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