Mitchell S. Presser

Partner | New York | (212) 336-4432
(212) 336-4432

Distinguishes himself with expertise in private equity. Especially food and agricultural investing. Legal 500 US 2016

Mitchell Presser is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Corporate Department of over 400 lawyers. He advises on high-profile global public and private mergers and acquisitions, with a heavy concentration on private equity transactions. Mitchell is also co-chair of our global AgTech + Food Industry practice.

Clients across wide-ranging sectors call on Mitchell for his vast experience, as both a lawyer and a principal, executing high-profile M&A and private equity transactions that lead to successful outcomes. He has worked across asset classes, including, but not limited to, agriculture, food, financial services, industrials, insurance, sports and entertainment, energy and retail.

Mitchell was a founding partner of Paine Schwartz Partners (formerly Paine & Partners), a leading U.S. private equity firm managing a $1.2 billion fund focused on investing in food and agriculture. Having served as an investor for more than eight years, Mitchell’s understanding of both the legal and business environments enables him to provide a unique perspective to clients.

Mitchell has been recognized as a top lawyer by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US. He is a faculty member and lecturer of law at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. Mitchell has served as member of the Board of Directors for privately-held and public companies.

Representative Experience

  • Paine Schwartz Partners in its acquisition of Wawona Packing Company, and in Wawona’s subsequent acquisitions of Gerawan Farming and Burchell Nursery to create the largest stone fruit business in the United States
  • Burford Capital in its acquisition of GKC Holdings, the parent company of Chicago-based litigation finance and asset management firm Gerchen Keller Capital, combining the two largest litigation finance players in the world
  • Paine Schwartz Partners in its sale of Icicle Seafoods to Cooke Seafood, its acquisition of FoodChain ID (formerly Global ID Corporation), and its international acquisitions of Suba Seeds and Spearhead International
  • MSD Capital in its significant investment in the $4 billion buyout of UFC, joining WME-IMG, KKR, and Silver Lake, and in its investment in the WIRB-Copernicus Group
  • Acting for the buyout group led by Goldman Sachs in Kinder Morgan’s $22 billion leveraged buyout
  • Pivotal Acquisition Corp. in its merger with KLDiscovery
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  • Pivotal Investment Corporation II, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, on its merger with XL Fleet, a leader in vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets.



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