Attorneys Colleen Lyons

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Colleen is a seasoned corporate attorney who represents both established and emerging businesses in a wide range of commercial and strategic transactions. A substantial portion of her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and debt and equity financings. Her extensive experience in these areas allows her to effectively assist clients in planning and successfully implementing these important entity initiatives. Colleen has specific industry experience in manufacturing, insurance, renewable energy, technology and software. Many of her transactional representations have led to longer term general corporate counsel engagements where she advises clients on a wide range of legal and business issues; in that capacity she collaborates to provide practical and cost effective solutions to address ongoing operational and governance matters that arise during the life span of a business.

Colleen also has substantial experience representing both trustees and investment managers regarding the formation and operation of collective investment entities as New Hampshire Investment Trusts and qualified investment companies.

Key Cases

  • Represented insurance company affiliate in strategic acquisition of software company and follow on securities offering to additional strategic investors.
  • Represented client in strategic merger of two investment funds with an aggregate value of $245 million.
  • Represented newly-formed entity in obtaining $12 million secured financing to fund acquisition of data center business.
  • Represented multiple timber investment funds with financings having an aggregate value in excess $200 million.
  • Represented client in spinoff of real estate holding company to its shareholders.
  • Assisted with representation of NetProspex in $125 million sale to Dun & Bradstreet.
  • Represented the owners of New England Wood Pellet, LLC, the largest producer of wood pellets for the U.S. heating market, in the sale of the company to Rentech, Inc., a publicly-traded wood fiber processing and nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing company, for approximately $53 million.
  • Represented an independent rural telephone and telecommunications holding company in obtaining $35 million of secured financing for various acquisitions of rural telephone and telecommunications companies with an aggregate value of $50 million.
  • Acted as local entity counsel for a renewable energy entity in connection with general contract matters and Department of Energy financing.
  • Represented owners of privately-held construction materials business with multiple entities and locations in sale of assets to a strategic buyer for approximately $35 million.
  • Represented a private building supply company in obtaining debt financing of $50 million in connection with a going-private leveraged buyout of a Nasdaq-traded public company in a similar industry.
  • Represented multiple New Hampshire trust companies and investment managers in connection with the formation and maintenance of well over fifty private investment funds as qualified investment companies under the New Hampshire Investment Trust Act.

Admissions

  • State of New Hampshire
  • State of New York
  • State of Connecticut
  • New Hampshire Bar Association (Member, Corporate, Banking and Business Law Sections)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Business Law Section)
  • Former Certified Public Accountant, State of NY (Inactive)

Civic Involvement

  • Board Member and Member of Finance Commitee and Chair of Audit Committee, Neighborworks Southern New Hampshire
  • Member, BIA Committee, responsible for proposing revisions to New Hampshire Business Corporation Act
  • Member Stakeholder Group, BIA, participating in development of Strategic Economic Plan for New Hampshire

Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/Commercial Law
  • Martindale- Hubbell Peer Rated

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