Brian McKenna has a broad transactional practice that covers mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic and investment transactions on a global basis.

He has experience advising public and private companies, private equity and venture capital funds, financial institutions, family offices and sovereign wealth on a range of strategic and investment transactions. His practice spans a broad range of industries, with a focus on financial services, financial technology and technology, media and telecom. He has extensive experience with global and cross-border transactions. Brian also regularly advises investment funds and limited partners on co-investments, secondary transfers, consortium investments and related governance matters.

Representative Experience

  • (NASDAQ: SPRT) in its stock-for-stock merger with Greenidge Generation Holdings Inc., a bitcoin mining company with its own power generation facility.
  • Atlas Copco Group AB in its acquisition of Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP), a maker of 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance and advanced analysis software.
  • A financial investor in connection with The Carlyle Group’s acquisition of a controlling interest of Fortitude Re from AIG for approximately $1.8 billion.

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  • A private life sciences company in its tender offer in connection with an investment by a strategic investor and a financial investor.
  • Wilbur-Ellis in its investment in AgCode Inc., a software-as-a-service (SAAS) specialty crop solution business.
  • A real estate-focused financial sponsor in the sale of a stake in itself to a financial services-focused financial sponsor.
  • A financial investor in the acquisition of a portfolio of financial technology assets.
  • A global alternative asset manager and a global operating company in the creation of a new asset management business.
  • A financial institution in its transaction with a healthcare provider to establish a new healthcare business.
  • A global payments company in its acquisitions of payment processing and financial technology businesses.
  • An insurtech business in connection with the digital distribution of third-party financial products.
  • HarbourVest Partners in connection with numerous co-investments and secondary investment transactions.
  • One Equity Partners in its global separation from JPMorgan and the sale of a portfolio of legacy assets to Lexington Partners and AlpInvest.
  • Stone Point Capital and Cunningham Lindsey in the acquisition of the loss adjustment business of GAB Robins.
  • A multibillion-dollar family office in its investment arrangements with a private equity and venture capital sponsor.
  • A sovereign wealth fund in its investment in the general partner of a global private equity fund.
  • The D. E. Shaw Group in connection with its potential acquisition of a media business from the Carlyle Group.
  • A global technology company in connection with the investment governance arrangements between itself and an investment fund founded by one of it executive officers.
  • Alibaba Group in its sale of a $1.6 billion stake to investors, including Silver Lake, DST Global and Temasek.
  • AIF Capital in connection with the going-private transaction of Charm Communications, a Nasdaq-listed media business.
  • A multibillion-dollar family office in its sale of preference shares in a clean energy business.
  • Capital Group in connection with its investments in the pharmaceuticals and consumer retail sectors.
  • A private equity-backed healthcare company in various roll-up acquisitions of doctors’ practices.
  • A private company in the education sector in its sale to a strategic buyer.
  • Davidson Kempner Capital Management in connection with the acquisition of loans.
  • A healthcare-focused private equity fund in its private investment in a healthcare business.
  • Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd (Nasdaq: HSOL) in its $2 billion acquisition of Hanwha Q CELLS in a cross-border transaction creating the world’s then largest solar cell manufacturer.
  • American International Group and AIA Group Limited in AIA’s spin-off from AIG and $20.5 billion IPO. AIG in the proposed M&A sale of AIA to Prudential plc for $35.5 billion.
  • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in connection with various buyouts and other investment transactions.
  • EIG Global in connection with various fund formation projects and related initiatives in the energy sector.

Professional Highlights

Speaking Engagements

  • “Open up the PIPEs: Current Market Considerations,” Association for Corporate Growth New York Webinar, (July 16, 2020). Moderator.


  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 2005

    B.A. (Hons), Brown University, 2001


  • New York

    Hong Kong (Registered Foreign Lawyer)