Christopher R. Machera

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Chris Machera
Christopher Machera is a partner in Weil’s Private Equity practice and is based in New York. Christopher represents private equity sponsors in leveraged buy-outs, structured equity investments and other M&A transactions. He also provides general corporate advice and strategic counseling to private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, including in distressed situations. His clients include Blackstone, Cornell Capital, Goldman Sachs, CVC, Oak Hill, GHK, KSL, Aterian, CPP, Snow Phipps and TPG.

Christopher has been repeatedly recognized as a leading private equity lawyer. According to Chambers Global and Chambers USA, clients note that “he is adept at moving a deal forward and has a good understanding of what's important,” is “incredibly commercial” and “really responsive.” He was also named among Global M&A Network’s 2018 Top 50 Americas Rising Star Dealmakers and among The M&A Advisor’s 2018 Emerging Leaders. He has also been identified as a “Rising Star” for Private Equity in the U.S. by IFLR1000 and is recognized as a “Next Generation Partner” for Private Equity Buyouts by Legal 500 US. Christopher has authored numerous articles and participated in speaking engagements addressing various trends and topics that affect the private equity industry, including an article that appeared in the New York Times DealBook.

Christopher’s relevant experience includes the following representations:

  • Cornell Capital in its acquisition of INW Manufacturing LLC and in INW's acquisition of Bee Health Ltd.
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of Academy Fire Life Safety
  • GHK Capital Partners in its sale of a substantial interest in Brown & Settle, Inc.
  • The Blackstone Group in its investment in ISN Software Corporation, in a transaction that valued ISN over $2 billion
  • Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in its acquisition of a significant stake in Zaxby's Operating Company L.P.
  • Oak Hill Capital and its portfolio company Galway Insurance Holdings, a holding company for EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, and JenCap Holdings LLC in, together with The Carlyle Group, the sale of a majority stake in Galway to Harvest Partners, with Oak Hill and Carlyle reinvesting in Galway
  • The Blackstone Group in its acquisition of a majority stake in ZO Skin Health, Inc.
  • Aterian Investment Partners and its portfolio company Pioneer Metal Finishing, LLC in its acquisition of Indianhead Plating, Inc.
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in its sale of TriPlus Administrative Services Inc.
  • The Blackstone Group in the sale of the US Claims business of DRB Financial Solutions to Further Global, and the related financing transaction of DRB Capital
  • Aterian Investment Partners and its portfolio company Vander-Bend Manufacturing, Inc. in its acquisition of Swiss Precision Machining, LLC
  • The Blackstone Group, as controlling shareholder of Vivint Solar, in the approximately $7.5 billion sale of Vivint to Sunrun Inc. via an all-stock transaction and the subsequent sale by The Blackstone Group of shares in Vivint Solar to Coatue Management
  • Oak Hill Capital and its portfolio company EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC) in the merger of EPIC and JenCap Holdings, LLC (a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group)
  • Aterian Investment Partners and its portfolio company Vander-Bend Manufacturing, Inc. in the acquisition of substantially all the assets of TMK Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Snow Phipps in the sale of Kele Inc. to the Stephens Group
  • Aterian Investment Partners and its portfolio company Pioneer Metal Finishing, LLC in its acquisition of Electrochem Solutions, Inc.
  • CPP Investments in its investment, alongside Silver Lake Partners and Mubadala Investment Company, in Waymo LLC
  • Cornell Capital and its portfolio company Knowlton Development Corporation in the acquisition of CLA
  • Aterian Investment Partners in the acquisition by their portfolio company Pioneer Metal Finishing of Pilkington Metal Finishing
  • Cornell Capital and its portfolio company Knowlton Development Corporation in the acquisition of Zobele Holding S.p.A.
  • CPP Investments in the business combination of Ultimate Software and Kronos
  • Cornell Capital and its portfolio company Knowlton Development Corporation in the acquisition of Benchmark Cosmetic Laboratories
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners and its portfolio company EPIC Insurance in the acquisition of Prime Risk Brokers from THL Capital
  • Cornell Capital in the business combination of Knowlton Development Corporation and HCT Group
  • CPP Investments in their acquisition, alongside EQT Partners, of Waystar from Bain Capital
  • Cornell Capital and its portfolio company Knowlton Development Corporation in the acquisition of Alkos Group
  • The Blackstone Group in the acquisition by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities of Concert Golf Properties
  • The Blackstone Group in the investment by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in Sema4
  • TPG in the sale of United Family Healthcare (UFH) by UFH's existing shareholders, including affiliates of TPG and Fosun Pharma, to New Frontier Corporation, a public investment vehicle sponsored by New Frontier Group, with the resulting entity, New Frontier Health Corporation, having an initial enterprise value of $1.4 billion
  • Cornell Capital and its portfolio company Knowlton Development Corporation in the acquisition of the manufacturing assets of Swallowfield plc
  • The Blackstone Group in the acquisition by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities of Amergint Technology
