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Merrick D. Hatcher

Fax +1.312.827.8036
Merrick Hatcher concentrates his practice on transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings and private equity and venture capital investments. He also regularly advises corporate clients in connection with securities laws, governance issues, commercial contracts, and general corporate and compliance matters.

Professional Background

Mr. Hatcher’s experience includes: representing strategic buyers and private equity funds in connection with mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, turnarounds, and exits; reviewing private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund investment documents on behalf of limited partners; advising public and private companies in connection with corporate, commercial, strategic, and governance matters; advising early-stage and growth companies in connection with venture funding, debt financing, add-on acquisitions, transactions with stockholders, and stock incentive arrangements; advising entrepreneurs, start-ups, and angel investors in connection with various capital investments; and representing public companies in connection with securities offerings and compliance, including preparing registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933 and periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Association for Corporate Growth - Chicago Chapter
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • Represented LKQ Corporation in its acquisition of Pittsburgh Glass Works from private equity firm Kohlberg & Company LLC and PPG Industries, Inc. for an enterprise value of $635 million.
  • Represented PharMEDium Healthcare Holdings, Inc., the leading national provider of outsourced compounded sterile preparations to acute care hospitals in the United States, in its $2.6 billion sale to AmerisourceBergen Corporation.
  • Represented Robert Bosch LLC in the acquisition of Seeo, Inc., a battery-technology startup company.
  • Represented PharMEDium Healthcare Holdings, Inc., in connection with its proposed initial public offering.
  • Represented Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC, in the sale of the Dayton Dragons, the Frisco RoughRiders, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, and the Erie SeaWolves.
  • Represented PharMEDium Healthcare Corporation in the sale of a controlling interest to Clayton Dubilier & Rice.
  • Represented Robert Bosch GmbH in the sale of its joint venture interest in Purolator Filters NA, LLC to its co-venturer Mann+Hummel GmbH.
  • Represented Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc. in its acquisition by Grupo Elektra, a transaction valued at approximately $780 million.
  • Represented Advance America in its acquisition of the retail storefront lending business of CompuCredit Holdings Corp. and its acquisition of National Cash Advance.
  • Advised a public company in its strategic acquisitions of several security service firms.
  • Advised the board of directors of Advance America in connection with various strategic, governance, securities laws, and compliance issues.
  • Represented the sellers of a power conditioning plant to First Reserve Corporation.
  • Advised Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC in the acquisition of the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
  • Counseled the selling stockholders of Advance America in connection with their secondary offering concurrent with the company’s initial public offering.
  • Advised the stockholders of Toter Incorporated in its sale to Wastequip, Inc.
  • Represented Hako-Werke International GmbH in connection with taking private Minuteman International, Inc.
  • Represented Robert Bosch GmbH in connection with its acquisition of Vetronix Corporation.
  • Represented buyer in the leveraged acquisition of the logistics division of a public company.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of a new platform company in the recycling and biowaste disposal industry.
  • Represented The Edgewater Funds, Oxford Capital Partners and Ridge Capital Partners in connection with various portfolio and add-on investments, refinancings, and exits.
  • Represented several venture-backed and emerging growth companies through multiple rounds of venture capital investments, venture borrowings, and sales, including the sale of Parlano Inc. to Microsoft Corporation.
  • Advised large commercial lending services corporation in connection with its co-investments in the equity of borrowers and investments in private equity funds.
  • Served as corporate counsel to a variety of closely held companies, including several business software companies, a work-flow software solutions company, an environmental data services and software company, a pharmaceutical services company, a payment processing company, a manufacturer of industrial laundry equipment, a manufacturer of windows, and the owner/operator of several minor league baseball teams.