Always thinks through everything from a reasonable market perspective of what’s fair.
Chambers USA 2018-2019

Pillsbury Corporate partner Matt Swartz advises middle-market and technology companies, and their investors, on M&As, venture capital and private equity transactions, and public securities offerings.

Matt represents clients in capital and “exit” events, including mergers, acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital investments. Matt also represents clients in public offerings and securities transactions. He regularly advises companies in the software, government contracting, technology services, medical devices, biotechnology, consumer products, and health care sectors.  Matt’s clients also include investment funds, family offices, debt issuers, and bulge bracket, mid-tier and regional underwriters and placement agents.  His practice encompasses clients and transactions around the world. Chambers & Partners notes that Matt is highly regarded by clients, who value his “encyclopedic knowledge” of business law and ability to “see around corners and think about the implications of each and every move in a negotiation.”

Representative Experience

  • Represented Vectrus, Inc. in its acquisition of Advantor Systems Corporation from McCarthy Capital.
  • Represented Parsons in its acquisition of Polaris Alpha.
  • Represented OANDA Global Corporation in its acquisition by a wholly owned subsidiary of CVC Capital Partners Asia Fund IV.

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  • Sale of Dependable Global Solutions to IAI, a portfolio company of Arlington Capital.
  • Represented Kutta Technologies, a designer and manufacturer of UAV/UAS controllers and software, in its sale to Sierra Nevada Corporation.
  • Advised UltiSat on its sale to SpeedCast International Ltd (ASX:SDA).
  • InScope International (sale of technology innovations division to Arrow Electronics).
  • JR Miller Enterprises (acquisition of Cheyenne Industries and other transactions).
  • TMC Technologies (acquisition of Galaxy Global Corporation).
  • Covington Partners (sale of property to Charity USA, a for-profit business).
  • Acquisition of certain assets of CommScope by Anite plc.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Represented Culmen International in growth equity investment by Hale Capital.
    • Acquisition of Projector PSA by Lock 8 and affiliated investors.
    • Sale of Industry Dive to private equity fund Fallfurias Capital Partners (FCP).
    • Sale of Security Information Systems to Evercommerce, a portfolio company of Providence Equity and Silver Lake.
    • Sale of Dependable Global Solutions to IAI, a portfolio company of Arlington CapitalSale of Cheyenne Industries to a NBG, a portfolio company of Sycamore Capital.
    • Sale of UltiSat to SpeedCast International Ltd (ASX:SDA.)
    • Advised nPulse Technologies on its sale to FireEye (Nasdaq: FEYE) for $60 million.
    • Sale of MCW to Tailwind Capital and its portfolio company, Diversified.
    • Acquisition of Garden Fresh Restaurants by Perpetual Capital and CR3.
    • Sale of Brimtek to Digital Barriers plc.
    • Acquisition of Four Hands LLC by Dakota Pacific Capital and Four Hands' management.
    • Sale of Kutta Technologies, a designer and manufacturer of UAV/UAS controllers and software, to Sierra Nevada Corporation.
    • Represented controlling stockholder in sale of Agilex Technologies Inc. to Accenture.
    • Acquisition by Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund of Patriot Coal for $860 million (transaction winner of the Financial Times "Most Innovative Lawyers Award").
    • Acquisition of Xceed Technologies Inc. by Anite plc.
    • Acquisition of MoPay (Mopay Aktiengesellschaft) by Boku Inc.
    • Sale of nPulse Technologies to FireEye (Nasdaq: FEYE).
    • Sale of software and services company to Riverside Partners.
    • Acquisition of X-7 by SDI.
    • Acquisition of I-sys by SDI.
    • Served as counsel to Ravensdale Capital in sale of Apiphany to Microsoft.
    • Acquisition of Capintec by Eczacibasi - Monrol (large Turkish joint venture).
    • Sale of Emergint Technologies Inc. to CACI.
    • Represented medical device company K2M Inc. in financings by Ferrer Freeman & Company, New Science Ventures, and Beta Advisors.
    • Represented Voxant Inc. in multiple rounds of financing from Softbank, Longworth Venture Partners, and Court Square Ventures.
    • Represented Plainfield Asset Management in in the Senior Subordinated Note financing of RadioFrame Networks.
    • Represented Sekurus Inc. in equity and debt financings.
    • Represented Macquarie Infrastructure Company in the acquisition of 50% of International Marine Tank Terminals for $250 million.
    • Represented Sigma Partners in financing Internet Security Systems (formerly Nasdaq: ISS, then acquired by IBM after IPO).
    • Represented PowerBar Inc. in financing from Hellman & Friedman.
    • Represented investment funds including: Partners Group, Enterprise Partners, Genstar Capital, Sigma Partners, RedShift Ventures, Nextel Ventures, Ericcson Venture Fund, Norwest, Safeguard Scientific, Carlyle Group, Columbia Capital, Gotham Partners, Morgan Stanley Venture Partners.
    • Represented the Knowland Group, a cloud-based SaaS hospitality technology company, in a significant minority investment by private equity fund Serent Capital.
