Gitte J. Blanchet has 20 years of experience advising on corporate, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and securities transactions. She focuses her practice on M&A for companies from emerging businesses to large public corporations including carveouts, divestitures, and asset acquisitions. As the deputy leader of the firm’s Boston corporate practice, Gitte’s active corporate practice represents public and private corporations, investment management firms, and private equity and venture capital firms.
In addition to Gitte’s M&A experience, 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 representing both entrepreneurs and investors. She has worked across a broad range of industries including financial services, technology, life sciences, manufacturing, defense electronics, retail, and natural resources.
Gitte’s M.B.A in finance and economics offers clients a unique perspective than many other corporate lawyers, enabling her to provide practical business solutions.
Gitte is fluent in Danish.
Represented CloudBees Inc. in its acquisition of DeDoCo Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Rollout.io
Represented Curium in its acquisition of Zevacor Molecular from DMH Worldwide
Represented Virtus Partners in its sale of a majority stake to FIS
Represented Navient Solutions LLC in its asset sale, licensing, and services transaction with First Data Resources LLC
Represented CarGurus in connection with its initial public offering of Class A Common Stock
Represented Descartes Systems Group Inc. in its acquisitions of MK Data Services and Datamyne
Represented Oracle Corporation in its acquisitions of Corente, Vitrue, LiveLOOK, Maxymiser, Ravello Systems, Wercker Holding BV and Apiary Inc.
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 Sapient Corporation in its acquisitions of Second Story, Mphasize, La Comunidad and OnPoint Consulting
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 Denver Investments, an independent, employee-owned investment firm, in its sale to Segall Bryant & Hamill, LLC
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 CIT Group Inc. in connection with the sale of its student loan business to Nelnet Inc.
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 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 UBS Americas, Inc., in its investment in Bonds.com Group, Inc.
Represented Guggenheim Securities in its acquisition of LBBW Securities, LLC
Represented The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) in the sale of its US insurance agency business to US Insurance Services LLC
Represented Merck in its acquisition of Tilos Therapeutics
Represented Vets First Choice in its merger with the animal health business of Henry Schein Inc., which was spun off as a separate publicly traded company, Covetrus
Represented Replimune Group Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of common stock and listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and other public offerings
Represented MSD Capital and its portfolio company, DavCo Restaurants LLC, in the sale of substantially all of the assets used in the operation of 140 Wendy's restaurants in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
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 New Science Ventures, a venture capital company, in several portfolio investments
Represented Sierra Trading Post Inc. in its sale to the TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX) for $200 million
Represented Fidelity Investments in numerous venture capital financings of life sciences companies
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
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019, 2020)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 United States (2018)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Washington, DC Bar Association
Member, Association of Corporate Growth
Co-chair, Business Transactions Section, Boston Bar Association