Gary R. Silverman has nearly three decades of experience in the structuring, negotiation and execution of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity investments. He has represented clients across numerous industries, including manufacturing, consumer products, business products and services, hotels and hospitality, life sciences, and media, entertainment and technology, among others.
Chambers & Partners described Gary in itsChambers USA Guideas someone who brings a fresh perspective to each business and legal issue and always has creative solutions to difficult problems, and noted that he is able to quickly and accurately access risk, both from a legal perspective as well as a business perspective. Chambers also describes Gary's practice as covering the full spectrum of M&A and private equity matters.
Gary spent the first 18 years of his career at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where he helped build their private equity practice.
Areas of Concentration
•Mergers and acquisitions
Awards & Recognition
•Team Member, Consumer Goods & Services Deal of the Year, (for the representation of Jarden Corporation in its acquisition of Yankee Candle Company from Madison Dearborn Partners), Major Markets M&A Atlas Awards, Global M&A Network, 2014
•Listed,Chambers USA Guide, 2012-2014
•Listed,The Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2012-2014
•Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2012-2014
•Listed,Super Lawyersmagazine,Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2011, 2014
•Team Member,Corporate Board Membermagazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of America's Best Corporate Law Firms, 13 th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5AV , BV , AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
•Author, Avoiding the Pitfalls in Sell-Side Engagement Letters,Buyouts, October 8, 2007
•Author, Seller Beware,Private Equity Manager, June 2005
•Author, Venture Capital Investing in the New Economy,The Venture Capital Review, Spring 2000
•Moderator, The Affordable Healthcare Act's Impact on Healthcare Investing, Illinois Venture Capital Association's Health Care Event, Chicago, IL, July 10, 2012
Associated News & Events
05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
10.03.13 Greenberg Traurig Represents Jarden Corporation in its $1.75 Billion Acquisition of Yankee Candle
09.06.13 19 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 176 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas
01.11.13 Forty-Seven Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers Network in Illinois
06.01.05 Seller beware
04.03.00 Venture Capital Investing in the New Economy
|Reported Cases||Branded Consumer Products ; Represented Brentwood Associates in its acquisition of iconic American shoemaker Allen Edmonds Corporation.; Represented Falconhead Capital, LLC in the sale to Monomoy Capital Partners of Escort Inc., a market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of radar and laser detectors and automotive accessories.; Represented Jarden Corporation in its approximately $1.8 billion acquisition of Yankee Candle Company, the leading scented-candle maker which owns and operates more than 560 retail stores in the U.S. and Canada and sells its products in over 35,000 retail locations.; Represented Brentwood Associates in the acquisition of Soft Surroundings, a direct marketer and specialty retailer of branded apparel, accessories, beauty products and home furnishings.; Represented Brentwood Associates in the acquisition of Sundance Holdings Group, LLC, a leading multichannel direct marketer and specialty retailer of women's apparel and accessories, jewelry and home furnishings founded by Robert Redford in 1989.; Represented Jarden Corporation in the acquisition of the Mapa Spontex Baby Care and Home Care businesses of Total S.A., including household brands Mapa , Spontex , NUK , Tigex , Lillo , Fiona and First Essentials .; Represented Falconhead Capital in the acquisition of a controlling interest in NYDJ Apparel, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of NYDJ women's jeans.; Represented Wind Point Partners in the acquisition of the cereals business of Golden Temple of Oregon, LLC, provider of private label cereal to leading food retailers and manufacturer of branded cereals and granolas under the Peace , Yogi , Sweet Home Farm and Golden Temple labels.; Represented Jarden Corporation in the acquisition of Pure Fishing, Inc., a leading global fishing consumer products company including the brands Abu Garcia , Berkley , Mitchell , Stren , Trilene and Gulp .; Represented Goense Bounds & Partners in the acquisition and subsequent divestiture of Sportcraft, Ltd., a major manufacturer of recreational products.; Represented Jarden Corporation in the acquisition of Diamond Brands, Inc., a leading manufacturer of household products including cutlery, straws, toothpicks and matches under the Diamond trademark. Business Products and Services ; Represented FuelQuest Inc., a leading on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, in the sale of its Zytax energy-related tax automation business to Avalara, a leading cloud-based sales tax and compliance automation technology provider.; Represented a group of private investors in their investment in Energy Wall, LLC, a cutting-edge developer of high-efficiency energy recovery systems.; Represented