    • Sale of Paragon Technology Group to LLR Partners.
    • Acquisition of Systems Development Integration LLC (SDI) by Monument Capital Group.
    • Sale of OrangeSoda, Inc. to Deluxe Corporation.
    • Acquisition of K2M Inc. by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
    • Acquisition by Delta F. Corp. of Strategic Business Systems Inc. from Brocade Communications Corp.
    • Acquisition of PerformTech Inc. by General Physics Corporation.
    • Acquisition of Strategic Insight by Asset International.
    • Acquisition of the mobile and fixed satellite assets of TDC (TeleDenmark) by UltiSat Inc.
    • Acquisition of McClendon Corporation by L-1 Identity Solutions (NYSE: ID) for $66 Million.
    • Acquisition of NovusCG by IBM (NYSE: IBM).
    • Acquisition of Finetre by Ebix (Nasdaq: EBIX).
    • Acquisition of White House Black Market by Chicos (NYSE: CHS) for $90 million.
    • Acquisition of MDLinx by So-Net M3, a Sony Network Communications Company.
    • Acquisition of RedZone Interactive by Sony Entertainment America.
    • Acquisition of Wondir Inc. by Revolution Health.
    • Acquisition of Jeffrey Chain Company by Code, Henessey & Simmons.
    • Acquisition of Advanced Performance Consulting Group by ICF Inc. (Nasdaq: ICFI).
    • Represented Partners Group in acquisitions of venture capital and private equity fund limited partnership interests from pension funds, endowments and private parties.
    • Tender offer by SafeNet Inc. for Datakey Inc.
    • Merger of (Nasdaq: COMPS) with the Co-Star Group (Nasdaq: CSGP).
    • Served as member of acquisition team of Netscape Communications Corp. after its IPO.
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Investments
    • Investment in Culmen International by Hale Capital Partners.
    • Sale of Industry Dive to private equity fund Fallfurias Capital Partners (FCP).
    • Counsel to Clairvest in connection with its investment in an aerospace company.
    • Financing of TemperPack by SJF Ventures.
    • Financing of US Mobile by Wildcat Capital.
    • Financing of Longeviti Neuro Solutions.
    • Acquisition of Elderlife Financial by Patriot Financial Partners.
    • Represented Culmen International in financing by ExWorks Capital.
    • Represented Dakota Pacific Capital in its acquisition, with management, of Four Hands LLC.
    • Represented UltiSat Inc. in growth equity investment by LLR Partners.
    • Represented Ravensdale Capital in its investment in ApiPhany.
    • Represented nPulse Technologies in Series B investment by private individuals.
    • Represented private investors in investment in LifeAire.
  • Securities Offerings
    • In IPO of BroadSoft Inc., served as counsel to underwriters Goldman Sachs & Co., Jeffries & Company, Cowen and Company, and Needham & Company LLC.
    • In follow-on/secondary offering of Broadsoft Inc., served as counsel to underwriters Goldman Sachs & Co., Jeffries & Company, Cowen and Company, and Needham & Company LLC.
    • IPO of Avalon Pharmaceuticals.
    • IPO of QC HoldingsIPO of SPAC JK Acquisition Corp. (and other SPACs).
    • Secondary offering of Gaylord Entertainment.
    • Commenced IPO of WhiteHouse/BlackMarket 144A Offerings of Broadsoft, Inc., Xilinx, Quantum, Waste Connections.
    • Rights offering of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
    • Represented underwriters, 144A Initial Purchasers, and placement agents, including: Bear Stearns & Co., Deutsche Bank Securities, Robertson Stephens, Goldman Sachs, Roth Capital, Ferris Baker Watts, and Legg Mason.
  •  Other Matters
    • Member, Board of Directors of two technology companies with growth equity investors and successful exits.
    • Served as primary outside counsel to joint venture of Microsoft and Qualcomm.
    • Represented management team of NFL franchise in proposed management buyout.
    • Represented management teams in LBOs and executives in employment and severance arrangements.
    • Represented a venture capital fund in transaction-related dispute with another venture capital fund.
    • Assisted family-owned conglomerate with design of equity-like compensation system for managers of acquired businesses.
    • Represented middle-market communications company in complex, multi-national contract dispute negotiation with United Nations agency.
    • Represented the American Red Cross in a major software and services agreement.
    • Acquisition of Elderlife Financial by Patriot Capital.

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Corporate/M&A – Virginia (2012 – 2020), The Legal 500 U.S. for M&A: Middle-Market (2017—2018) and took a leading role in a 2015 restructuring transaction that won one of M&A Advisor’s “Deal of the Year” awards.
  • Co-Authored The Corporate, Securities, and M&A Lawyer’s Job: A Survival Guide published by the American Bar Association.
  • Edited Lawyer’s Guide to Formulas in Transaction Documents and SEC Filings published by ALM’s Law Journal Press.

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  • Speaking Engagements
    • “Middle Market M&A: Proposed Changes to Reg S-X Rule 3-05,” SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Webcast, August 13, 2019


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1995

    B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1990


  • California