Robert E. Burwell

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  • Stanford University (JD, with distinction, 1994)
  • Stanford University (BA, with departmental honors and distinction, 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Rob is Chair of Mintz Levin's Retail & Consumer Products Industry Group. He represents middle-market companies and private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, and other corporate and securities matters. His clients include an international retailer that owns and operates membership warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean and various branded personal care and lifestyle companies. Before joining the firm, Rob was a partner in the San Francisco office of another international law firm.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed molecular diagnostics company in its acquisition of an informatics-based precision medicine company for up to $410 million
  • Represented a leading middle market private equity firm in a leveraged recapitalization of a supplier of wallcoverings to the corporate, healthcare, hospitality and education building markets

  • Represented original founding team in reacquiring from IBM in a leveraged acquisition transaction
  • Represented a consulting and technology services company to a strategic acquirer
  • Represented co-founder in recapitalization and buyout transaction led by technology-focused investment firm

  • Represented fast fashion retailer in acquisition of children’s clothing company through a pre-packaged bankruptcy transaction
  • Represented a privately held food service company in its acquisition of the franchisor of a global chain of pizza restaurants    
  • Represented a medical device company in a $275 million sale to an international medical device manufacturer
  • Represented a staffing company in a leveraged recapitalization transaction involving publicly traded principal debt and equity investor Main Street Capital
  • Represented a space- and communications-related engineering services company in a leveraged recapitalization transaction
  • Represented Series A investors in Draper James LLC, a lifestyle brand company formed by Reese Witherspoon
  • Represented an Australian skincare company controlled by a private equity firm in connection with its $335 million sale to a Japanese buyer
  • Represented a private equity firm, focused on consumer and marketing-driven growth companies, on its investments in 12 different companies
  • Represented Italian luxury linens company Frette SRL in a sale to a London-based private equity firm
  • Represented lifestyle brand NapaStyle in the sale of its flagship store and related assets
  • Represented Tatcha, a San Francisco-based skincare company, and Peace Love World LLC, a Florida apparel company, in the negotiation of multi-year master sales agreements with QVC
  • Represented a middle-market private equity firm on its leveraged acquisitions of a spring manufacturer and a leading supplier of enterprise software and software as a service (SaaS) solutions for health services providers
  • Represented a music publisher, a private equity portfolio company, in connection with its sale to a leading music rights management company    
  • Represented North America’s largest branded seafood company on acquisition matters

Recognitions & Awards

  • San Diego Super Lawyers: Corporate and Securities Law (2007 – 2010)
  • Lawdragon Magazine: “500 Leading Dealmakers in America” (2007)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Co-chair, Stanford Law Society of San Diego (2006 – 2008)
  • Member, Stanford Law School Board of Visitors (2006 – 2008)
  • Member, Stanford Associates (2013 – present)