Frederick Tanne, P.C. - Partner

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Frederick Tanne, P.C.

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New York
Phone: +1 212-446-4831
Fax: +1 212-446-4900
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Professional Profile

Frederick Tanne concentrates his practice on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions for private equity clients, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, going private transactions, spinoffs, formation of private equity funds, venture and growth capital investments, debt and equity financings, and restructurings and workouts, handling transactions which range in size from several million dollars to more than $1 billion. He regularly represents portfolio companies of private equity clients with respect to all their corporate needs including acquisitions and financings. He also represents public company clients in connection with their merger and acquisition activities.

Frederick has been a partner of the firm since 1991 and is a founder of the New York office.

He has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America as one of the premier practitioners in the Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law practice area. He was also endorsed by the ninth edition, 2012, of PLC Which Lawyer? Private Equity multi-jurisdictional guide, as well as selected as a “New York Super Lawyer” from 2012-2014 by Super Lawyers magazine.

Representative Matters

Leveraged Acquisitions

  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners III, L.P. in the acquisition of CP Power (approximately $500 million enterprise value) (power generation)

  • First Atlantic Capital in its acquisition of Captive Plastics, Inc. (approximately $100 million enterprise value) (plastic packaging)

  • Falconhead in the Acquisition of Escort Radar Detectors (approximately $100 million enterprise value) (consumer products)

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • General Motors in connection with the sale of 51% of GMAC (approximately $14 billion value) (financial services)

  • Coors in connection with merger of equals between Molson and Coors and the formation of Molson Coors Brewing Company ($6 billion value) (beer)

  • Barr Pharmaceuticals in connection with the acquisition of FEI Women’s Health ($281 million value) (pharmaceuticals)

Going Private Transactions

  • Fortress Investment Group in their attempted going‑private acquisition of Stelmar Shipping Ltd. (approximately $1.1 billion enterprise value) (shipping)

Portfolio Company Sales

  • Falconhead Capital in the sale of Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc. (approximately $110 million enterprise value) (telecommunications services)

  • Whitney & Co. in the sale of Compression Polymers Holdings LLC (approximately $350 million enterprise value) (building products)

  • Whitney & Co. in the sale of Brooks Sports, Inc. (approximately $115 million enterprise value) (sporting goods)

  • First Atlantic in the sale of Ranpak Corp. (approximately $400 million value) (packaging)

Fund Formations

  • FdG Capital Partners II LP in its formation of its $305 million middle‑market buyout fund

  • Sentinel Capital Partners III L.P. in the formation of its $319 million middle‑market buyout fund

  • Lincolnshire Management Inc. in the formation of its $415 million middle‑market buyout fund

  • Whitney & Co. in the formation of its $750 million middle‑market buyout fund

  • General Motors Pension Funds as lead investor in multiple funds (various asset classes)

Growth Capital Investments

  • Bear Stearns Merchant Banking in its $105 million investment in American Capital Access Holdings Ltd (financial services)


Speaker, "Private Equity & Venture Capital inBrazil Fund Manager Showcase," Kirkland & Ellis LLP, September 2012

Speaker, "Breakfast Seminar on Private Equity," Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, March 2012

Panelist, "Brazil Investment Summit USA 2011," October 2011

Panelist, "Private Equity: Fundraising in Brasil and Abroad - Key Terms and Conditions," Kirkland & Ellis co-sponsored with Motta, Fernandes Rocha - Avogados The Hotel Renaissance in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 2011

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