Daniel Berick is the Americas Chair of the Global Corporate Practice. Dan focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate finance and corporate transactional matters. He counsels public and privately held companies in mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; the issuance of equity and debt securities; securities law compliance; and general corporate matters. Dan regularly represents investment banking firms in public and private offerings of securities and in a wide range of other securities matters, including financial advisory engagements and fairness opinions. He also advises private equity and venture capital firms and family offices in connection with portfolio company investments, acquisitions and dispositions, fund formation and structuring, and securities and corporate law matters.

Dan has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 for Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Securities and Capital Markets Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. In addition, he has been named Best Lawyers’ Cleveland Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year for 2017, 2015 and 2013; Cleveland Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year for 2016; and Cleveland Securities and Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year for 2014 and 2011. He has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2011 by Thomson Reuters, is recognized in The Legal 500 US as a Leading Lawyer in middle market M&A, and is listed in the 2015-2017 editions of Chambers USA as a leading M&A practitioner.

Dan is a frequent speaker and writer on securities and corporate law topics. He served an appointed term as a member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Section of Business, Banking & Corporate Counsel.

Dan is affiliated with numerous other professional associations and organizations, including the Association for Corporate Growth and the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals. He has served as the corporate secretary of an AMEX-listed manufacturing company and was the corporate secretary of an NYSE-listed real estate investment trust for more than 13 years, from its initial public offering through its acquisition by a private real estate fund in a transaction valued at more than US$1 billion. Dan has served as director or corporate secretary of a number of privately held companies and is a member of the Advisory Board of the IP Venture Clinic at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is also a member of the Boards of Trustees of Bellefaire JCB, a child service agency providing a variety of behavioral health, substance abuse, education and prevention services, and LifeAct (the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance of Northeast Ohio), and is a member of Leadership Cleveland’s Class of 2018.

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Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity

  • Representing a global Tier 1 automotive components manufacturer in several cross-border carve-out dispositions of multibillion-dollar business units to strategic and private equity buyers.
  • Representing a publicly held government information services company in its acquisition of a national security and defense intelligence services provider in a transaction valued in excess of US$800 million.
  • Representing an NYSE-listed global automotive components supplier in its sale of its 50% interest in a strategic joint venture and the negotiation of a long-term exclusive distribution agreement, in a transaction having a potential value in excess of US$500 million.
  • Representing a Nasdaq-listed Europe-based global information technology company in connection with its acquisition by a French public company, via tender offer, in a transaction valued at US$2 billion.
  • Representing a multibillion-dollar, NYSE-listed business information technology and services company in connection with its US$410 million acquisition of a leading customer communication services business and in over 20 other strategic transactions since 2007.
  • Representing an Irish telecommunications services company in connection with its acquisition of a US-based mobile payments business.
  • Representing a US-based company listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM in connection with its acquisition via merger by a UK public company.
  • Representing a family office investment fund in connection with its acquisition of a significant ownership interest in a National Football League franchise.
  • Representing a family office investment fund in connection with numerous equity co-investment transactions, including the US$590 million acquisition of a global die-cast metal parts business, the US$800 million recapitalization of a privately held technology company, and the US$95 million acquisition of a manufacturer and distributor of electrical components.
  • Representing a privately held pharmacy benefits provider in its US$630 million acquisition by a major national health insurance company.
  • Representing a private investment fund in its disposition of an after-market automotive components business to a Swiss strategic acquirer.

Public Capital Markets

  • Representing one of the largest bank-based US financial services companies in its US$1 billion public offering of senior medium-term notes, its US$625 million public offering of common shares, its US$1 billion at-the-market public offering of common shares, its exchange offers for approximately US$2 billion of publicly held securities, its US$1.75 billion public offering of common shares and noncumulative perpetual convertible preferred stock, and its US$750 million public offering of senior medium-term notes.
  • Representing a Nasdaq-listed Europe-based global information technology company in connection with its IPO, a US$200 million Rule 144A offering, a US$103 million PIPE offering of ordinary shares, two underwritten public offerings of ordinary shares and its acquisition via a tender offer valued at US$2 billion.
  • Representing the underwriters of multiple public offerings of senior debt securities by an NYSE-listed global manufacturer of industrial coatings and sealants, with a total aggregate principal amount of over US$1.1 billion.
  • Representing one of the two co-sponsors of a special-purpose acquisition company in connection with its US$375 million IPO.
  • Acting as underwriters’ counsel in public equity offerings by issuers in a wide range of industries, including specialty metals, insurance, shipping and logistics, and banking.
  • Representing an NYSE-listed real estate investment trust in its registered direct placement of 1.4 million Common Shares of Beneficial Interest and its Rule 144A offering of US$74.75 million principal amount of convertible senior notes.
  • Representing a private equity firm in its role as standby purchaser in connection with a public offering of common stock purchase rights by a bank holding company.

Venture Capital and Growth Stage Companies

  • Representing a specialty pharmacy services business in its structure, formation and initial rounds of venture capital financing and in its formation of a joint venture with a global pharmacy operator, as well as its subsequent recapitalization by a leading private equity firm.
  • Representing a private investment firm in connection with its US$25 million investment in a global business services company, its US$10 million investment in an internet survey development company, its US$9 million equity investment in an apparel manufacturer and its US$9 million equity investment in a quick-service restaurant chain.
  • Representing a telemedicine services business in its equity restructure and venture equity capitalization.
  • Advising in the formation and initial capital raising of a start-up consumer products company and the out-license of its core product to a global industry leader.
  • Representing a business information services and consulting company in connection with its initial venture capitalization and four subsequent investment rounds.
  • Representing a medical diagnostics company in connection with its formation, seed investment and subsequent rounds of venture financing.
  • Representing a start-up print and online media company in connection with its formation, seed capital and several subsequent venture financings.
  • Representing a privately held pharmacy benefits provider in connection with its receipt of US$25 million in initial venture funding and its subsequent US$630 million liquidity event.

Private Investment Funds

  • Representing private investment firms, family offices, public pension plans and other institutional investors in connection with the negotiation and structuring of their limited partnership investments and co-investments in private equity funds, funds-of-funds and real estate opportunity funds.
  • Representing a private equity firm in connection with its formation of a distressed real estate opportunity fund.
  • Representing a family office in connection with its making a lead investment in a hedge fund and offshore parallel fund and the structuring and negotiation of its revenue sharing agreement with the fund manager.
  • Representing an institutional fund sponsor in connection with a restructuring of its fund-of-funds investment platform.
  • Representing a private equity firm in connection with the establishment of a hedge fund concentrating on microcap public equities.
  • Representing a fund sponsor group in connection with the establishment of a large-cap quantitative strategy hedge fund and the negotiation of seed investment and marketing arrangements.
  • Representing a private equity fund formed to make investments in minority-owned and minority-managed enterprises in connection with its formation and multiple investment transactions.

Education

  • University of Chicago, J.D., 1987
  • Columbia University, A.B., 1984

Admissions

  • Ohio, 1992
  • New York, 1988
  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2018 in: Ohio - Corporate/M&A
  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2017 Edition for: Ohio - Corporate/M&A
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 for Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Securities and Capital Markets Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Named Best Lawyers’ Cleveland Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year for 2017, 2015 and 2013; Cleveland Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year for 2016; and Cleveland Securities and Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year for 2014 and 2011
  • Named an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2011 by Thomson Reuters
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 US as a “leading lawyer” in middle market M&A
  • Listed in the 2015 and 2016 editions of Chambers USA as a leading M&A practitioner

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