Lawrence T. Yanowitch

Lawrence T. Yanowitch

Partner

Northern Virginia, (703) 760-7318

Education

Georgetown University (B.A., 1984)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1987)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York
Virginia

Larry Yanowitch is co-chair of the firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Mr. Yanowitch predominantly represents emerging companies (both public and private), investment banks and institutional investors.

He has completed hundreds of M&A transactions in his career with purchase prices ranging from $5 million to over $5 billion. Mr. Yanowitch has particular experience in the technology and Federal sectors. He has experience in structuring, negotiating and advising clients on a wide variety of M&A transactions, including mergers, tax-free reorganizations, stock purchases, asset transactions, both negotiated and unsolicited tender offers, proxy fights, leveraged buyouts, Section 363 transactions and joint ventures.  Mr. Yanowitch specializes in developing acquisition programs for companies using M&A as a growth strategy.

Mr. Yanowitch also has corporate finance and securities law expertise, including registered public offerings of debt and equity (including IPOs), PIPES, venture capital financings, international offerings, exchange offers and corporate restructurings. His practice involves ongoing counseling for clients on matters such as SEC compliance, securities and disclosure issues and corporate governance matters. 

Mr. Yanowitch is a frequent author, commentator and lecturer on M&A topics. He is the founder of M&A University, an executive training program for management teams using M&A as a growth strategy. Many leading organizations in the Mid-Atlantic have benefited from M&A University including Arinc, Discovery Communications, Financial Executives International, ManTech International, DynCorp International, SI International, American Systems, The Corporate Executive Board, NCI Information Systems, and The Advisory Board Company.

Mr. Yanowitch has been awarded the Chambers USA highest rating since 2006. Recently, Chambers USA 2016 described him as “an extensively experienced corporate lawyer who offers deep expertise in high-value M&A and is regularly sought after for his advice on developing acquisition growth strategies. ‘He’s extremely knowledgeable, has great attention to detail, and from a negotiation standpoint he's flexible yet firm,’ reports one impressed client.” Chambers USA 2012 notes that "he is another 'standout attorney' at the firm.”  Chambers USA 2011 notes that he is "another top-drawer partner, who clients say 'is great at negotiations and has a calm and even demeanor,' adding: 'He is very thoughtful and pragmatic, with a good grasp of market conditions.'" Legal 500 has recommended Mr. Yanowitch in M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-$5bn) in 2012–2015, in addition to being named to Best Lawyers in America in the field of mergers and acquisitions law every year since 2008.

Legal 500 US has recommended Mr. Yanowitch in M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-$5bn) in 2012–2016, in addition to being named to Best Lawyers in America in the field of mergers and acquisitions law every year since 2008.

Mr. Yanowitch has been awarded the Chambers USA highest rating since 2006.

Chambers USA 2016 described him as “an extensively experienced corporate lawyer who offers deep expertise in high-value M&A and is regularly sought after for his advice on developing acquisition growth strategies. ‘He’s extremely knowledgeable, has great attention to detail, and from a negotiation standpoint he's flexible yet firm,’ reports one impressed client.”

Chambers USA 2015 notes that Mr. Yanowitch “offers considerable expertise in transactional matters for public and private startups, investors, and investment banks.” One source described him as a “top guy and a go-to person at the firm.”

Chambers USA 2014 notes that he “receives significant praise for his strengths in private equity work” and for his “enviable commercial skills.” Clients interviewed for the award comment that he has “very sound business judgement.”

Chambers USA 2012 notes that he is "another 'standout attorney' at the firm." Also that recently, "he has handled numerous transactions in the defense and government services sector, a prime example being his representation of Global Defense Technology Systems during its acquisition by an affiliate of Ares management."

Chambers USA 2011 notes that he is "another top-drawer partner, who clients say 'is great at negotiations and has a calm and even demeanor,' adding: 'He is very thoughtful and pragmatic, with a good grasp of market conditions.'"

Chambers USA 2010 edition notes that he "is a tough negotiator, but always keeps his cool." In 2009, Chambers USA says "sources highlight Mr. Yanowitch for 'his fantastic reputation for M&A work' and clients praise his 'keen intellect and outstanding deal savvy.'"

Chambers USA 2007 edition notes, "clients commend, 'his strategic focus, which makes him invaluable across the board' and a peer who has 'worked with him on both sides' comments, 'he is a very sophisticated transactional lawyer, aggressive, creative and strong when it comes to finalizing transactions.'"

Mr. Yanowitch is also recommended by Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, and was named as Legal Elite 2009 by Washington SmartCEO, stating "Larry offers balanced advice - advice that addresses the legal but with a keen understanding of the balance that must be struck between using law in the extreme versus allowing a business to progress and be competitive."  Larry was also named a Top Corporate M&A Lawyer by the Washington Business Journal in 2006 and 2007.

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