Saracen Energy LP in connection with an investment by Talis Capital Investors in its portfolio company, FuelQuest, Inc., a leading provider of fuel management, tax automation, and compliance solutions for suppliers, distributors, buyers, and traders of petroleum products and other energy commodities.; Represented a leading provider of aircraft ground support equipment in connection with the recapitalization of the company and investments by Tamarix Capital Partners and Fidus Investment Corporation.; Represented Wind Point Partners in the acquisition of the food, beverage and equipment business of Cloud Packaging Solutions LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary, Toll Packaging Services, LLC.; Sale of Hospitality Partners, LLC, a leading full-service hospitality technology service provider, to Freeman Audio Visual Solutions, Inc.; Represented Wind Point Partners in the acquisition of Consolidated Biscuit Company, producer of cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, fruit and cereal bars, ice cream cones, nuts and candies.; Represented Valor Equity Partners in the acquisition of a controlling interest in North American Coatings, a leading provider of industrial coatings services.; Represented Wind Point Partners in the acquisition of certain business lines of Roskam Baking Company, a leading provider of contract food manufacturing and packaging services.; Sale of Saracen Energy Partners, a Houston-based refined products marketing and trading company, to U.S. Venture, Inc.; Represented Wind Point Partners in the acquisition of Ryt-Way Industries, a leading contract manufacturer and packaging company serving the food service industry.; Represented Wind Point Partners in the acquisition of and subsequent sale of Breeze Industrial Products, a manufacturer and supplier of connecting technology solutions for motor vehicles and general industrial applications.; Represented William Blair Capital Partners in the acquisition and refinancing of Coverall North America, Inc., an international provider of commercial cleaning services.; Represented Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in the divestiture of ITT World Directories, Inc., publisher of the yellow pages throughout Europe. Hotels and Hospitality ; Represented Atrium Holdings in the formation of Atrium CP Partners LLC, a joint venture between affiliates of Atrium Holdings and Centerbridge Partners, in connection with the financing of The Yotel in Manhattan, New York.; Represented Atrium Holdings in the acquisition of John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc., a leading independent developer and owner of hotel properties.; Represented Starwood Capital Group in the acquisition of ITT Corporation.; Represented Starwood Capital Group in the acquisition of The Westin Hotel.; Represented Madison Dearborn Partners in the acquisition of Ruth U. Fertel, Inc. (d/b/a Ruth's Chris Steakhouses). Life Sciences Transactions - Leveraged Buyouts, Corporate Acquisitions and Divestitures ; Acquisition of WellAware Systems, Inc. (provider of vital wellness monitoring systems).; Acquisition of Critical Care Services, Inc. (home infusion therapy).; Merger of Infusion Care Services, Inc. with Critical Care Services, Inc. (providers of home infusion therapy).; Divestiture of Sabratek Corporation (manufacturer of medical pumps and other health care products).; Divestiture of Compass Medical Education Services, LLC (medical education services).; Divestiture of Health Receivables Management, LLC (medical receivables collection services).; Divestiture of Chartwell Home Therapies, L.P. (provider of home infusion therapy).; Divestiture of Home Pharmacy division of ArcVentures, Inc. (pharmaceutical distributor).; Acquisition of the Midwest Division of Nations Healthcare (home infusion therapy).; Divestiture of Chartwell Midwest (home infusion therapy).; Acquisition of the Heyer Schulte Division of Baxter International, Inc. (manufacturer of neurosurgical devices).; Acquisition of Siltech International, Inc. (manufacturer of silicone-based medical devices).; Acquisition of Louis F. Gatti, Inc. and affiliates (pharmaceutical distributor).; Acquisition of Williamson Drug Company (pharmaceutical distributor).; Acquisition of DBL Labs, Inc., MCO Lens, Inc. and Bartley Optical Sales, Inc. (manufacturers and distributors of prescription lenses).; Acquisition of The Wilson Center (adolescent psychiatric hospital).; Divestiture of Intermedics Intraocular, Inc. (manufacturer of intraocular lenses). Life Sciences Transactions - Venture Capital Investments ; Investment in Carekinesis, Inc. (medication management and distribution services focusing on medication-related risk reduction).; Investment in Management Health Solutions, Inc. (full service, supply chain management company utilizing state-of-the-art technology to provide physical inventory measurement, data management, and supply chain optimization services for hospitals).; Investment in Healthsense, Inc. (technology solutions for independent senior living).; Formation of Clinical Laboratory Partners, Inc. (testing labs).; Formation of Essent Healthcare, Inc. (hospitals).; Investment in Spine Wave, Inc. (neurosurgical devices).; Formation of Infusion Care Services, Inc. (home infusion therapy).; Formation of Valence Research, LLC (pharmaceutical clinical trials).; Restructuring of ArcVentures, Inc. and affiliated portfolio