  • TPG in the acquisition by TPG Pace Holdings Corp., a SPAC sponsored by TPG Global, of the stock of Accel Entertainment, Inc., for an enterprise value of approximately $884 million
  • Aterian Investment Partners in its acquisition of Hain Pure Protein
  • CPP Investments in the take-private by a consortium, led by Hellman & Friedman, of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc.
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners and its portfolio company EPIC Insurance in the acquisition of the U.S. operations of Integro Group from Odyssey Partners
  • Cornell Capital in its acquisition of Knowlton Development Corporation from Novacap Capital and other investors
  • CPP Investments in the recapitalization of Berlin Packaging, resulting in CPP Investments and Oak Hill Capital Partners having joint control of Berlin
  • EQT Partners and its portfolio company Sivantos Pte. Ltd. in its acquisition of Clearwater Clinical Limited
  • Aterian Investment Partners in its acquisition of Xpress Global Systems
  • CPP Investments in its co-investment, with Insight Venture Partners, in Veeam Software
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. in its acquisition of Restaurant Technologies, Inc. from Aurora Management Partners
  • Aterian Investment Partners in its acquisition of Pioneer Metal Finishing
  • The Blackstone Group and Goldman Sachs & Co. in its sale of Ipreo Holdings to IHS Markit
  • EQT Partners and its portfolio company Sivantos Pte. Ltd. in its acquisition of TruHearing, Inc.
  • WPEngine, Inc. in the $250 million sale of a majority stake to Silver Lake Partners
  • Cornell Capital in its acquisition of PureStar from A&M Capital Partners
  • The Blackstone Group in the acquisition by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities of Aqua Finance
  • CPP Investments in the acquisition by a consortium, which also includes Blackstone and GIC, of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business (n/k/a Refinitiv)
  • Aterian Investment Partners in its acquisition of Vander-Bend Manufacturing and Vander-Bend’s acquisition of J.L. Haley Enterprises, Inc.
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in the acquisition by EPIC Insurance of Frenkel & Company
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. in its acquisition of Trader Interactive from Landmark Media
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. in its sale of Drayer Physical Therapy Institute to Upstream Rehabilitation
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in its acquisition of EPIC Insurance from The Carlyle Group
  • CVC Capital Partners in its sale of Cunningham Lindsey to Sedgwick Claims Management Services (a portfolio company of KKR)
  • TPG in the refinancing of J.Crew Group, Inc. (a portfolio company of TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of Ideal Tridon from American Industrial Partners
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of DecoPac
  • TPG in the acquisition by a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of TPG, with Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V., a transaction valued at approximately $1.75 billion
  • Aterian Investment Partners in its acquisition of Stewart Tubular Products
  • Kendra Scott Design in its sale of a significant minority stake to Berkshire Partners
  • National Surgical Hospitals (a portfolio company of Irving Place Capital) in its $760 million sale to Surgery Partners, Inc.
  • Shoes for Crews (a portfolio company of CCMP) in its acquisition of the SureGrip Footwear division of Genesco Inc.
  • American Securities in its acquisition of Presidio
  • American Securities in its acquisition of Arizona Chemical from Rhone Capital
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in its acquisition of Dave & Buster’s from Wellspring Capital Management
  • Providence Equity Partners in its take-private of Virtual Radiologic Corporation
  • Providence Equity Partners in its take-private of NightHawk Radiology Services
  • Providence Equity Partners in its joint venture with NBCUniversal and Fox in connection with the creation of Hulu
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of Arr-Maz Custom Chemicals
  • Lindsay Goldberg in its minority investment in Duff Capital Advisors
  • Lee Equity in its take-private of Deb Shops, Inc.
  • GE Capital in its minority investment in Bobcat Gas Storage
  • GE Capital in its minority investment in Verified Identity Pass
  • Univision Communications in its joint venture with Grupo Televisa
  • DLJ Merchant Bank in its $600 million acquisition of United Site Services
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings in the sale of its interests in its real estate equity funds to management
  • CCMP in its purchase of a majority interest in Octagon Credit Investors
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in its acquisition of Ability Reinsurance Holdings
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings in the sale of its interests in its merchant banking private equity funds to management and Reinet Investments
  • Man Group in its purchase of interests in the general partner and management company entities of Ore Hill Capital Partners
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings in the sale of its interests in its real estate debt funds to Pacific Coast Capital Partners
  • Man Group in its sale of 50% of its interests in Pemba Capital Partners
  • Ospraie Management in its sale of interests in its general partner and management company entities to Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings in the sale of its limited partner and general partner interests in R3 Capital Partners to the principals of R3 Capital Partners

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