M&A and Corporate Transactions

We are one of the premier firms in the world for mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions. We guide sophisticated companies and investors as they find new opportunities, solve complex problems, and efficiently drive transactions to close.

Our Approach

Our versatile, experienced team offers unparalleled breadth and a deep bench to service many key industry verticals, with particular depth in:

  • Food and beverage
  • Consumer products
  • Technology and software
  • Manufacturing and services
  • Life sciences
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Nonprofits

We cover every aspect of a transaction, from tax, securities, antitrust, real estate, and corporate governance, to labor, intellectual property, employee benefits, environmental, export compliance, and other regulatory areas.

We deliver unbeatable value by providing top-quality transactional counsel and leveraging our geographic footprint—with offices and talent in major metropolitan areas and smaller cities. The result is a reduced cost structure most major firms can’t match. And our low partner-to-associate ratio—rare among AmLaw 100 firms—means our teams are built for efficiency, and clients will always know who they’re working with.

Who we work with

  • Major strategics, including leading public and private companies
  • Startups and emerging companies
  • Iconic brands
  • Foreign companies doing business in the U.S.
  • Leading venture and private equity funds
  • Family offices

Rankings and Honors

  • More than half of our M&A and corporate transactions partners are recognized as leading attorneys in the field by Chambers USA, Legal 500, andU.S. News/Best Lawyers, among numerous other publications
  • Named as the 2020 Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage “Law Firm of the Year” by The Deal. Also awarded 2020 “Deal of the Year” in the same category
  • Named as a leading firm in Corporate/M&A and Private Equity Chambers USAin 2020; ranked globally for Franchise Law
  • Ranked Tier 1 nationally for Corporate Law, Franchise Law, Securities Regulation, and Tax Law by U.S. News “Best Law Firms”in 2020 and in consecutive prior years
  • Recognized as a leader in middle-market mergers, acquisitions, and buyouts by Legal 500 in 2020

Representative Experience

Technology and Software

  • Battery Ventures in its investment in Mews Systems BV, a Dutch company that provides a cloud-based property management software that helps hotels and hostels automate their operations.
  • Eze Castle Integration, Inc., a leading provider of managed IT services, complete cloud solutions and cybersecurity to more than 650 financial services clients worldwide in its sale to H.I.G. Capital.
  • ThoughtWorks, Inc., a global software development and digital transformation consulting company, in connection with its sale to an affiliate of Apax Partners.
  • Paychex Inc., a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, in numerous corporate transactions, including in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Oasis Outsourcing Acquisition Corp., the nation’s largest privately owned professional employer organization (PEO).
  • Capax Global, LLC, a Chicago-based technology company focused on cloud solutions, in connection with its sale to Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd.
  • Battery Ventures, a global, technology-focused investment firm, in connection with its Series B investment in AuditBoard, Inc., a software company that sells user-friendly SOX Compliance and Audit Management programs.
  • Eastman Kodak Company on its sale of the assets of its Design2Launch Business to BLUE Software, LLC. Design2Launch is a software and services business and a leading provider in brand graphics management technology.

