Rachel L. Pugliese

Rachel Pugliese is a senior associate in the Private Equity & Investment Funds Group at Nixon Peabody LLP. She focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and general corporate work. She has represented both public and private buyers and sellers in a variety of transactions, specifically focusing on the middle market.

What do you focus on?

Today, I concentrate my practice on the following areas:

Merger and Acquisitions

I advise buyers and sellers, both strategic and financial, with respect to acquisitions and divestitures that they are considering with purchase prices ranging from very modest valuations to billions of dollars. For example in a recent divestiture, I helped our public-company client to sell a manufacturing business and, throughout the sale process, I knowledgeably managed my team from the beginning of the deal to the closing, while always focusing on my clients’ business goals.

Private Equity

I represent private equity investors in connection with their portfolio company acquisitions and exits. I also advise portfolio companies of private equity clients with respect to their deals and corporate governance issues.

General Corporate Work

I serve as outside general counsel for early to late stage companies, which includes assisting with corporate formation and governance items, executive and incentive compensation, commercial agreements and other ongoing general corporate matters.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see a busy and competitive outlook for middle market and private equity transactions, with deal flow picking up this year. Nixon Peabody is also making an effort to bring even more deals together with our NP Capital Connector program, which is a proprietary referral service program that matches companies looking for debt or equity funding or companies looking to make a sale or purchase with a respective potential transaction partner. 

Representative Experience

  • Represented a public company segment in a $150M+ divestiture of manufacturing business
  • Represented lender in connection with loan to energy company
  • Represented a public company segment in a $600M+ strategic acquisition of manufacturing and distribution target


Rachel L. Pugliese


New York

Phone: 212-940-3080

Fax: 855-482-3893

Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude

Loyola College in Maryland, B.B.A., magna cum laude

New York

New Hampshire

Rachel is a Committee Member on the Women of Leadership Committee for the Association for Corporate Growth New York.

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