Geraldine A. Sinatra


Geraldine A. Sinatra


Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2824 | +1 215 994 2222


Geraldine A. (“Gerrie”) Sinatra advises private equity sponsors through the life of their investments in portfolio companies. She advises sponsors in their domestic and cross-border acquisitions of portfolio companies and related financing transactions and represents sponsors and their portfolio companies in subsequent add-on acquisitions or dispositions, financings, dividend recapitalization transactions and restructurings.

In addition, Ms. Sinatra advises sponsors and portfolio companies working toward a liquidity event, such as a public offering or divestiture, and assists sponsors, portfolio companies and management in negotiating employment and equity terms.

Since 2006, Ms. Sinatra has been recognized as a leading corporate/M&A and private equity lawyer by Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States. In recent editions, Chambers has described Ms. Sinatra as "very talented and professional," "very balanced and commercial," "a good all-round legal quarterback for corporate transactions" and "a very smart, energetic lawyer with excellent negotiating skills" who is "tireless and unbelievably tenacious in getting things done." She is also recognized for her work in mergers and acquisitions and private equity by The Legal 500 (U.S.), where she has been cited as "responsive, efficient," "great with strategy and high-level business advice" and is "good at applying her broad knowledge to the situation at hand." Ms. Sinatra is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was recently recognized as a Notable Practitioner for M&A and private equity in the U.S. by the IFLR1000. In 2014, Ms. Sinatra was named a winner of The Legal Intelligencer's "Women of the Year", which highlights the achievements of top women lawyers in Pennsylvania. She was also named among the "2010 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania" by the National Diversity Council, a national organization that seeks to promote diversity and inclusion within workplaces and communities.

In 2014, Ms. Sinatra led the multidisciplinary team of Dechert lawyers that received "Standout" recognition in the Financial Times’ North America Innovative Lawyers 2014 awards. The team was recognized for its innovative representation of the Certares-led investor group in its joint venture with American Express Company for its Global Business Travel division valued at US$1.8 billion and related US$900 million investment.

  • The Ohio State University, B.S., 1988, summa cum laude with University Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1991, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Managing Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Some of her recent significant domestic and international assignments include:

  • Certares and American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) in connection with the proposed equity recapitalization of GBT’s joint venture ownership structure.
  • The Certares-formed investor group in connection with its joint venture agreement with American Express Company for its Global Business Travel division and related US$900 million investment.
  • Court Square Capital Partners’ portfolio company Rocket Software in its US$2 billion sale to Bain Capital Private Equity. Previously advised Court Square Capital Partners on its acquisition of Rocket Software followed by 15 domestic and cross-border acquisitions prior to the successful exit transaction.
  • Court Square Capital Partners in its acquisition of PlayCore, a North American designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of play, park, and recreation products.
  • Court Square Capital Partners and Fibertech Holdings Corporation in the US$1.9 billion merger of Fibertech, a U.S.-based provider of fiber-optic based network services, with Lightower Fiber Networks. Previously advised Court Square Capital Partners in its acquisition of Fibertech Networks, LLC.
  • MSD Partners, L.P. in its acquisition of Ring Container Technologies, one of the largest plastic container manufacturers in North America.
  • MSD Partners, L.P. in its acquisition of Endries International, a distributor of fasteners and Class-C parts serving industrial Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide, from Nautic Partners.
  • MSD Partners, L.P. in its partnership with CCMP Capital Advisors, LP and Alberta Investment Management Corporation to acquire Hayward Industries, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of residential and commercial pool equipment and industrial flow control products.
  • Travel Leaders Group, one of the largest travel companies in the U.S., in connection with its acquisition of ALTOUR, a travel management company based in the United States, serving the luxury and mid-market travel industry globally.
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Honorable Norma L. Shapiro
Speaking Engagements
  • Exit Planning: Pace Yourself and Don’t LoseSteam at the Finish Line, Kayo Women’s Private Equity Summit – Boston, Ma (September 24, 2019)
  • What PE Wants: 2019 Outlook for PE and Credit Needs, 5th Permanent & Private Capital Summit - New York, NY (April 4, 2019)
  • How to Buy When Everything is Expensive, Kayo Women's Private Markets Summit - Chicago, IL (October 2-3, 2018)
  • Women in PEVC: Bridging the Gender Gap in the Private Equity and Venture Capital Industries, Private Equity & Venture Capital 2016 Conference - Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (January 29, 2016)


  • More Than Just a Capital Provider; Unique Approaches to Value Creation, Wharton Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference 2013 - Philadelphia, PA (February 1, 2013)
  • Value Creation Through Portfolio Companies: Differing Perspectives Across the Middle Market Landscape, Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference 2011 - Philadelphia, PA (February 4, 2011)
  • Buyouts, Turnaround, & Consolidation, SRI's Asian Private Equity Forum 2004 - San Francisco, CA (December 14, 2004)