Henry N. Nassau

henry-nassau

Henry N. Nassau

Partner

Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2138 | +1 215 994 2222

New York | 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-6797
+1 212 641 5667 | +1 212 698 3599

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Henry N. Nassau, Dechert’s Chief Executive Officer, served as chair of Dechert’s corporate and securities group for an aggregate of 14 years. Mr. Nassau represents private equity sponsors, venture capital firms, public and private corporations, management teams, boards of directors, and special committees in corporate and securities matters. He advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, investments, securities offerings, proxy contests, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. Having served as general counsel and chief operating officer at a publicly-traded technology company, Mr. Nassau offers a particularly commercial perspective to his client representations.

Mr. Nassau has been recognized for thirteen consecutive years as a leading Corporate/M&A lawyer and has also been ranked as a leading Private Equity Buyouts lawyer by Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States based on the opinions of their peers and clients. In recent editions, Chambers has noted that Mr. Nassau is a “standout lawyer” and “a true professional” with “absolutely great judgment." Clients have described him as a “terrific, responsive and pragmatic attorney” who “provides ‘wise advice’ on M&A and private equity transactions” and is “always there when [we] need top-drawer legal analysis.” He is also recommended for corporate/M&A in the United States by Chambers Global. In addition, Mr. Nassau has been recognized for his work in M&A, private equity, and capital markets: debt offerings in The Legal 500 U.S., which has cited him as “responsive and impressive” and “a superstar–smart with great attention to detail," and has been named a “Highly regarded” lawyer for both M&A and private equity in the IFLR1000.

Mr. Nassau has also been recognized for his work in corporate governance and compliance law, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions law by The Best Lawyers in America, which named him the Corporate Compliance Lawyer of the Year in Philadelphia in its 2018 edition.

Significant Representations

Mr. Nassau has led teams on hundreds of complex corporate transactions across a wide range of industry sectors, including technology, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, retail and financial services.

Representative matters include advising:

  • Graham Partners, a middle market private equity firm, on numerous buyout and exit transactions, including, most recently, its: acquisition and sale of Infiltrator Systems to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; acquisition and sale of Tidel Engineering after only a two-year holding period; acquisition and sale of Henry Company to American Securities; and acquisition and sale of HemaSource Holdings to Ridgemont Equity Partners.
  • Independent directors of Entercom Communications Corp, an American broadcasting company, in a tax free merger with CBS Radio Inc., a radio broadcasting company owned by CBS Corporation.
  • Stripes Group, a growth equity firm, on numerous investments, such as: Blue Apron, GoFundMe, Califia Farms, Craftsy, Udemy, Turtle Beach Corporation (and its subsequent reverse merger with Parametric Sound Corporation), Refinery29, The BlackTux, eMarketer (and its subsequent sale to Axel Springer), Upwork, GrubHub, AudioNetwork, Kareo, Sandata, Ketra Lighting, Netbiscuits (representing its first foreign investment), and Stella & Chewy’s.
  • Actua Corporation in connection with its separate agreements to sell its three majority-owned businesses, including VelocityEHS, Bolt Solutions, and FolioDynamix, for an aggregate of US$549 million in cash.
  • Versa Capital Management, a private equity firm focused on distressed investments, on several transactions, including its acquisition of Bob’s Stores from The TJX Companies, Inc., its acquisition of Canada-based Allen-Vanguard Corporation (TSX: VRS), its acquisition of Ohio Community Media, LLC and its acquisition of Eastern Mountain Sports.
  • Intellon Corporation and its Board of Directors on the US$244 million sale of Intellon, a publicly-traded provider of integrated circuits, to Atheros Communications, Inc.
  • The Special Committee of Arrow International, Inc., a manufacturer of catheter-based therapeutic products and cardiac assist medical devices, on its US$2 billion merger with Teleflex Incorporated and the proxy contest to elect directors to the Arrow board.
  • RAF Industries, Inc. on numerous transactions, including its acquisition and subsequent disposition of WI Holdings (“Weldship”) to a subsidiary of Markel Corporation, its acquisition of Steamaster Co., and Milspray LLC.

As former chair of Dechert’s global corporate and securities group, Mr. Nassau played an instrumental role in expanding the practice’s international platform across Europe, Asia and the Middle East in order to respond to the increasing global demands of the firm’s client base. Dechert’s corporate and securities group now has a larger proportion of lawyers outside of the United States, and Mr. Nassau has devoted significant time to integrating the global team so that clients enjoy a seamless international experience when selecting Dechert to advise on cross-border matters.

Mr. Nassau left Dechert in 1999 for Internet Capital Group to serve as general counsel. He most recently served as ICG’s chief operating officer, general counsel, and secretary.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1976, cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1976, Benjamin Franklin Scholar
  • Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1979, magna cum laude, Managing Editor of the Dickinson Law Review (1978-1979)
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York