Gitte J. Blanchet has more than 16 years of experience as a corporate, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and securities lawyer. Gitte focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions for companies from emerging businesses to large public corporations. Gitte has an active corporate practice representing public and private corporations, investment management firms, and private equity and venture capital firms.
While a good portion of Gitte’s experience is in M&A, she also has deep experience in capital markets and securities offerings and restructurings, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance and corporate governance, joint ventures, and venture capital investment. She has also worked across a broad range of industries, and including financial services, technology, life sciences, manufacturing, defense electronics, and natural resources.
Gitte’s M.B.A in finance and economics helps her think through issues from a different perspective than many other corporate lawyers, enabling her to provide practical business solutions.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Gitte was a senior corporate associate at another international law firm.
Gitte is fluent in Danish.
Represented Descartes Systems Group Inc. in its acquisitions of MK Data Services and Datamyne
Represented Conning®, a leading global insurance asset management firm, in connection with its acquisition of Octagon Credit Investors, LLC, a manager of specialized credit asset classes with expertise in collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), bank loans and high yield bonds
Represented Raytheon Company in its joint venture with Vista Equity Partners
Represented Mercury Systems in its acquisitions of the embedded security, RF and Microwave, and custom microelectronics businesses of Microsemi Corporation and of Lewis Innovative Technologies Inc.
Represented Raytheon Company in its $600 million debt offering
Represented Consilience Software, Inc. in its sale to Xerox
Represented Affinnova, Inc. in its sale to Nielsen
Represented abeo Management Corporation in several acquisitions
Represented CIT Group Inc. in connection with the sale of its student loan business to Nelnet Inc.
Represented Sapient Corporation in its acquisitions of Second Story, Mphasize, La Comunidad and OnPoint Consulting
Represented Tempur-Pedic International Inc. in its $1.35 billion leveraged acquisition of Sealy Corporation
Represented Hancock Natural Resource Group in the acquisition of 1.9 million acres of timberlands in five states by investors advised by Hancock Natural Resource Group and the Molpus Woodlands Group from Forest Capital Partners
Represented Oracle Corporation in its acquisitions of Corente, Vitrue, LiveLOOK, Maxymiser and Ravello Systems
Represented Sierra Trading Post Inc. in its sale to the TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX) for $200 million
Represented The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) in the sale of its US insurance agency business to US Insurance Services LLC
Represented Fidelity Investments in connection with the creation of a strategic alliance between Fidelity Investments and BlackRock, Inc. relating to a range of ETF initiatives
Represented Fidelity Investments’ institutional segment in connection with the extension and broadening of a services collaboration agreement with SunGard to provide a joint solution for mutual fund processing
Represented Fidelity Investments in numerous venture capital financings
Represented SCS Financial Services LLC, a registered investment adviser, in the sale of a minority equity interest to an affiliate of Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm
Represented Old Mutual Asset Management in the sale of selected assets of its US mutual fund business to Touchstone Advisors
Represented New Science Ventures, a venture capital company, in several portfolio investments
Represented Ayer Capital in several portfolio investments
Represented Evergreen Solar, Inc., in its convertible debt exchange offer
Represented Kayak Software Corporation in its acquisition of SideStep, Inc.
Represented Honeywell International Inc. and several other companies in various joint venture transactions
Represented UBS Americas, Inc., in its investment in Bonds.com Group, Inc.
Represented Guggenheim Securities in its acquisition of LBBW Securities, LLC
Case Western Reserve University, 2000, Master of Business Administration
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2000, Juris Doctor
Miami University, 1996, Bachelor of Science, Business