Laurie A. Cerveny is an accomplished mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and securities lawyer. She has 25 years of experience counseling US and foreign issuers and their boards on M&A 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. As these issues have become more complex in the era of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Laurie has been a trusted advisor to boards and management teams on the disclosure, cash management, and regulatory challenges they are facing daily.
Laurie has a robust technology M&A practice, representing both public and private strategic buyers and sellers, which includes divestitures and carve-outs. In addition, her clients can be found within the life sciences (pharmaceutical and biotech), security, energy and communications industries. 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.
Shiseido Americas Corporation in its $700 million sale of bareMinerals, BUXOM and Laura Mercier
Lightspeed Commerce in its $425 million acquisition of NuOrder
Lightspeed Commerce in its $430 million acquisition of Upserve
Lightspeed Commerce in its $500 million acquisition of Ecwid
Lightspeed Commerce in its $350 million acquisition of Vend Limited
Lightspeed Commerce in its $440 million acquisition of ShopKeep
Iron Mountain in its $1.3 billion acquisition of the US operations of IO Data Centers, and the $220 million sale of its Intellectual Property Management business to NCC Group
Iron Mountain in the $220 million sale of its Intellectual Property Management Business
Descartes Systems Group Inc. in its acquisitions of Portix Logistics Software, QuestaWeb, MK Data Services, Airclic, Telargo Inc., IES, Computer Management, Customs Info, BearWare, Oz, Inc., Datamyne, ShipRush, PCS Trac, Appterra, MacroPoint, Aljex, Velocity Mail, BestTransport.com, QuestaWeb and GreenMile
Merck in its $773 million acquisition of Tilos Therapeutics
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
ADT in its acquisition of Red Hawk
ADT in its acquisition of Ackerman Security System
PTC Inc. in its acquisitions of Arena Solutions, Axeda Corporation, Servigistics, ColdLight, and Kepware
athenahealth in its acquisitions of Arsenal Health and Praxify Technologies
Advance Publications in its acquisition of 1010data
Shiseido Americas Corporation in its acquisitions of JWALK and Giaran
Rhythm Pharmaceuticals in its $137 million initial public offering and its subsequent 2018 and 2019 follow on public offerings
Descartes Systems Group Inc. as United States counsel in its public offerings of common shares in the United States and Canada
Bright Horizons Family Solutions in its $250 public investment in private equity (PIPE)
KAYAK Software Corporation in its sale to priceline.com Incorporated
Acme Packet in its sale to Oracle
Cognos Incorporated in it sale to IBM
ATN International, Inc.
Becton Dickinson & Co.
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Citrix Systems, Inc.
Cyclerion Therapeutics, Inc.
The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Iron Mountain Incorporated
Lightspeed Commerce Inc.
Partners in Health
PC Tel Inc.
Selective Insurance Group, Inc.
Shiseido Americas Corporation
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
Boston College Law School, 1996, J.D, cum laude
Marist College, 1990, B.A., summa cum laude
Awards and Affiliations
Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2020)
Ranked, Corporate/M&A, Massachusetts, Chambers USA (2017–2021)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: M&A: large deals ($1bn+), The Legal 500 US (2016–2021)
Recognized, Corporate Law, Boston,The Best Lawyers in America (2015–2022)
Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Boston, The Best Lawyers in America (2013–2022)
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, 2021)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019)
Highly Regarded – State, IFLR1000 United States (2019, 2020)
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