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Michael L. Fantozzi

Member/Managing Member, Boston Office; Chair, Corporate, Tax, Private Client & Immigration Division

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Michael is a leading corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions lawyer who leads deals that transform clients’ businesses. He helps buyers and sellers purchase and divest assets, divisions, or entire companies and counsels issuers in public offerings, often working on transactions valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

Michael is a senior member of both the Securities Practice Group and the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. He represents public and private companies with an emphasis on financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance issues. Michael has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience as both purchaser’s and seller’s counsel, and he has represented issuers in numerous public offerings.

Michael also plays a vital role in firm management: he is Managing Member of the firm’s Boston office, serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and is the Division Head for the firm's Corporate, Tax, Private Client, and Immigration Sections.

Education

  • University of Notre Dame (JD)
  • Boston College (BA)

Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Brooks Automation’s $450 million purchase of genomics service provider Genewiz Group
  • Brooks Automation’s $675 million sale of its semiconductor cryogenics business to Edwards Vacuum LLC (a member of the Atlas Copco Group)
  • John Hancock Financial Network’s sale of Signator Investors to Advisor Group
  • Connance’s sale to Waystar Health
  • Optum’s purchase of Reliant Medical Group
  • Fidelity’s purchase of a software solutions company
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers’ purchase of the assets of Davidson Co., Inc.
  • Brooks Automation’s $127 million purchase of BioStorage Technologies
  • John Hancock Financial Network’s purchase of the assets of Transamerica Financial Advisors
  • Naurex’s sale to Allergan
  • Leerink Swann’s sale of the assets of Leerink Swann Consulting to NCI Healthcare
  • John Hancock Financial Network’s purchase of Symetra Investment Services
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers’ purchase of the assets of Associated Wholesalers
  • Humedica’s sale to UnitedHealth Group
  • Piramal Healthcare Limited’s $635 million purchase of Decision Resources Group
  • iMDsoft’s $60 million sale to TPG
  • Ion Torrent Systems’ $725 million sale to Life Technologies
  • Amicas’ $267 million sale to Merge Healthcare
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ $400 million purchase of ViroChem Pharma
  • iBasis’ $100 million sale to Royal KPN
  • Qiagen’s $1.6 billion purchase of Digene Corporation


Public Offerings

  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals in over $2.5 billion in equity and debt offerings
  • Represented a wholesale retailer in connection with negotiating the equity awards granted to its CEO, including drafting and negotiating a restricted stock award, a non-qualified option award, two profit interest awards and multi-party put, call and pre-emption rights agreement.

Michael also serves as counsel to Brooks Automation and John Hancock Life Insurance Company. Private company clients include C&S Wholesale Grocers, Butterfly Networks, LAM Therapeutics and W.E. Aubuchon Co.

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Securities Law (2007 – 2019); Corporate Law (2007 – 2019)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list: Securities & Corporate Finance (2004 – 2006, 2008 – 2018)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for M&A: Middle-Market (2016 – 2017)

Recent Insights

News & Press

News & Press

This article profiles Mintz as one of the 2018 Law360 Massachusetts Powerhouse law firms. Mike Fantozzi, Managing Member of the firm’s Boston office and the Corporate, Tax, Private Client and Immigration Division Head, is quoted providing commentary throughout the piece. Mike discusses the Boston office’s history; current strengths including corporate, health care, intellectual property, life sciences and litigation; and describes some examples of client successes. Additionally, litigation Members Joe Blute and Yalonda Howze are quoted in Law360’s profile on Mintz. Joe and Yalonda led a team that successfully represented Biogen in a significant matter. Member Alec Zadek is also quoted in the piece discussing his efforts, along with the firm, outside the office in terms of commitment to serving the community. Alec specifically discusses efforts related to protecting the victims of sex trafficking and their individual rights.
The Legal 500 United States has recognized Mintz as a leading firm in the 2017 edition. The annual editorial guide has also recognized Mintz attorneys as leaders in their areas of practice.
Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Susan M. Finegan, a Member of Mintz's Litigation Practice and Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, has been selected as the 2017 Woman of the Year on behalf of the Women’s Law Center at Boston College Law School.
Susan J. Cohen, Chair of the Immigration Practice at Mintz, is the recipient of the Lawyer Monthly 2017 Women in Law award.  Ms. Cohen is the only U.S. immigration attorney to be honored with this award.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas.