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Thomas M. Welsh Partner

Tom counsels Calfee’s closely and publicly-held clients and private equity firms and their portfolio companies on general corporate and business matters, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, joint venture transactions, capital raising and financing transactions.  He assists clients in capital formation matters, including venture and mezzanine capital financings.

Tom specializes in consummating mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures and joint ventures in a wide array of industries and for both public and private companies. In addition, he provides day-to-day general corporate counseling to his clients and regularly negotiates and drafts all types of commercial contractual arrangements.

In the health care industry, Tom advises hospital systems and other health care organizations, as well as early stage growth clients in the life sciences industries.

Tom’s representative experience includes The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) in numerous acquisitions, including its acquisition of the Folgers coffee business from Procter & Gamble through a Reverse Morris Trust transaction valued at over $3 billion dollars and its acquisition of a majority of the North American foodservice coffee and hot beverage business of Sara Lee Corporation; RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) in numerous acquisitions and divestitures worldwide, including its acquisition of Kirker Enterprises, a leading manufacturer of nail care enamels, coatings components and related products for the personal care industry, its acquisition of Krud Kutter Inc., a producer of cleaners and removers for residential, commercial and industrial environments, and its acquisition of Synta, a producer and marketer of innovative exterior wood deck and concrete restoration systems; Fairmount Santrol Inc. (NYSE: FMSA) in numerous transactions, including the sale of a 51% interest to American Securities and a $775 million credit facility in connection therewith and in the acquisition of its Self-Suspending Proppant technology from Soane Energy; Linsalata Capital Partners and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of Manhattan Beachwear, a leading supplier of women’s swimwear and beachwear and its acquisition and divestiture of Transtar Industries, a distributor of remanufactured automotive aftermarket products; Evolution Capital Partners in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of Turf Ventures LLC, a national turf products and solutions provider and its divestiture of Accurate Group Holdings LLC, a technology-enabled outsourced provider of real estate transaction services to mortgage lending and loan servicing clients; and Akron General Health System in its initial affiliation with and subsequent full member substitution by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Other companies that Tom has worked with include Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: PKOH), Americhem Inc., Chart Industries (Nasdaq: GTLS) and Bridge Industries.

Tom has been named a Super Lawyer in 2013-2017, earning a “Rising Star” designation in 2013.

Tom is on the Board of Directors of Association for Corporate Growth’s Cleveland Chapter and is the Chair of its annual Deal Maker Awards event. Tom also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Baseball Federation and is on the Associate Board of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, chairing its Community Engagement Committee.

Tom joined Calfee in 2003 and became Partner in 2012.