Mr. Machera has been recognized by myriad publications. Most recently, Mr. Machera was selected as the only “Up & Coming” lawyer for Private Equity: Buyouts by Chambers USA 2019, where clients note that “he is adept at moving a deal forward and has a good understanding of what's important." He was also named among Global M&A Network’s 2018 Top 50 Americas Rising Star Dealmakers and among the The M&A Advisor’s 2018 Emerging Leaders. Mr. Machera has been identified as a “Rising Star” for Private Equity in the U.S. by IFLR1000 and is recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for Private Equity Buyouts by Legal 500 US, where he is noted as “an emerging talent.”
He 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.
Mr. Machera’s relevant experience includes the following representations:
- Cornell Capital in (i) its acquisition of Knowlton Development Corporation from Novacap Capital and other investors, and the subsequent acquisitions by Knowlton Development Corporation of Alkos Group, Benchmark Cosmetic Laboratories, Inc. and the manufacturing assets of Swallowfield plc (ii) its acquisition of PureStar from A&M Capital Partners and (iii) in the business combination of Knowlton Development Corporation and HCT Group.
- Goldman Sachs & Co. in (i) its acquisition of Restaurant Technologies, Inc. from Aurora Management Partners, (ii) its acquisition of Trader Interactive from Landmark Media, (iii) its sale of Drayer Physical Therapy Institute to Upstream Rehabilitation, and (iv) its sale of Ipreo Holdings to IHS Markit.
- The Blackstone Group in (i) the acquisition by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities of Concert Golf Partners, (ii) the investment by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in Sema4, (iii) the sale by Blackstone Capital Partners of Ipreo Holdings to IHS Markit and (iv) the acquisition by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities of Aqua Finance.
- CPPIB in (i) 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), (ii) the take-private by a consortium, led by Hellman & Friedman, of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc., (iii) the acquisition by a consortium, led by EQT, of Waystar from Bain Capital, (iv) the recapitalization of Berlin Packaging, resulting in CPPIB and Oak Hill Capital Partners having joint control of Berlin, and (v) its co-investment, with Insight Venture Partners, in Veeam Software.
- Aterian Investment Partners in (i) its acquisition of Hain Pure Protein (n/k/a Poultry Holdings LLC), (ii) its acquisition of Xpress Global Systems, (iii) its acquisition of Vander-Bend Manufacturing and Vander-Bend’s acquisition of J.L. Haley Enterprises, Inc., (iv) its acquisition of Pioneer Metal Finishing, and (v) its acquisition of Stewart Tubular Products.
- Oak Hill Capital Partners in (i) its acquisition of Dave & Buster’s from Wellspring Capital Management, (ii) its acquisition of EPIC Insurance from The Carlyle Group, (iii) the acquisition by EPIC Insurance of the U.S. operations of Integro Group from Odyssey Partners, (iv) the acquisition by EPIC Insurance of Frenkel & Company, (v) its acquisition of Ability Reinsurance Holdings, and (vi) the acquisition by EPIC Insurance of Prime Risk Partners Inc.
- CVC Capital Partners in various completed and proposed acquisitions, including its sale of Cunningham Lindsey to Sedgwick Claims Management Services (a portfolio company of KKR).
- Snow Phipps Group in (i) its acquisition of Ideal Tridon from American Industrial Partners and the acquisition by Ideal Tridon of ZSI-Foster, (ii) its acquisition of DecoPac, and (iii) its acquisition of Arr-Maz Custom Chemicals.
- TPG in various proposed and completed acquisitions, including (i) the acquisition by TPG Pace Holdings Corp., a SPAC sponsored by TPG Global, of the stock of Accel Entertainment, Inc., with the resulting entity having an initial enterprise value of approximately $884 million; (ii) 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 and (iii) the refinancing of J.Crew Group, Inc. (a portfolio company of TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners).
In addition, Mr. Machera has represented private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies, and companies into which private equity sponsors have invested, with respect to the following transactions:
- EQT Partners and its portfolio company Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (n/k/a WS Audiology A/S) in its acquisition of Clearwater Clinical Limited.
- EQT Partners and its portfolio company Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (n/k/a WS Audiology A/S) in its acquisition of TruHearing, Inc.
- WPEngine, Inc. in the $250 million sale of a majority stake to Silver Lake Partners.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.