Bartley J. Breinin

Member | New York

Bartley J. Breinin concentrates his practice in business law and has served as both outside and in-house counsel for large and small companies, professional and financial services organizations, and private equity and venture capital firms. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and has advised on hundreds of domestic and international deals, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances and reorganizations.

Bart is proficient in a variety of corporate and commercial practice areas, and serves clients across industries including investment banking, accounting, management and technology consulting, private equity and retail.

Working as an in-house legal advisor as well as in private practice has given Bart a unique perspective, allowing him to take a hands-on approach to transactions, maintain a flexible negotiation style, and focus on creative solutions. He is experienced in structuring deals; drafting and negotiating non-disclosure agreements, term sheets, and letters of intent; coordinating due diligence as well as tax, employment, and other areas requiring specialized legal advice; addressing regulatory requirements; negotiating, drafting and reviewing definitive agreements; and working closely with integration teams to prepare for closing and post-closing transition.

Additionally, Bart has broad legal experience, enabling him to provide strategic counsel to clients on issues including entity structuring and formation, securities and financing transactions, executive and employment matters, governance and policy, regulatory issues, licensing, outsourcing, data protection, procurement, and other complex commercial matters. Clients rely on Bart for his experience and practical approach.

Bart has guest lectured at New York University School of Law on best practices in M&A, providing both in-house and outside counsel perspective on successful transactional counseling; and at several symposia sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and the New York Technology Alliance.

Bart served as a Managing Director/Office of the General Counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 16 years, where he advised on more than 50 U.S. and international M&A transactions, investment banking matters for the firm’s broker-dealer, finance, complex procurements, cross-border privacy, governance, partnership, and general corporate matters. Bart’s in-house experience has allowed him to act as a virtual inside counsel for various clients of his legal practice.

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  • “M&A Panel, Every Contract is a Litigation Waiting to Happen,” NYCBA, New York, NY, May 13, 2019
  • “Long-Range Planning for the Successful Sale of a Company,” New York Technology Alliance, New York, NY, June 26, 2018
  • “M&A from the In-House Counsel’s Perspective,” New York University School of Law, New York, NY, February 15, 2018
  • “M&A for In-House Counsel,” 2017 Corporate Counsel Symposium, NYCBA, New York, NY, December 1, 2017
  • “M&A in the Professional Services Industry,” New York University School of Law, New York, NY, February 27, 2017

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