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Tara Newell is a partner in the M&A and Corporate Finance practice group.  Recognized for providing a practical, business oriented and solutions-based approach, she is regularly sought out to provide strategic advice to clients.  Tara counsels US and foreign-based public and private companies, including private equity funds, hedge funds and start-ups, on a wide range of topics, such as domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and strategic alliances, capital raises, corporate governance, compliance and general business matters.  Her clients operate in a variety of industries, including financial services and insurance, automotive insurance (F&I), financial technology, telecommunications, health and beauty, media and entertainment, outsourcing, real estate and technology.

Due to her breadth of experience in both buy and sell side work, as well as her work with both strategic and financial clients, Tara knows the issues and pressure points on both sides of the negotiating table and can navigate them efficiently and effectively.  Her goal is to partner with each client, whether a technology start-up or a Fortune 500 company.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Columbia Journal of European Law – Editor in Chief; Legislative Developments Editor
    • The Legal 500 United States 2017-2018: M&A: middle-market (SUB-$500M)
    • The Legal 500 United States 2017-2018: M&A: middle-market (SUB-$500M)
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Professional Affiliations

    • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • New York State Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association
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Representative Experience

F&I Industry

  • The stockholders of a privately held company that provides warranty products and related services to the automotive aftermarket in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer.
  • The stockholders of a privately held company that provides and administers vehicle service contracts, vehicle protection programs and related vehicle warranties offered primarily through automobile dealers in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer.
  • The stockholders of a privately held company that designs, markets and administers service contracts and warranties for new and used vehicles and acts as an agent for third party automotive finance and insurance vendors in the sale of the company to a financial buyer.
  • A privately held holding company in multiple roll-up acquisitions in the automotive finance and insurance (F&I) industry.
  • A privately held company that provides and administers vehicle service contracts, vehicle protection programs and related vehicle warranties in the sale of the company to a private equity portfolio company.

Telecommunications

  • MagicJack Vocal Tec Ltd. in its pending acquisition by B. Riley.
  • The special committee of the Board of Directors of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. in its merger with Comtech Telecommunications Corp. for $430.8 million.
  • Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. in its acquisition of CommAgility, Ltd.

Insurance

  • James River Group Holdings, Ltd., a holding company that operates property/casualty insurance companies that underwrite specialized insurance for business in the company's acquisitions and divestitures.

Real Estate Private Equity

  • A real estate opportunity fund in a joint venture for the development of a major hotel and gaming complex in Atlantic City.
  • A real estate opportunity fund in its acquisition of a hotel management company in Hawaii.

Consumer Products

  • Aderans Co. Ltd. in its $163.5 million acquisition of Hair Club, a leader in hair replacement services in North America.

Speaking Engagements

  • "Introduction to the M&A Process and Key Considerations," Strategic Steps for Growth initiative of New York City Mayor’s Office for Media & Entertainment, March 29, 2017
  • “Positioning Your Business for the Future,” Providers & Administrators Leadership Summit, August 30, 2016
  • “Tee It Up: Legal Issues to Consider When Starting Your Startup” – October 2013, May 2014, November 2014