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DLA Piper

Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Private Equity


John Altorelli, Partner & Co-chair, U.S. Finance  

John Altorelli set his sights on the legal profession after serving six years in the United States Air Force managing large-scale construction projects. Since graduating summa cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University and earning the American Jurisprudence Award at Cornell Law School, he has established himself as “Wall Street’s leading corporate lawyer,” as noted in B Beyond, March 2013. He is known not only for his finesse in negotiating and closing multibillion-dollar, international deals but also for his extraordinary work ethic and commitment to fairness. In fact, he has a reputation for being hired by former opponents.

Altorelli employs his unique skill set and diverse background in advising clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, private equity, structured finance and corporate finance transactions. He represents private equity funds, financial institutions, hedge funds, venture capital funds, publicly traded companies, investment banks, entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and privately held companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, real estate, insurance, apparel, biosciences, software, Internet, media, energy and communications. He is admitted to the New York and Connecticut State Bar Associations, as well as being a member of the American Bar Association, and has been with DLA Piper since 2012.

Among his signature accomplishments in representative transactions are:

• Blackstone Group in the sale of Graham Packaging Co. to Reynolds Group Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at $4.5 billion (including assumed indebtedness)
• Bank of America in its sale of a portfolio of real estate assets to Blackstone Group and certain other strategic buyers. The portfolio consisted of over 20 properties and assets located in Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Serbia and the United States
• Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Five Mile Capital in the acquisition of GMAC Commercial Mortgage Holding Corp. (now Capmark Financial Group) for $8.8 billion in cash and assumption of debt

With his extensive experience in the financial services and private equity industry, it comes as no surprise that Altorelli has also served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Connecticut School of Law, edited the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, authored a legal article in The Computer and Internet Lawyer, and been invited to speak at numerous conferences worldwide.

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