Matthew J. Guanci Jr.


  • Overview


    Matthew Guanci is Co-Chair of the firm's Business Section, where he practices corporate, finance and securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, venture capital and other financing and investment transactions in the middle market and lower middle market. Matt also has extensive experience negotiating and structuring partnership and joint venture agreements.

    His clients include private equity funds, venture funds, public companies, large private companies, closely-held businesses, and emerging growth companies. A significant portion of Matt's practice involves general corporate work for ongoing clients on various matters, including incentive equity and compensation structures, commercial contracts, technology licensing and corporate governance. 

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Matt worked for several years in the Corporate Department of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston, where he advised venture funds and public and private technology companies on venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions and securities matters. Prior to law school, Matt worked for several years at an investment management firm in Boston.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Represented Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. (EBI) and its affiliates in connection with numerous domestic and international acquisition, sale, and joint venture transactions, including the following:

        EBI's acquisition of DanChem Technologies, Inc., a Virginia-based custom manufacturer of fine and specialty chemical products

        Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense's (EBA&D) acquisition of NEA Electronics, Inc. (NEA), a California-based manufacturer and supplier of mission-critical spacecraft mechanisms and the largest global supplier of nonexplosive hold down and release mechanisms for spaceflight

        NEA's acquisition of Rocketstar Robotics, Inc., a California-based provider of motors, gearboxes, and actuator mechanisms for spacecraft applications

        EBA&D's acquisition of the aerospace and defense business and assets of Special Devices, Inc., a California- and Arizona-based manufacturer of pyrotechnic products and energetic devices

        Applied Food Biotechnology's (AFB) acquisition of the pet food palatants business of Nutriscience Technologies 

        AFB's international joint venture with Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited, an Australia-based producer of chicken, turkey, and related products 

        EBI's combination of its commercial explosives business with Dyno Nobel, a global leader in the commercial explosives industry based in Norway, and EBI's subsequent sale of its interest in the combined business to Macquarie Bank

      • Represented ORIX Growth Capital, LLC, in connection with its financing of technology and healthcare companies across the United States. 

      • Represented FactSet Research Systems, Inc. (NYSE), in connection with its acquisition of Code Red, Inc., a provider of research management technologies to the investment communities.  

      • Represented Xaar plc (LON), a developer of piezoelectric drop-on-demand inkjet technologies and a manufacturer of industrial inkjet printheads, in connection with its acquisition of Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, Inc. 

      • Represented Alta Equity Partners in connection with its acquisition of CombineNet, Inc., a software-as-a-service provider operating in the eSourcing marketplace, and Alta's subsequent sale of CombineNet to SciQuest.   

      • Represented Peerless Systems Corporation (Nasdaq), a licensor of imaging and network technologies to manufacturers of printers, copiers and multifunction devices, in connection with its acquisition by Mobius Acquisition, LLC, in a two-step merger.  

      • Represented a group of private equity funds, including Cornerstone Equity Investors and Fort Point Capital, in connection with their acquisition of Lone Star Overnight, a leading regional parcel carrier headquartered in Austin, Texas, and their subsequent sale of of Lone Star Overnight to Eagle Merchant Partners. 

      • Represented EDAC Technologies (Nasdaq), a manufacturer of precision aerospace components and assemblies, precision spindles, and complex fixturing, in connection with its acquisition by Greenbriar Equity Group, LLC in a two-step merger.

      • Represented DJT Holdings, Growing Well Partners, and other family offices and investors in connection with equity and debt investments in technology, health care, manufacturing, and other companies throughout the United States.  

      • Represented The Spencer Turbine Company, a manufacturer of blowers, vacuum systems and gas boosters, in its acquisition by Alliance Holdings.

      • Represented Aggregate Industries, a producer of aggregate-based construction materials in the United States and United Kingdom, in connection with the sale of its asphalt paving and construction contracting business in Michigan and Indiana.

      • Represented Z-Medica, LLC, a leading developer and marketer of hemostatic devices, in connection with its acquisition by DW Healthcare Partners. 

      • Representation of Valley National Gases (AMEX), an industrial-packaged gas company, in its acquisition by Caxton-Iseman Capital.

      • Represented Sensorswitch, Inc., a leading manufacturer of occupancy sensors and photocell devices, in connection with its acquisition by Acuity Brands (NYSE). 

      • Represented Aplicare, Inc., a medical device company that provides skin antisepsis products to the health care industry, in connection with its acquisition by The Clorox Company (NYSE).  

      • Represented Corporate Translations, Inc., a leading life sciences translation and linguistic validation provider, in connection with its acquisition by RWS Group (LON). 

      • Represented Mystic Logistics, Inc., a provider of transportation logistics and support services, in connection with its acquisition by Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE).  

      • Represented Verivo Software, Inc., a provider of enterprise mobility platforms and solutions, and other technology companies in connection with numerous capital-raising transactions (equity and debt).   

      • Represented Sprague Energy, one of the largest independent suppliers of energy and materials-handling services in the Northeast, in connection with its acquisition of a petroleum products distribution terminal and related assets in Bridgeport, Connecticut, from Motiva Enterprises, a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Refining Inc. 

      • Represented Tantor Media, a leading independent publisher of audiobooks, in connection with its acquisition by Recorded Books, Inc., a former portfolio company of Wasserstein & Co.  

      • Represented HIP Health Plan of New York (now Emblem Health) in connection with its acquisition of Connecticare.  

      • Represented MDM Management Group and other ownership groups in connection with the purchase and financing of more than 50 Dunkin Donuts franchised shops in Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Florida.  

      • Represented Merrill Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of customized packaging products, in connection with its acquisition by Prodos Capital Management.  

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Massachusetts Bar Association

      National Conference for Community Justice
      Board of Directors (2016)

      Association for Corporate Growth, Connecticut Chapter
      Board of Directors
    • News

      R+C in the News

      • February 12, 2016

        Matthew Guanci Appointed to the ACG Connecticut Board of Directors

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      • December 17, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Participate in Connecticut Innovation Summit

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      R+C News Releases

      • February 23, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Appointed to National Conference for Community and Justice Board of Directors

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