Christina Melendi has represented private equity firms and their portfolio companies for more than 20 years, providing strategic and structuring advice across a wide range of complex transactions. Christina focuses her private equity and corporate and securities practice on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies and public and private companies in complex mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, including divestitures, asset purchases, minority investments, and joint ventures. She also advises institutional and mezzanine investors in co-investment transactions with private equity sponsors and restructuring and workout transactions. Christina serves as a co-leader of the firm's global private equity practice and a member of the firm’s advisory board, and is a former leader of the firm’s retail and ecommerce industry team.
While Christina represents clients in investments across many industries, she has a strong focus on the retail and ecommerce, hospitality, financial services, and healthcare industries. She also represents asset management firms in M&A and investment transactions and frequently advises companies on corporate and governance matters.
Christina also assists companies to raise capital in the public markets, including initial public offerings and secondary offerings, and counsels clients on SEC reporting and securities law disclosures.
Freeman Spogli & Co. in its investment in EverVet Partners
A middle-market private equity fund in its investment in a transportation and logistics company
Freeman Spogli in the acquisition of US Med-Equip, and add-on acquisitions by US Med-Equip
Covington Capital Management in its sale to Cerity Partners
Green Garden Products in the sale of its business to Central Garden & Pet
Freeman Spogli in the acquisition of Five Star Food Service from PNC Riverarch, and several add-on acquisitions by Five Star Food Service
Kamps Pallets in its acquisition of Buckeye Diamond Logistics, Inc.
DentalOne Partners in its sale to Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners
Freeman Spogli in a minority investment in Brooklinen, Inc.
Freeman Spogli in its acquisition of Kamps Pallets
MicroStar Logistics cross-border acquisition of Kegstar
Freeman Spogli in its acquisition of Easy Ice
A lender group in connection with the recapitalization of a software development company
Institutional investors in the acquisition of a minority interest in a marketing and technology services company in the education space
An aquaculture company in its acquisition of shrimp farms in Latin America
A financial services organization in numerous co-investments transactions with equity sponsors across industries
Mezzanine investors advising on equity investments and restructurings in numerous transactions across industries
A global private equity fund in a co-investment transaction for an infrastructure project
First Watch Restaurants in its leveraged recapitalization
Plantation Products in its acquisition of several seed brands and plant supplement products
Freeman Spogli in its leveraged recapitalization of Batteries Plus Bulbs
Freeman Spogli in its acquisition of Café Rio Restaurants
Freeman Spogli in its acquisition of City Barbeque restaurants
Freeman Spogli in its minority investment in Osprey Packs
The Paradies Shops in its sale to Lagardère Travel Retail
Sponsors in the leveraged recapitalization of totes Isotoner Corporation
OM Asset Management Limited, a subsidiary of Old Mutual plc, in its initial public offering of securities and subsequent secondary offerings of securities
Silvercrest Asset Management Group Inc. in its initial public offering
Tempur Sealy International, Inc. in its acquisition of Sealy Corporation and its related high-yield debt financing
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2000, J.D.