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Mergers & Acquisitions

A cornerstone of Jaffe’s history is its robust middle-market mergers and acquisitions practice. Our sophisticated national practice extends to both public and private companies where we represent both sellers and purchasers in a wide array of industries. We expertly negotiate and structure mergers, equity and asset purchases and divestitures (both tax-free and taxable), spin-offs, recapitalizations (both majority and minority), and management buyouts. Our attorneys are experienced in developing creative strategies designed to navigate the issues that arise in all phases of these transactions and maximize value for our clients.

At Jaffe, we are sensitive to the issues of family-owned businesses looking to partner with private equity investors to sell a minority or controlling interest in their businesses which they have nurtured and grown from start-up, while protecting the value created by their entrepreneurship. We also have extensive experience representing private equity funds and fund-less sponsors in acquisitions and divestitures and are attuned to the specific needs and challenges faced by them in the market. We generally view ourselves as a “deal shop” and pride ourselves on delivering the personal attention and cost efficiencies of a smaller firm with the breadth of services and experience of a much larger firm. We pride ourselves on creativity, practicality, and responsiveness.

Our cross-disciplinary team of experienced attorneys work together to address the specific needs of our clients and often develop creative solutions to problems that may otherwise derail an important transaction. Our deal teams generally consist of a few attorneys (one or more seasoned partners and associates) to work closely with you from beginning to end. We rely on our deep bench of specialists in other practice areas, including employment and labor, environmental, executive compensation and employee benefits, estate and wealth planning, intellectual property and information technology, real estate, and tax to handle specific issues as they arise. At the initial stage of every transaction, we work closely with our tax group to structure the transaction in the most tax efficient manner.

Service Index

  • Structuring, drafting and negotiating all aspects of an M&A transaction and all associated agreements
  • Negotiation of all financing related agreements and documentation, including all equity rollover agreements
  • Negotiation of investment banking engagement letters
  • Conducting due diligence reviews of target companies
  • Negotiation of post-transaction employment-related matters
  • Advising on post-closing working capital and/or indemnification disputes
  • Advising Boards of Directors on the process and applicable fiduciary duties

Representative Matters

  • Represented Celsee, Inc. in its sale to Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. 
  • Represented Detroit snack maker, Kar’s Nuts Products, in its acquisition of Morley Candy Makers, parent of chocolate and caramel sauce icon, Sanders.
  •  Represented a consumer products company in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of businesses with an aggregate purchase price of over $57 million.
  • Represented a home improvement and repair business in its $70 million sale to a private equity firm.
  • Represented Buddy’s Pizza in its recapitalization with private equity firm, CapitalSpring.
  • Represented Virginia Candle Company (Smith Mountain Industries) in a $100 million sale to Newell Brands.
  • Represented a private equity sponsor in connection with its sale of a platform business for over $300 million.
  • Represented a private equity sponsor in connection with the acquisition of a food distribution and restaurant supply business.
  • Represented a precision components manufacturer in connection with the acquisition of more than 18 businesses in a 7-year period across multiple industry sectors, including automotive, aerospace and medical.
  • Represented large scale manufacturing business in a sale to a family office backed buyer.
  • Represented Sun Communities, Inc., a publicly-traded REIT that owns and operates hundreds of manufactured home communities in the United States and Canada, in numerous acquisitions, including its 2016 acquisition of the Carefree communities for $1.68 billion and its earlier $1.3 billion acquisition of the Green Courte communities.
  • Represented a family office in its initial acquisition of a platform business and numerous follow on acquisitions.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions


November 9, 2021

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss Named to The Best Law Firms List for 2022

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 9, 2021 – Best Lawyers, the oldest and most highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide, has named Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss to the 2022 class of “Best Law Firms.” Jeffrey M. Weiss, Jaffe CEO, made the announcement. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based solely on peer review. ...

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October 12, 2021

Summer Moukalled Joins Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 12, 2021 — Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. has welcomed new attorney, Summer Moukalled, to their team of experienced legal professionals. Moukalled joins the firm’s merger’s & acquisitions practice group as an associate. Jaffe CEO Jeffrey M. Weiss made the announcement. Moukalled has extensive experience as a law clerk drafting briefs ...

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