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PARTNER MOVES - DLA Piper expands its corporate practice with the addition of James Fischer and Alexander Meiseles in greater New York

23 Mar 2022

DLA Piper is expanding its Corporate practice with the arrival of partners James Fischer and Alexander Meiseles. Fischer will be based in the firm’s Short Hills office, while Meiseles will be based in New York City.

Fischer focuses his practice advising public and private companies in strategic and financial transactions, with extensive experience in corporate venture investments—particularly in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors—and roll-up transactions. Fischer has served as lead on dozens of mergers and acquisitions ranging in size from US$50 million to over US$1.2 billion, in addition to transactions involving corporate restructurings, private securities offerings and divestitures.

Fischer also represents growth and mid-stage clients in emerging and established industries on complex transactions, including intricate transfers of ownership, equity investments and acquisitions, corporate divestitures and joint ventures. He also advises individual and institutional clients on investing in and transacting with corporate incubators supporting foreign and domestic propriety and high-frequency trading firms and related service provider.

Meiseles focuses his corporate practice advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint venture transactions, organization and funding of startups, venture financing, private placement of securities, corporate governance and reorganizations, and general business counseling. He regularly advises both strategic and private equity buyers and sellers in connection with complex transactions, ranging in value from several million dollars to over US$1 billion, across various sectors.

Meiseles has advised startups and their founders in various strategic initiatives, from inception through business development and the founders’ exit.

“Growing our strategic M&A practice in the Greater New York region is not only a priority for our Corporate practice but also for our firm. Jim and Alex have a proven track record of helping clients realize operational synergies, strategic growth and business objectives, and their deep experience in healthcare, life sciences and tech will make us more competitive in those sectors and beyond,” said Andrew Gilbert, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Life Sciences sector. “We’re excited to welcome Jim and Alex to the firm, and we look forward to introducing them to our clients.”

Fischer joins DLA Piper from Faegre Drinker, where he held various leadership roles. Meiseles also joins from Faegre Drinker where he worked closely with Fischer.

With more than 1,000 corporate lawyers globally, DLA Piper helps clients execute complex transactions seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of development. The firm has been rated number one in global M&A volume for 12 consecutive years, according to Mergermarket.

DLA Piper’s Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice includes more than 200 lawyers in the US who provide strategic counsel to emerging companies in high-growth industries, including biotech, manufacturing, communications, software and semiconductors. Over the last three years, DLA Piper has completed more than 1,800 financings totaling over US$58 billion.

With more than 100 US lawyers who provide strategic counsel to private equity funds and their industry-leading portfolio companies, DLA Piper’s Private Equity practice has the capacity, experience and relationships to help drive value across the investment life cycle by delivering responsive, efficient and integrated solutions around the world.

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