Dustin Hawks is counsel in Nixon Peabody’s M&A and Corporate Transactions group. His practice spans a broad range of transactional matters and industries in which he advises buyers and sellers of businesses and securities. Always focused on supporting the core strategic and operational decisions driving the growth of his clients’ businesses, he also acts as outside general counsel.
I concentrate my practice on three principal areas: transactional work, investment funds and early-stage companies and matters of general business counsel.
I work with buyers and sellers, both strategic and financial, through the key business transactions and combinations they may consider. I have advised business clients in transactions in a broad range of industries, from health care and life sciences to software to classic manufacturing, and deal size, from modest valuations to transactions valued at several hundred million dollars. This experience has provided me with a sensitivity to the issues that accompany business transactions, including executive compensation, intellectual property and tax, and I work with deal teams to address these issues as they arise.
I represent private equity and venture capital funds in their investments in portfolio companies. I also advise early stage companies, often from formation, through the issuance of equity and debt securities to investors, and to various exit transactions.
I act as general business counsel to companies as they consider the daily strategic, operational and financial decisions that drive business growth, including licensing/distribution relationships and joint ventures, employment and compensation issues, and website terms and conditions. I also have regularly advised boards of directors with respect to their fiduciary duties, including a particular focus on the unique issues confronting the directors and trustees of mutual funds.
I see a busy, competitive landscape for middle market, strategic M&A and private equity transactions. While in the last few years many companies and firms have been accumulating capital and will continue to deploy it in middle market, the increasing availability of the credit market may bring new buyers to the table as well.
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University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D.
Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, M.B.A.
University of Rochester, B.A.
Dustin is a member of the American, Massachusetts, Boston, and New Hampshire Bar Associations.