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Michael J. Herling

Michael J. Herling

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Mike represents clients in private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and a range of other corporate transactions. He also provides ongoing corporate advice to private companies. 

Mike’s extensive and broad experience across all types of M&A transactions and private equity and venture capital investments has allowed him to counsel clients on numerous complex and time-sensitive transactions. Mike, along with Brett Dixon and Bill Finn, founded the firm in early 1987. For many years Mike served as the managing partner of the firm and the head of its business law practice.

Representative Matters
  • Executed numerous acquisition and sale transactions for many of the firm’s private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.
  • Extensive experience representing the firm’s private equity and venture capital clients in both early and late-stage growth equity investments. 
  • Leader in Corporate/M&A, Chambers and Partners (2007 – present)
  • Leading lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions (2005 – present)
  • Recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities & Corporate Finance (2007 – present)
  • Colgate University
    • Board of Trustees, 2007 – present 
      • Vice Chair 2015-19; Chair 2019 – present
      • Chairperson – Presidential Search Committee, 2015
    • Alumni Council Board of Directors, 2003-13
  • Stamford Health System, Board of Directors, 1997 - 2008
    • Chairperson, 2003-06
    • Vice Chairperson, 1999-2003
  • The Brink’s Company, Board of Directors, 2009-present
    • Non-executive Chairperson
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


Finn Dixon & Herling LLP Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a Band I Law Firm

For the 21st year in a row, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP (FDH) has received the highest achievable ranking by Chambers & Partners, a leading business guide that delivers detailed rankings and insights into the world’s top lawyers, legal departments and law firms. The 2024 edition of... Read more

Finn Dixon & Herling LLP Ranked Band I by Chambers & Partners

The Corporate/M&A practice and Litigation practice at Finn Dixon & Herling (FDH) have once again received the highest possible ranking from Chambers & Partners. The 2023 edition of Chambers USA ranks FDH as Band I Corporate/M&A (for the 20th straight year) and Band I Litigation... Read more

For the 18th Consecutive Year, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP has been Ranked by Chambers & Partners as a Band I Corporate/M&A Law Firm

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