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Michael E. Ellis is a partner in the Corporate Department. He is a general corporate lawyer with a focus on public and private mergers and acquisitions and securities. He has participated in multiple buy- and sell-side representations in a variety of transaction structures, including tender offers, stock and asset purchases and sales, mergers and joint ventures.

Mike has represented public companies in their ongoing corporate and securities law matters, including providing advice on corporate governance matters and drafting various types of documents required to be filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, such as periodic reports and proxy statements.

Clients Mike regularly represents include Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., Henry Schein, Inc. and Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Representative public M&A transactions he has handled include:

  • C-III Capital Partners LLC in its $207 million acquisition of Resource America, Inc.
  • Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: IRC), a publicly traded REIT, in its $2.3 billion acquisition by DRA Advisors

  • Comtech Telecommunications Corp. in its $430.8 million acquisition of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. by way of tender offer

  • Celgene Corporation in its $7.2 billion acquisition of Receptos, Inc. by way of tender offer

  • Ascena Retail Group, Inc. in its $2 billion acquisition of ANN INC., owner of LOFT and Ann Taylor

  • Annie’s, Inc. in its $820 million sale to General Mills, Inc. by way of tender offer

  • American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. in its $11.2 billion acquisition of Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc., which followed its $9.7 billion withdrawn unsolicited offer to purchase Cole Credit Property Trust III, Inc.

  • American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. in its $2.2 billion acquisition of CapLease, Inc.

  • American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. in its acquisition of Cole Credit Property Trust, Inc. by way of tender offer

  • American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. (ARCP) and American Realty Capital Trust III, Inc. in their $2.2 billion merger and ARCP and American Realty Capital Trust IV, Inc. in their $3.1 billion merger

  • American Realty Capital Trust, Inc. (ARCT) in its $3 billion acquisition by Realty Income Corporation, including with respect to the contested solicitation resulting from activists who opposed the transaction

  • Ascena Retail Group, Inc. in its $890 million acquisition of Charming Shoppes, Inc., a specialty retailer for women's plus-size apparel and the parent company of Lane Bryant, Catherines Plus Sizes and Fashion Bug, by way of tender offer

  • Dress Barn, Inc., a leading national specialty apparel retailer, in its $412.7 million acquisition of Tween Brands, Inc., a specialty retailer for tween girls in the U.S. and internationally

  • United Industrial Corporation in its $1.1 billion sale to Textron Inc., which makes precision weapons, surveillance systems, complex intelligence and communications systems, aircraft control systems, specialty marine craft and armored vehicles for the defense, homeland security and aerospace markets, by way of tender offer

  • Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Audit Committee in the tender offer made by funds affiliated with Trian Partners for up to 40 million shares of Wendy’s/Arby’s