Awards & Rankings
Global M&A Network this week revealed the winners of its Americas M&A Atlas awards at a gala event in New York, and Pillsbury is pleased to announce wins across four categories. This recognition highlights the firm’s capabilities advising in technology-industry transactions and complex restructurings and honors Silicon Valley Corporate partner Christina Pearson as one of the region’s Rising Star Dealmakers.
Pearson represents companies in the technology, health care and life sciences, and consumer and retail industries on corporate and securities matters in all stages of the business life cycle, from startup to maturity and liquidity transactions. She also assists emerging growth companies in corporate matters and financing transactions and has closed more than 100 venture capital financings. This year, she has played critical roles in Snapfish’s acquisition of CafePress, Synnex’s $2.4 billion acquisition of Convergys Corp., and Identiv’s acquisition of 3VR Security Inc.
In addition to Pearson’s individual honor, Pillsbury was named M&A Law Firm of the Year, Small- to Mid-Market by Americas M&A Atlas. This honor is based on the firm’s overall activity advising on corporate transactions in 2018, in connection with both deal volume and value.
A team of Pillsbury Corporate lawyers also was recognized for Corporate M&A Deal of the Year ($100M - $500M) for their role advising semiconductor technology developer Sigma Designs in its $282 million sale to Silicon Labs. The team was led by Corporate partner James Masetti and included partners Cindy Schlaefer, George Willman and Marcia Pope, counsel Matthew Desharnais; and associates Mediha Ali, Omar Bailony and Matthew Ryan.
Lastly, a cross-practice Pillsbury team won in the Americas Restructuring – Small Market category for its work on an extraordinarily complex chapter 11 restructuring for the Lynnhill Condominium Association. In March 2018, a team led by Insolvency & Restructuring partner Patrick Potter and counsel Dania Slim achieved confirmation of the association’s reorganization plan, including the successful $17 million bankruptcy auction of the association’s buildings in Temple Hills, Md. Slim conducted the successful auction and, together with Potter and partner Andrew Troop, litigated and negotiated the fully consensual reorganization plan approved by the court. Also on the team were Real Estate partner David Miller and associate Nik Holtan, along with Insolvency & Restructuring senior associate Jason Sharp and associate Andrew Alfano.