Working with companies and individuals to structure and execute successful deals and investment vehicles—acquisitions and dispositions, debt and equity offerings, and investment funds—Matthew Ertman brings certainty and efficiency to the transactions he leads. His clients value his ability to identify and eliminate problems that generate unnecessary risk.
Matt helps his clients – both sponsors and investors – form and capitalize a variety of investment funds, from private equity, hedge, and debt funds, to those structured as impact, venture capital, and more. Recent funds exceed multiple billions of dollars and cover sectors including technology, real estate, opportunity zones, and entertainment.
As the regulatory environment governing investment funds becomes increasingly complex, Matt ensures that his fund adviser clients are in compliance with both federal and state rules regarding notice filings, registration, and investment advisor licensing requirements.
Corporate and middle-market clients engage Matt for a variety of M&A deals. Recently, he represented a client in the successful acquisition of a NBA team.
Additional deals include representing an entertainment investment fund’s purchase of a 50 percent interest in one of the largest syndicated television franchises from Goldman Sachs; advising the selling shareholders of a technology company in a merger with Twitter; representing the purchaser of an action sports television channel; representing the purchaser of several ski resort companies; representing the seller of an airplane tire distributor; representing the seller of a specialty oil manufacturer; and representing the shareholders of an electronic gaming company in the sale of the business to Sega Holdings USA.
Matt helps companies of all sizes raise money to fund investments, make acquisitions, and finance operations. Among notable deals, he assisted a publicly-held biotechnology company on two separate Private Investment in Public Equity (PIPE) offerings; counseled the underwriter in a $358 million secondary public offering of securities for a global supplier of lasers, optics, and components; and advised an online mortgage company in a $150 million credit facility from JPMorgan.
In real estate finance matters, Matthew has vast experience in equity offerings for the acquisition of commercial, industrial, hospitality, student housing, and residential projects.
Companies seek out Matt’s leadership in handling their significant commercial transactions. His counsel extends to enterprises whose activities touch and cross foreign borders. Most notably, he represented a top auto manufacturer in a complex agreement with another auto company to build their cars in Mexico. He represented his auto manufacturing client in the negotiation of logistics and shipping agreements relating to shipping the cars across the U.S. border and producing and supplying parts, among other critical contracts.
Matt is the director of the firm’s Corporate and Finance Group and the co-chair of the firm’s Investment Management Group.