Richard Langan is known for his extensive experience in domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, including public and privately negotiated mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, capital markets transactions, leveraged buyouts and other private equity transactions, corporate restructurings and corporate governance, including engagement with activist investors. He previously served as Nixon Peabody’s managing partner and CEO.
My focus is on advising companies and private equity firms in transforming their businesses and portfolios. Recently, I have led legal teams handling innovative transactions for leading players in the technology, media and telecom, transportation and infrastructure, consumer products including wine, spirits and beers, energy and cleantech, and health care and life sciences industries.
I regularly represent Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, global banking and financial institutions and multinational corporations. Most recently, I worked on a highly successful transaction with a leading media company on an acquisition that solidified the company’s position as one of the largest owners of network affiliates, nearly doubling their television operations nationally. An M&A transaction I handled for an investment management company was recognized by The Daily Deal as the Deal of the Year in connection with its sale to a hedge fund.
I represent clients on capital market transactions in the domestic and international securities markets, including public offerings and private distributions of equity and high grade and high yield debt securities, Rule 144A and Regulation S distributions, exchange offers, consent solicitations and financial restructurings. These financings often provide innovative capital expansion solutions.
Increased confidence and focus on growth are spurring deal activity, while compliance, due diligence and process management concerns require deal teams to be disciplined.
The Deal | March 13, 2020
New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan discusses how parties in current M&A deals are using MAC clauses to account for the potential impact of COVID-19 on their businesses.
Mergers & Acquisitions | March 09, 2020
New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan, who leads Nixon Peabody’s annual survey of MAC (material adverse change) clauses in M&A deals, says the coronavirus outbreak is exactly the type of risk that such clauses are designed to address.
Mergers & Acquisitions | December 23, 2019
New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan talks with a leading publication in the M&A industry about the increasing number of MAC clauses in major deals and how such clauses can benefit both buyers and sellers.
Law360 | November 19, 2019
This article highlights takeaways from Nixon Peabody’s latest survey of Material Adverse Change clauses—a common feature of M&A deals that are often influenced by economic and geopolitical circumstances. New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan is quoted extensively in the piece.
Bloomberg Law | November 19, 2019
New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan talks to Bloomberg Law about Nixon Peabody’s recently released MAC Survey, the effect of a looming Brexit on M&A deals, and how the MAC landscape has changed since the 2017 survey.
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce | July 31, 2018
New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan wrote this contributed article outlining the factors to consider before partnering with another company on a business venture.
Global Legal Group | April 19, 2018
New York City global finance partner Alexandra Margolis and public company transactions partner Dick Langan, and Boston global finance associate Mary Beth Ciullo co-wrote a chapter in the 2018 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending & Secured Finance, on LIBOR issues.
Mergers & Acquisitions | February 07, 2018
New York City public company transactions partner Dick Langan is quoted in this article on how new federal tax legislation will impact investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and family funds.
Mergers & Acquisitions | December 21, 2017
In this Q&A, New York City public company transactions partner Dick Langan discusses the new U.S. tax reform and which industries will benefit the most from the changes.
Securities Alert | 03.16.20
Securities Law Alert | 02.10.20
Private Equity | 12.20.17
Securities Law Alert | 08.30.17
Securities Law Alert | 08.07.17
George Washington University Law School, J.D.
Fordham University, B.A., magna cum laude, in cursu honorum (Phi Beta Kappa and Honors Program)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. Supreme Court
Dick frequently writes and speaks on leading topics on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets fields. He has been recognized as a “New York Super Lawyer” in Mergers and Acquistions based on a peer review survey of the top attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area (2008), a Recognised Practitioner in Corporate/M&A (New York) (2018) by Chambers USA, and a Top Rated Lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions (2012) by the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and 2013 Martindale-Hubbell, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is also included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.
Dick is a member of the American Bar Association (Negotiated Acquisitions Committee and Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, Business Law Section, 1995–present) and the New York City Bar Association (Securities Regulation Committee, 2001–2005 and 2007–2010; Financial Reporting Committee; 2005–2007, and the International Trade Committee, 1994–1997). He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., George Washington Law School Alumni Board, Phoenix Charitable Foundation, and Minetta Brook public arts foundation, and as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.