Healthcare and Life Sciences

  • Sciformix Corporation, a scientific services company that specializes in pharmacovigilance and post-approval safety and risk management solutions within the biopharmaceutical field, in its sale to Covance Asia-Pacific Inc., a subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings.
  • Merck KGaA, a Darmstadt, Germany-based leading science and technology company, in numerous corporate transactions, including in the U.S. aspects of the sale of its biosimilars business to Fresenius Kabi. The biosimilars business was located in Switzerland, but the transaction implicated various U.S. issues, including obtaining HSR clearance. The sale price, including upfront and milestone payments, was €656 million.
  • Biotage AB, a Swedish public company, in its acquisition of PhyNexus, Inc., a California corporation that specializes in the purification of biomolecules.
  • EMD Millipore Corporation, a Massachusetts-based corporation, its corporate parent, Merck KGaA, and certain of its subsidiaries, in the sale of Merck’s flow cytometry business to NASDAQ-listed Luminex Corporation. The cytometry business was located in the U.S., Europe (primarily France), and India. In connection with the sale, we represented Merck in a two-year effort to restructure its complex contractual relationship with Sysmex Corporation, the co-commercializer of Merck’s cytometry products, including addressing various rights of first refusal and first negotiation held by Sysmex. Sysmex is a large health care company traded on the Tokyo exchange and headquartered in Kobe, Japan.
  • Medicus Healthcare Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of locum tenens staffing to groups, practices, hospitals, and other medical facilities throughout the United States, in connection with the sale of its business to Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on investments in the healthcare industry.
  • Santa Barbara–based PiMEMS, Inc., a leading developer of titanium micro technologies and ultra-thin devices, in its acquisition by thermal management and environmental sealing industry leader Boyd Corporation.
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a nonprofit academic healthcare organization serving the diverse Los Angeles, CA, community and beyond, on its $21M investment in Click Diagnostics, Inc. as part of Click Diagnostics’ approx. $95M Series C financing. Click Diagnostics, Inc. is developer of a mobile-based health platform.
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center, a hospital serving the Yuma, Arizona, area as lead investor, in Leading Biosciences, Inc. Series C financing. Leading Biosciences, Inc. is an early stage drug development company located in Carlsbad, CA.
  • Ares Trading S.A. and its parent company, Merck KGaA, in many corporate transactions, including the assignment of certain exclusive Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) development rights to Intrexon Corporation for $150 million in Intrexon common stock, and the acquisition of all of the assets related to Progyny’s “Eeva” software line of business.
  • Serimmune Inc. in its $8 million Series B financing led by Illumina Ventures, with participation from Merck. Serimmune, based in Goleta, CA, is a life sciences company that is focused on providing a holistic view of immunity to identify environmental factors in disease and health.

Consumer, including Food and Beverage

  • Boston Beer Company, producer of Samuel Adams beers, America’s second largest-selling craft beer, and Angry Orchard, Twisted Tea, and other brands, in numerous corporate transactions and investments, including its recent acquisition of Dogfish Head Brewery in a cash and stock transaction, valued at approximately $300 million. The transaction combines two award-winning craft beer pioneers with unrivaled brewing expertise and portfolios of leading beer and “beyond beer” brands.
  • Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), one of the largest global producers of beer, wine, and spirits, in numerous corporate transactions, including its $4 billion investment in Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation; its acquisition of Funky Buddha Brewery LLC; its acquisition of The Prisoner Wine Company’s portfolio of brands from Huneeus Vintners LLC; and its $1 billion acquisition of California-based craft brewery, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.
  • Refresco Group N.V., the world’s largest independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices, in its acquisition of Cott Corporation’s worldwide bottling business for $1.25 billion. In addition, we previously represented Refresco on its purchase of all of Whitlock Holding Company (“WHC”). WHC is the direct parent of Whitlock Packaging Corporation, a leading bottler and co-packer in the U.S. This transaction was the first acquisition in North America by Refresco.
  • MFF-NW LLC, a Marc Fisher Footwear entity (“MFF”), in connection with a transaction whereby MFF entered into a license to operate the Nine West footwear business and purchased the related inventory from Authentic Brands Group (“ABG”). ABG, a major brand development and licensing company, was the successful bidder in the auction conducted under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to acquire Nine West’s assets. Marc Fisher and Nine West are fashion companies specializing primarily in footwear. 
  • Yasso, Inc. in its transaction with Castanea Partners, Inc. Yasso is a Quincy, MA-based company that created the first ever frozen Greek yogurt bars, which it sells nationwide.

