Healthcare Transactions

We leverage our broad transactional experience and deep industry knowledge to help our clients overcome the challenges involved in healthcare transactions.

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Our Approach

Increased demand for cost effective healthcare continues to drive consolidation in the industry. We deliver innovative solutions, add value and close the deal.

Whether it takes the form of a merger, acquisition, joint venture or other similar transaction, our multidisciplinary resources clear the regulatory hurdles, including corporate practice of medicine prohibitions, Medicare and Medicaid issues, HIPAA, Stark Laws and anti-kickback compliance.

Mergers & Acquisitions

We represent clients on all sides of healthcare M&A transactions, often working beyond the terms of the actual acquisition and post-closing matters. We solve general labor and employment issues; develop plans for hiring and retaining employees; create compensation plans; and review anti-kickback and self-referral issues, employee handbooks and policies.

Joint Ventures

We develop structures to ensure flexibility and independence for healthcare providers who participate in joint ventures. We focus on all health-related business transactions, including hospital/physician joint ventures, establishment of retail health clinics and medi-spas and development and structuring of ancillary service providers, such as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

Physician Transactions/Physician Practice Management (PPM) Companies

We advise physicians on the formation and operation of professional practice groups, independent practice associations (IPAs), physician/hospital organizations (PHOs) and management service organizations (MSOs). We also negotiate and enforce contracts with managed care organizations and PPM companies.

Private Equity & Investment Funds

We minimize risk and maximize potential for investments in healthcare and related industries. We fully represent middle-market institutional investors as well as private equity funds and their portfolio companies.


We address the tax issues that arise in healthcare businesses, from the day-to-day operation to transactions, including tax-free reorganizations, spin-offs, acquisitions and dispositions, installment, sales, recapitalizations, joint ventures and international transactions.


We regularly prepare and handle filings under Hart-Scott-Rodino laws to avoid litigation and governmental challenge of transactions and successfully represent a number of provider networks under FTC investigations.


We create effective debt restructuring and workout plans that address the specific needs, history and role in the community of healthcare entities considering reorganization or seeking to maximize value and reduce exposure in a bankruptcy case.

We work with

  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Billing companies
  • Dialysis companies
  • Durable medical equipment manufacturers
  • Health plans
  • Health systems
  • Home healthcare companies
  • Imaging companies
  • Management service organizations
  • Medi-spas
  • Nonprofit and for-profit hospital organizations
  • Nursing homes
  • Pharmacies
  • Physician practices
  • Physician practice management companies
  • Private equity firms
  • Publicly traded corporations
  • Retail health clinics
  • RHIOs

2021 Health Care Awards: Finalists

Los Angeles Business Journal | August 24, 2021

Los Angeles Health Care partner Jill Gordon was selected as a finalist in the LABJ published roundup of its 2021 Health Care Awards, in the “Trusted Advisor of the Year” category.

Long Beach insurer merges with Cincinnati firm

Long Island Business News | April 19, 2021

This feature story on Long Island-based Lancer Insurance Company’s merger with Core Specialty Insurance Holdings quotes Long Island office managing partner and Health Care partner Allan Cohen for leading the team that advised Lancer. Long Island associates Ashley Mistretta and Bianca Lewis, and Chicago counsel April Schweitzer, all in the Health Care group, were also mentioned for being a part of the deal team.

Charlesbank Buys Stake in MB2 Dental from Sentinel

Mergers & Acquisitions | February 01, 2021

This article on investment firm Charlesbank Capital Partners’ majority-interest acquisition in MB2 Dental—a dental partnership organization with affiliated practices across 24 states—mentions the firm for the work by Health Care partners Michele Masucci and Mike Schnipper, in Long Island, and associate Jena Grady, in New York.

California bill could stifle healthcare M&A

Modern Healthcare | August 20, 2020

Los Angeles Health Care partner and Life Sciences practice co-chair Jill Gordon is quoted throughout this article on proposed California legislation that would require the attorney general to sign off on any health care provider transaction exceeding $1 million.

Hospitals can transfer patients’ medical debt to RIP Medical Debt, regulators say

Modern Healthcare | July 28, 2020

In this article on the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s advisory opinion that will expand national nonprofit and client RIP Medical Debt’s services, Long Island Health Care partner Michele Masucci is quoted on the legal nuances of the advisory opinion and anti-kickback concerns.

Hospitals partner with industry to co-create digital tools

Modern Healthcare | July 25, 2020

In this article on how hospitals are co-developing tools with tech companies, Long Island office managing partner and Health Care partner Allan Cohen is quoted on the factors for hospitals to consider when selecting the right partner and the ways in which hospitals are investing in startups.

COVID-19 GC Roundtable (podcast)

American Health Lawyers Association | April 01, 2020

In this podcast, Washington, D.C. Health Care counsel Sarah Swank speaks with three hospital general counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health system consolidation may be holding down healthcare employee wages

Modern Healthcare | April 04, 2019

Providence Health Care partner Chris Browning is quoted in this article analyzing the wages of health care providers amid the increasing number of mergers and acquisitions.

Commercial ventures present opportunities and risks for health systems

Modern Healthcare | March 02, 2019

Long Island Affordable Housing and Real Estate Partner Ed Puerta is quoted in this article discussing the trend of hospitals using creative acquisition strategies to increase their patient base.

  • U.S. News/Best Lawyers has named Nixon Peabody “Law Firm of the Year” in Health Care Law in 2016
  • Ranked nationally in U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2019 “Best Law Firms” in Health Care Law, and received metropolitan rankings in Health Care Law in Albany, Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, New York City and Rhode Island
  • Ranked in Illinois, Massachusetts and New York for Health Care in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized lawyers by Best Lawyers in America in the field of Health Care law
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