Neal J. Reenan advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on their most complex transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Drawing on more than two decades of private equity legal experience, as well as roles in professional service firms and operating businesses, Mr. Reenan structures, negotiates, and executes a broad range of transactions on behalf of leading financial sponsors and their portfolio companies.

Mr. Reenan serves as go-to counsel for many clients on their full spectrum of transactional needs, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions, including acquisitions of distressed companies and take-privates
  • Divestitures
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Joint ventures
  • Recapitalizations
  • Restructuring transactions

A former accountant, strategy consultant, and manufacturing executive, as well as the co-founder of a significant, private equity-focused office of a leading global law firm, Mr. Reenan brings a pragmatic operator’s perspective to delivering legal counsel. He provides the clients he serves with creative, “can-do,” and commercially calibrated advice with a focus on solving thorny problems to help get deals done. Mr. Reenan builds enduring, trust-based relationships with clients by delivering technically sound, commercially balanced, and situation-tailored counsel, by always putting his clients’ needs first, and by bringing a sense of humor and perspective to even the most challenging matters.

Mr. Reenan also devotes significant time to mentoring junior lawyers, especially those who, like himself, are the first in their families to grow up or live in the United States or who are first-generation lawyers.

Mr. Reenan’s experience includes advising:

Financial Services and Insurance

  • Advisory Research in its sale to Piper Jaffray Companies
  • Amynta Group in its acquisition of American Auto Guardian
  • Apollo Global Management, alongside Athene Holding, in its acquisition of PK AirFinance from GE Capital’s Aviation Services unit
  • Bain Capital Credit (formerly Sankaty) in its acquisition of JP Morgan’s Special Opportunities Group
  • CME Group in its joint venture with Dow Jones & Company creating the leading market data and benchmark index services platform (including the Dow Jones Industrial Average)
  • Madison Dearborn Partners in its:
    • Acquisition of MoneyGram International, Inc.
    • Investment in the acquiring consortium led by the Karfunkel Family and Stone Point Partners in the take-private of AmTrust Financial Services
    • Acquisition of 51% of certain AmTrust Financial Services’ US-based fee businesses
    • Acquisition of 49% stake in Amynta Holdings, Inc.
    • Initial private investment in EVO Payments International
    • Private investment in public equity (PIPE) in EVO
    • Investment in Towergate Insurance
    • Acquisition of Navacord
  • Madison Deaborn Partners and Nuveen Investments in the sale of Nuveen to TIAA-CREF
  • Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company in its acquisition of LearnVest
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners in its investment in Prime Risk Brokers
  • Sixth Street Partners in its investment of Exeter Finance
  • TPG (TTAD) in its investment in Acorns Incorporated

Healthcare and Life Sciences

  • TPG Capital in its acquisition of Confluent Medical Technologies, Inc.
  • TPG Capital in its investment in Monogram Health, Inc.
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in agreements to acquire common stock of Surgery Partners from HIG Capital and convertible preferred stock from Surgery Partners in connection with the latter’s acquisition of National Surgical Healthcare from Irving Place Capital
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in its acquisition of Air Medical Group Holdings
  • Bain Capital Private Equity and Air Medical Group Holdings in the:
    • Sale of AMGH to KKR
    • Acquisition by AMGH of Reach Air Medical Services from New Heritage Capital
    • A number of tuck-in, bolt-on acquisitions during Bain Capital’s ownership
  • Konica Minolta in the divestiture of certain US assets
  • Lee Equity Partners in its acquisition of Eating Recovery Center
  • Paragon Bioservices in its sale to Catalent

