Robert Rizzo

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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Robert A. Rizzo is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, Private Equity Practice. Robert has concentrated his practice on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions for private equity and corporate clients, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, spinoffs, formation of private equity funds, venture and growth capital investments, debt and equity financings. He also regularly represents portfolio companies of private equity clients with respect to all their corporate needs including acquisitions and financings.

Robert A. Rizzo is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, Private Equity Practice. Robert has concentrated his practice on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions for private equity and corporate clients, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, spinoffs, formation of private equity funds, venture and growth capital investments, debt and equity financings. He also regularly represents portfolio companies of private equity clients with respect to all their corporate needs including acquisitions and financings.

Selected Significant Matters


  • GetFeedback, Campaign Monitor and Insight Partners in the sale of GetFeedback to SurveyMonkey.

  • Covius, a portfolio company of Aquiline Capital Partners, in its acquisition of Chronos Solutions' credit, verification, REO and auction businesses.

  • E2open, a portfolio company of Insight Partners, in its acquisition of global trade management software provider Amber Road for $425 million.

  • Aquiline Capital Partners and its portfolio company Covius in connection with a strategic investment by New Residential Investment Corp. in Covius.

  • E2open in the acquisition of INTTRA.

  • Insight Venture Partners in connection with a number of transactions and related matters, including acquisitions of or investments in Ministry Brands, Campaign Monitor, Tenable Network Security, E2open, Spothero, Cloudbolt Software, Drilling Info, Illuminate Education.

  • Court Square Capital in connection with a number of transactions and related matters.

  • Cartesian Capital Group LLC in connection with a number of transactions and related matters.

  • Compass Partners in connection with a number of transactions and related matters.

  • Aquiline Capital Partners in connection with a number of transactions and related matters, including Togetherwork (f/k/a Omega Financial), Wellington Insurance Group and LenderLive Network.

  • GSO Capital, a lending affiliate of The Blackstone Group, in providing equity financing in connection with the acquisition of Belk, Inc. by Sycamore Partners.

  • Vatera Healthcare Partners in the consortium acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen.

  • CapStreet Group in connection with a number of transactions and related matters, including the combination of T.F. Hudgins Inc. and Allied Reliability, Inc. and Creative Resource Group.

  • Riverstone Holdings LLC in connection with its combination Legend Production Holdings business with KKR portfolio company, Premier Natural Resources, to create Trinity River Energy.

  • The Sterling Group in connection with a number of transactions, including Safe Fleet and numerous add-on acquisitions.

  • Rockefeller Financial Services in the formation of Rockefeller Capital Management, an independent financial services firm backed by Viking Global Investors.

  • Colony Capital, Inc. in connection with several matters, including its $17 billion merger of equals with NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. to create Colony NorthStar, Inc., with $58 billion of assets under management.

  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of National Interstate Corporation in its $660 million merger with Great American Insurance Company, a subsidiary of American Financial Group, Inc.

  • Pangaea Logistics Solutions Ltd (NASDAQ: PANL) in connection with a number of transactions.

  • Montreux Equity Partners in connection with its investment in moksha8.

  • General Atlantic in connection with $1.2 billion divestiture of a controlling interest in Grupo Qualicorp, a Brazilian health care plan administrator, to The Carlyle Group.*

  • Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in connection with a number of transactions, including acquisitions and acquisition financings.*

  • Tailwind Capital Partners in connection with a number of transactions.*

  • KPS Capital Partners in connection with acquisition of Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton, a manufacturer of high quality china, porcelain and glass.*

  • Catterton Partners in connection with multiple transactions, including acquisitions, restructurings (including Catterton’s repurchase of a portfolio company’s assets in connection with a pre-packaged Chapter 11 filing through a credit-bid alongside Sun Capital Partners in a 363 sale), and various portfolio company debt refinancings.*

  • FdG Associates in connection with several transactions, including acquisitions, recapitalizations, and acquisition financings and portfolio company debt refinancings.*

  • Saw Mill Capital in connection with an acquisition of a full service packaging solutions company.*

  • DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, as sponsor of Frontier Drilling ASA, an oil and gas exploration company, in connection with $2.6 billion acquisition by Noble Corporation.*

  • Allianz Capital Partners in a consortium with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in connection with privatization of the City of Chicago’s metered parking system.*

  • GSI Commerce, Inc. in connection with $2.4 billion merger with eBay Inc.*

  • Ruby Tuesday, Inc. in connection with defense from and negotiations with activist shareholder, Becker Drapkin Management.*

  • Pacific Life Insurance Company in connection with acquisition of J.P. Morgan’s Pension Advisory Group.*

  • Digicel Group in various transactions, including in connection with its acquisition of Haitian mobile operator, Voilà.*

  • Citigroup Inc. in connection with a number of transactions, including acquisitions, various matters for Citi Global Enterprise Payments (mobile phone, “near-field-communications” payments), and Dodd-Frank related regulatory matters.*The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc in connection with the 363 sale of CompassLearning, Inc., an education software company identified in RDA’s Chapter 11 filing as a non-core asset.*

* This representation was completed prior to joining Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.


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