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Gregory M. O'Shaughnessy



Greg O’Shaughnessy is a corporate partner in the Boston office of Nixon Peabody and a member of the firm’s Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Mr. O’Shaughnessy’s practice is focused on providing a broad range of transaction-based services for private equity, growth equity and venture capital investors as well as strategic buyers and entrepreneurs.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on handling sophisticated middle-market corporate transactions and spend my time representing clients in three principal areas.

Private Equity

I represent private equity, growth equity and venture capital investors in connection with the structuring, negotiating and closing of their portfolio company investments and exits. After one of my private equity clients closes a portfolio company acquisition, I typically handle the ongoing legal work for the portfolio company.

Strategic M&A

I represent large strategics in connection with their middle-market acquisitions and divestitures.

Entrepreneurial M&A

I work with leading entrepreneurs building middle-market companies to help them grow their businesses, and then I represent them in connection with an M&A exit or other significant liquidity event, most often with a private equity investor or a strategic buyer on the other side of the table.

I have had and continue to have the good fortune of working with investor and entrepreneurial clients across a wide range of industries, which has allowed me to take a deep dive in a variety of different areas, including health care, life sciences, aerospace and defense, food and beverage, retail, clean-tech, plastics, manufacturing, software and high tech.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see the pace of M&A in the middle market continuing to be strong for the foreseeable future, supported by continued low interest rates and lenders aggressively trying to deploy capital, an abundance of PE firms hunting for new deals to close and cash-rich strategics who continue to find organic growth challenging in a low growth economy.

Presentations

  • Panelist, “A Conference for Business Owners: M&A Solutions for Privately Held Companies,” Babson Executive Conference Center, October 2018
  • Moderator, “Private Equity Investing Outlook: What is next for the Consumer Products & Services Industry,” Nixon Peabody Hot Topics in the Middle Market, May 2017
  • Moderator, “Private Equity and M&A Outlook: Trends & Opportunities,” Nixon Peabody Hot Topics in the Middle Market, January 2017
  • Moderator, “Private Equity Investing Outlook: What is Now and Next for Investing in Health Care Technologies,” Nixon Peabody Hot Topics in the Middle Market, October 2016
  • Moderator, “Private Equity Investing Outlook: What is Next for the Food & Beverage Industry,” Nixon Peabody Hot Topics in the Middle Market, April 2016
  • Moderator, “Private Equity and M&A Outlook: Trends & Opportunities,” Nixon Peabody Hot Topics in the Middle Market, January 2016
  • Moderator, “Private Equity Investing Outlook: What is Next for the Food & Beverage Industry,” Nixon Peabody Hot Topics in the Middle Market, April 2015

Contact

Gregory M. O'Shaughnessy

Partner

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1343


Fax: 866-947-1660

Boston College Law School, J.D.

Yale University, B.A.

Massachusetts

Greg has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2019 in Corporate/M&A (Massachusetts). He has also been recognized in Chambers USA in previous years. Greg has also been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers’ Rising Star in the area of corporate law by Boston Magazine, and has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial for M&A/Corporate and commercial - M&A: Middle-market (sub-$500m).

Gregory is currently serving on the Board of Overseers of the Boston Museum of Science. He served as the Chair of The Innovators and as a member of the Board of Trustees of MOS from 2011 – 2013. Greg is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth, and is also active in the alumni associations of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University.

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