Sheryl Orr counsels clients in the structuring and negotiation of US and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, carve-out transactions, joint ventures, complex internal reorganizations, and other strategic business transactions. Sheryl’s experience representing both strategic and financial buyers and sellers in the financial services and life sciences industries enables her to help her clients successfully achieve their business goals while navigating and solving structuring issues, any regulatory approval landscape and potential customer, employee and third party consents. She is the co-leader of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice and is a co-leader of the firm’s technology industry team.
Her clients include broker-dealers, investment advisers, asset managers, trust companies, and other financial institutions, as well as both branded and generic pharmaceutical companies and private equity firms. Sheryl serves on the firm’s ML Women steering committee.
GreenAcreage Real Estate in its merger with NewLake Capital Partners. The companies are investment vehicles focused on acquiring a diversified real estate portfolio of industrial and retail properties leased to high-quality companies in the cannabis industry
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. in the acquisition of UHP Networks Inc., a provider of innovative and disruptive satellite ground station technology solutions
Perrigo Company in its $113 million acquisition of the oral care assets of High Ridge Brands
Harvest Fund Advisors and its shareholders in connection with the sale of Harvest Fund Advisors to Blackstone
Perrigo Company in the sale of its active pharmaceutical ingredient business to SK Capital
Jackson National Life Insurance Co.’s sale of the National Planning Holdings independent broker-dealer network, consisting of INVEST Financial Corporation, Investment Centers of America, Inc., National Planning Corporation and SII Investments, Inc., to LPL Financial LLC
Ares Capital and Golub Capital, and their portfolio company, Champion Parent Corp., in the sale of Champion Parent’s subsidiary, Competitor Group Inc.
Jefferies in its investment in a consortium entity alongside three other private equity funds, and in its purchase, through the consortium entity, of up to $5 billion in loans from Prosper Marketplace
Mitsui in its 20% investment in CIM, a full-service U.S. urban real estate and investment fund management firm
Leucadia National Corp. in its investment in Gerchen Keller Capital and its subsequent sale of its interest in Gerchen Keller Capital LLC as part of the sale of Gerchen Keller Capital to Buford Capital Ltd.
Leucadia National Corp. in the sale of its subsidiary, Conwed Plastics, to Schweitzer-Manduit International Inc.
Merck in the sale of its ophthalmics business
Merck in Merck Animal Health's acquisition of Harrisvaccines
Jefferies in its $10 billion merger of equals with Leucadia National Corporation
Perrigo in its $380 million acquisition of US rights of Entocort from AstraZeneca
Leucadia in a real estate joint venture with entrepreneur and private equity investor Henry Silverman
Leucadia in its agreement to acquire ITG Investment Research LLC from Investment Technology Group
Perrigo Company in its acquisition of a portfolio of generic dosage forms and strengths of Retin-A from Matawan Pharmaceuticals
MetLife in its sale of independent broker-dealer affiliates Tower Square Securities and Walnut Street Securities to Cetera Financial Group
Perrigo Company in its $160 million acquisition of leading companion pet health product company Velcera
Pearson plc in its $650 million acquisition of EmbanetCompass, a provider of online learning services for nonprofit academic institutions
Perrigo Company in its approximately $285 million acquisition of Sergeant's Pet Care Products Inc.
Wells Fargo Securities in its acquisition of Merlin Securities, LLC
Apollo Management and portfolio company Sprouts Farmers Market in its acquisition of Sunflower Farmers Market
Perrigo Company in its $540 million acquisition of Paddock Laboratories
Jefferies in its $438 million acquisition of Prudential Bache's Global Commodities Group
Apollo Management in its acquisition of Sprouts Farmers Market
Perrigo Company in its $808 million acquisition of PBM Products
Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company in its acquisition of certain retirement accounts for which Union Bank of California, N.A. performed trustee, recordkeeping, and other back-office services
Primus Guaranty, Ltd. in its acquisition of the $25B CDO/CLO fund management business of CypressTree Investment Management, LLP
Jefferies in its acquisition of Depfa Albany Securities
Fincantieri-Cantieri Italiani S.p.A. in its joint venture with Lockheed Martin Corporation and the acquisition of Manitowac Marine Group
Deutsche Börse AG in its $2.8 billion acquisition of the International Securities Exchange
TD Ameritrade in its $325 million acquisition of Fiserv's Investment Support Services (ISS) business.
College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 2001, J.D.
Hood College, 1994, B.A.
Cottey College, 1992, A.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: M&A: large deals ($1bn+), The Legal 500 US (2020, 2021)
Recommended, Media, technology and telecoms: Fintech, The Legal 500 US (2020, 2021)
Ranked, Corporate/M&A, New York, Chambers USA (2019)
Rising Star, Mergers & Acquisitions, New York, Super Lawyers (2011–2013)
Editor-in-chief, College of William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law