Melissa A. Leonard

Partner

Cleveland
T 216.861.7986  |  F 216.696.0740

Melissa Leonard performs general corporate work for clients, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and finance work, with a focus on private equity clients. She has substantial experience in hedging transactions, as well as the documentation and negotiation of swap agreements. With the ability to execute deals as efficiently as possible, Melissa’s clients trust her to represent their interests and obtain the corporate results which they are seeking.

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  • Has served as outside general counsel for corporate client, assisting in matters that have included acquisitions, divestitures, financing, and capital formation. Represented client in sale of substantially all of its assets for approximately $80 million.
  • Routinely represents private equity firms in the financing of their acquisitions.
  • Was responsible for primary credit facilities of publicly-traded REIT. Assisted with its joint venture and acquisition/divestiture work.
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Experience

  • Has served as outside general counsel for corporate client, assisting in matters that have included acquisitions, divestitures, financing, and capital formation. Represented client in sale of substantially all of its assets for approximately $80 million.
  • Routinely represents private equity firms in the financing of their acquisitions.
  • Was responsible for primary credit facilities of publicly-traded REIT. Assisted with its joint venture and acquisition/divestiture work.
  • Member of team providing continued representation to professional services client in numerous acquisitions, including recent acquisitions of accounting, employee benefits, and other service businesses. Transactions include complex earn out strategies, issuance of client stock in consideration, and regulatory considerations.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA): Board of Trustees

Services

Admissions

  • Ohio, 1995

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1994, cum laude
  • B.S., Miami University, 1992, summa cum laude