Peter H. Lieberman

Peter H. Lieberman


Peter H. Lieberman is Co-Chair of the Global Corporate Practice. He has more than 20 years of broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public company and hedge fund transactions, start-up and venture capital financings, and complex securities trading and structuring matters. Peter brings to his work a diverse transactional background and trained at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he was involved in both hostile and negotiated transactions (including proxy contests and the implementation of takeover defenses).


  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Hedge fund (including PIPE) transactions and securities trading and hedging compliance
  • Securities and corporate matters and structuring
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  • Represented Arlington Capital in its acquisition and subsequent sale of Micron Technologies, a leading global provider of particle size engineering technologies for bioavailability enhancement of pharmaceuticals.
  • Represented Arlington Capital in its acquisition of Ontario Systems, a market leading provider of revenue cycle management (RCM) software and solutions to health care providers, outsourced RCM and accounts receivable management firms, and government clients.
  • Represented Brentwood Associates in its acquisition, and subsequent sale, of iconic American shoemaker Allen Edmonds Corporation.
  • Represented Brentwood Associates in its partnership with Z Gallerie, a leading multi-channel lifestyle retailer.
  • Represented Rotunda Capital Partners LLC in its investment in StreetShares Inc., a leading provider of small business loans and government contract financing for businesses owned by members of the military and veterans’ community.
  • Represented Rotunda Capital Partners in the acquisition of IF&P Foods, a leading distributor of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other essential produce items to grocers and retailers in more than 14 Midwestern states.
  • Represented Washington Equity Partners in its investment in Arc Drilling, LLC, a provider of electrical discharge machining solutions to the industrial gas turbine and aerospace engine markets.
  • Represented MidCap Financial, a leading health care-oriented commercial finance company focused on the middle market in the United States, in its formation transaction with affiliates of leading private equity funds, and then its subsequent acquisition by an entity managed by Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading global investment manager.
  • Represented Founders Brewing Co., one of the nation’s leading craft brewers, in its partnership with, and 30% minority investment by, Mahou San Miguel, Spain’s leading brewer for 125 years and which is 100% family owned.
  • Represented Jarden Corporation in its acquisition of Yankee Candle Company, the leading scented-candle maker which owns and operates more than 560 retail stores in the U.S. and Canada and sells its products in over 35,000 retail locations.
  • Key member of hedge fund investor representation team that handled approximately 350 PIPE and similar transactions from 2004 to 2014.
  • Represented certain members of senior management of DoubleClick in the buyout of the Company by leading PE firm Hellman & Friedman, and in subsequent relationship with Google following its acquisition of DoubleClick.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2010-2018
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2007-2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2006-2010, 2014-2018
  • Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2005-2018
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States , 2016
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Award for “Private Equity Turnaround of the Year” for the Chapter 11 reorganization and acquisition of American Laser Skincare LLC, 2012
  • Selected, Winning Deal Team - Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Over $100mm), 2011 Turnaround Awards, The M&A Advisor, 2011
  • Listed, "Forty Under Forty," Crain's Chicago Business, 2000
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law


  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1988
    • Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • Master's in Public Policy, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1988
  • A.B., University of Michigan, 1984
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Angell Scholar
  • Illinois
  • New York