Energy and Infrastructure

  • ENGIE North America Inc. in its acquisition of all of the equity of Conti Service Corporation, ION Electric, LLC, Indicon Corporation and thirteen of their subsidiaries.
  • SAES Getters S.p.A.(SG: BIT), Milan, Italy-based parent company of the SAES industrial group, on the sale of its pure gas business to Massachusetts-based Entegris, Inc. (ENTG: NASDAQ), a provider of products and systems that purify, protect, and transport critical materials used in the semiconductor device fabrication process.
  • BBA Aviation plc, a UK-based multinational aviation services company, and its subsidiaries, in numerous corporate transactions, including its acquisition of EPIC Aviation LLC and the cross-border sale of its global aviation support business known as ASIG, to John Menzies plc.
  • BlueGreen Holding, LLC in connection with the closing of its North American retail energy sales business, through the sale of 100% of the membership interest of XOOM Energy Global Holdings, LLC to NRG Retail LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc.

Manufacturing and Services

  • ARC Technologies LLC, a leading supplier of custom microwave absorbing composite materials for military, aerospace, and industrial applications, in its sale to Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL).
  • Sensata Technologies, Inc., a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of sensors, controls, electrical protection and control, and power management solutions, in the divestment of its valves business, consisting of three subsidiaries (Schrader SAS, August France Holding Company SAS, and Schrader-Bridgeport International, Inc.) with significant facilities, operations, and employees in Virginia and France, to Pacific Industrial Co., Ltd. for approximately $173M enterprise value.

Media

  • TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) in its acquisition of 11 local television stations from Nexstar Media Group, Inc. for $740 million. As a result of the acquisition, TEGNA now owns or operates 62 television stations across 51 markets, reaching more than 38 percent of U.S. television households.
  • TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), American publicly traded broadcast, digital media, and marketing services company, in numerous strategic corporate transactions, including its $535 million acquisition of Dispatch Broadcast Group’s #1 rated stations in Indianapolis, Indiana (NBC affiliate WTHR) and Columbus, Ohio (CBS affiliate MBNS), and its purchase of the assets of two television stations from Raycom Media, Inc. as part of the required divestiture by Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE: GTN) of nine television stations in connection with Gray’s merger with Raycom.

Nonprofit

  • The Boston Conservatory in its merger with and into Berklee College of Music in a transformational transaction to become the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic training ground for music, dance, theater, and related professions.

Closing the gender gap one deal at a time: A glimpse into women in M&A

Rochester Business Journal | June 08, 2022

This article contributed by Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions associate Jennifer Jovcevski focuses on opportunities to improve gender parity in the M&A industry and progress that has been made. Jennifer, founder and host of NP’s She Talks Law podcast, also highlights NP’s Move the Needle goal of increasing diversity among the firm’s equity partnership ranks and the workflow app NP is piloting.

People on the move

Crain’s New York Business | March 28, 2022

New York City Corporate partners Kevin Grant and Dan Belostock are featured in this article for their recent arrival to NP, noting their focus on middle-market M&A and private equity transactions and providing additional detail on their practices.

Rising stars: Nixon Peabody, Duane Morris add to partner ranks

The Deal | February 01, 2022

This article on notable legal moves and hires in the M&A space features Rochester partner Isaac Figueras and Washington, DC partner Pierce Han, both of the Corporate group, for their promotions to partner, noting their legal practices and some of their recent prominent deals

A Day in the Life: What's It Really Like to Be a Mergers and Acquisitions Expert?

Discover Your Talent–Do What You Love Podcast | December 06, 2021

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.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | August 30, 2021

This roundup of notable legal news and moves mentions the arrival of Los Angeles Corporate partner Michael Lawhead, who focuses his practice on a range of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets, private equity, and securities.

Rep and warranty insurance a tight market due to heightened M & A activity

Rochester Business Journal | July 23, 2021

This article, focusing on insurance and the many ways companies can manage their risk, quotes Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green on how rep and warranty insurance has become a hot and tight market, causing premiums to go up significantly, and how force majeure clauses will no longer cover pandemics.

Promotions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 20, 2021

This column of notable executive news highlights the selection of Boston Corporate partner Christopher Keefe to lead the Business & Finance Department.

