Education

The Pennsylvania State University

B.A., 2001

Villanova University School of Law

J.D., 2004

Bar Admission

Florida

Ohio

Sarah B. Cavanaugh

Of Counsel

Overview

Ms. Cavanaugh's practice focuses on corporate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions. She has considerable experience in counseling clients regarding all stages of business strategy, from choice of entity issues and corporate governance matters to complex mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Prominent Assignments

Represented the Shareholders of a Florida-based financial advisory services company in the sale of 100% of the stock of the company to a private equity fund (transaction value is confidential)

Represented the Shareholders of two different digital photography service companies, based in Florida and New York, with respect to the sale of the assets and stock of the companies, respectively, to a California-based private equity fund (transaction value is confidential). The transaction has been recognized as a finalist for the Deal of the Year for the 2015 ACG New York Champion’s Awards.

Represented an Ohio-based electrical contractor company in a $90 million stock sale to a publicly traded company

Represented an Ohio-based telecommunications company in a $110 million stock sale.

Representative services included preparation of definitive agreement and Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust notification and U.S. Department of Justice filings

Represented a Texas-based private equity fund in its $31 million acquisition of a professional employer organization, including the debt, equity and transaction aspects of the deal

Represented an Ohio-based intermediary healthcare and workers’ compensation industry service provider in a $27 million stock sale

Represented an Ohio-based aggregate mineral mining company and supplier in a $21 million sale of assets and real estate
Represented an Ohio-based logistics transportation company in a $10 million stock sale

Represented an Ohio-based collection agency company in an asset acquisition of an Arizona-based competitor

Professional Involvement

  • Akron Bar Association - Co-Chair of Business and Corporate Law Section (2013 - 2015)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Content Marketing Advisory Committee
  • Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) - Cleveland Chapter

Publications/Presentations

  • “Earn-Outs in M&A Deals: Negotiate with Care to Minimize Potential for Post-Closing Disputes” - Crain’s Cleveland Business Corporate Growth and M&A Special Section (January 2014)
  • "The IC-DISC: The Last Big Tax Break for Exporters" – USLAW Magazine (Fall/Winter 2013)
  • "M&A Fees: How Much Will this Trophy Cost Me?" - Crain's Cleveland Business, Corporate Growth and M&A Special Section(January 2013)
  • “Current Trends and Analysis in Middle Market M&A” - Roetzel & Andress, LPA Corporate Counsel Forum (November 2013)