Rimon

Brian Keeler

Partner

Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Business Transactions
Boston

EDUCATION

Boston University School of Law

Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude

State University of New York at Albany

Master of Science

Siena College

Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude

Siena College

Bachelor of Arts

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Partner
  • Clerkship to Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1987 – 1988)

    ADMISSIONS

  • State of New York
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Brian Keeler has more than 35 years of experience structuring, negotiating, and documenting complex corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and equity investment transactions. He has substantial experience in the use of representations-and-warranties insurance, having advised clients on more than 180 insured M&A transactions ranging from less than $10 million to more than $7 billion.

Both in the course of his transactional practice and on a standalone basis, Brian regularly represents senior management executives in negotiating and documenting their employment, equity rollover, and incentive equity arrangements with private equity-backed and other companies.

Previously, Brian served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward F. Hennessey, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Before joining Rimon, Brian was a partner in the corporate practice group of another international law firm.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Trustee of the Social Law Library – Boston

SELECTED EXPERIENCE

  • Agero in its acquisition of the connected-vehicle business of ATX Group, Inc. and subsequent sale of the business to Sirius XM Radio
  • AIG Highstar Capital in its equity and sub debt investments in a natural gas storage facility
  • Amicas in its sale to VitalWorks (which then changed its name to Amicas)
  • The Apple Montessori Schools group in its sale to Spanos Barber Jesse
  • Aptis Communications Inc. in its sale to Nortel
  • Argyle Executive Forum in its sale to The Wicks Group of Companies
  • ASPEQ Heating Group in its sale to Industrial Growth Partners
  • Birken Manufacturing in its sale to Enjet Aero
  • Blue Bell Mattress Company in its sale to Longroad Asset Management (the M&A Advisor/ACG NY “Leveraged Buyout of the Year”)
  • California Family Fitness in its sale to Perpetual Capital Partners
  • Celect in its sale to NIKE
  • Crystal Rock Spring Water Company in its sale to Vermont Pure Holdings Ltd. (which then changed its name to Crystal Rock)
  • The Decks & Docks group of companies in its sale to CCMP Growth Partners.
  • Delta F Holding Corporation in its sale to Spectris plc
  • FounderMade in its sale to Tarsus Group
  • General Electric Capital Corporation (GECC) in its investment in an electric power plant
  • Glass Egg Digital Media in its sale to Virtuos Holdings Pte. Ltd.
  • Guardian Capital Partners/Cosmic Pet in the sale of Cosmic Pet to Platinum Equity/Petmate
  • Harmonix in its sale to Terabeam
  • Heilind Electronics in its acquisitions of Arconix USA, Thompson Electronics, Interstate Connecting Components, and TREK Connect
  • Heritage Partners in its acquisitions of Klearfold and 20th Century Plastics
  • Kewill Systems in the sale of its ERP software division to Exact Holding
  • Robert K. Kraft in his purchase of the New England Patriots NFL football team
  • LeCroy Corporation in its sale to Teledyne Technologies
  • Lovell Minnick Partners/Inside Real Estate in an investment by Genstar Capital
  • MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners and SISU Capital in their acquisition of The Vantico Group
  • MedVentive in its sale to McKesson
  • Mercom Systems in its sale to Verint Systems
  • NEFCO in its sale to Bertram Capital
  • Newbridge Networks in a number of equity investments in US high-tech companies, including Northchurch Communications
  • Platinum Equity in its acquisitions of American Racing Equipment, Precision Flamecutting and Steel, and Sugar Steel
  • com Inc. in the sale of its “Voice on the Net” conference event to Key3Media Group and subsequent repurchase of that business from Key3Media
  • Rhode Island Textile Company (d/b/a Westminster Pet Products) in its sale to AUA Private Equity Partners
  • The Rizing Group of companies in its sale to One Equity Partners
  • RoweCom in its sale to Divine
  • Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group in its sale to Danu Partners
  • Specialty Coating Systems in its sale to Berwind (The Deal’s 2008 “Deal of the Year”)
  • The independent directors of the Strong Mutual Funds in the merger of the Strong Mutual Funds into the Wells Fargo Mutual Funds
  • Sunbrite TV in its sale to SnapAV
  • Taos Mountain in its sale to IBM
  • Jordan’s Furniture in its sale to Berkshire Hathaway
  • VoiceSignal Technologies in its sale to Nuance Communications
  • Wendy’s International Inc. and its Tim Hortons subsidiary in the acquisition of the Bess Eaton Donut chain
  • The Wicks Group of Companies in its disposition of The Gordian Group, its acquisition and subsequent disposition of Northstar Travel Media, and its acquisitions of McMurry, The Magazine Group, Manifest Digital, Bisnow, and Invo HealthCare Associates

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Representations and Warranties Insurance in M&A Transactions,” Bloomberg Law, March 2020
  • “BNA Insights: Representations and Warranties Insurance in M&A Transactions,” Bloomberg BNA, September 19, 2016

EDUCATION

Boston University School of Law

Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude

State University of New York at Albany

Master of Science

Siena College

Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude

Siena College

Bachelor of Arts

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Partner
  • Clerkship to Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1987 – 1988)

    ADMISSIONS

  • State of New York
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts