Walt Holzer focuses on complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, recapitalizations, divestitures, venture capital and growth equity investing, and executive compensation. He has handled numerous transactions in a wide variety of industries for private equity, family office and strategic clients.

Praised by clients for his "pragmatic approach, business acumen and sector knowledge" and his "expertise…and commerciality" and "valuable understanding of the most important areas of a deal," Walt has been recognized for Private Equity Buyouts by The Legal 500 U.S. every year from 2008–2013, 2015–2016 and 2018–2019, and one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity by Chambers USA every year from 2009–2020. Walt has also been listed in PLC Which Lawyer?


Thought Leadership


Speaker, State of the M&A Market: An Update from the Front Lines, New York, NY (June 28, 2016)


Walt has been recognized as a leader in his field by:

  • International Financial Law Review (2019-2022) in the area of Private Equity: Buyouts;

  • Chambers USA (2009–2020) in the area of Corporate/M&A;

  • The Legal 500 U.S. (2008–2013, 2015–2016, 2018–2019) as highly recommended for private equity buyouts/middle market;

  • PLC Which Lawyer? (2010); and by

  • Super Lawyers as an "Ohio Rising Star" (2005 and 2006).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009, Illinois
  • 1995, Ohio (inactive)


  • Capital UniversityJ.D.magna cum laude1995

    Order of the Barristers

    Order of the Curia

    Associate Editor, Law Review

    National Moot Court Team

  • The Ohio State UniversityB.S.1991