R. Jeffrey Legath
Partner | Philadelphia
R. Jeffrey Legath

R. Jeffrey Legath advises clients on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, SEC compliance and filing requirements, and a variety of other corporate matters. He represents private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and other closely-held businesses in numerous acquisition and sale transactions across various industry sectors, including building products and related commercial services, food and food services, telecommunication/technology products and services, transportation/aerospace and other advanced manufacturing companies.

Mr. Legath also serves as lead advisor for strategic clients in M&A transactions for strategic clients across a range of industry sectors, including technology, food and beverage, and business services. Having advised both strategic and private equity clients on transactions, Mr. Legath has a strong command of key negotiation points and deal terms. Mr. Legath's work for strategic clients also includes advising SEC registrants and public company shareholders in periodic SEC disclosure filings and share ownership reports and complicated compliance issues under Sections 16 and 13 of the Exchange Act as well as securities offerings of equity and debt.

Mr. Legath has been listed for private equity buyouts by legal directory The Legal 500, where he has been described as “outstanding” and praised for being an “excellent negotiator” with a “good strategic approach,” and “adept at finding solutions.” In addition, Mr. Legath has been recognized as a Rising Star for M&A in the IFLR1000.

  • Graham Partners in its acquisitions of Gatekeeper Systems, Myers Emergency Products, OptConnect, Mercer Foods and Giraffe Foods and its acquisitions and subsequent dispositions of Infiltrator Systems, Atlas Aerospace, B+B Smartworx, SP Industries, Eberle Design, Mitten, Henry Company, Universal Pure, Tidel and BrightPet Nutrition Group. 
  • The Brickman Group, Ltd. (renamed BrightView) in its US$1.6 billion dollar sale to KKR and its prior billion dollar plus recapitalization sponsored by Leonard Green & Partners, as well as numerous add-on acquisitions prior to the sale of the company.
  • Clement Pappas & Company, and its family shareholders, in its US$390 million sale to Canada-based Lassonde Industries. 
  • Infiltrator Systems, Inc. (renamed Infiltrator Water Technologies, LLC) in its acquisition of the septic chamber business of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. 
  • RAF Industries, Inc. in its acquisitions and/or dispositions of numerous companies, including Occidental Manufacturing, Cool Gear International, Freedom Medical, Geo-Solutions, Earth Tech, Spellbinders Paper Arts Company, Weldship Industries, Steamist, Pine Environmental Services, and Milspray. 
  • CSC ServiceWorks in numerous add-on acquisitions, including its acquisition of Azuma’s applicable leasing business. 
  • Express Messenger Systems (d/b/a OnTrac) in corporate financing, M&A and general corporate governance and shareholder matters.