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Since joining Nixon Peabody more than 29 years ago, Phil Taub has had the pleasure of advising investors, middle market private companies, large public companies, entrepreneurs, and C-level executives in many different kinds of corporate transactions all over North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Phil was born in Southern Africa and finished his secondary education in the United States. His love of family, philanthropy, travel, outdoor adventure, and community permeates everything he does.
I have more than 29 years of experience in middle market corporate transactional work, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, startups, shareholder disputes, and venture capital financing. Nixon Peabody’s platform enables our team to represent the full range of clients at any one time.
Phil has been described as “the consummate trusted advisor,” who is “very practical and determined to get the deal closed,” and who “consistently excels at solving client’s complex problems.” Phil routinely taps into a broad network of middle market contacts to help clients source new transaction opportunities, identify sources of capital, hire key employees, and engage other key service providers, from investment bankers to accountants. Phil believes that “as lawyers we have to do a lot more than just provide excellent service and work; we need to understand our client’s business and find ways to add value to their business.”
At Nixon Peabody, Phil has served in many leadership roles. Phil currently chairs the firm’s Policy Committee, which acts as the Board of Directors. Phil also currently leads the firm’s nationally acclaimed Private Equity and Family Office practice group. This is a dynamic and experienced group comprised of private equity lawyers around the firm, ranging in skills from fund formation to transactions, to representing portfolio companies, to resolving claims among investors. Previously, Phil has served as the chair of the Business Department and on the firm’s Management Committee and Compensation Committee.
Phil is a frequent lecturer and presenter on the latest trends in mergers and acquisitions, business strategies, and issues most important to PE funds, independent sponsors, family offices, CEOs, CFOs, and general counsel. Deeply committed to our community, Phil and his wife Julie started a new charity in the spring of 2017 to benefit our veterans called Swim With A Mission (see www.SWAM.org). So far, they have already raised over $10.5 million to benefit tens of thousands of veterans needing assistance. Phil is a board member at the National Navy SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Phil is also the immediate past president of the board of the Granite State Children’s Alliance, which attends to child victims of abuse. He also serves on the board of Elliot Hospital and Elliot Health System. In 2015, Phil co-founded a de novo bank called Primary Bank, a full-service community bank headquartered in Bedford, NH, and currently serves on the board of directors. He is a former member of a number of community not for profit boards, including, the Derryfield School, the YMCA, and Junior Achievement.
When Phil is not on his phone or in front of his computer, he is likely spending time with his family, working out with a Navy SEAL, or walking his three English springer spaniels through the woods, occasionally skeet shooting, sometimes competing in triathlons, and always happy to share a single malt scotch or fine tequila. If not for the complete intellectual engagement of working with a wonderful group of clients, Phil would enjoy being a safari guide in the Okavango Delta or a boat captain in the Mediterranean Sea.
Phil and his team has closed more than 500 corporate transactions, involving more than $30 Billion of proceeds. By way of example, we recently worked on the following transactions:
This is just a small sample of recent work, but illustrates the breadth of experience and our capabilities. Often I find myself in a familiar negotiation that I have been involved in before, but wearing a different hat. Sometimes it is advising the investor, but other times it is the target in a similar type of transaction. Sometimes it is advising the seller on how to secure the best deal, but often it is the buyer on how to become the winning bidder. Sometimes it is the board of directors on how to best deal with an important issue, but other times it is representing the management team on how best to manage their board of directors. The experience of sitting on each side of the table has been invaluable in providing practical and relevant advice to each client.
Our clients continue to be tested to manage in a challenging market. A number of trends have suddenly been accelerated, which, when combined with so much dislocation in the market, creates opportunities for those who can see the trends, are bold enough to pursue them, and have the liquidity to do it successfully. Management teams will be challenged to survive and thrive, but some will fail. Valuations for weaker companies will drop and some of those companies will be acquired by purchasers still flush with cash. Companies in now hot areas, for example, telemedicine, non-perishable food production, and vaccine production, will command higher valuations. Both strategic and financial sponsors are going to have a tougher time trying to win the “hot” sellers, but both will have opportunities to acquire weaker companies at distressed prices. Through it all, I think the middle market continues to present great opportunities for savvy dealmakers to find and create value for their investors and stockholders.
This article details a series of fundraising events organized by Swim With A Mission, a nonprofit co-founded by Phil Taub that supports the needs of veterans.
Manchester Corporate partner Phil Taub, leader of the firm’s Private Equity team, joins this episode of the podcast to discuss growing up in Africa, how he ended up pursuing a career in law, and lessons learned along the way to becoming a prominent M&A attorney.
This article spotlights Manchester Corporate partner Phil Taub’s new WFEA-AM radio show “We’ve Got Your Six,” which focuses on sharing stories and providing support and resources for veterans in New Hampshire.
Article detailing Resonetics LLC’s acquisition of Memry Corp. and SAES Smart Materials Inc. from SAES Getters SpA in an all-cash deal worth $900 million, including Nixon Peabody attorneys Phil Taub and Amy O’Keefe.
Manchester Corporate partner Phil Taub, leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Family Offices team, cowrote this article discussing how lawyers can apply several fundamental U.S. Navy SEAL tenets to their practices to boost effectiveness and productivity.
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.
In this podcast episode, M&A partner Philip Taub discusses his career path, and how he has focused his strengths, talents, and skills in a profession he feels passionate about.
Private Equity team leader and Swim with a Mission co-founder Phil Taub is quoted in this feature story on the unprecedented leadership role for the nonprofit in distributing $4 million to Hew Hampshire veterans groups.
Manchester Corporate partner Phil Taub is featured in this interview about his view on the market for mergers and acquisitions. The article also mentions Phil’s extensive work on behalf of our nation’s veterans.
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
George Washington University National Law Center, J.D.
Boston University, B.S.
University of Cape Town, (transferred to Boston University)
Harvard Business School, Executive Leadership Program
Army War College, National Security Seminar
Phil currently serves on the following boards:
Phil formerly served on a number of other community boards, including:
Philip is a former president of the local bar association.
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