Brian Smarsh is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at White & Case, based in the New York office. Brian represents clients from an array of industries in complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, auctions, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions and restructurings.
His significant track record and deep understanding of his field has attracted a broad client base, including acquirers, targets, boards of directors, special committees, investment banks and investors, both within the US and overseas.
Adept at steering clients through the legal intricacies of complex multijurisdictional transactions, Brian's significant experience spans a variety of negotiated and unsolicited public and private deals, across a wide array of industries.
His familiarity with the markets in which his clients operate – from entertainment to healthcare, finance to energy and utilities – gives Brian insight into the transactional issues particular to their industries, and helps him to execute deals quickly and effectively.
Brian's wide sector knowledge is matched by the international character of his practice experience. Having worked on a number of large-scale, cross-border projects, he is able to provide creative solutions to clients' business needs in territories across the globe.
Brian is listed as a "Leading Individual" for M&A in the United States by Euromoney (2020).
Brian received his BS and MBA from Georgetown University, and his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Recent matters include the representation of:
- Brookfield Asset Management as 50% equity investor with Digital Realty Trust in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of Ascenty from Great Hill Partners.
- CVC Capital Partners in numerous transactions, including in its majority investment in Vitech Systems Group; its US$1.425 billion acquisition of PDC Brands; its acquisition of OANDA Global Corporation; its US$1.8 billion acquisition of ConvergeOne Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVON); and its acquisition of a majority equity stake in UnitedLex.
- Mubadala Investment Company in the sale of XOJET to Vista Global Holding Limited.
- FCX Performance, Inc., a portfolio company of Harvest Partners, in its US$768 million sale to Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: AIT).