Lou Barbieri has more than 10 years of experience representing private equity funds, portfolio companies, and other corporate clients in general corporate, investment and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. Lou’s practice is focused on the areas of business and finance. He regularly works with management teams in the technology (primarily SaaS software), healthcare, retail, manufacturing and supply chain industries, to enhance their business. He guides clients through complex operating regulatory landscapes and sophisticated transactions from formation to exit, including equity raises, borrowing financings and sale transactions.
Lou is co-founder with his wife of the Barbieri-Hunt Scholarship which provides annual scholarships to high school students for post-secondary education or work programs. He is a co-founder of the L.A.M.B. Foundation, a non-profit focused on leveraging community resources for families in need. Lou is a past Chairman of Rebuilding Together Atlanta, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, which mission is to revitalize homes of low income home owners in the Atlanta area, focusing on veterans and elderly residents.
Lou was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2023 and the six years immediately preceding for Mergers and Acquisitions Law. He was named a "Next Generation Partner" by Legal 500 US in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 for Mergers & Acquisitions.
Advised equity fund in multiple acquisitions of adult care facilities, including 27 adult care facilities in Michigan and multi-unit location in Louisiana.
Advised Transcend Services and J.A. Thomas Associates in separate sale transactions to buyer Nuance Communications, Inc.
Advise health kiosk provider in multiple equity financings and regulatory matters, including HIPAA/HITECH and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) matters.
SaaS Platform Businesses
Advised multiple clients (including bank, equity fund portfolio companies and founder clients) in separate M&A transactions in SaaS payroll and other human capital management (HCM)/employee benefit services industries.
Advised multiple national SaaS product providers in product development and risk associated matters, including data privacy and associated regulatory compliance.
Advised Xpanxion, LLC in its sale to UST Global Group.
Advised cloud-based IT Support/Data Center company in multiple acquisitions, equity and borrowing financings.
Advised Sunglass Warehouse, Inc. in its sale to Luxottica North America.
Advised Boxercraft founder in M&A exit transaction.
Advised equity fund in its acquisition of Brunswick Bowling Corporation.
Advised BMW car part manufacturer and supplier in multiple transactions.
Advised regional grocer in multiple acquisitions, including multi-unit regional grocery stores.
Advised Transus and its affiliated companies in multiple equity transactions and exit transaction.
Advised cloud-based supply chain management company in multiple equity financings.
Outside Legal Counsel to Multi-Billion Dollar Private Agribusiness principal matters include monetization and development of intellectual property portfolio through identifying patentable technologies and creation of trade secret protection policies and procedures. Technologies included applicable pesticides, planting formulas and development of crop management software. Also advised on IP protection in litigation matters.
Represented a FinTech software payroll and benefits company (and a portfolio company of an equity fund based in Menlo Park, California, with over $8 billion invested), in connection with its ongoing acquisition strategy.
Represented an operator of residential care facilities, in two separate acquisitions, doubling the number of states in which it operates.
Represented a publicly traded office supply and business services company, in connection with multiple mergers & acquisitions for its dealer roll-up strategy. These transactions serve as a significant growth strategy for the company.
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University of Florida Levin College of Law J.D. (2005) Recipient of the Irving Cypen Award
Stetson University B.A. (2002) magna cum laude
Florida Law Review, Member
State Bar of Georgia, Member
State Bar of Florida, Member
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