Marilyn French Shaw


Marilyn French Shaw
Marilyn French Shaw is co-Managing Partner of the Boston office and a partner in the Firm’s Private Equity practice, where she advises clients on private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, minority investments and public-to-private transactions, and mergers & acquisitions. She is a leading member of the Women@Weil affinity group. Ms. Shaw regularly represents some of the country's leading private equity firms, including Advent International Corporation, American Capital, Ltd. and Thomas H. Lee Partners.

Marilyn French Shaw was recently named among the 2015 “Dealmakers of the Year” by The American Lawyer and named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 2015 “Top Women of Law.” She has also been listed as a leading private equity lawyer in IFLR1000 and recognized by Expert Guides’ 2014 “Women in Business Law” as an expert in Private Equity.  Ms. Shaw was also named a Private Equity “MVP” by Law360 and was also named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The Am Law Daily for the week in connection with her lead role advising Advent International in its acquisition of a majority stake in AOT Bedding Super Holdings, the parent company of Serta and Simmons Bedding. Ms. Shaw is also consistently recognized in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Private Equity.

Selected Experience

  • Advent International Corporation and its portfolio companies in several transactions, including its:
    • acquisition of a majority stake in ATI Physical Therapy Holdings, LLC from KRG Capital Partners
    • acquisition of Noosa Yoghurt, LLC, a producer of flavored yogurts
    • P2 Energy Solutions Inc., a portfolio company of Advent, in its acquisition of Merrick Systems, Inc. from HitecVision AS and certain individuals.
    • acquisition of a majority stake in Distribution International, Inc., a value-added distributor of mechanical insulation and related products to industrial and commercial end markets, from Audax Group, Inc.
    • acquisition of a 13.85% stake in lululemon athletica, inc. (Canada)
    • acquisition Dudalina S.A. (with Warburg Pincus)
    • $1.1 billion acquisition of a minority interest in Oleoducto Central S.A., the largest crude oil transportation system in Colombia (as leader of an investment group)
    • acquisition of International Coffee & Tea, LLC (with CDIB Capital International and Mirae Asset Global Investment Co.)
    • acquisition of a majority stake in Serta Simmons
    • acquisition of a majority stake in Connolly, Inc. and Connolly Consulting Worldwide, Inc.
    • Connolly’s merger with strategic healthcare auditor
    • acquisition of TransUnion (with Goldman)
    • acquisition of Vantiv and Vantiv’s subsequent IPO
    • going private acquisition of retailer Charlotte Russe
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners and its portfolio companies in several transactions, including its:
    • acquisition of CTI Foods Holdings, LLC (with Broad Street Principal Investments, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs)
    • sale of Michael Foods
    • acquisition of Acosta, Inc.
    • Acosta’s acquisitions of Mosaic and Anderson Dayman Worldwide
    • multi-billion dollar sale of equity investment in Acosta, Inc. to The Carlyle Group
    • CTI Foods, Inc. (a portfolio company of Thomas H. Lee Partners and Goldman Sachs PIA) in its acquisition of Liguria Foods, Inc. from Ancor Capital Partners and BBH Capital Partners
  • Oaktree Capital Management and its portfolio company Ileos, SA (France) its joint venture with Visant Corporation, a portfolio company of affiliates of KKR and DLJ Merchant Banking

  • American Capital, Ltd. in its:
    • sale of eLynx to Black Knight Financial Services, Inc.
    • sale of PHC Sharp Holdings, Inc., parent to Pacific Handy Cutter, Inc., to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
    • sale of Dynojet Research, Inc. to Irving Place Capital and New Value Capital
    • sale of Specialty Brands of America, Inc.
    • sale of Aptara, Inc.
    • acquisition of Residential Credit Solutions

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