Matthew D. Graban

Partner

Cleveland
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Overview

Matt Graban focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions. He has extensive experience advising private and public companies and private equity firms, foreign and domestic, on all forms of transactions. In addition, Matt routinely counsels clients in connection with commercial and operational issues, agreements, and corporate governance matters, acting as principal outside general counsel for a number of privately held businesses. He also routinely represents companies and senior management teams in connection with employment agreements, equity-based compensation plans and severance arrangements, and advises high-net-worth individuals on complex issues under federal securities laws in connection with estate planning using publicly traded securities.

Matt is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Corporate Law. He is a member of the firm's Retirement Plan Investment Committee and the Cleveland office's Hiring Committee. Matt is also the Cleveland office's Business Group coordinator.

Select Experience

  • Represented a leading provider of integrated financial, operational and strategic services supporting independent staffing firms in its sale to a provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, human resources, retirement and insurance services.
  • Represented a company that develops and manufactures advanced automated shading systems in its sale to a U.S.-based subsidiary of a multibillion-dollar French company specializing in products and services in the electrical and digital building infrastructure industry.
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Experience

  • Represented a leading provider of integrated financial, operational and strategic services supporting independent staffing firms in its sale to a provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, human resources, retirement and insurance services.
  • Represented a company that develops and manufactures advanced automated shading systems in its sale to a U.S.-based subsidiary of a multibillion-dollar French company specializing in products and services in the electrical and digital building infrastructure industry.
  • Represented a leading software company in the enterprise content management industry in its acquisitions of the following: 
    • A software-as-a-service provider of solutions to automate electronic I-9 compliance, E-Verify and immigration case management processes for law firms and large employers.
    • A market-leading automated document, data capture and classification software provider. 
  • Represented a publicly traded provider of outsourcing solutions to the insurance industry in its acquisition of a software company.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 healthcare services company in its $320 million acquisition of a venture-capital-backed Silicon Valley medical device manufacturer and distributor.
  • Represented a distributor of industrial automation products and services in its acquisition of a similar company.
  • Represented various U.K.-based, private-equity-sponsored companies and a U.K. government agency in connection with U.S. aspects of foreign-based transactions. 
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer and its shareholders in the $270 million sale of the company to a publicly traded company. 
  • Represented private investors in the acquisition of a multichannel distributor of supplies, equipment and devices to the chiropractic, physical therapy and fitness markets. 
  • Represented a major garage door manufacturer in connection with its sale to the U.S.-based subsidiary of a Japanese conglomerate. 
  • Represented a market-leading custodian of retirement plan investments in alternative assets in its acquisitions of related businesses from regional banks. 
  • Represented a group of minority owners of a major distributor of healthcare-related supplies and equipment in connection with its sale to a group of private equity funds. 
  • Represented an aerospace manufacturer and its shareholder in the sale of the company to a private-equity-sponsored acquirer.   
  • Acted as lead outside M&A counsel to a publicly traded business services and insurance provider in connection with numerous acquisitions of accounting, employee benefits and other service businesses. 
  • Has represented private investors in minority investments in regional banks.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2014 to 2018)
    • Cleveland: Corporate Law

Memberships

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

Industries

Admissions

  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1997, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • B.S., University of Akron, 1994, summa cum laude