Michele Connell serves as managing partner of the firm’s Cleveland office and is a partner in the Corporate Practice. She is also a member of the firm’s Latin America Executive Committee, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions in Brazil.

    Michele focuses her practice on international mergers and acquisitions, compliance and securities law matters, and corporate governance practices. Michele has completed transactions in more than 20 countries and routinely manages teams of professionals across the globe. She counsels multiple public and private companies and their boards of directors on corporate governance practices and securities compliance matters.

    Before attending law school, Michele was a foreign service officer with the US Department of State, serving as a diplomat in Warsaw, Poland and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Michele received the Meritorious Honor Award from the US government for her service.

    Michele is recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer, a distinction honoring the top lawyers in the state; named a 2017 “Women Worth Watching,” by Profiles in Diversity Journal; cited as a 2016 leading lawyer in the International Financial Law Review’s Financial & Corporate: United States; and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Latin America the last two years by the International Financial Law Review’s Energy and Infrastructure: Latin America Guide.

    Michele is a member of the Board of Directors of University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater Cleveland. She is also on the Board of Trustees and executive committee of University Circle, Inc. Michele is in the leadership of DirectWomen, a national nonprofit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards, and is a member of In Counsel with Women. She is a member of the Board of Directors of BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence and serves on the visiting committee for Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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    • Representing a publicly held global supplier of mobility solutions in unwinding of joint venture relationship, including sale of its joint interest for more than US$250 million and negotiation of multi-year licensing, distribution and transition services agreements.
    • Advising a global automotive supplier in connection with a proposed transaction to acquire intellectual property and assets in the autonomous driving space for more than US$500 million.
    • Advising boards of directors and leadership of publicly held global companies in responding to investor activism and shareholder proposals, including proxy access and sustainability proposals,  CEO transition and board succession and self-evaluation processes.
    • Representing ITV plc, a UK-based international producer and operator of television shows, in completing five acquisitions and related joint ventures of production companies, including the producers of Duck Dynasty and Cake Boss
    • Advising a Fortune 200 company in its US$200 million spinoff of a manufacturing division located throughout Europe and Latin America. 
    • Representing Parlux Fragrances, Inc., a publicly-held worldwide designer and distributor of prestige fragrances, in its merger with Perfumania Holdings, Inc. 
    • Representing a privately held company located in the US and Asia in its spinoff of its intellectual property division to a public company.
    • Advising a publicly-held information technology company with significant government contracts on its sale by tender offer to a private equity group. 
    • Representing a public company on a US$170 million acquisition of assets from a private equity group. 
    • Representing a public company in completing strategic joint venture relationships in five countries including a follow-on spinoff of a division in Korea.

    Education

    • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., valedictorian, summa cum laude, executive contributing editor, Case Western Reserve Law Review, 2003
    • Georgetown University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1995

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2003
    • Texas, 2013

    Languages

    • English
    • Spanish
    • Recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer, a distinction honoring the top lawyers in the state
    • Recognized as a 2016 leading lawyer in the International Financial Law Review’s Financial & Corporate: United States
    • Recognized as a leading lawyer in Latin America the last two years by the International Financial Law Review’s Energy and Infrastructure: Latin America Guide

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    • Speaker, “Global Compliance Forum: Minimizing Risk to Protect Your Business Interests,” Squire Patton Boggs, November 1, 2017

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