The Deal Honors Top Rising Stars: Class of 2021

The Deal | May 19, 2021

Chicago Corporate partner Sam Kim was named as one of the publication’s “Top Rising Stars” for his exceptional transactional work and his ability to navigate complex dealmaking situations.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | May 18, 2021

This column of notable executive news highlights the selection of Boston Corporate partner Christopher Keefe to lead the Business & Finance Department. CEO and managing partner Steve Zubiago is mentioned for previously holding that role.

Investment company manager fails to get FBAR case tossed

Law360 | April 09, 2021

This article, on a matter involving penalties assessed by the IRS against an investment company manager accused of an alleged failure to file a foreign bank and financial account form (FBAR), quotes Tax team co-leader and Los Angeles Corporate partner Shahzad Malik on why it was necessary to bring a motion for dismissal.

An overview of today's M & A market—many buyers and low inventory

Rochester Business Journal | April 02, 2021

This special feature on M&A and how it’s a seller’s market quotes Rochester Corporate partner Tyler Savage extensively for his outlook on the headwinds the market faced in 2019, how it was impacted by the pandemic, and its huge turnaround in the second half of 2020.

Swim With a Mission

Wreaths Across America Radio | February 24, 2021

Manchester Corporate partner Phil Taub joined this veterans’ advocacy radio program to discuss his nonprofit, Swim With a Mission, which raises money to support worthy organizations that service, support, and honor our nation’s veterans.

People on the move

Crain’s Chicago | February 22, 2021

Chicago Intellectual Property partner Brad Taub’s and Corporate partner Sam Kim’s promotions to partner were included in this column of notable executive moves.

Washington-area appointments and promotions for Feb. 22

The Washington Post | February 21, 2021

This column of notable promotions and appointments mentions Washington, D.C. Corporate counsel Pierce Han for his recent promotion to counsel.

Rising Stars: New Partners at Holland & Knight, Nixon Peabody

The Deal | February 10, 2021

Chicago Corporate partner Samuel Kim’s promotion to partner was included in this column of notable executive news.

M&A Agreements Feature More Buyer-Protections

The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Journal | January 21, 2021

NP’s 18th MAC Survey, which for the first time tracked the inclusion of exceptions relating to pandemics or COVID-19 in merger agreements, was included in The Wall Street Journal’s morning newsletter for chief financial officers and senior financial executives. New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan is the lead author of the MAC Survey.

Nessun Luogo è Lontano

Radio 24 | January 08, 2021

This Italian radio segment features Nixon Peabody partner Charles Bernardini discussing U.S. legal and constitutional issues of removal of a president from office.

2020 Go To Lawyers: Business

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | December 28, 2020

Boston Corporate partner Dave Martland is profiled in this special section for being named as one of 20 “Go To“ business lawyers in Massachusetts, as chosen by a Lawyers Weekly panel.

Level Up: Legal Business Agreements

Capital Foundation of New York | December 15, 2020

In this blog post from the Capital Foundation of New York, Albany Corporate attorney Marissa Wiley responds to a submitted question concerning setting up a legal business agreement.

Mergers & Acquisitions

People Moves | December 04, 2020

This roundup of notable executive moves in the M&A space includes the arrival of New York Corporate partner Michael A. Smith to the firm.

Legality of mergers & acquisitions in the COVID era

Rochester Business Journal | November 27, 2020

Corporate associate Isaac Figueras and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Eric Ferrante, both in Rochester, were quoted in this article for their outlook on force majeure clauses, commercial real estate leasing, and the impact of COVID and the California wildfires on supply chains.

Ecco perché la democrazia Usa è a rischio. Parla l’avv. Bernardini

Formiche.net | November 14, 2020

This article features an interview with Nixon Peabody partner, Charles Bernardini, regarding President Trump’s challenge to the 2020 presidential election results.

Why Marissa Wiley is ready for a new conversation

Albany Business Review | November 12, 2020

This profile of Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley highlights her early interest in law, her career trajectory and professional development, and her journey as an LGBTQ person.

