NEW YORK – Brian McKenna, a seasoned M&A, private equity and financial services practitioner, has joined Pillsbury’s Corporate practice in New York as a special counsel. He was previously a partner with Mayer Brown.
With a broad transactional practice, McKenna handles private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments globally. He advises financial institutions, investment funds, family offices and sovereign wealth as well as operating companies and their corporate venture capital and strategic investment businesses. His practice spans a broad range of industries, with a focus on financial services, technology, financial technology, media and telecom. McKenna also regularly advises investment funds and limited partners on co-investments, secondary transfers, consortium investments and related governance matters. He also works with various regulatory regimes on financial services and foreign investment issues such as CFIUS, and on privacy and data regulations and licensing for FinTech business models.
“Brian is another fantastic addition to our growing New York M&A and private equity team,” said Jeffrey Delaney, the leader of Pillsbury’s global Corporate practice. “Brian’s extensive and proven background across a broad array of corporate transactions further expands our capabilities in New York and globally. We think he will make a great fit here at Pillsbury and with our thriving corporate team.”
The New York team has grown significantly in recent months with the additions of M&A and private equity dealmakers Jarrod Murphy and Ted Powers, international M&A partner Augusto Lima, and international dealmaker Jon Lyman. Additionally, Pillsbury hired a highly regarded five-lawyer leveraged and acquisition finance group led by partners Michael Michetti, Joel Simon and Joseph Fastiggi in 2018, as well as corporate partner Michael Flynn, who advises early- and growth-stage technology and life sciences clients.
Pillsbury continues to rank highly in numerous corporate and transactional league tables, including placing 17th in U.S. Middle Market deals in the fourth quarter of 2019 (Bloomberg), 19th for U.S. Venture Capital deals and #26 for Venture Capital deals globally in 2019 (Pitchbook), and 23rd in U.S. Debt and Equity deals in the fourth quarter (Refinitiv). Additionally, the firm ranked #2 among all firms in North America M&A High Yield Bonds as Issuer’s Legal Counsel, with 10 percent overall market share (Debtwire).
Notable recent transactions by Pillsbury’s transactional lawyers include representing global zero emissions transportation leader Nikola Corporation in its $3.3 billion merger and NASDAQ listing with VectoIQ, advising Sinclair Broadcast Group in more than $10 billion in debt financings and the completion of its acquisition of Disney’s regional sports network business, representing Genomic Health in its $2.8 billion combination with Exact Sciences, and advising leading Canadian airline WestJet as U.S. counsel in its $3.7 billion acquisition by funds affiliated with Onex Corporation.
Pillsbury Corporate lawyers are regarded as among the best worldwide, and our practices regularly achieve top-tier rankings from Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report, The Legal 500 U.S. and Corporate Counsel. From formation through financing, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, Pillsbury’s lawyers advise companies on a global scale and at every life cycle stage. Our more than 200 business-savvy corporate lawyers combine industry and regulatory knowledge with extensive deal experience and legal skills to provide comprehensive service to clients across industries.