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Mitchell Presser


Mitchell is a partner based in our New York office and the head of our US M&A practice.





Mitchell focuses on global business transactions, including M&A and leveraged buyouts, for international corporations and financial institutions.

Mitchell gained his extensive skills and knowledge through wide experience on both sides of transactions, advisor and principal. From 2006 to 2013, he was a founding partner of Paine and Partners LLC, a private equity firm managing a $1.2bn fund focused on investing in food and agribusiness. Previously, Mitchell was a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he concentrated on mergers & acquisitions, private equity, leveraged buyouts, corporate governance and securities law matters.

Mitchell is a Lecturer at Harvard Law School teaching “Drafting and Negotiating Cross-Border Merger & Acquisition Transactions.”

“Distinguishes himself with expertise in private equity, especially food and agricultural investing.”
The Legal 500 2016

Recent deals/Highlights

Mitchell’s experience includes advising:

  • Burford Capital on its $160m acquisition of GKC Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Chicago-based litigation finance and asset management firm Gerchen Keller Capital, LLC, combining the two largest litigation finance players in the world;
  • Paine & Partners LLC on its sale of Icicle Seafoods to Cooke Seafoods and its international acquisitions of Suba Seeds and Spearhead International, and its take-private acquisition of Eurodrip;
  • MSD Capital on its significant investment in the $4bn buyout of UFC, joining WME-IMG, KKR and Silver Lake;
  • Smiths Group plc on its $710m acquisition of Morpho Detection LLC;
  • WireCo on its majority investment by Onex Capital and sale of a partial stake by Paine & Partners LLC;
  • Rexam on the $6.9bn cash and stock offer by Ball Corporation;
  • Tinicum portfolio company Breeze-Eastern on its $206m sale to TransDigm Group;
  • Goldman Sachs on a number of transactions, including:

    • its approximately $22bn take-private acquisition (with AIG, The Carlyle Group and Riverstone Holdings LLC) of Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI), one of the nation’s largest energy transportation, storage and distribution companies;
    • its $1.3bn take-private acquisition (with Kelso & Company, The Blackstone Group, and Bain Capital Private Equity) of AMF Bowling; and
    • its $364m take-private acquisition of Amscan (now Party City) and Amscan’s subsequent sale to AAH Holdings Corp., a company controlled by Berkshire Partners LLC and Weston Presidio Capital, for approximately $540m;
  • QVC Network Inc. on its $9.5bn hostile bid attempt to acquire Paramount Communications Inc., and on QVC’s subsequent sale to Comcast Corporation and Liberty Media Corporation for $1.42bn;
  • Morgan Stanley on its acquisition of TransMontaigne, an oil storage and transportation company, in a two-step process valued at more than $500m;
  • JP Foodservice Inc. on its merger with Rykoff-Sexton in a stock-swap transaction for an approximate value of $1.4bn, to form US Foodservice (now US Foods);
  • Hotjobs, Inc. on its sale to Yahoo! Inc. in a stock-swap transaction valued at approximately $435m;
  • Proxicom Inc., a computer services provider, on its sale to Dimension Data Holdings PLC for approximately $422m;
  • Falk Associates Management Enterprises (FAME), a digital marketing agency, on its sale to SFX Entertainment (NASDAQ: SFXE) for approximately $100m;
  • Michael Jordan on his acquisition of a minority stake in the Washington Wizards from Lincoln Holdings, and his subsequent sale of his minority stake in the NBA franchise;
  • MJ Basketball Holdings LLC, the holding company owned by Michael Jordan, on its acquisition of a minority stake in Bobcats Sports & Entertainment, the NBA basketball franchise owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, from RLJ Companies;
  • Fox Paine & Company on numerous transactions, including:

    • its acquisition of Alaska Telephone Companies from Century Telephone Enterprises, Inc. for approximately $415m in cash;
    • its acquisition of Maxxim Medical, Inc. in a recapitalization transaction;
    • its acquisition of Seminis Inc., the world’s largest seller of commercial fruit and vegetable seeds, for an approximate value of $650m, and its subsequent sale of Seminis to Monsanto Company for $1bn;
    • its acquisition (with Syngenta) of Advanta BV, one of the world’s leading seed companies, from AstraZeneca for €400m;
    • its acquisition of Paradigm Geophysical Ltd., an Israeli oil and gas exploration software company, for approximately $102m in cash;
    • its acquisition of VCST Industrial Products N.V., a Belgian-based automotive component company;
    • its acquisition of ACMI, a leading medical products company, and its subsequent sale of ACMI to Gyrus Group PLC for $500m; and
    • its investment (with Duke Energy Power Services, LLC) in United American Energy Corporation, and its subsequent sale of United American to DLJ Merchant Banking Partners III LP.

Mitchell has also advised on the following IPOs:

  • Tommy Hilfiger;
  • Alaska Communications Systems;
  • WJ Communications; and
  • Motor Coach Industries.

Mitchell’s recent publications include: 

Qualifications and education

Mitchell received his JD from Yale Law School and his BS in accounting from New York University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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