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John  C. Partigan

John C. Partigan

Nixon Peabody LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Securities Practice Group Leader
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-585-8535
Fax: 866-947-3586

M&A and Corporate Transactions Corporate & Finance

Albany Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
Willamette University, B.A., cum laude

District of Columbia New York

John has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA:
America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016
for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Washington, DC). He has also been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2016 editorial for M&A/corporate and commercial—M&A: Middle- market (sub-$500m).


John is a member of the American Bar Association (Negotiated Acquisitions Committee and Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, Business Law Section), the District of Columbia Bar Association
and the New York State Bar Association. John is a
former member of the NASDAQ Listings Qualifications Panel (2004–2014).

John Partigan is known for his extensive experience in public and private company mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, capital markets transactions and corporate governance. He is the chair of the firm’s national Securities practice group.
When not in the office, John can be found searching the Virginia countryside for colonial and civil war history, fishing or playing golf.

What do you focus on?

My focus is on helping our clients achieve their goals, by efficiently and effectively structuring and executing on transformative transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, debt or equity financings, initial public offerings, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Mergers & Acquisitions
I enjoy working with clients in a wide variety of industries and on transactions of all shapes and sizes. I recently represented Gannett Co., Inc. on its $1.8 billion acquisition of the 73% membership interest in Cars.com that it did not already own. This significant digital media acquisition followed our work with Gannett on its recent acquisitions of Belo Corp ($2.2 billion in 2013) and London Broadcasting ($215 million in 2014), which doubled Gannett’s broadcast television portfolio. By contrast, during 2014, I also represented the shareholders of J.M. Waller Associates, Inc., a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business, on the sale of their stock to Versar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VSR) for $13 million, and during 2015, I represented TEGNA Inc. on the disposition of two digital media properties and the acquisition of additional broadcast television assets.

Capital Markets
I have recently represented issuers of high-grade and high-yield debt securities, in Rule 144A and Regulation S distributions, exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations, involving over $4.2 billion. These financings are often completed in conjunction with merger and acquisition transactions. I have also recently represented a venture capital fund on an initial public offering of its portfolio company and two sales of portfolio companies, including a registered resale of two million shares of common stock of the buyer received in the sale transaction.


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