Phillips Lytle LLP

Corporate/M&A Department

Upstate New York
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What the team is known for Distinguished practice with leading expertise in a diverse array of matters. Well regarded for its longstanding proficiency in traditional M&A matters, joint venture agreements and complex restructurings, with notable experience in the healthcare, technology and financial services sectors. Collaborates with its tax, intellectual property and financial services teams, among others, in order to handle large transactions. Retains upstate offices in Albany, Rochester and Buffalo.

Strengths Clients say: "As always, the entire team has been impressive throughout the transactions. They are my firm of choice."

Sources reveal: "They have a reputation as a strong deal house. I would recommend them to any international company being bought or sold. Wall Street brains at Main Street prices."

Interviewees say: "The team is responsive and capable."

Work highlights Assisted Node 40, an Albany-based cryptocurrency software company, in an $8 million sale of assets to a Canadian publicly traded cryptocurrency mining company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.

Notable practitioners

David Murray heads the M&A practice group and has extensive experience advising clients in the food and beverage, transportation and manufacturing sectors. He handles joint venture formation, securities offerings and corporate financing as well as significant M&A. Sources value his "business judgment, breadth of legal knowledge and problem-solving abilities."

Frederick Attea has over 50 years of experience advising clients on high-value M&A as well as corporate governance and securities matters. He is described by sources as "a hall of famer; a kind of legend in the M&A market."

Jeffrey Schwartz has noteworthy capabilities in commercial transactions, with particular strength assisting startup companies. Clients say: "He helps us understand the big picture."