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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 sellers of privately held businesses.
In the PE and Family Office space, she advises investors, funds, and family offices in connection with direct/portfolio investments, portfolio companies, and exit transactions.
I focus my practice on the following key areas.
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 carve-out and sell a business line to a PE-backed acquirer for $900 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.
I routinely advise clients on both the buy-side and the sell-side of these transactions. I’m highly skilled and effective on both sides of the table, understanding the needs, goals, and pain-points of all types of clients from serial acquirers to first-time sellers.
I have advised clients on all sides of Private Equity/Family Office transactions and split my time between helping those clients to deploy capital, manage portfolio company matters, and ultimately, complete successful exits. In the Private Equity/Family Office space, I am particularly excited about the value we bring to clients and friends of the firm 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.
I act as outside general counsel for clients involved with manufacturing, food and beverage, retail and commercial endeavors, healthcare, software and technology, and medical device businesses. I tap deep knowledge of the issues companies in these industries face when I offer counsel on corporate formation, commercial agreements, executive and incentive compensation, and general corporate matters.
After a period of volatility in the M&A deal markets driving by rising interest rates and other economic factors, I expect M&A activity to pick up in the year ahead, as companies adapt to tougher conditions and buyers look to deploy capital.
District of Columbia
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude
Villanova University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude
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 Women’s Network Advisory Board.
Amy has been named a Boston magazine “Rising Star” in Mergers & Acquisitions and was also highlighted in the Legal 500 rankings.
Boston Corporate partner Amy O’Keefe, of the Private Equity and Investment Funds practice, joined the podcast to discuss the breadth of her practice, her career growth, and her personalized approach to working with founders and clients throughout the deal process.
The following article covers Resonetics LLC’s $900 million agreement to acquire Memry Corp. and SAES Smart Materials Inc. from NP client SAES Getters SpA. The article mentions Manchester partner and Private Equity & Family Offices team leader Phil Taub and Boston partner Amy O’Keefe, both of the Corporate group, for leading the NP team representing SAES Getters on U.S. legal matters. The team also includes Chicago partner and Global Finance co-leader Rob Drobnak; Corporate partners Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Thomas McCord from Boston, Andrew Share from Manchester, and Sean Clancy from Washington, DC; Affordable Housing & Real Estate partners Mark Beaudoin from Manchester and Alison Torbitt from San Francisco; Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth; Rochester Intellectual Property partner Kristen Walsh; Washington, DC Complex Disputes partner and Antitrust leader Gordon Lang; Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights; Rochester counsel and Cybersecurity & Privacy deputy leader Jenny Holmes; Boston Corporate counsel David Crosby; Washington, DC Complex Disputes counsel Brian Whittaker; Albany Affordable Housing & Finance counsel Dana Stanton; Corporate associates Shaziah Singh from New York, Anthony Bova from Boston, Corey Habib from Manchester, and Hrishikesh Shah from Chicago; and Manchester Corporate department attorney Dave Zimmermann.
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