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Neil Ruben

Neil Ruben

Partner
o: 203.325.5010
nruben@fdh.com
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Neil represents a variety of equity sponsors and emerging and established companies in a wide range of transactions. 

His equity sponsor clients include private equity, growth equity, and venture capital funds, and fundless sponsors and other market participants.  He also represents emerging and established companies and their boards of directors.
 
Neil has broad experience in diverse industries such as higher education, technology, hospitality, healthcare, media, consumer products, financial services, professional services, and fashion.
 
He has recently advised sponsors such as L Catterton, Gridiron Capital, and Dubin Clark.

Neil's regular engagements include:

  • Acquisitions and sales
  • Portfolio company add-on acquisitions
  • Venture capital and growth equity and convertible note investments
  • Efficient outside general counsel representation for governance, equity and other matters
  • Joint ventures and “acquire-hire” transactions
  • Coinvestments and SPV fundraising transactions
  • Recapitalizations, restructurings, and dividends
  • Corporate governance
  • Dispute resolution
Representative Matters
  • Represented one of the top professional and continuing education companies in the United States in many add-on acquisitions in highly regulated industries, including in transactions valued in excess of $1 billion and in foreign and domestic jurisdictions.
  • Represented private equity sponsor in the acquisition of leading national provider of remote and in-person court reporting, video, and interpreting services for corporate and law firm clients.
  • Represented private equity sponsor in a recapitalization of travel nursing business and related acquisitions.
  • Represented lead investor in preferred financing of a technology-powered mortgage originator, healthcare technology companies, and similar high-growth early stage companies.
  • Represented lead investor in multiple preferred financings of a celebrity-founded fashion brand.
Honors
“Up and Coming” for Corporate/M&A, Chambers and Partners (2023)
Associations
  • American Friends of Jordan River Village Foundation  (a unique overnight camp for children living with serious illnesses and special needs and part of Paul Newman’s world-wide SeriousFun Children’s Network), Board of Directors (2016 – 2022)
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Vice Chair of the NYSBA Business Law Section M&A Committee (2024)
Publications
  • “Fiduciary Duty And Drag-Along Pitfalls And Drafting Tips, Deal Points – The Newsletter of the ABA Mergers and Acquisitions Committee,” (Fall 2017) (co-authored with Austin Pendleton)
  • "Duty to Creditors in Insolvency and the Zone of Insolvency: Delaware and the Alternatives," NYU Journal of Law & Business, Volume 7-1 (2010), as cited in Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, 102 A.3d 155 (Del. Ch. Oct 01, 2014)

Highlights

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

Neil Ruben Participates in NY State Bar Association Webinar on Private Equity and M&A Market Trends

Private Equity and Venture Capital attorney Neil Ruben was one of four panelists at the New York State Bar Association meeting on the topic, “Current Trends in the Private Equity and M&A Markets 2024” that was held on May 20, 2024. Read more

Neil Ruben Elected Vice-Chair of M&A Committee at NY Bar

Finn Dixon & Herling LLP announced that Partner, Neil Ruben, has been elected vice-chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Read more