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.
Mobileye / IntelRepresenting 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 through a cash tender offer followed by a back-end squeeze out transaction.
JERA / Cricket Valley Energy CenterRepresented 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 BreweryRepresented 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 TransactionsRepresented 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 / InnoviaRepresented 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 / WellnextRepresented 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 BrinckerhoffRepresented 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 AcquisitionRepresented 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 TransactionsRepresented 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 IntelligenceRepresented 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 WindRepresented 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 DefenseRepresented AmREIT in its defense against an unsolicited takeover offer by Regency Centers Corporation
LBO France Gestion / McIntoshRepresented 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 PropertiesRepresented 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 SolarRepresented 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. CapitalRepresented 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 RenewableRepresented 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 - CliffroseRepresented 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 AmericaRepresented 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 DivestitureRepresented Olympus Corporation, Japan-based manufacturer of optics and reprography products, in the divestiture of its biotech business.
Swiss Life / Wind Farms InvestmentRepresented 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 TransactionsRepresented 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 SUEZRepresented 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 / DefibtechRepresented Nihon Kohden, a leading manufacturer, developer and distributor of medical electronic equipment, in its acquisition of Defibtech.
Mitsui Gas e Energia do Brasil / GaspetroRepresented 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 TransactionsRepresented 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 DevicesRepresented 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 / NitroSecurityRepresented 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 HoldingRepresented 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. CapitalRepresented 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 CommunicationsRepresented Harris in its acquisition of CapRock Communications from funds managed by ABRY Partners.
The Weinstein Company / Restructuring TransactionsRepresented The Weinstein Company in its out-of-court restructuring of substantially all of its consolidated indebtedness.
York Capital Management / Credit SuisseRepresented 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 / CVCRepresented Barclays Bank PLC in the proposed sale of its iShares business to CVC Capital Partners Group SICAV-FIS S.A.
Anheuser-Busch InBev / KPSRepresented 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 SunsetRepresented 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 FinancialRepresented Morgan Stanley in its sale of Cournot Financial Products, a credit derivative product company, to funds managed by Quadrant Structured Products.
Blockbuster / Circuit CityRepresented Blockbuster in its unsolicited proposal to acquire Circuit City.
GS Infrastructure and Mediobanca / SintoniaRepresented GS Infrastructure Partners and Mediobanca in the acquisition of minority equity stakes in Sintonia, the infrastructure investment vehicle of the Benetton family.
Israel Corporation / GlobeleqRepresented 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 PartnersRepresented 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 / FastwebRepresented 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 HydroRepresented Statoil in its merger with the oil and gas business of Norsk Hydro.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics / Private Equity ConsortiumRepresented 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 OfferingsRepresented the underwriters in connection with multiple offerings of SEC-registered notes by United Mexican States.
Standard Chartered / FinancingRepresented Standard Chartered in respect of its secured bridge loan to Union Global Partners Limited.
Standard Chartered / Debt OfferingRepresented 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 OfferingsRepresented 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 OfferingsRepresented Goldman Sachs Group in connection with public offerings in Italy of €1 billion principal amount of notes and placement through BancoPosta.
Diageo / Debt OfferingsRepresented 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 / RefinancingRepresented Rhône Capital in the refinancing of the consolidated indebtedness of LWB Refractories Holding GmbH.
Telecom Italia / Debt OfferingsRepresented the underwriters in multiple SEC-registered offerings of fixed and floating notes issued by Telecom Italia S.p.A.
NXP / Financing TransactionsRepresented 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 / IPORepresented 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 / IPORepresented 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 NotesRepresented 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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