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Robert P. Zinn

Practice Area Leader - Corporate & Transactional
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Bob Zinn serves as co-leader of the global corporate and transactional practice and as a member of the Management Committee of K&L Gates. He also spearheads the FinTech practice.

Mr. Zinn was featured in Mergers & Acquisitions magazine’s selection of K&L Gates as “Law Firm of the Year”, which recognized the firm’s leading, global middle-market M&A practice. He has also been named one of Global M&A Network’s Top 50 North American M&A Lawyers, part of the Top 50 Americas Dealmakers List. Mr. Zinn was recognized particularly for his and his firm’s work in large and upper-middle market deals.

Mr. Zinn has led engagements for nearly three decades, on hundreds of transactions, from very small “seed money” financings to multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Zinn’s client relationships range from start-ups to some of the world’s largest corporations, with an emphasis on substantial middle market businesses. Mr. Zinn devotes much of his time to serving privately owned enterprises, including family businesses, on transformative events, often in their sale to private equity firms or large corporations or recapitalizations and restructurings. He also regularly represents private equity firms and other institutional investors.

His clients have included companies from a broad range of industries, including FinTech and other financial services, healthcare, software, energy, metals and mining, advanced manufacturing, private equity, hedge fund, investment banking, construction and engineering, retail, distribution, and management consulting.

Much of Mr. Zinn’s work is interdisciplinary in nature and frequently involves significant structuring and planning issues. As a result, Mr. Zinn has experience as lead counsel in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, debt financing, public and private securities offerings, strategic and venture capital investments, multi-shareholder arrangements, joint ventures, licensing and commercial contracts, executive compensation, and recapitalizations and financial restructurings.

Mr. Zinn is recognized by peer group publications, including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Legal 500, as a leading corporate lawyer in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Chambers cites sources praising Mr. Zinn for his “exceptional advice and creativity in finding solutions to difficult problems for both private equity and strategic clients,” remarking that “his level of communication with his clients is unbelievable, as is his level of expertise.” In 2015, Legal 500 named Mr. Zinn as a “leading lawyer” for M&A (transaction size $500-$999mm), one of 15 lawyers in the United States recognized. Legal 500 quotes the CEO of a sizeable public company for which Mr. Zinn led a multi-billion dollar transaction: “Bob Zinn is as good a lawyer as I have ever worked with. He is always thinking three steps down the road.”

Professional Background

Mr. Zinn is a frequent speaker and author on such topics as mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, and financial restructurings. He is the founding co-editor of Securities Practice Guide (LexisNexis) and the author of Private Equity Lore: Considering Selling Your Business? (Aspatore Books, a division of Thomson Reuters) and Get Ready to Be Acquired (Paybefore™).

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Board of Trustees, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Speaking Engagements

  • Money20/20 Program, 2012-2015
  • Best Practices for Deal Making Between Independent Sponsors & Capital Partners, June 2016