Carolyn J. Vardi | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Carolyn J. Vardi
Carolyn J. Vardi

Carolyn J. Vardi

Partner, New York

Overview

Carolyn Vardi is a partner in White & Case's M&A group, based in New York.

She has extensive experience representing buyers and sellers in public and private mergers and acquisitions, including joint ventures and equity co-investments.

Carolyn has built a significant and strong track record in the resolution of complex transactions for both corporate clients and domestic and international private equity funds.

As a mark of the esteem in which she is held in the private equity community, Carolyn was recently named "Best in Private Equity" in the US by Euromoney's Americas Women in Business Law Awards.

Carolyn founded and has been leading the Firm's "Private Equity and Finance Breakfast Series for Women", to support the development of young professionals in these industries.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, Columbia Law School
  • BA, Comparative Literature, Yale University, cum laude

Languages

  • English

Experience

Triton Partners in the acquisition of WernerCo, a Switzerland-based fully integrated international manufacturer and distributor of ladders, secure storage systems and light duty construction equipment.

Investcorp in its co-acquisition of CVC Capital Partners' ownership stake in AlixPartners.

Partners Group in its US$1 billion acquisition of PCI Pharma Services, a leading global provider of outsourced pharmaceutical services.

FRHI Holdings Limited (FRHI), Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia in the US$2.9 billion stock-and-cash sale of FRHI, the parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, to AccorHotels.

Harvest Partners in numerous transactions, including its recent investment in DTI, a portfolio company of OMERS Private Equity, to fund the US$1 billion acquisition of Epiq Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPIQ).

Quad-C Management, Inc. in numerous transactions, including the acquisition and subsequent sale of Worldwide Express, a leading global freight company.

Driven Brands, Inc., a portfolio company of Roark Capital Group and one of the leading franchisors in the automotive aftermarket, in its acquisition of 1-800-Radiator & A/C, one of the largest franchised automotive parts distributors in North America.

Global Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition of the principal holdings of Competitive Power Ventures.

Dominus Capital, L.P., a leading private equity firm, in its acquisition of Spectrum Corporation, a leading formulator, blender, packager and distributor of specialty lubricants to the outdoor power equipment, marine, recreational equipment and automotive aftermarkets.

Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), the largest publicly traded, independent wholesale power company in the United States as measured by power produced, in its US$1.57 billion sale of six power plants, located in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina and comprising 3,498 MW of combined-cycle generation capacity, to NatGen Southeast Power LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LS Power Equity Partners III.

Speaking Engagements

"Drafting Joint Venture Agreements", April 2014: New York County Lawyers’ Association, Panelist

"The Next Wave: Private Equity Funds in International Franchising", May 2012: 27th Annual IBA/IFA Joint Conference, Panelist

"M&A Dealmaking in Latin America", September 2011: Mergermarket, Panelist

Publications

  • Private equity in international franchising, International Journal of Franchising Law, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2013, (co-authored with James J. Goodman, Andrew P. Loewinger, Gilles Menguy and Ted P. Pearce)

Awards & Recognition

Named "Best in Private Equity" in the United States by Euromoney's Americas Women in Business Law Awards (2017)

Recommended for Private Equity in the United States by Legal 500 USA (2017)

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity in the United States—Euromoney's Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide (2016)

Listed as "Rising Star" for M&A by SuperLawyers Metro Edition (2012)

Named to "40 Under 40" list of outstanding lawyers, The M&A Advisor (2011)