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Michael represents businesses on formation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and venture capital arrangements. He provides counsel to venture capital and buyout funds, start-up companies and investors in such funds and companies. This advice covers the full spectrum of business cycles – from start-up through maturation to exit strategies – and a broad range of industries, including information technology, health care, chemicals, construction, energy and consumer products.

Michael also serves as outside general counsel to a number of private companies. As such, Michael advises clients on a wide variety of day-to-day matters, including commercial contract negotiation, implementation of privacy and cyber-security policies and procedures, structuring business organizations, business succession planning, and ESOP transactions. 

As part of Calfee’s Privacy & Data Security Group, Michael specializes in allocating transactional risks associated with data privacy and security protocols and policies, cross-jurisdiction data transfers, and compliance with related laws and regulations. 

A representative list of the public and privately held companies and private equity firms with which Michael works is:

  • Align Capital Partners
  • Americhem, Inc.
  • Installed Building Products (NYSE: IBP)
  • Linsalata Capital Partners
  • Marsh, Berry & Co., Inc.
  • MCM Capital Partners
  • Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: PKOH)
  • RKCA
  • RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM)

Michael has been named by Super Lawyers to Ohio Rising Stars (2016-2018) for Mergers & Acquisitions. He was named a "Cincy Leading Lawyer" by Cincinnati Magazine (2018). 

Outside of the office, Michael is active in the community. He presents at seminars and has authored numerous publications.

Michael earned his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

Prior to joining Calfee’s Cincinnati office in 2014, Michael worked at Blank Rome, LLP.

Honors & Recognitions

Super Lawyers, Ohio Rising Stars, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2016-2019

Cincinnati Magazine, "Cincy Leading Lawyer," 2018

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2011

M.B.A., Finance, University of Cincinnati College of Business, 2010

B.A., History, Yale University, 2005

Experience

Experience

Michael’s experience includes the following representative transactions and clients:

  • Installed Building Products (NYSE: IBP) and its affiliates in dozens of acquisitions, including the purchase of the stock of the Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing group of companies, which install waterproofing, insulation, fireproofing, and fire-stopping products for large commercial projects throughout the southern United States
  • Assisted multiple companies, including Marsh, Berry & Co., Inc., a consulting and investment banking firm focused on the insurance industry, in their transition to become 100% owned by an Employee Stock Ownership Plan & Trust
  • RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) and its affiliates in several acquisitions, including the stock of Key Resin Company, a Cincinnati-based manufacturer of polymer flooring and coating systems, in the purchase of substantially all of the assets of two companies that were integrated into RPM’s existing divisions and international platform acquisitions to support entrance into new markets
  • Americhem, Inc. and its affiliates in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, including:
    • the purchase of the stock of Prescient Color, Ltd, a Pune, India-based leading producer of textile and specialty master-batches
    • the purchase of the stock of Vi-Chem Corp., a Michigan compounder of TPE and PVC compounds
    • the purchase of substantially all of the assets of LTL Color Compounders Inc., a manufacturer of color compounds based primarily on engineering resins with operations in Pennsylvania and Dungguan, China
  • Align Capital Partners in several acquisitions, including:
    • the acquisition of Kentucky-based International Systems of America LLC, a fire and life safety company, and the platform acquisition of Cleveland-based ABCO Fire Protection, a regional provider of fire safety and security system inspection, maintenance and repair services
    • the acquisition of Barrow-Agee Laboratories, LLC, a niche market leader in the food safety and testing industry
  • Assisted dozens of closely held businesses in financial and strategic divestitures, including the sale of a Dayton-based manufacturer to a financial buyer, the recapitalization of Stairtek Inc., and the sale of Ceemco Incorporated to Aarsco Metals
  • Linsalata Capital Partners in several acquisitions and divestitures, including:
    • the sale of Eatem Foods Company, a leading developer and producer of premium, traditional, natural and organic savory flavor systems, to Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM)
    • the purchase of the stock of H.H. Franchising Inc., the Cincinnati-based franchisor of Home Helpers
  • Tarkett SA (TKTT: EN Paris), a global leader in flooring and sports surfaces solutions, in its acquisition of Dalton, Georgia-based Lexmark Carpet Mills, a well-recognized brand among leading hospitality chains and in residential markets
  • Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: PKOH), in several acquisitions, including:
    • the purchase of the molding division of Wisconsin-based Trostel, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of rubber-molded products utilizing a variety of elastomer materials and manufacturing technologies
    • the purchase of the stock of Autoform Tool & Manufacturing, Inc., an Indiana supplier of high pressure fuel rails and high and low-pressure fuel lines used in Gasoline Direct Injection systems utilized by automotive and truck manufacturers
  • MCM Capital Partners in several acquisitions, including the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Performance Plastics Ltd., a Cincinnati-based custom injection molding company

Clients' Work

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

Association for Corporate Growth – Cincinnati Chapter, Young ACG Board, member

Cincinnati Yale Club, board member

Cincinnati Squash Academy, Futures Board, member

Goering Center for Family and Private Business, member

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Licensed In

  • District of Columbia
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio 

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 
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