Nicholas San Filippo Partner

New Jersey
T 973.597.2572 | F 973.597.2573



Nick’s practice is focused on strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and complex, one-of-a-kind deals, for clients in the chemicals, manufacturing, food, distribution, insurance, automobile, professional services, and plastics industries. Whether he’s working on a high-stakes transaction or providing day-to-day support as outside general counsel, clients applaud him for combining the “mind of an entrepreneur with the precision of a lawyer.”

Nick is committed to delivering first-rate client service, and his goals are to anticipate client needs and work collaboratively with in-house partners to meet clearly defined business goals. Nick understands that proper counseling requires balancing the correct legal answer with the realities of a client’s definition of acceptable business risk–all while respecting the client’s deadlines and budget.

He continues to hone his business savvy while developing his skills as a legal advisor. A student of leadership and entrepreneurism, he participates in monthly CEO roundtables and serves on client advisory boards, where he is valued not only for his legal acumen but also for his keen insights into the makings of a successful business.

Nick also knows the value of building strong, authentic relationships. As a result, he regularly connects his clients to other professional service providers, customers, and investors. He works under the premise that connecting quality people with one another enhances the likelihood of success for all involved.

In addition to his transactional work, Nick co-leads the firm’s Business Divorce group, which guides clients through the complexities of co-owner dispute resolution and, if necessary, business separation. He is known for his strategic vision in navigating contentious matters in order to achieve a client’s desired result while preserving the underlying business.

As Chair of Lowenstein’s Strategic Planning Committee, Nick is also currently spearheading the execution of key aspects of the firm’s Strategic Plan. Outside of work, Nick is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling with his family.

Principal areas of focus include:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Complex business transactions
  • Business divorce

Representative Engagements

Representative Transactional Engagements:
  • Represented the Creamer family in the sale of J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., to APi Group. J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. is a 90+ year old, national heavy construction company specializing in, among other things, renewable energy, fiber optic, bridge, highway, runway and bulk head construction.
  • Represented Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited in its acquisition from BP Amoco Chemical Company of a 1,000-acre manufacturing facility located in Decatur, Alabama which produces 1 million metric tons of annual purified terephthalic acid (PTA) capacity and 732,000 metric tons of paraxylene (PX) capacity.
  • Represented Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited in its acquisition of the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) facility located in Montreal, Canada, from subsidiaries of CEPSA and Investissement Quebec.
  • Represented Mitchell & Titus, the largest minority-owned accounting firm in the U.S., in its departure from the Ernst & Young Global Network.
  • Represented Bai Brands LLC in Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s minority investment in Bai Brands based upon a $500 million valuation.
  • Represented Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited and its U.S. operating subsidiaries with the simultaneous negotiation and closing of a $640 million term loan from a consortium of banks based in Asia and a combined $360 million working capital facility.
  • Represented Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. in its acquisition of Callidus Biopharma, a privately-held biologics company.
  • Representation of Rockwood Specialties Group, Inc. and its subsidiary, Chemetall US, Inc., in the acquisition of certain business assets of SaberPack.
  • Represented Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited in its $420 million acquisition of the polyester and PET resins business of Invista S.a.r.l., in its acquisition of FiberVisions Holdings from Snow Phipps Group and in its acquisition of Tiepet, Inc.
  • Represented Staff Management Group, LLC in its sale to Corporate Resource Services, Inc. and subsequently represented Staff Management Group, LLC in its re-acquisition of its business from Corporate Resource Services, Inc.
Outside General Counsel Representative Clients:
  • Agilex Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., Alphapet, Inc., Ampet, Inc., Auriga Polymers, Inc., Bai Brands LLC, Barnstar Opportunities Fund, LP, B. Zaitz & Sons LLC, Curexa, East River Medical Imaging, P.C., Easter Seals New Jersey, Englert, Inc., Farbest Brands, Indorama Polymers Public Company Limited (US only), Malo Clinic, Mitchell & Tutus LLP, Momentum USA, Inc., North Elm Capital, Orthobond, Inc., Philip Jeffries Ltd., Port Imperial Property Owners Association, Inc., Starpet Inc., Stride Capital Group LP.

    Other Distinctions

    • Super Lawyers (2010–2016) New Jersey edition – Recognized for mergers and acquisitions work; listed as an M&A "Rising Star" from 2006-2009.

    • New Jersey Law Journal (2008) – Selected as one of the state's "40 Under 40" rising stars in the legal profession.

    Publications

    Divorce, Business Style
    Super Lawyers Magazine, March 2014
    Nicholas San Filippo
    Am I My Brother’s Keeper? The Family Business Divorce
    Family Business Magazine, Winter 2010
    Nicholas San Filippo
    Minority Shareholders Rejoice: New Jersey Extends Reach of Oppressed Minority Shareholder Statute
    Corporate Accountability, October 15, 2010
    Nicholas San Filippo
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    Press Mentions

    Lowenstein Sandler is representing long-time client, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, in the proposed acquisition of a Decatur, Alabama manufacturing facility from BP Amoco Chemical Company. The definitive purchase agreement for the 1,000-acre, 450-employee facility was signed on January 6, 2016. The acquisition of the Decatur facility is the sixth investment in North America in which Lowenstein represented Indorama and the second in the past year. In 2007, Lowenstein represented Indorama in acquiring the land rights and raw material supply agreement from BP to build its AlphaPet plant, which is co-located at the Decatur site. The Lowenstein team was led by partner Nicholas San Filippo IV, and included Nicholas Mehler, Christine Osvald-Mruz, Brian Silikovitz, Norman Spindel, Stuart Yusem, Samiul Khan, Ethan Skerry, Lesley Pruzansky Adamo, Eugene Cheval, Robert Bee, and Meredith Jewitt. , January 6, 2016
    Lowenstein Sandler represented Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a world-leading producer of intermediate petrochemicals, in connection with its acquisition of the PTA business of CEPSA Chimie Montréal s.e.c in Montreal, Canada from Cepsa Química SA, wholly-owned affiliate of Cepsa, and IQ CHIMIE INC., a subsidiary of Investissement Québec. The 600,000 tonne PTA plant will provide Indorama Ventures with feedstock security to better serve its customers and will enhance Indorama Ventures’ position in North America. The transaction was completed on June 1, 2015. The Lowenstein deal team was led by Nicholas San Filippo IV and Ethan A. Skerry and also included Sam E. Khan, Casey O’Connor, Eugene Cheval, Robert Bee, Jr., Jeffrey M. Shapiro and Jack D. Sidorov. , June 1, 2015
    Nicholas San Filippo participates in Commerce Magazine's roundtable discussing M&A legal issues that are unique to family-owned businesses. , Commerce Magazine M&A Roundtable , May 2014
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    Related Areas

    Business Divorce
    Corporate
    Corporate Governance & Compliance
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Private Equity
    Transactions & Advisory Group

    Education


    St. John's University School of Law ( J.D. , 1995 ) , cum laude
    Villanova University ( B.S. , 1992 )

    Bar Admissions


    New York
    New Jersey

    Affiliations


    • American Bar Association
    • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Vistage CEO Group