Radio 24 con Charles Bernardini

Sole 24 Ore Radio 24 | November 06, 2020

This Italian radio segment features Nixon Peabody partner Charles Bernardini discussing procedural steps involved in challenging the 2020 USA presidential election results.

Plated Sues Albertsons in Del. Claiming Post-Merger Letdown

Law360 | September 02, 2020

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners John Ruskusky and Lisa Sullivan were mentioned in this article for representing Shareholder Representative Services LLC in a post-merger suit accusing the food and drug chain of breaches of contract, fraudulent inducement and breaches of good faith covenants. Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Tracey Scarpello in Buffalo and associate Tina Jonsson in Chicago were also part of the litigation team.

40 Under 40: New leaders shaping the new normal

Albany Business Review | August 19, 2020

Albany and New York City Corporate & Finance attorney Marissa Wiley is quoted in this article containing highlights from a discussion with members of the Albany Business Review's "40 under 40" list.

Marissa Wiley appointed to Upstate Capital Association of New York Board of Directors

Upstate Capital Association of New York | August 07, 2020

Albany Corporate attorney Marissa Wiley is profiled in this article for her appointment to the Upstate Capital Association’s board of directors.

Constellation Sells Brandy, Wine Brands In 2 Deals For $385M

Law360 | June 25, 2020

This article mentions NP for representing Constellation Brands in the pending sale of its Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy brand and related assets to Sazerac Co. for approximately $255 million. The story notes Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green for her role leading the deal team, and also mentions Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck and associate Aya Hoffman.

Dealmaking under quarantine: 8 private equity and M&A pros share strategies while social distancing

Mergers & Acquisitions | April 29, 2020

This Q&A roundup on dealmaking during the age of COVID-19 features Boston-based Corporate practice group leader Chris Keefe’s best practices, including reaching out to colleagues and clients to check on the hardships they may be facing and lending a hand as we all weather the storm together.

Investors are making tough decisions on startups

The Boston Globe | April 27, 2020

This article quotes Manchester Corporate partner Phil Taub, head of the firm’s Private Equity team, on difficult decisions private equity firms are having to make in terms of which startups get funding and which do not in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why Material Adverse Effect Clauses aren't escape hatches

Law360 | April 01, 2020

This article highlights the findings of Nixon Peabody’s 17th annual MAC Survey, released last fall. New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan led the development of the survey.

Pandemic prompts urgent review of overlooked contractual clause

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | March 26, 2020

Providence Corporate partner Adam Gwaltney weighs in on the implication of force majeure clauses, particularly in cross-border contracts. These boilerplate clauses are becoming a popular topic as businesses consider the possibility they may not be able to fill contractual obligations as a result of coronavirus.

M&A agreements take COVID-19 in stride

The Deal | March 13, 2020

New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan discusses how parties in current M&A deals are using MAC clauses to account for the potential impact of COVID-19 on their businesses.

Linden-backed Evolution Research Group grows footprint

The Deal | March 10, 2020

This article mentions Albany Corporate partner Todd Tidgewell for his representation of Richmond Behavioral Associates, which has been purchased by Evolution Research Group LLC.

Why the coronavirus makes MAC clauses more important than ever

Mergers & Acquisitions | March 09, 2020

New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan, who leads Nixon Peabody’s annual survey of MAC (material adverse change) clauses in M&A deals, says the coronavirus outbreak is exactly the type of risk that such clauses are designed to address.

Return of the MAC? Coronavirus could be the new negotiating leverage in deals

MarketWatch | March 02, 2020

Nixon Peabody’s recent MAC survey is mentioned in this article about the impact of coronavirus on the deal-making environment, and how a range of companies and investors could leverage material adverse change (MAC) clauses to renegotiate or walk away from deals.

M&A wrap

Mergers & Acquisitions | January 30, 2020

This round-up of top news in the M&A space highlights the promotions of New York City Corporate partner Rachel Pugliese and Rochester Corporate partner Brian Mahoney to partner.

