Marita A. Makinen, partner and Chair of Lowenstein’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice, and Co-Chair of its Transactions & Advisory Group, has been included on Mergers & Acquisitions’ seventh annual list of Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.

Makinen was among twenty notable professionals given honorable mention in this yearly recognition of successful dealmakers remarkable for their work “not only trailblazers for other women, but the M&A industry as a whole.”  

Criteria for consideration for this honor includes driving innovation, evidence of influence in the broader M&A industry, and championing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as well as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals in the private equity industry.

Makinen counsels public and growth-stage technology and consumer products clients on a broad spectrum of issues, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions as well as minority and control investments.  Her deals—whether buy side or sell side—frequently involve highly complex capital structures, intricate management incentives, talent retention issues, and protection of intellectual property.

For public companies, Makinen advises in the areas of corporate governance and reporting obligations. Known for her astute interpretation of SEC rules and regulations, she provides practical disclosure advice grounded in a solid understanding of her clients' business objectives. She advises on both routine public reporting matters and complex restatements and stock exchange rule compliance issues.

Her recent notable representations include: The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) in its two-phase agreement to increase its ownership of DECIEM Beauty Group Inc., the Canadian-based, vertically integrated, multi-brand beauty company, with the completed first phase investment reflecting a total enterprise value of approximately $2.2 billion; PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, in the sale of its Speedo North America business to Pentland Group, the parent company of Speedo International Limited, for $170 million in cash, subject to a working capital adjustment; and Compassionate Care Hospice, a community-based organization providing hospice care nationwide, in its $340 million sale to Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED), making Amedisys the third largest hospice provider in the U.S.

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