Industrials, Manufacturing, Distribution, Energy, and Infrastructure

  • Aquilex Holdings, a portfolio company of Centerbridge Partners, in the sale of its HydroChem industrial cleaning business to PSC Industrial, a Littlejohn & Co. portfolio company
  • Bain Capital Private Equity and Consolidated Container Company in the sale of CCC to Loews Corporation
  • Bain Capital Private Equity and Unisource Worldwide in connection with the merger of Unisource with xpedx following xpdex’s spin-off from International Paper in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in its:
    • Acquisition of Apex Tool Group from Danaher Corp. and Cooper Industries
    • Carve-out acquisition of the Diversey Care business from Sealed Air Corporation
  • Centerbridge Partners in its acquisition of IPS
  • Centerbridge Partners and Industrial Container Services in the sale of ICS to Stone Canyon-backed BWAY Holding Company
  • Centerbridge Partners in its:
    • Acquisition of Industrial Container Services from Aurora Private Equity
    • Investment in Boart Longyear Limited
    • Restructuring of Board Longyear
    • Acquisition, through a debt-for-equity exchange offer, of Aquilex Holdings
  • Centerbridge Partners and Aquilex Holdings in the acquisition by Aquilex of Inland Industrial Services
  • Centerbridge Partners and HydroChem in the sale of HydroChem’s SRO Business to AZZ
  • CHS Capital in its:
    • Investment in Gundle Environmental/SLT
    • Acquisition of STS Operating
  • CHS Capital and SunSource Holdings in the:
    • Sale of SunSource to Littlejohn & Co.
    • Acquisition by SunSource of Warden Fluid Dynamics
  • Hellman & Friedman in its investment in Bellron
  • Madison Dearborn Partners in connection with its:
    • Sale of its interest in UPC Wind Management to SunEdison
    • Investment in USPG
  • Ridgemont Equity Partners in its acquisition of Worldwide Express and the combination of Worldwide Express with Unishippers

Technology & Services

  • TPG Rise Fund in its investment in Ripple AI
  • TPG Real Estate in its investment in Quantum Loophole, Inc.
  • Apax Funds in its:
    • Sale of GlobalLogic
    • Agreement to acquire ThoughtWorks
  • Bain Capital Europe in its acquisition of MSX International
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in the:
    • Take-private acquisition of BMC Software
    • Restructuring of Contec Holdings
  • Madison Dearborn Partners in its going-private acquisition of technology products and services provider CDW
  • Thoma Bravo in its acquisition of Datatel
  • A significant minority investor in its investment in in-flight communication provider Gogo


  • Ankura Consulting Group (a Madison Dearborn Partners portfolio company) in its acquisition of the Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology (DFLT) segment and Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice of Navigant Consulting
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in connection with the restructuring of MC Communications
  • GCA Services Group in its sale from Thomas H. Lee Partners and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division to ABM
  • Great Hill Partners in its acquisition of several legal process outsourcing businesses
  • H.I.G. Capital in the acquisition of the US-based human resource consulting and actuarial business (formerly known as Buck Consultants) of Conduent
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in their acquisition of GCA Services from Blackstone

Food, Food Services, and Retail

  • TPG Growth in its investment in BFA/Ipsy
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in its acquisition of a majority stake in Imperial Dade
  • Bain Capital Private Equity in its acquisition of Bob’s Furniture Stores from KarpReilly
  • Centerbridge Partners in its:
    • Investment in Heartland Food Products and the acquisition by Heartland of the Splenda brand and related assets from McNeil Nutritionals
    • Acquisition through a negotiated pre-packaged bankruptcy restructuring of Reddy Ice
  • GTCR in the restructuring of Wilton Brands
  • Madison Dearborn Partners in its:
    • Acquisition of Pierre Foods
    • Acquisition of Bolthouse Foods

Sports and Entertainment

  • CHS Capital in connection with its ownership of AMF Bowling Worldwide in various matters, including executive compensation, a leveraged dividend, M&A transactions, and an international strategic joint venture
  • Madison Dearborn Partners in its:
    • Investment in LA Fitness
    • Acquisition of leading national movie theater chain Cinemark USA
  • Madison Dearborn Partners and Cinemark Holdings in the acquisition of Century Theatres
  • The Source Interlink Companies in divesting non-core assets to a private equity consortium

The experience listed above includes matters handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 2003
    magna cum laude
  • MBA, Northeastern University, 1994
  • MS in Accounting, Northeastern University, 1994
  • AB, Harvard University, 1993
    cum laude