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John F. Maselli


John Maselli advises strategic acquirors, private equity sponsors, special purpose acquisition companies, venture capital firms, portfolio companies, and targets in connection with planning and executing domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations, including de-SPACs, leveraged buyouts, asset sales, tender offers, spinoffs and carveouts, take privates, and growth equity and early-stage investments.

John also advises on joint ventures and leveraged recapitalizations, as well as general corporate, securities law and commercial matters.  He has experience across a wide range of industries, including technology and software, consumer, semiconductor, telehealth and other healthcare, cloud and enterprise IT, cybersecurity, transportation, fintech, life sciences, real estate and emerging automotive technology.

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John's recent transactions include representing:
  • Notion Labs, the company behind the world's leading workflow automation platform, in its acquisition of Automate IO, a DE corporation that provides workflow automation
  • Lenthor Engineering, one of the largest privately owned companies in North America that designs, manufactures and assembles flex and rigid-flex printed circuits, in its sale to Fralock Holdings, leading developer and manufacturer of engineered materials solutions and a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners
  • Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), the world's leading customer engagement platform, in its acquisition of Ionic Security, a leading data security platform designed to help businesses enforce access and privacy requirements
  • GigCapital2 (NYSE: GIX), a publicly-traded SPAC, in its US$1.35 billion business combinations with UpHealth Holdings, one of the largest national and international digital healthcare providers, and Cloudbreak Health, a leading unified telemedicine and video medical interpretation solutions provider, to form a combined entity named UpHealth, Inc. listed on the NYSE and be one of the only profitable, publicly-traded, comprehensive global digital healthcare companies. Industry insiders consider this one of the most complex SPAC transactions that has been executed to date because it involved the rollup of five companies concurrently into one holding company, bringing to the SPAC combination closing a sixth company, and two business combination agreements were executed in parallel.
  • Navitas Semiconductor (NASDAQ: NVTS), the industry leader in next-generation semiconductor technology, in its US$1.04 billion going-public merger with Live Oak Acquisition Corp. II, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company.
  • GigCapital3 (NYSE: GIK), a TMT-focused private-to-public entity (PPE) blank check company, in its SPAC business combination with Lightning Systems, Inc., a commercial electric vehicle manufacturer, which resulted in the combined operating company being named Lightning eMotors, Inc. and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ZEV at an equity value of US$823 million
  • AEye (NASDAQ: LIDR), the global leader in active LiDAR technology for autonomous vehicles, in its US$1.52 billion merger with CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III (Nasdaq: CFAC), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald
  • Zipari, the company behind the first consumer experience platform built specifically for health insurance, in connection with a strategic growth investment from Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm focused on the software and technology-enabled services sector
  • Rasmussen University, a nursing and health sciences-focused institution and portfolio company of Renovus Capital, in its sale to American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: APEI) for $329 million of cash and stock

Additional transactions include representing:

  • A leading growth equity firm focusing on technology-enabled services and software companies in:
    • its acquisition of a cloud consulting and managed services company, the company’s acquisition of two other cloud solutions companies and the subsequent sale of the company to another managed cloud computing company
    • its acquisition of a company focused exclusively on neonatal intensive care unit patients
    • its portfolio company operations of a leading security testing and vulnerability correlation company
  • A premiere customer service software company in its acquisitions of:
    • a French cloud computing company and maker of a line of business analytics software
    • a mobile software development company focused on software that manages product notifications and marketing messages for mobile devices
    • a developer of a customer relationship management and all-in-one sales automation platform – a company that provides cross channel, live web, in-app and social messaging services
  • A global chain of retail stores focused on outdoor and action sports in its acquisitions of:
    • a designer, manufacturer and retailer of surfing sportswear and accompanying products; and a major athletic sponsor
    • a designer and manufacturer of hiking boots and shoes, insulated footwear and sandals
  • A leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm and its affiliated investment funds in its investments in:
    • vertical market software and services company for advanced project management, task collaboration, resource allocation, work management and professional services automation
    • a software company that provides marketing language engineering fueled by artificial intelligence to businesses through a SaaS-based platform
    • a Toronto-based provider of a mobile payments and digital currency platform – a market leader in enterprise-wide governance, risk and compliance solutions
    • a software and services company focused on artificial intelligence that analyzes and detects human speech signals in order to provide live behavioral guidance to customer-facing professionals
  • A cloud-native file services platform
  • A provider of real estate software tools and real estate brokerage services
  • A Canadian-based company offering electronic identity verification services
  • A company that provides supply chain management services for consumer packaged goods companies in:
    • its sale to a publicly traded transportation and logistics company 
    • its spin-off of its logistics management software business division
  • A Virginia-based multinational telecommunications and internet service provider company in its acquisitions of:
    • a New York-based provider of managed data and voice services
    • a Toronto-based provider of managed networking, voice-over-IP and colocation services
  • An Ireland-based global company that produces fire, HVAC and security equipment for buildings in:
    • its investment in a solar energy solutions company focused on reducing emissions and stopping global warming
    • its PIPE investment in a company focused on reinventing lead recycling in order to reduce pollution and negative environmental impact
  • A large global investment firm in its acquisition of a leading provider of free-to-guest television solutions and network connectivity for the lodging and institutions industry
  • A portfolio company and leading provider of on-vehicle alternative fuel systems for heavy duty commercial vehicle manufacturers, dealers and end-users in its merger with an automotive products division of a global supplier of clean energy technology
  • A holding company in the commercial services industry in the sale of its indirect equity interests in of a fuel solutions company to a leading global supplier of clean energy technology
  • A software-focused growth equity firm and its affiliated investment funds in its investment in a learning management system provider for K-12, higher education and corporate customers
  • A portfolio company and leading provider of predictive analytics and marketing automation software for the automotive industry, in its sale to a data and information services business
  • A venture capital firm that invests in early-stage cybersecurity companies in its investment in a leading platform for file analysis and malware detection across endpoints, networks and storage
  • A publicly traded company in its acquisition of a privately held connected care company
  • A US-based private equity firm that invests in and helps accelerate the growth of small- to mid-sized companies in the health care and insurance services sectors in its acquisition of a leading national provider of on-campus addiction treatment and recovery support services
  • A private equity firm focused on investing in software companies and its portfolio company in the sale of its holding company to a software company that provides systems and application management software for Microsoft Windows and Linux servers
  • A portfolio company and global data controls and analytics software company in its acquisition of a provider of an all-inclusive data management and governance solution
  • A California-based operator of restaurants that serve made-from-scratch breakfasts, lunches and baked goods, in its sale of equity to, and eventual acquisition by a Mexican-based operator of convenience, fuel and pharmacy chains
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A., University of Southern California

Prior Experience

  • In previous positions, John served as of counsel with a leading law firm, where he was based in San Francisco, and as corporate counsel at an American multinational company based in Seattle, where he supported the company’s core ecommerce business. Prior to that, John held associate positions in law firms in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.