Thomas G. Buchanan is a member of the firm's Executive Management Team and is active in the Corporate section's Executive Committee.
Tom has over 25 years of experience representing clients across a broad range of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, venture capital financings and joint ventures. He is a trusted advisor to his clients, often serving as general counsel for companies that do not have in-house counsel.
Tom's M&A experience includes asset and stock purchases and dispositions, asset exchanges, mergers, consolidations, spin-offs, asset divisions and related transactions for clients in a variety of industries including steel, telecommunications, software, lumber, plastics, security alarm, soft drink, metal hose and tubing, bellows, industrial tire, building fasteners, tool monitoring, chemicals and publishing.
Among his areas of focus, Tom represents local and national venture capital funds in connection with structuring, negotiating and documenting venture capital financings. Tom also represents early stage and emerging growth technology companies in connection with formation, financing, general corporate and strategic matters.
Tom regularly counsels management, boards of directors and individuals on their corporate and shareholder duties, responsibilities, rights and obligations. In this regard, Tom also advises shareholder groups and families seeking to transfer ownership and control of their business, often working in conjunction with the firm's tax planning and trust and estates lawyers to develop a comprehensive transition plan. Tom counsels and assists nonprofit organizations in connection with mergers, consolidations and related corporate matters and regularly counsels companies on their compliance obligations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and related matters.
Tom was selected for inclusion in 2016 and 2017 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Tom has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© list consecutively since 2010 under the Venture Capital Law category, since 2013 under the Corporate Law category and since 2022 under the Mergers and Acquisitions Law category. In 2022, Tom was named The Best Lawyers in America© Venture Capital Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Pittsburgh. Most recently, Tom was named to City and State Pennsylvania's 2022 Pittsburgh Power 100 list, which recognizes the most influential people in the city of Pittsburgh.
Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1987, with honors, Managing Editor of Law Review
University of Vermont, B.S., 1983
- New York
American Bar Association Section of International Law
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
Association for Corporate Growth
Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association