A Corporate and Securities Transactions partner and member of the firm’s Public Company Advisers Team, John Gambaccini has more than 20 years of experience advising middle-market public and private companies, investors and individuals in connection with mergers and acquisitions, capital and equity financings, securities regulation, joint ventures, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. His experience with clients crosses a variety of industries, including technology, health care, finance, government services, and industrial manufacturing.
John has a particular niche in assisting private equity funds and related financial sponsor groups in domestic and international middle-market transactions. He also represents private equity portfolio companies through their life cycle, from acquisition through add-on acquisitions, growth and exit.
A native Ohioan, John now practices law from the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office, where he is also active in the Association for Corporate Growth - National Capital Chapter (ACG) and the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AMAA) - DC/MD/VA chapter. He also serves as the current Managing Partner of the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office.
Publications and Presentations
- Co-author, Inside the Minds: Implementing a Successful Management Buyout (MBO), Aspatore Books, January 2006.
- Co-author, The Long Arm of Sarbanes-Oxley and Other Recent Corporate Governance Reforms: Don’t Let Them be a Roadblock for Your Private Company, The Journal of Private Equity, Summer 2004.
- Co-author, The Private Equity Paradox: When Is Too Much Control a Bad Thing?, The Journal of Private Equity, Summer 2003.
- Panelist, Preparing for Transition in the Post-COVID-19 World: Do the same playbooks hold true?, PNC Private Bank, September 29, 2021
- Co-Presenter (with Tara N. Cho and Theresa M. Sprain), Safe and Sound: Protecting Employee Privacy and Company Data in the Era of Coronavirus, Association of Corporate Counsel’s National Capital Region Chapter, May 5, 2020
- The Disclosure Dilemma: Preserving the Seller’s Attorney-Client Privilege When Disclosing Confidential Information to a Potential Buyer, James M. Hill and John S. Gambaccini, April 20, 2004.
Civic and Professional Activities
- Member, Association for Corporate Growth, National Capital Chapter, 2013-present
- Active Participant, Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AMAA) - DC/MD/VA chapter
- Member, Association for Corporate Growth, Cleveland Chapter, 2006-2012
- Member, Turnaround Management Association, Cleveland Chapter, 2006-2012
- Board Member, America SCORES Cleveland, 2008-2012; Board Chair 2010-2012
Honors and Awards
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings) in the fields of Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law, 2013 – Present
- Received the Best Lawyers™ Mergers and Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year" award in the Washington, D.C. metro region, 2019
- Selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2009
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- Represents a private technology company in the IT infrastructure monitoring sector, including in connection with several venture capital financing transactions, several acquisitions of software companies, institutional debt financings, and corporate governance matters.
- Advised board and management of Nasdaq-listed healthcare information technology company in connection with several acquisitions of software services companies, institutional debt and equity financings, and corporate governance matters.
- Represented a private technology company in the IT services sector in connection with a sale to a multinational strategic acquirer.
- Represented several private companies in the building supplies sector in connection with sales to a variety of private equity portfolio companies conducting rollups in the sector.
- Represents a financial sponsor backed company conducting a rollup in the building supplies sector with formation of the entity, multiple acquisitions of private companies, and equity and debt financings.
- Represents a multi-generational family-owned company in the building supplies sector with a large-scale strategic acquisition, and related debt financing matters.
- Represents a healthcare technology company regarding a variety of corporate matters, including in connection with board governance and venture capital and growth financings.
- Represents a multi-billion dollar German-based financial services technology company in United States corporate matters, including with an equity investment and subsequent acquisition transaction for an early-stage technology company based in the United States.
- Represents a healthcare information technology company regarding a variety of corporate matters, including in connection with entity formation, angel and venture capital financing, and creation of joint venture with strategic industry partner.
- Represented a multi-billion dollar PE-owned digital marketing company in connection with creation of a joint venture in the automotive industry.
- Represents a multi-billion German-based security technology company in United States corporate matters, including with an acquisition transaction for an early-stage technology company based in the United States.
- Represented a middle-market PE firm in connection with acquisition of an education technology company, and related debt financing, as well as on-going representation of the portfolio company.
- Represents several middle-market service and technology providers to the Federal government, including in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and related matters.