companies (diversified health care company including medical education, clinical trials management, home infusion therapy, health care receivables collection and retail pharmacy operations).; Investment in Good Samaritan Supply Services, Inc. (pharmaceutical distributor).; Investment in Computer Motion, Inc. (designer and manufacturer of computer-assisted medical devices).; Formation of American Medserve Corporation (pharmaceutical distributor).; Investment in MedQuist, Inc. (medical transcription services).; Investment in Whitmire Distribution Corporation (f/d/b/a Amfac Health Care) (pharmaceutical distribution).; Investment in Rivendell Acquisition Corporation (psychiatric hospitals). Media, Entertainment and Technology Transactions ; Represented private investment group in connection with its investment in Pixel PressTechnology, LLC, a mobile, desktop and web application that allows users to design their own video games.; Represented Lambert Media Group in the formation of Activation Media Partners, LLC, a new venture focused on investments in media, entertainment and technology.; Represented Lambert Media Group in connection with the acquisition of Rave Investments, which owns and manages a network of 61 movie theaters and 918 screens across the United States.; Represented Falconhead Capital in connection with its acquisition and subsequent refinancing of Growing Family Holdings Company, the North American market leader in infant and child photography and related Internet and multi-channel retail services.; Represented StarVest Partners in connection with its investment in Fieldglass, Inc., a leading provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) platform to help companies successfully procure and manage contingent workers, services such as Statement of Work projects, independent contractors, and specialized talent pools and related Internet and multi-channel retail services.; Represented Lambert Media Group in connection with the formation of Demarest Films, LLC, a film production company.; Represented iParenting Media, an award-winning group of parenting websites, to the Walt Disney Internet Group.; Represented StarVest Partners in connection with its investment in A21, Inc., an online visual content aggregator.; Represented Celerity Partners in connection with its investment in Project Leadership Associates, a provider of business technology solutions that empowers small, middle market and enterprise organizations.; Represented Falconhead Capital in connection with its acquisition of Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc., a leading provider of telecommunications services to the maritime industry.; Represented Diamond Technology Partners in connection with the formation of Packtion Corporation, an online packaging exchange formed by Diamond, Morgan Stanley and Silgan Containers Corporation.; Represented Falconhead Capital in connection with the acquisition of The Golf Warehouse, LLC, a leading online golf products retailer.; Represented Atomic Group in connection with the acquisition of eRateRequest.com, L.L.C., an online freight and shipping logistics exchange, its subsequent merger with NeoModal.com, L.L.C., and its subsequent sale to Descartes Systems Group.; Represented ABN AMRO Private Equity in connection with its investment in World Web, Inc., a website content management software firm, and its subsequent sale to Starbase Corporation.; Represented ABN AMRO Private Equity in connection with its investment in Corechange, Inc., a web portal software provider.; Represented ABN AMRO Private Equity in connection with its investment in Integrated Information Systems, Inc., an eCommerce software developer.; Represented Blackwood Trading, LLC, an online trading and market software firm, in connection with various corporate matters. Represented various principals in connection with their investment in Blackwood.; Represented IMG/Chase Sports Capital Partners as the lead investor in a syndicate that included Goldman Sachs, Soros, Wit Capital, Intel, Reuters, Hicks Muse and others in connection with their investment in Sports.com Limited, ESPN Sportsline's European sports portal.; Represented IMG/Chase Sports Capital in connection with its investment in SportsYA!, a Latin American sports portal backed by Chase Capital.; Represented OurHouse, Inc., Ace Hardware's online affiliate, in connection with its most recent rounds of equity financing.; Represented Mercantile Capital Markets in connection with its investment in Be Here Corporation, an entertainment, news and sports webcaster.; Represented GuidanceResources.com, L.L.C., a provider of integrated online employee benefits, in connection with its formation and initial round of outside equity investment.; Represented various principals in connection with their pre-IPO investment in priceline.com, an online reverse auction site.; Represented various principals in connection with their investment in Phase2Media, Inc., a website advertising and marketing firm.; Represented various principals in connection with their investment in ATCOM, Inc., a provider of high-speed Internet services which subsequently merged with CAIS Internet Inc.; Represented various principals in connection with their investment in Rivals, Inc., an online college sports portal. Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Silverman prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP|