Amy O'Keefe

Amy O’Keefe is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Private Equity and Investment Funds group. She works extensively in the M&A space, representing both public and private strategic buyers as well as financial buyers and sellers of privately held businesses. In the PE space, she also advises investors and funds in connection with portfolio investments, portfolio companies completing exit transactions and emerging companies seeking capital from investment funds and angel investors.

What do you focus on?

Today I focus my practice on the following key areas.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Through the course of my career, I have advised a wide range of M&A clients, including both acquirers and targets, in connection with transactions valued in the billions of dollars. In a recent transaction, which is representative of my practice, I helped our public-company client to acquire a strategic manufacturing target for $600+ million. I knowledgeably manage my team to move the acquisition process from beginning to end swiftly and efficiently, while always maintaining my primary focus on my clients’ business objectives.

Private Equity

I have advised clients on all sides of PE/VC transactions and split my time equally between advising companies who are raising money and investors and funds who provide the capital. My far-reaching experience on both sides of these investment transactions allows me to quickly spot issues and anticipate what deal points will be critical for all parties. I am particularly excited about the value we bring with our NP Capital Connector® program—a proprietary referral program that matches companies considering a sale or exit transaction, or in search of debt or equity funding, with potential transaction partners. We love helping to bring transactions together.

General Corporate Work

I act as outside general counsel for emerging company clients involved with manufacturing, retail and commercial endeavors, software, high-tech, medical devices and life sciences. I tap deep knowledge of the issues companies in these industries face when I offer counsel on corporate formation, venture capital financing, executive and incentive compensation and general corporate matters.

What do you see on the horizon?

Deals, deals and more deals! Deal flow is picking up and there are tremendous opportunities for both financial and strategic buyers.

Representative Experience

  • Represented public company division in $600M+ strategic acquisition of manufacturing and distribution target
  • Represented Blu Homes, Inc. in numerous financing rounds, which have raised over $80M in private investment funds for the company since it commenced operations in 2008
  • Represented fund in connection with leveraged buy-out, recapitalization, and subsidiary consolidation of OTC and private label manufacturer
  • Represented Dynamic Network Services, Inc. in connection with its recapitalization and receipt of $38M Series A minority investment
  • Represented public company division in $110M+ strategic acquisition of manufacturing target
  • Represented PE fund in connection with an exit from its precision fabrication portfolio company
  • Represented entrepreneur in connection with $40M+ exit and sale of defense subcontracting business to strategic public company purchaser
  • Represented family-owned beverage bottling business in connection with $30M+ sale to strategic purchaser
  • Represented family-owned medical device business in connection with $20M+ sale to strategic purchaser
  • Represented private wealth management firm in connection with management ownership and partnership negotiations
  • Represented strategic investor in connection with Series F investment in semi-conductor company

Watch-Reassessing boilerplate clauses in a post-COVID world

SupplyChainBrain | June 24, 2021

Corporate partner Amy O’Keefe and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tarae Howell, both in the Boston office, are featured in this video, sharing their insights on boilerplate clauses and best practices to avoid pitfalls in a post-COVID world.

M&A wrap: Grupo Nutresa, Cameron's Coffee, Stripe, Gamut, Riverside

Mergers & Acquisitions | September 19, 2019

This roundup of major deals in the M&A space includes Grupo Nutresa SA’s acquisition of Cameron’s Coffee. The Nixon Peabody team advising Grupo Nutresa included Boston Corporate partners Greg O’Shaughnessy and Amy O’Keefe, and Rochester Corporate associates Kat Murphy and Aya Hoffman.


Amy O'Keefe



Phone: 617-345-1106

Fax: 866-543-5293

American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude

Villanova University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude


District of Columbia

Amy has been named a Boston magazine “Rising Star” in Mergers & Acquisitions and was also highlighted in the Legal 500 rankings.

Amy has been recognized as one of the Greater Boston Chamber’s “Boston’s Future Leaders” and she serves on the Greater Boston Chamber’s Womens’ Network Advisory Board.

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