Michael de Gennaro represents domestic and international companies in all stages of development, private equity firms and entrepreneurs. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters across a broad range of industries, including transportation, education, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and financial services.  He represents clients in all phases of their business life cycle from start-up to sale of the company.

Mr. de Gennaro also has significant experience in project finance, public-private partnerships (P3 transactions) and government contracts transactions, including bid preparation, due diligence and contract negotiation for transportation procurements.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2004
  • City College of New York, B.A., 1994, summa cum laude


Representative Experience

  Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions

  • Represented the acquisitor of an SDVOSB in a merger and related acquisition financing.
  • Represented the seller in a sale of its membership interests to a government contractor, including negotiation of an earn-out component.
  • Represented a closely-held company in a sale of its pest control, food safety and quality assurance business to a publicly-traded company
  • Represented a government contractor in a sale of its health care services business to a strategic purchaser, including the negotiation of employment and independent contractor agreement
  • Represented a closely-held foreign manufacturing company in its bid to purchase assets from a domestic seller, including an extended auction process against a competing bidder
  • Represented a foreign media company in its first U.S. acquisition
  • Represented a healthcare services provider in the sale of its pharmacy business assets to a strategic purchaser
  • Represented target banks in their respective mergers with and into various regional banks and bank holding companies
  • Represented a services company in the sale of its fixed-route transportation services located in Florida
  • Represented a natural gas fleet fuel provider in its acquisition of Canadian assets
  • Represented a chemical company in its acquisition of stock, pipeline and related assets of a publicly-traded company, including the negotiation of an earn-out structure and transition services agreement

  General Corporate and Business Experience

  • Former General Counsel for the U.S. subsidiary of a well-known French public transportation company
  • Represented a public transit company and its affiliate in their successful joint venture bid to operate and maintain one of the leading commuter rail services in the U.S. 
  • Represented a West Coast-based transit company with respect to several fixed-route and paratransit transportation services procurements
  • Represented a government contractor in its restructuring and recapitalization, including the preparation of employee incentive compensation plans.
  • Represented a for-profit post-secondary education provider as its in-house corporate counsel
  • Represented an Italian publishing company in a U.S. joint venture transaction and related licensing matters
  • Represented a clean energy company in its project development loan and related matters in the Midwestern U.S. 
  • Represented lenders and borrowers with respect to revolving credit facilities and term loan agreements

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar presenter, "Plan Your Success - Top Corporate Considerations for Business Owners" Apr. 26, 2017 (with Dana Livne)
  • Webinar Presenter, "Financing Growth for Federal Government Contractors," Mar. 21, 2017 & Mar. 28, 2017 (with John Shoraka, PilieroMazza Advisory Services, LLC and Live Oak Bank)
  • Presenter, "Protecting Your Small Business Status: JVs, Restructuring & Diversifying," National HUBZone Conference, Oct. 13, 2016 (with Jon Williams)


  • "Choosing the Right Advisor for Your Strategic Transaction," Set-Aside Alert, Mar. 17, 2017 (with John Shoraka, PilieroMazza Advisory Services, LLC)
  • "M&A Transactions with Government Contractors," Set-Aside Alert, Oct. 21, 2016
  •  “The ‘Public Trust’ Servitude: Creating a Policy-based Paradigm for Copyright Dispute Resolution and Enforcement,” 37, Texas Tech Law Review, 1131-1171 (Summer 2005)
  • “Oil Pollution Liability and Control Under International Maritime Law: Market Incentives as an Alternative to Government Regulation,” 37, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 265-298 (January 2004)


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