Luke E. Laumann
Luke Laumann is a partner in the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. Mr. Laumann represents domestic and international buyers and sellers in private and public domestic, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private investments in a broad range of industries.
Luke is listed as a "Rising Star" for Private Equity in the United States by Euromoney (2020). He is also a recipient of a "40 under 40 Emerging Leaders Award" by The M&A Advisor (2018).
IFM Investors in (i) its US$10.3 billion take private of Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE: BPL), and (ii) the acquisition by IFM Global Infrastructure Fund, Vitol Group, and Vitol Investment Partnership II Ltd of Buckeye Partners LP's 50% equity interest in VTTI BV, the leading global independent provider of crude oil, refined product, and other petroleum storage, in consideration of cash proceeds of US$975 million.
Fortis Inc. (TSX: FTS), in (i) its US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) and its related US$1.2 billion partnership with GIC, a transaction which was named "Canada: M&A Deal of the Year" by AmLaw; (ii) its sale of ten hydroelectric facilities to Energy Ottawa; (iii) its US$4.3 billion acquisition of UNS Energy Corporation (NYSE:UNS); and (iv) its US$1.5 billion acquisition of CH Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: CHG), a transaction which was named "Energy Deal of the Year" by The M&A Advisor.
Quad-C Management, Inc. and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions, including: (i) the acquisitions of Boulder Scientific Company, AIT Worldwide, Pharm-Olam International, Rainbow Early Education, Inmark Packaging, VMG Health, Wolf Holdings Organization, Inc., C.S.U. Operations, McKissock, L.P., and Engineered Fastener Company; (ii) its merger-of-equals with WoundCo Holdings, Inc.; and (iii) its sale of Generation Brands, Rainbow Early Education and its interest in Asset Acceptance (NASDAQ: AACC).
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in numerous transactions, including: (i) the pending US$2.9 billion acquisition of Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB), (ii) the sale of Waste Industries, (iii) its investment in Aligned Energy Holdings, L.P., and (iv) its acquisition of BlueBird Network.
Global Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of Medallion Gathering & Processing, LLC, the owner of the largest, privately held crude oil transportation system in the Midland Basin of West Texas. The Energy & Minerals Group and Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) for a cash purchase price of US$1.825 billion plus additional cash consideration that is linked to GIP's realized profits at exit.
Roark and its portfolio company Arby's Restaurant Group in the US$2.9 billion take-private of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD).
Harvest Partners and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions, including: (i) the acquisitions of MRI Software, PRO Unlimited, VetCor and TruckPro; and (ii) its partnership with Omers Private Equity in the take-private of Epiq Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPIQ).
Dominus Capital and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions, including its investments in Surface Preparation Technologies, EMPG, L2 Brands, Cincinnati Fan, BluSky, SRP, HarBro, Intelliteach and W.F. Taylor.
AMP Capital in (i) the acquisition of Everstream Solutions LLC, a super-regional network service provider of fiber-based Ethernet, internet and data center solutions; and (ii) its 50-50 partnership with Invenergy on a portfolio of natural gas-fired power generation facilities.
Cobepa in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of BioAgilytix, a leading bioanalytical testing laboratory specializing in large molecule bioanalysis.
BlackRock and First Reserve in acquiring a 45 percent interest in two natural gas pipelines in Mexico from PMI, a unit of state-owned oil and gas company Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).
The Carlyle Group in its take-private of Blyth, Inc. (NYSE: BTH).
Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR) in its US$12.7 billion sale to CVS Health.
Riverstone Holdings LLC in numerous transactions, including in a credit bid for substantially all of the assets of Fairway Energy Partners, LLC and its affiliates, a Houston-based midstream oil storage business, in a Section 363 bankruptcy sale.
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited ("ICBC"), the largest commercial bank in China (and the largest bank in the world in terms of total market capitalization), in the acquisition of an 80 percent interest in The Bank of East Asia (USA). The transaction, which marks the first-ever acquisition of a US bank by a Chinese bank, was featured as one of the "Most Innovative M&A Transactions in the United States" by The Financial Times (2012). The transaction also received an "M&A Deal of the Year Award" by The M&A Advisor (2012) and Asian-MENA Counsel (2012) and was named "Outbound M&A Deal of the Year" by China Business Law Journal (2012).
Univar Inc., a portfolio company of private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC, in its acquisition of Magnablend Holdings, Inc., a custom chemical blending, manufacturing and packaging company.
Pilot Flying J, a portfolio company of private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum, Inc., a leading independent energy logistics company.
Classic Party Rentals in its sale of substantially all of its assets pursuant to a bankruptcy auction process.
Dynegy Inc. and (i) its subsidiaries in structuring and implementing an internal reorganization to align Dynegy's asset base to facilitate refinancing in the aggregate amount of US$1.7 billion for the CoalCo and the GasCo subsidiaries of Dynegy; (ii) with respect to the corporate aspects of the chapter 11 restructuring of approximately US$4 billion of debt obligations.
Manabi S.A., a Brazilian mining company, in its US$300 million second round private placement of Class B preferred shares.
Acumen Fund and Grameen Foundation in their quasi-equity in Juhudi Kilimo Company Limited, a Kenyan microfinance company providing loan products to smallholder farmers.
HudBay Minerals Inc. on its listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Rising Star for Private Equity in the United States, 2020
Recipient of a "40 under 40 Emerging Leaders Award", The M&A Advisor, 2018