Matthew Kautz | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Matthew Kautz
Matthew Kautz

Matthew Kautz

Partner, New York

Matthew Kautz advised on the US$1.5 billion acquisition of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation by Fortis Inc., rated at the 2013 M&A Advisors Summit as the “Energy deal of the Year.”

Overview

For buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions and participants in joint ventures and equity co-investments, Matthew offers far-reaching experience that crosses industries and geographies. He steers clients through the complexities of high-stakes transactions towards the best possible outcomes.

He brings his practical legal know-how to private equity firms involved in acquisitions and disposals of portfolio companies. Clients in public and private sector businesses also benefit from his counsel on general corporate matters, as well as on restructurings and corporate governance.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • BA, Yale University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Fortis Inc., 2016

Matt advised Fortis Inc. (TSX: FTS), Canada's largest publicly-owned distribution utility, in its pending US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC), an electric transmission company operating in the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions.

Global Infrastructure Partners, 2015

Matthew represented Global Infrastructure Partners in its entrance into a strategic joint venture with Hess Corporation through the US$2.675 billion acquisition of a 50 percent interest in the owner of Hess's midstream crude oil and natural gas infrastructure assets located primarily in the Bakken Shale.

Fortis Inc., 2014

Matthew advised Fortis Inc., in its US$4.3 billion acquisition of UNS Energy Corporation.

BlackRock and First Reserve, 2015

Matthew worked as part of the team of the Firm's lawyers representing BlackRock and First Reserve in acquiring 45 percent interest in two natural gas pipelines in Mexico from PMI, a unit of state-owned oil and gas company Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).

Quad-C Management, Inc., 2013 and ongoing

Working on multiple transactions for this private equity firm, Matthew oversaw the investment in VMG Health, the acquisition of The Wolf Holdings Organization, Inc., the acquisition of Network Hardware Resale; the acquisition of Engineered Fastener Company; the sale of Balboa Water Group; the sale of the controlling interest in Durcon Incorporated; the sale of the controlling interest in NuSil Technology; the acquisition of Joerns Healthcare LLC; the acquisition of VACO; and the acquisition of McKissock LP.

Fortis Inc., 2013

Matthew represented Fortis Inc. in its US$1.5 billion acquisition of New York-based CH Energy Group Inc. The transaction, which signals Fortis' first entry into the US-regulated electric and gas utility marketplace, was named "Energy Deal of the Year" at the 2013 M&A Advisors Summit.

InterWrap Holdings Inc., 2016

Matt advised InterWrap Holdings Inc., a leading manufacturer of roofing underlayment and packaging materials, in the US$450 million sale to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Owens Corning.

Cloverhill Holdings, LLC, 2013

Matthew represented Cloverhill Holdings, indirect parent of Cloverhill Bakery, in its US$700 million sale to Switzerland-based food group Aryzta AG.

IDG Capital Partners, 2013

Matthew represented China-focused investment firm IDG Capital Partners in its auction bid to acquire Juicy Couture from Kate Spade & Company (formerly known as Fifth and Pacific Companies, Inc.).

Metinvest, B.V., 2010

Matthew advised Metinvest, B.V, the subsidiary of a privately-held Ukrainian conglomerate, in its acquisition of United Coal Company LLC, a coal producer with significant operations and reserves in the Central Appalachian region of the United States.

Svenskt Stål AB (SSAB), 2008

Matthew represented SSAB in its US$4.038 billion sale of four subsidiaries to Evraz Group, S.A., one of the world's largest vertically integrated steel and mining businesses. Matthew previously advised SSAB in its US$7.7 billion acquisition of Canadian steel producer IPSCO Inc.

WellPoint, Inc., 2005

Matthew advised WellPoint, the leading health benefits company in the US, in its US$6.5 billion acquisition of WellChoice, Inc., the largest health insurer in New York and the parent company of Empire BlueCross BlueShield.

Harvest Partners, Inc., 2003

Matthew represented private equity firm Harvest Partners, Inc. in its acquisition of Associated Materials Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and other exterior residential building products.

Publications

  • Chapter on "Important Tools in Distressed M&A Transactions", M&A Strategies for Bankruptcy and Distressed Companies — Leading Lawyers on Asset Valuation, Deal Structure and Risk Management, January 2009, (co-author, with John M. Reiss, Thomas E Lauria and Gerard H. Uzzi)