Perry S. Patterson
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Perry S. Patterson

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Pittsburgh, PA
 
 
 

How Perry Helps Clients

Perry is a pragmatic deal lawyer and chair of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.

In addition to public and private company mergers and acquisitions, he advises venture capital-backed startups and emerging companies. He knows how to get a deal done in a practical, cost-efficient way. He prefers helping companies in the early days of their business, when they have the opportunity to set things up correctly for an eventual exit with fewer complications and less expense. Perry is currently the editor of and contributes to Buchanan’s blawg for startups, Buchanan-Labs.com.

I enjoy demystifying legal issues for clients.

He also offers legal and general business counseling in industries including technology, life sciences, aerospace and defense, specialty metals, manufacturing, insurance, media, retail, medical device, eyewear and health care.

What Clients Can Expect

Perry is mindful that clients have a business to run, and that doing a deal is not their day job. He works to understand how their business affects legal issues and communicates simply and often (but not too often). He works to make deals predictable and calm.

Outside the Office

Perry is married to another deal lawyer, and they usually spend commuting time talking about deal issues. He also participates in a number of local and national lawyer committees that study mergers and acquisitions, because being practical is more effective when you know the landscape.

Proof Points

  • Regular speaker on mergers and acquisitions and start-up topics, Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
  • Represented a European Union-based drainage ventilation products company in its carveout sale of North American and Oceanic operations.
  • Represented a large Pennsylvania not-for-profit health plan in cross-state and intrastate affiliations.
  • Represented a privately held architectural insulated metal panel manufacturer in its sale to an NYSE-listed metal products manufacturer for the nonresidential building industry.
  • Represented an NYSE-listed specialty metals fabrication and distribution company in its acquisitions of precision machining and engineering, additive manufacturing and titanium powder manufacturing companies.
  • Represented a leading provider of computer network security awareness and training solutions in its Series A and B preferred stock financings and related strategic acquisitions.
  • Represented a large U.S. based managed vision care products and service company in the sale of its fashion eyewear design subsidiary to a global eyewear distributer.
  • Member, Business Law Section; Committee on Legal Opinions; Subcommittees on Private Equity M&A and M&A Jurisprudence, Task Force on Legal Project Management, Carveout Transaction Deal Points Study, American Bar Association
  • Member, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and the Association for Corporate Growth.
  • Serves on the Title 15/Business Associations Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
  • Appellate clerk for the Honorable Alan M. Wilner of the Maryland Court of Appeals (1999 – 2000).