Oklahoma, and the related a $270 million tax equity financing.
AmREIT / Takeover Defense
Represented AmREIT in its defense against an unsolicited takeover offer by Regency Centers Corporation
LBO France Gestion / McIntosh
Represented LBO France Gestion in connection with the leveraged buyout of McIntosh, a high-end audio equipment company, and certain other U.S. operating subsidiaries of Italy-based Fine Sounds, and in connection with subsequent restructuring transactions involving McIntosh and its affiliates.
UDR / Home Properties
Represented UDR, a leading multifamily real estate investment trust, in its definitive agreement with Home Properties and an affiliate of the Lone Star Funds to acquire up to six communities valued at $908 million.
Kruger Energy / Seville Solar
Represented Kruger Energy, a business unit of Kruger Inc., a Canadian pulp and paper company, in the acquisition of three solar photovoltaic projects under development in Imperial County, California, and the subsequent sale of Seville Solar, the developer of two of such projects, to an affiliate of Duke Energy.
American Pacific Corporation / H.I.G. Capital
Represented American Pacific Corporation, a manufacturer of fine chemicals and specialty chemicals, in a going private transaction in which it was acquired by H.I.G. Capital, a private equity investment firm, though a tender offer and follow-on merger.
UBS Infrastructure & Private Equity / EDF Renewable
Represented UBS Infrastructure & Private Equity, a business unit of UBS Asset Management, in connection with its acquisition of a 50% interest in a 161MW wind energy project located in Oldham County, Texas from EDF Renewable Asset Holdings, an affiliate of EDF Renewable Energy.
D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments / LS - Cliffrose
Represented D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, a private equity firm specializing in renewable energy projects and a member of the D.E. Shaw Group, in connection with its acquisition of LS - Cliffrose, a single-purpose entity that owns all of the assets comprising a 70MW solar farm to be located south of Kingman, Arizona, from Longview Solar, a joint venture of TUUSSO Energy and Elemental Energy.
Axium Infrastructure / EDP Renewables North America
Represented Axium Infrastructure, a Canadian private equity firm, in connection with the acquisition of a 49% private equity interest in a wind farm portfolio located in Oregon State from EDP Renewables North America.
Olympus Corporation / Biotech Divestiture
Represented Olympus Corporation, Japan-based manufacturer of optics and reprography products, in the divestiture of its biotech business.
Swiss Life / Wind Farms Investment
Represented Swiss Life, the largest insurance company in Switzerland, in its investment in a portfolio of 12 wind farms located throughout the United States owned by EDP Renewables totaling 1.6 GW of installed capacity.
Inovalon / Multiple Transactions
Represented Inovalon , a leading provider of medical data analytics, in a Dutch auction self-tender offer and a simultaneous private placement of common stock to existing stockholders and in connection with its initial public offering and related reorganization transactions.
Mitsui / GDF SUEZ
Represented Mitsui in its acquisition of a 30% stake in 10 wind farms and 2 solar photovoltaic power plants in Canada from GDF SUEZ Canada.
Nihon Kohden / Defibtech
Represented Nihon Kohden, a leading manufacturer, developer and distributor of medical electronic equipment, in its acquisition of Defibtech.
Mitsui Gas e Energia do Brasil / Gaspetro
Represented Mitsui Gas e Energia do Brasil Ltda (Mitsui Gas) in its acquisition of a 49% stake in Petrobras Gás S.A. (Gaspetro), a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazilian state-owned oil company Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras).
OpenLink / Multiple Transactions
Represented OpenLink Financial, the leading provider of cross-asset trading, risk management and operations software solutions, in its acquisition of CubeLogic, a UK-based provider of credit risk management software to companies in the energy and financial sectors, and in its acquisitions of SolArc, a software company focused on commodity management solutions for companies operating across the commodity supply chain, with a particular strength in physical bulk commodities.
Daicel / Special Devices
Represented Daicel Corporation, a Japanese corporation, in its acquisition of Special Devices, a company that specializes in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of pyrotechnic devices used in triggering automotive airbags, from funds managed by Wayzata Investment Partners.
McAfee / NitroSecurity
Represented McAfee, the world's largest dedicated security technology company, in its acquisition of NitroSecurity, a VC-backed company based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Royal Bank of Canada / Athene Holding
Represented Royal Bank of Canada in the sale of Liberty Life Insurance Company, its U.S. life insurance subsidiary, to Athene Holding.
Matrixx Initiatives / H.I.G. Capital
Represented Matrixx Initiatives, in its sale to funds managed by H.I.G. Capital by means of a cash tender offer followed by a back-end merger.
Harris / CapRock Communications
Represented Harris in its acquisition of CapRock Communications from funds managed by ABRY Partners.
The Weinstein Company / Restructuring Transactions
Represented The Weinstein Company in its out-of-court restructuring of substantially all of its consolidated indebtedness.
York Capital Management / Credit Suisse
Represented the members of York Capital Management Global Advisors, a U.S.-based hedge fund manager, in their sale of a minority stake to Credit Suisse.
Barclays Bank PLC / CVC
Represented Barclays Bank PLC in the proposed sale of its iShares business to CVC Capital Partners Group SICAV-FIS S.A.
Anheuser-Busch InBev / KPS
Represented Anheuser-Busch InBev in its sale of substantially all of the assets of InBev USA, the exclusive U.S. importer of Labatt-branded beer, to funds managed by KPS Capital Partners.
Morguard / 5929 Sunset
Represented Morguard Group, a Toronto- and New York-based real estate buyout firm with approximately $19 billion in assets under management, in the acquisition of a 59% equity interests in 5929 Sunset (Hollywood), the owner of a mixed-use development in Los Angeles.
Morgan Stanley / Cournot Financial
Represented Morgan Stanley in its sale of Cournot Financial Products, a credit derivative product company, to funds managed by Quadrant Structured Products.
Blockbuster / Circuit City
Represented Blockbuster in its unsolicited proposal to acquire Circuit City.
GS Infrastructure and Mediobanca / Sintonia
Represented GS Infrastructure Partners and Mediobanca in the acquisition of minority equity stakes in Sintonia, the infrastructure investment vehicle of the Benetton family.
Israel Corporation / Globeleq
Represented Israel Corporation in its acquisition of Globeleq Americas, a holding company for a portfolio of Latina American and Caribbean operating power businesses, comprising gas and hydro power plants in Peru and Bolivia, fuel based power assets in El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Jamaica totaling a capacity of over 2,180MW, from the CDC Group, the U.K. government-owned investor in developing countries.
PSP / I-69 Development Partners
Represented Public Sector Pension Investment Board in the acquisition, through its wholly owned subsidiary Infra-PSP Canada, of a 49% equity interest of the holding company of I-69 Development Partners (I-69 DP).
Swisscom / Fastweb
Represented Swisscom AG in its tender offer for all outstanding shares of Fastweb S.p.A., an Italian broadband service provider listed on MTAX.
Statoil / Norsk Hydro
Represented Statoil in its merger with the oil and gas business of Norsk Hydro.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics / Private Equity Consortium
Represented Koninklijke Philips Electronics in the sale of a 80.1% stake in its semiconductor business to a private equity consortium comprised of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, Silver Lake Partners, AlpInvest Partners, Bain Capital and Apax Partners.
United Mexican States / Debt Offerings
Represented the underwriters in connection with multiple offerings of SEC-registered notes by United Mexican States.
Standard Chartered / Financing
Represented Standard Chartered in respect of its secured bridge loan to Union Global Partners Limited.
Standard Chartered / Debt Offering
Represented Standard Chartered in connection with the issuance and offering of $1.7 billion principal amount of debt securities under Standard Chartered’s MTN program.
PEMEX / Debt Offerings
Represented the managers in multiple Rule 144A/Regulation S bond offerings by Petróleos Mexicanos and Pemex Project Funding Master Trust, and in connection with various amendments to the Pemex Project Funding Master Trust’s MTN program and the establishment of a new MTN program of Petróleos Mexicanos.
Goldman Sachs / Banco Posta Offerings
Represented Goldman Sachs Group in connection with public offerings in Italy of €1 billion principal amount of notes and placement through BancoPosta.
Diageo / Debt Offerings
Represented Diageo plc in connection with the issuance and offering of $1.5 billion principal amount of SEC-registered debt securities by Diageo Capital plc.
Rhône Capital / Refinancing
Represented Rhône Capital in the refinancing of the consolidated indebtedness of LWB Refractories Holding GmbH.
Telecom Italia / Debt Offerings
Represented the underwriters in multiple SEC-registered offerings of fixed and floating notes issued by Telecom Italia S.p.A.
NXP / Financing Transactions
Represented NXP B.V. in its acquisition financing, comprised of a bridge loan and the related high-yield bond refinancing, and in the establishment of a $500 million secured revolving credit facility.
Pirelli / IPO
Represented Pirelli & C. S.p.A. in the proposed initial public offering of its tire business with flotation on the Mercato Telematico Azionario and international institutional offering.
TradeDoubler / IPO
Represented the managers in TradeDoubler AB’s initial public offering with floatation on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and a Rule 144A private placement.
Barclays Capital / Structured Notes
Represented Barclays Capital in several registered offerings and private placements of structured notes linked to commodities, currencies, equities and other asset classes.

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