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Thomas G. Sharkey is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. His practice includes advising private equity firms, their portfolio companies and other public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, divestitures, carve-out transactions and general corporate and securities law matters, in each case, across a variety of industries but with a particular focus on the financial services and fintech sectors. Tom also advises on capital markets transactions, including offerings of debt and equity securities.

Experience

Thomas has advised on the following significant matters:

  • Cetera Financial Group, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, in its acquisition of Avantax, Inc. and related bond offering

  • Enlightened Hospitality Investments, a strategic growth equity firm affiliated with Union Square Hospitality Group, in its investment in Qu, a restaurant technology company

  • Numerix, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, in its acquisition of PolyPaths, a provider of analytics and risk management solutions for financial institutions

  • Platinum Equity in its acquisition of HC Companies, a leading North American manufacturer of horticultural containers

  • Aquiline Capital Partners and portfolio company Fullsteam, a leading payments and software company, in a significant investment from Aquiline and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
  • Accordion, a private equity-focused financial and technology consulting firm and portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital Partners, in its acquisition of Merilytics
  • Xerox Holdings Corporation on the donation of its Palo Alto Research Center to SRI International
  • Ryerson Holding Corporation and Platinum Equity in secondary offerings of Ryerson’s common stock
  • Cetera Financial Group, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, in its acquisition of the retail wealth business of Securian Financial Group
  • Bending Spoons in its acquisition of Evernote
  • FFL Partners and its portfolio company Accordion in a majority growth investment in Accordion by Charlesbank Capital Partners and Motive Partners
  • Genstar Capital in its acquisition of Numerix, the leader in capital markets risk management technology
  • Accordion Partners in its acquisitions of Mackinac Partners, Platform Specialists and ABACI
  • Genstar Capital in its investment in Cerity Partners, a leading independent wealth management firm
  • Ryerson Holding Corporation and Platinum Equity in a secondary offering of Ryerson’s common stock 
  • Shamrock Capital Advisors on its investment in VidMob and EDO, Inc.
  • Foreside Financial Group, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, in its combination with ACA Group and acquisition of Alaric Compliance Services
  • Fullsteam and its private equity owner Aquiline Capital Partners in a minority investment from Sixth Street
  • Sphera and Genstar in Genstar’s $1.4 billion sale of Sphera, a leading provider of ESG software, data, and consulting services, to Blackstone
  • Apex Group Ltd. and Genstar Capital in the significant minority investment by TA Associates in Apex, a Genstar portfolio company
  • Platinum Equity in a 144 bond offering in connection with Platinum’s acquisition of Cabinetworks Group
  • Aquiline Capital Partners in its acquisition of Xact Data Discovery, and the subsequent merger of eDiscovery companies Xact and Consilio
  • Ascensus and its two main private equity owners, Aquiline and Genstar, in the sale of Ascensus to Stone Point Capital and GIC
  • Genesis Park Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), in its $615 million business combination with Redwire
  • PE-backed CoAdvantage in its acquisition of SourcePointe, a provider of outsourced HR services
  • Genstar Capital portfolio company Cetera Financial Group in its acquisition of the independent financial planning channel of Voya Financial Advisors and its related 144A bond offering 
  • Aquiline Capital Partners in its strategic investment in SageView Advisory Group, a registered investment advisory firm
  • First Investors in its sale to Gallatin Point Capital
  • Private equity-owned Virtus Partners in its sale to FIS
  • Investment management company Brinker Capital in its merger with Orion Advisor Solutions to create a combined technology and TAMP platform for financial advisors
  • Digital wealth management company Personal Capital in its acquisition by Empower Retirement, one of the country’s largest retirement services providers
  • Platinum Equity portfolio company Orbit Irrigation in its acquisition of Bond Manufacturing's garden business
  • Genstar Capital and Mercer Advisors in connection with Mercer’s recapitalization and the acquisition of an equity stake in Mercer by Oak Hill Capital
  • Genstar Capital in its agreement to acquire a majority stake in OEConnection, a leading automotive technology provider for original equipment manufacturer distribution networks, from funds advised by Providence Equity Partners
  • Aquiline Capital Partners in its agreement to acquire human resources outsourcing provider CoAdvantage from Morgan Stanley Capital Partners
  • Covius, a portfolio company of Aquiline Capital Partners, in its acquisition of Chronos Solutions' credit, verification, REO and auction businesses
  • Aquiline Capital Partners and its portfolio company Covius in connection with a strategic investment by New Residential Investment Corp. in Covius
  • Ascensus, owned by Genstar Capital and Aquiline Capital Partners, in connection with the addition of new investors, led by Atlas Merchant Capital LLC, to the ownership group 
  • Platinum Equity in its acquisition of Orbit Irrigation 
  • Private equity-backed OSG Billing Services in its acquisitions of NCP Solutions and Diamond Communication Solutions
  • Curo Group Holdings in a 144A offerings of senior secured notes
  • Curo Group Holdings and the selling stockholders in a secondary offering of common stock
  • Assurant in its $2.5 billion acquisition of The Warranty Group
  • Aquiline Capital Partners and Togetherwork on the sale of group management software and payments provider Togetherwork to GI
  • Private equity-backed BISAM in the sale of BISAM to FactSet Research Systems
  • Curo Financial Technologies Corp. in its 144A offering of senior secured notes
  • Vertiv Intermediate Holding Corporation in its 144A offering of senior PIK toggle notes
  • Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. in its agreement to sell its Public Sector and Education businesses to Vista Equity Partners for $850 million
  • Glansaol, a newly launched prestige beauty and personal care company, in its acquisition of Laura Geller
  • AssetMark (a portfolio company of Aquiline Capital Partners and Genstar Capital) in its sale to Huatai Securities
  • Aralez Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of the U.S. and Canadian rights to cardiovascular drug Zontivity from Merck
  • Aralez Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of the U.S. rights to beta-blocker Toprol-XL® from AstraZeneca
  • Platinum Equity in high yield financing in connection with Platinum’s acquisition of Vertiv Corporation
  • Wallapop in connection with its merger with letgo in the United States
  • Ryerson Holding Corporation in its public offering of 5,000,000 shares of common stock and in a 144A offering of senior secured notes and related refinancing transactions
  • WFS Global Holding SAS in a 144A offering of senior secured and senior unsecured notes
  • Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. in its acquisition of SunGard in a deal valued at $9.1 billion
  • Liqui-Box, a portfolio company of client The Sterling Group, in the sale of Liqui-Box to Olympus Partners
  • Platinum Equity in a 144A offering of senior secured notes in connection with Platinum’s acquisition of WFS Global Holdings SAS
  • Platinum Equity in a 144A offering of senior notes in connection with Platinum’s acquisition of PrimeSource Building Products
  • The ad hoc committee of bondholders in the out-of-court restructuring of Liberty Tire

Credentials

Education


Columbia Law School, J.D., 2014 Boston College, B.A., 2010

Bar Admissions


New York, 2015

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