Laurie A. Cerveny is an accomplished corporate, M&A, and securities lawyer. She has extensive experience counseling US and foreign issuers and their boards on mergers and acquisitions and the ongoing disclosure and reporting requirements of public companies, corporate governance matters, annual meeting and proxy-related issues, securities laws, SEC rules, stock exchange listing requirements, executive compensation, and various other matters affecting multinational public or private companies and their officers and directors. Laurie is the deputy practice leader of the firm's global M&A practice and a member of the firm's Advisory Board.
Laurie has a robust technology M&A practice, representing both public and private strategic buyers and sellers. She also has a significant cross-border practice and represents a number of dual-listed and foreign private issuers (FPIs) from Canada and other jurisdictions in securities, disclosure, and M&A matters, and represents foreign investors in their US interests. Laurie has experience helping her clients raise capital, including through IPOs, secondary offerings, and debt offerings.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Laurie was a partner in the corporate practice group at another international law firm.
Represented Iron Mountain in its $1.3 billion acquisition of the US operations of IO Data Centers
Represented Citrix Systems, Inc. in its acquisitions of ScaleXtreme, Zenprise, Cloud.com, ShareFile, Podio ApS, Byte Squared, Framehawk, Beetil Service Management, Skytide, RightSignature, Solid Instance, Grasshopper, Sanbolic, Unidesk, Virtual Solutions, Cedexis, and Sapho
Represented ADT in its acquisition of Red Hawk
Represented PTC Inc. in its acquisitions of Axeda Corporation, Servigistics, ColdLight, and Kepware
Represented Descartes Systems Group Inc. in its acquisitions of MK Data Services, Airclic, Telargo Inc., IES, Computer Management, Customs Info, BearWare, Oz, Inc., Datamyne, ShipRush, PCS Trac, Appterra, MacroPoint, Aljex, and Velocity Mail
Represented athenahealth in its acquisitions of Arsenal Health and Praxify Technologies
Represented Advance Publications in its acquisition of 1010data
Represented Shiseido Americas Corporation in its acquisitions of JWALK and Giaran
Represented Rhythm Pharmaceuticals in its $137 million initial public offering and $174 million follow on public offering
Represented Descartes Systems Group Inc. as United States counsel in its public offerings of common shares in the United States and Canada
Represented Sapient Corporation in its acquisitions of Second Story, La Comunidad, and OnPoint Consulting
Represented Decision Resources Group in its acquisition of Relay Technology
Represented Cognos Incorporated in its tender offer for Applix Inc.
Represented KAYAK Software Corporation in its sale to priceline.com Incorporated
Represented Acme Packet in its sale to Oracle
Represented Cognos Incorporated in it sale to IBM
Represented Highbury Financial Inc. in its sale to Affiliated Manager’s Group
Represented Emergent BioSolutions Inc. in its acquisition of Trubion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Represented Blackberry in its acquisitions of various US privately held companies
Represented Prospect Acquisition Corp. in its acquisition of Kennedy-Wilson Inc.
Citrix Systems, Inc.
The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
ATN International, Inc.
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Selective Insurance Group, Inc.
Shiseido Americas Corporation
Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Boston College Law School, 1996, J.D, cum laude
Marist College, 1990, B.A., summa cum laude
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Corporate/M&A, Massachusetts, Chambers USA (2017–2019)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: M&A: large deals ($1bn+), The Legal 500 US (2016–2019)
Recognized, Corporate Law, Boston,The Best Lawyers in America (2015–2020)
Recognized,Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Boston, The Best Lawyers in America (2013–2020)
Top Woman Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America (2016, 2017)
Recognized, Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2006–2007, 2013–2018)
Highly Regarded – State, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2020)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019)
Highly Regarded – State, IFLR1000 United States (2019)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 United States (2018)
Recognized, Acritas Star Lawyer (2017, 2018)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Boston Bar Association
Member, Women’s Bar Association
Editor-in-Chief, Boston College Law School Environmental Affairs Law Review