Matthew Kautz

Partner, New York



Matthew Kautz is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at White & Case, based in the New York office.

Matthew represents buyers and sellers in domestic and international public and private transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and equity co-investments.

His practice is particularly focused on representing private equity firms with respect to the acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies, and on advising clients in transactions structured as competitive auctions.

Clients in public and private sector businesses also benefit from Matthew's counsel on general corporate matters, as well as on restructurings and corporate governance.

Bars and Courts
New York
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Yale University


Recent matters include the representation of:

CM Life Sciences III (NASDAQ: CMLT), a SPAC sponsored by affiliates of Casdin Capital, LLC and Corvex Management LP, in its US$3.65 billion business combination with EQRx, Inc.

CM Life Sciences II (NASDAQ: CMII), a SPAC sponsored by affiliates of Casdin Capital, LLC and Corvex Management LP, in its US$1.23 billion business combination with SomaLogic, Inc.

CM Life Sciences (NASDAQ: CMLF), a SPAC sponsored by affiliates of Casdin Capital, LLC and Corvex Management LP, in its US$2 billion business combination with Mount Sinai Genomics, Inc. d/b/a Sema4.

HighCape Capital Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: CAPA), a SPAC sponsored by HighCape Capital LP, a healthcare growth equity fund, in its US$1.46 billion business combination with Quantum-Si Incorporated, a pioneer in next generation semiconductor chip-based proteomics.

Quad-C Management, Inc. in numerous acquisitions, including its investments in AIT Worldwide Logistics; Engineered Fastener Company; IGH Investment Holdings; Joerns Healthcare LLC; McKissock LP; Network Hardware Resale; Pharm-Olam International Ltd.; Rainbow Early Education; The Wolf Holdings Organization, Inc.; VACO; and VMG Health.

Dominus Capital in its sale of On Campus Marketing, the largest provider of affinity programs for universities and colleges across the US; and in its investment in League Collegiate Outfitters, a college apparel company.

Fortis, Inc. (NYSE, TSX: FTS), Canada's largest publicly-owned distribution utility, in its US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC); its US$4.3 billion acquisition of UNS Energy Corporation; and its US$1.5 billion acquisition of CH Energy Group (the transaction, which marked Fortis' entry into the US market, was named "Energy Deal of the Year" by The M&A Advisor).

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).

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.

Quad-C Management, Inc. in various dispositions, including the sale of Balboa Water Group; Curvature; Durcon; Generation Brands; NuSil Technology and Vaco.

InterWrap Holdings Inc., a portfolio company of Quad-C Management, Inc. and a leading manufacturer of roofing underlayment and packaging materials, in its US$450 million sale to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Owens Corning.

Cloverhill Holdings, the indirect parent of Cloverhill Bakery and a portfolio company of Quad-C Management, in its US$700 million sale to Switzerland-based food group Aryzta AG.

Met invest, 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.

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 on its US$7.7 billion acquisition of Canadian steel producer IPSCO Inc.

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.

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer for Private Equity in the United States, Euromoney's Expert Guide, 2021

Recognized Individual for Private Equity Buyouts, Legal 500 USA, 2017