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.
Matthew represented 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.
Matthew represented 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.
Matthew represented 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).
Matthew represented 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).
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.
Matthew represented HgCapital in its investment in Mitratech, a leading global provider of legal, risk and compliance software.
Matthew represented Quad-C Management, Inc. in various dispositions, including the sale of Balboa Water Group; Curvature; Durcon; Generation Brands; NuSil Technology and Vaco.
Matthew represented 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.
Matthew represented 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.
Matthew represented 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.
Co-author, "Private Equity Funds Held Liable for Pension Obligations of a Portfolio Company," White & Case Client Alert (with Henrik Patel, Carolyn Vardi and Victoria Rosamond), April 2016.
Co-author, the chapter on "Important Tools in Distressed M&A Transactions" for the book, M&A Strategies for Bankruptcy and Distressed Companies — Leading Lawyers on Asset Valuation, Deal Structure, and Risk Management, January 2009 (with John M. Reiss, Thomas E Lauria and Gerard H. Uzzi)
Leading Lawyer for Private Equity in the United States, Euromoney's Expert Guide, 2018
Recognized Individual for Private Equity Buyouts, Legal 500 USA (2017)