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Rich Cicchillo chairs Kilpatrick Townsend’s Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions practices, and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Cicchillo advises mid-market and large-cap companies in domestic and international acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and other strategic transactions. Understanding how a transaction fits into the client’s business plan enables him to pragmatically identify and mitigate transaction-related risks and increase the likelihood that the transaction is not only efficiently and cost-effectively completed, but that it also ultimately achieves the client’s business objectives. That kind of understanding requires a long-term investment in getting to know each client’s business. Mr. Cicchillo has been a trusted advisor to most of his clients for over a decade, and is a frequent participant in internal client training programs.

Mr. Cicchillo regularly advises equity funds and companies from French-speaking countries in connection with their U.S. business operations and M&A activities. Comfortable working in English or French, Mr. Cicchillo is certified in commercial and business French by La Chambre de commerce et de l'industrie de Paris), he is familiar with key differences between the French and U.S. legal systems and business practices, and can act as a “cultural” translator between French-speaking companies and their U.S. counterparts.

Mr. Cicchillo has been repeatedly honored in The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA, Legal 500 U.S., Georgia Trend, and Super Lawyers. He is AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

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Experience

Represented CRH plc, the international building materials group, in the disposition of its Americas Distribution division to Beacon Roofing Supply for $2.63 billion, and its acquisition of Ash Grove Cement Company, a leading U.S. cement manufacturer for $3.5 billion.

Represented American Tower Corporation in cell tower portfolio acquisitions and leasebacks throughout Latin America.

Advised In’Tech Medical, a portfolio company of French equity fund, Eurazeo PME, in its acquisitions of Turner Medical and Bradshaw Medical, U.S. manufacturers of orthopedic and spinal devices.

Advised Oldcastle Infrastructure, Inc., an industry leader in engineered building solutions, including pipe, precast, storm water, enclosure, and building accessory products, in the acquisition of Torrent Resources, maker of the Maxwell® drywell, from a private equity group led by Long Point Capital. Also represented Oldcastle Infrastructure in its acquisitions of Granite Precasting & Concrete, a Washington-based manufacturer of water management and utility solutions, and Suntree Technologies, a Florida-based manufacturer of proprietary storm water treatment products.

Advised Orolia Holdings SAS, in its acquisition of Talen-X, a U.S. manufacturer of global positioning equipment, and the divestiture of Orolia’s global satellite search and rescue (SARSAT) business to a management buyout group.

Represented Questel, a portfolio company of IK Investments, in its acquisition of MultiLing, a U.S.-based, international provider of legal translation services in the IP space.

Represented SiteOne Landscape Supply in over 30 acquisitions of nursery, landscape and hardscape distribution businesses across North America.

Represented Oldcastle Building Products, North America’s largest manufacturer of masonry and hardscape products, and second largest manufacturer of dry mix and lawn and garden products, in its acquisition of the Eagle Bay hardscapes product line, Buckeye Resources, an Ohio-based soil and mulch manufacturer, and Abbotsford Concrete Products, a hardscapes leader in western Canada.

Represented a Finnish pulp and paper and mining equipment manufacturer in the sale of a drilling equipment business, including facilities in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Indonesia.

Represented OFI Private Equity of Paris, France, and its portfolio company, Siem Supranite, in their leveraged acquisition of The Flexitallic Group, Inc., a U.S. and U.K.-based manufacturer of gaskets and sealing solutions for high-intensity, industrial environments from Cravey, Green & Wahlen.

Represented an international manufacturer in the sale of its gas fittings business, including operations in the United States, France and Mexico. In connection with this disposition, represented our client in the buy-out of a joint venture partner in Mexico.

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Education

Harvard University, J.D. (1993) magna cum laude

New York University Institute for French Studies, M.A. (1990)

Georgetown University, BSFS (1989) summa cum laude

Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (1988)

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Admissions

Georgia (1994)

Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - Ed Carnes

Professional & Community Activities

Harvard Law Review, Editor, Volume 106

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Member

Director, Past President and Reading Mentor, Everybody Wins! Atlanta

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