Geraldine A. Sinatra


Geraldine A. Sinatra


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

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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 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, and has a broad range of technical knowledge,” and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. 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.

Ms. Sinatra has represented private equity sponsors, such as Court Square Capital Partners (and its predecessor, Citigroup Venture Capital), Certares, One Equity Partners, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, in connection with their acquisitions and dispositions of both public and private companies, including Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Dynea North America, MacDermid Incorporated, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Newmarket International, Norcross Safety Products, nTelos Holdings Corp. and Worldspan LP.


Significant Representations

Some of her recent significant domestic and international assignments include:

  • 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 in its US$590 million “going private” acquisition of Pike Corporation, one of the nation’s largest specialty construction and engineering firms serving the electric power industry.
  • MacDermid, Incorporated, a global specialty chemicals company, and its stockholders, in connection with the US$1.8 billion sale of MacDermid to Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited (LSE: PAH). Previously advised Court Square Capital Partners and Weston Presidio in their US$1.3 billion acquisition of MacDermid, Incorporated.
  • 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.
  • Newmarket International, a U.S.-headquartered hospitality IT company, in its US$500 million sale to Spain-based Amadeus. Previously advised Court Square Capital Partners on its acquisition of Newmarket International.
  • Court Square Capital Partners in its acquisition of Wyle Holdings, Inc., an aerospace engineering firm, from Littlejohn & Co., and Wyle in connection with add-on acquisitions, including its follow-on US$235 million acquisition of CAS, Inc., a division of ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT). 
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in its acquisition of specialty resin adhesive and paper overlays producer Dynea North America from Dynea Chemicals Oy of Finland. 
  • CompuCom Systems Holding Corp., a U.S.-headquartered IT services and solutions company, in its sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners. Previously advised Court Square Capital Partners in its acquisition of CompuCom Systems, Inc. from Platinum Equity, and CompuCom Systems in its add-on acquisitions and financings prior to the sale of the company. 

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • 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
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Honorable Norma L. Shapiro