Why you need a MAC clause in your next deal

Mergers & Acquisitions | December 23, 2019

New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan talks with a leading publication in the M&A industry about the increasing number of MAC clauses in major deals and how such clauses can benefit both buyers and sellers.

More MACs Standardized and Favor Bidders: Nixon Peabody

The Deal | December 16, 2019

This article features Nixon Peabody’s recently released MAC Survey and discusses its key findings.

Material Adverse Change lingo shifts toward buyers’ favor

Law360 | November 19, 2019

This article highlights takeaways from Nixon Peabody’s latest survey of Material Adverse Change clauses—a common feature of M&A deals that are often influenced by economic and geopolitical circumstances. New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan is quoted extensively in the piece.

Risk aversion is playing a larger role in major deals: Survey

Bloomberg Law | November 19, 2019

New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan talks to Bloomberg Law about Nixon Peabody’s recently released MAC Survey, the effect of a looming Brexit on M&A deals, and how the MAC landscape has changed since the 2017 survey.

Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | September 25, 2019

This roundup of key personnel moves in the legal industry features the arrival of New York City Corporate partner Rick Cox to Nixon Peabody.

US Law Week

Bloomberg Law News | September 24, 2019

This roundup of executive news highlights the arrival of Corporate partner Rick Cox in the firm’s New York City office.

M&A Wrap

Mergers & Acquisitions | September 24, 2019

This roundup of executive news highlights the arrival of Corporate partner Rick Cox in the firm’s New York City office.

M&A wrap

Mergers & Acquisitions | September 20, 2019

This roundup of key deals in the M&A space highlights Nixon Peabody’s role as adviser to TEGNA in its acquisition of 11 local television stations from Nexstar Media Group.

M&A wrap: Grupo Nutresa, Cameron's Coffee, Stripe, Gamut, Riverside

Mergers & Acquisitions | September 19, 2019

This roundup of major deals in the M&A space includes Grupo Nutresa SA’s acquisition of Cameron’s Coffee. The Nixon Peabody team advising Grupo Nutresa included Boston Corporate partners Greg O’Shaughnessy and Amy O’Keefe, and Rochester Corporate associates Kat Murphy and Aya Hoffman.

Tegna Confirms Apollo Outreach

The Deal | August 21, 2019

This article covers Apollo Global Management LLC’s potential acquisition of Tegna Inc. and mentions Nixon Peabody for representing Tegna in recent deals with Nexstar Media Group Inc. and Dispatch Broadcast Group.

Eagle to expand in northeastern Montana with latest bank deal

American Banker | August 12, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody’s role as advisor to Eagle Bancorp Montana in its deal to acquire Western Holding Co., parent company of Western Bank of Wolf Point.

Taxation with Representation

Law360 | August 09, 2019

This story highlights Nixon Peabody’s representation of Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, in its $1.38 billion merger with New Media Investment Group, parent of GateHouse Media LLC.

Deal Watch: More consolidation hits the newspaper business

American Lawyer | August 09, 2019

This story highlights Nixon Peabody’s representation of Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, in its $1.38 billion merger with New Media Investment Group, parent of GateHouse Media LLC.

Gatehouse parent to buy Gannett

The Deal | August 06, 2019

The following stories highlight Nixon Peabody’s representation of Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, in its $1.38 billion merger with New Media Investment Group, parent of GateHouse Media LLC.

4 firms steer $1.4B New Media, Gannett tie-up

Law360 | August 05, 2019

The following stories highlight Nixon Peabody’s representation of Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, in its $1.38 billion merger with New Media Investment Group, parent of GateHouse Media LLC.

B. Riley, Twin Lakes revive Sergio Tacchini

The Deal | July 10, 2019

This story mentions Nixon Peabody as advisor to Twin Lakes Capital LCC and B. Riley Financial Inc. in their acquisition of the fashion label Sergio Tacchini SpA.

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