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Marissa B. Wiley



Marissa B. Wiley is a partner in the Business & Finance Group. Marissa advises companies and individuals around the world on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate governance. Marissa has particular experience in the fashion, beauty, entertainment, technology, manufacturing, clean energy, health care, and food and beverage industries.

What do you focus on?

I provide counsel to companies, investors, and founders at every stage in a business’s lifetime—from inception to liquidation, and everything in between.  In particular, I bring significant value by guiding my clients through each major milestone in a business’s life—formation, investments/fundraisings, mergers, and exit.  My goal is to achieve optimal results for my clients, drawing upon my extensive experience on all sides of these transactions across a diverse range of industries and balancing my formidable attention to detail with my business savvy.

Formation

I help entrepreneurs and investors coalesce their vision and relationship into an advantageous legal entity.  I work to create a thoughtful foundation, with clear and delineated rights and obligations, which is critical to the future of any successful enterprise.  For example, I assist my clients in the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries to structure and build joint ventures as they branch out into other revenue streams and create new lines of business to further monetize their brand and intellectual property.

Fundraising and Investment

I help my clients capitalize on growth.  I partner with companies through their equity fundraisings, advise investors in connection with their financing of such companies, and collaborate on equity awards for the key individuals contributing to the companies’ growth.  For example, I assist my clients in the technology industry to bring additional investors into their companies, thereby acquiring the funds required to breathe life into their expanding visions.  On the other end of the spectrum, I negotiate advantageous equity awards for my fashion, beauty, and entertainment clients in connection with their brand-building and promotional activities for other companies.

Mergers and Acquisitions

I partner with my clients to build bigger, stronger businesses by orchestrating mergers and acquisitions, strategically positioning my clients for exponential advancement through combination with synergistic targets or acquirers.  For example, I assist health care facilities in acquiring attractive targets to drive efficiencies and help regional craft breweries in combining forces with other producers and distributors with a national reach.

Exits

I help my clients realize and monetize the value of their long-term investments.  When equity holders are ready to exit their investments and access capital, I effectuate sales of assets or ownership interests, enabling my clients to extract maximum value, while mitigating the ongoing risk associated with the business.  For example, I represent solar developers in connection with their sales of solar panel projects to buyers who are looking to expand in the clean energy market.

What do you see on the horizon?

I expect to see a continued focus on technology in investments in every industry. As businesses and our day-to-day lives become more and more dependent upon technology, private equity players will see continued growth in opportunities to invest in that ever-evolving industry.

I also anticipate that we are in the beginning moments of an economic boom, with an abundance of energy, activity, and capital to match the accelerated innovation brought about by recent global and national challenges.

Representative Experience

Marissa’s extensive experience across a variety of industries includes representing:

  • Consumer brands in connection with brand protection and brand building, including the formation and structuring of companies to house venture, with celebrity talent, athletes, and social media influencers
  • Social media personalities, including some of the most-followed and highest-earning content creators on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram, in connection with monetizing their intellectual property by way of formulating joint ventures and analyzing and configuring equity incentives offered as compensation for services
  • Actors, models, and professional athletes in negotiating with consumer brands, joint ventures, and manufacturing and distribution companies for new product line launches, as well as negotiating equity stakes in such enterprises
  • Technology companies (e.g., mobile applications) in connection with various rounds of fundraising and corresponding negotiation with investors in connection with such financings
  • Solar energy developers in connection with the sales and acquisitions of energy projects
  • Licensed health care facilities and providers in connection with corporate governance and structuring, as well as acquisitions and mergers with other health care entities, which includes navigation of particular regulatory structures and requirements
  • Large regional breweries and food distributors in connection with sales to national acquirers, including negotiation of governance structure and rollover equity in the surviving entity, employment agreements for founders and other employees staying on with the business and licensing issues

Four trends shaping private equity’s pandemic rebound

Law360 | July 09, 2021

In this article covering the post-pandemic rebound in private equity, Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley explains why we’re seeing a sharp rise in investment activity, and how firms are taking precautionary steps to shape risk-averse agreements.

‘Be more aware’: Leaders discuss how businesses can be more inclusive

Albany Business Review | June 25, 2021

This article summarizes the Business Review’s annual Leaders in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion event Friday, where Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley served as a panelist. The panel discussion follows NP Albany recently being named as one of the region’s leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Level Up: Legal Business Agreements

Capital Foundation of New York | December 15, 2020

In this blog post from the Capital Foundation of New York, Albany Corporate attorney Marissa Wiley responds to a submitted question concerning setting up a legal business agreement.

Why Marissa Wiley is ready for a new conversation

Albany Business Review | November 12, 2020

This profile of Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley highlights her early interest in law, her career trajectory and professional development, and her journey as an LGBTQ person.

40 Under 40: New leaders shaping the new normal

Albany Business Review | August 19, 2020

Albany and New York City Corporate & Finance attorney Marissa Wiley is quoted in this article containing highlights from a discussion with members of the Albany Business Review's "40 under 40" list.

Marissa Wiley appointed to Upstate Capital Association of New York Board of Directors

Upstate Capital Association of New York | August 07, 2020

Albany Corporate attorney Marissa Wiley is profiled in this article for her appointment to the Upstate Capital Association’s board of directors.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | August 07, 2020

Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley is included in this executive news roundup for her appointment to Upstate Capital Association’s board of directors.

Announcing the first round of 40 Under 40 winners for 2020

Albany Business Review | March 02, 2020

Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley has been selected as one of the 40 Under 40 business and community leaders in the region by the Albany Business Review.

New hires and promotions

Mergers & Acquisitions | March 31, 2019

The promotions of Boston Global Finance partner Erik Schneider, Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck, and Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley are highlighted in this roundup of notable executive news.

Member Spotlight: Marissa Wiley, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Capital Region Chamber of Commerce | March 14, 2019

Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley, part of this year’s new partner class, is profiled in this Chamber of Commerce feature about her practice and what she sees on the horizon for Albany’s booming corporate sector.

Movers and shakers

The Deal | February 01, 2019

Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley, Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck, and Boston Global Finance partner Erik Schneider’s recent promotion to partner is included in this roundup of notable executive news.

M&A wrap

Mergers & Acquisitions | January 31, 2019

Three members of Nixon Peabody’s 2019 new partner class are highlighted in this roundup of notable executive and business news: Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley, Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck and Boston Global Finance partner Erik Schneider.

Contact

Marissa B. Wiley

Partner

Albany

Phone: 518-427-2676

New York

Phone: 212-940-3117


Fax: 844-889-5388

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Vassar College, B.A., English and Hispanic Studies

New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

  • Albany Business Review, 40 Under 40

Marissa is a board member and executive committee member, as well as the secretary, of the Upstate Capital Association of New York, an organization that connects capital providers to opportunities across New York.

Within the firm, she serves as co-chair of the LGBTQA Committee, helping to advance the firm’s mission of attracting, retaining and promoting talented people with exceptional abilities from a broad range of backgrounds.

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