Carolyn Vardi is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at White & Case, based in the New York office. She has extensive experience representing buyers and sellers in public and private mergers and acquisitions, including joint ventures and equity co-investments.
Carolyn has built a significant and strong track record in the resolution of complex transactions for both corporate clients and domestic and international private equity funds. Carolyn was named "Best in Private Equity" in the United States by Euromoney's Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2017. Carolyn is listed as a "Leading Individual" for both M&A and private equity by Euromoney and was also selected as one of the winners of the "40 Under 40 Awards" for legal advisors by The M&A Advisor in 2011. Carolyn founded and currently chairs White & Case's "Private Equity and Finance Breakfast Series for Women", to support the development of young professionals in these industries. Carolyn co-wrote the W&C report "Will economic pressures open private equity to more women?" which was highlighted on International Women's day in Bloomberg's article "Private Equity Has an Incentive to Prioritize Women." Carolyn was also interviewed on Bloomberg Radio to discuss her report and the topic of women in private equity overall.
Carolyn received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2001 and her B.A. in Comparative Literature cum laude from Yale University in 1998.
Recent matters include the representation of:
- Triton Partners in the acquisition of WernerCo, a Switzerland-based fully integrated international manufacturer and distributor of ladders, secure storage systems and light duty construction equipment.
- Roark Capital Group and its portfolio company Arby's Restaurant Group, in Arby's US$2.9 billion acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), an established international owner, operator and franchisor of quick-service restaurants.
- Investcorp, a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, in its majority investment in ICR, LLC, a leading strategic communications and advisory company. Partners Group in its US$1 billion acquisition of PCI Pharma Services, a leading global provider of outsourced pharmaceutical services.
- FRHI Holdings Limited (FRHI), Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia in the US$2.9 billion stock-and-cash sale of FRHI, the parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, to AccorHotels.
- Harvest Partners in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of The Dwyer Group; its recent investment in DTI, a portfolio company of OMERS Private Equity, to fund the US$1 billion acquisition of Epiq Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPIQ); its acquisition of Material Handling Services; and its acquisition of EyeCare Services Partners Holdings LLC.