Tana M. Ryan

Biography

Tana Ryan

Tana Ryan is a partner in Weil’s Private Equity practice and is the managing partner of Weil’s Los Angeles office. Tana advises private equity funds and public and private companies in a wide variety of corporate transactions.

Tana has experience navigating a full spectrum of corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border leveraged buyouts and mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs and spin-offs, going private transactions, distressed acquisitions, special situations, and in-court and out-of-court restructurings, minority investments, corporate governance arrangements and executive compensation and equity incentive programs.

Tana navigates significant transactions across a multitude of industries, including software, media, and technology; energy, infrastructure, and transportation; financial and business services; healthcare; industrials and manufacturing; and consumer and retail products. Tana is known in particular for leading transactions with high levels of complexity, whether due to stringent regulatory overlays, distressed dynamics, or complicated cross-border elements. She has led numerous transactions that have been profiled by such leading media outlets as The DealThe Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesReutersLaw360, and The American Lawyer.

Tana is recognized as a leading lawyer for Private Equity in California by Chambers USA, where clients note she is “super sharp” and “great to have as a partner in negotiations.” Tana was also named among the 2024 “Top 100 Lawyers” in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal and has been recognized as one of the most influential women by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2018 and 2021.

EXPERIENCE*

Representative clients include:

  • Greenbelt Capital Partners
  • H.I.G. Capital
  • Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
  • Neos Partners
  • Oaktree Capital
  • Parthenon Capital
  • Tenex Capital

Energy, Infrastructure and Transportation

  • Neos Partners
    • in its acquisition of Mill Creek Renewables
    • in its acquisition of RMS Energy
  • Crimson Renewable Energy Holdings in the sale of its used cooking oil collection and aggregation business to Neste
  • Oaktree Capital
    • in a series of strategic transactions with Calumet Specialty Products Partners to establish Montana Renewables LLC
    • in its investment in ITG Communications
    • in its acquisition of MWH Constructors in an international carve-out from Stantec
    • in its Canadian take private acquisition of NAPEC, a provider of construction and maintenance services
    • in its acquisition of Shoals Technologies, a provider of electrical balance of systems solutions, and subsequent initial public offering that raised more than US$1.9 billion in proceeds
    • in its acquisition of Array Technologies, a leading manufacturer of solar tracking solutions, and subsequent initial public offering at a market capitalization of more than US$4 billion
  • Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
    • in its acquisition of William Charles Construction Group
    • in its acquisitions of Sajia and the ACC Companies
    • in multiple rounds of preferred investments by Oaktree Capital and Ares Management Corporation
  • Solus Alternative Asset Management in its acquisition of Jack Cooper Transport as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • AECOM in its $175 million acquisition of Shimmick Construction

Software, Media and Technology

  • H.I.G. Capital
    • in its acquisition of Ascent Global Logistics, a leading provider of technology-enabled, expedited logistics and supply chain solution services
    • in its acquisition of Mainline Information Systems, a designer of custom IT and hardware software solutions 
    • in its acquisition of RBmedia, a leading publisher in audiobooks and spoken content
    • in its sale of Trace3, a premier provider of IT solutions and services, to affiliates of American Securities
    • in its acquisition of Cleo Communications, an ecosystem integration software company
    • in its acquisition of Helpsystems from Summit Partners and subsequent sale to HGGC
    • in its acquisition via carve-out of Quicken, a personal and small business financial software maker, from Intuit
    • in its take private acquisition of NCI, an IT and professional services provider to government clients
    • in Lionbridge’s C$1.2 billion sale of its artificial intelligence business to TELUS International
  • Inmate Calling Solutions in acquiring certain telecom assets from CenturyLink Public Communications
  • Private investment fund in its acquisition of a significant interest in Global Cloud Xchange as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Oaktree Capital in multiple radio investments which were merged to form Townsquare Media, and subsequent initial public offering of Townsquare Media

Financial and Business Services

  • H.I.G. Capital in its carve-out acquisition of Buck Consultants from Conduent
  • Parthenon Capital
    • in its $580 million sale of H.D. Vest Financial Services to Blucora
    • in its initial growth investment in loanDepot, and subsequent initial public offering
    • in its take private acquisition of Coastal Credit, a specialized auto finance company
  • Värde Partners and J.C. Flowers & Co. in their joint acquisition of CitiFinancial Canada from Citigroup

Healthcare

  • H.I.G. Capital in its acquisition of Health eCommerce
  • Marlin Equity Partners in its investment in CE Broker
  • Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
    • in its acquisition of Therapeutic Research Center from Francisco Partners
    • in its acquisition of Genova Diagnostics
  • Private equity sponsor in its acquisition of a specialty pharmacy and infusion company
  • Tenex Capital and Roscoe Medical in the acquisition of Carex Health Brands
  • MTS Health Partners and Oaktree Capital in the sale of Senior Home Care to Kindred Healthcare

Industrials and Manufacturing

  • Neos Partners in its acquisition of MGM Transformer
  • Oaktree Capital
    • in its acquisition of LPW Group, a leading designer and manufacturer of critical-use valves, actuators, fittings, and flanges
    • in its acquisition of a minority interest in Jones Industrial Holdings
    • in its acquisition of Osmose Utilities Services, and subsequent sale, in two separate transactions, to Koppers and to Kohlberg & Company
  • Tenex Capital in its acquisition by international carve out of the machinery and tools business of Walter Meier AG of Switzerland and subsequent sale to Gamut Capital Management
  • Carlyle Group in its acquisition out of bankruptcy via credit bid of Metaldyne and subsequent sale to American Securities

Consumer and Retail Products

  • Tenex Capital in its investment in Oliver, a manufacturer of paper-based specialty packaging solutions
  • Petco Animal Supplies Stores in its acquisition of a controlling stake in its pet hospital joint venture with Thrive Pet Healthcare
  • J.C. Penney in its $1.75 billion sale of its operating assets to Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Golden Gate Capital in its $2.2 billion carve-out acquisition of the Red Lobster restaurant chain
  • Oaktree Capital in its acquisition of Quiksilver as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy, as well as its subsequent combination with Billabong International Limited
  • Things Remembered in its sale to Enesco as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Parthenon Capital in its acquisition of Envysion, a provider of video surveillance systems for retail businesses
  • Madison Dearborn Partners
    • in its $7.3 billion acquisition of CDW Corporation and subsequent public offering
    • in its acquisition of The Yankee Candle Company and subsequent $1.75 billion sale to Jarden Corporation
    • in its acquisition of Bolthouse Farms and subsequent $1.55 billion sale to Campbell Soup Co.

Tana is known for her work to further diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal industry, including through her mentoring efforts, participation as a diversity leader in D&I panels and speaking engagements, and development of initiatives designed to further inroads for historically underrepresented individuals in the legal community.

Prior to joining Weil, Tana was a partner at another international law firm.

Tana received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

*Matters noted above include those handled prior to joining Weil.

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