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Skawenniio Barnes

Skawenniio Barnes

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Ska is a partner in Finn Dixon & Herling’s Corporate group.  She represents clients in general corporate and domestic and international complex transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and growth equity financings, investments, and corporate governance.

Ska’s practice is focused on representing venture capital, growth equity, and private equity funds, as well as their portfolio companies, in their investment and M&A activities. She also regularly advises private companies (including portfolio companies of fund clients) in general corporate matters, including corporate governance, capital raising activities, strategic commercial agreements, and restructurings.

Representative transactions that she advises on include the following:

  • Representing middle-market private equity funds across the life-cycle of their buyout investments, including platform acquisitions, equity financings, add-on transactions, and sale processes.
  • Financings involving early-stage and high growth companies, including preferred equity financing rounds, SAFEs, warrants, and convertible notes.
  • Stock and asset acquisitions, including carve-out transactions.

She has experience across various industries, such as technology, consumer products, financial services, healthcare, and restaurant/food services, and represents clients in transactions involving companies with domestic and international operations.  Ska’s extensive experience across all types of corporate transactions has allowed her to counsel clients on complex and time-sensitive transactions with a practical, business-minded sensibility.

Ska is co-chair of FDH’s Women’s Initiative Network and a member of the firm’s Strategic Planning Committee. Before joining the firm, she practiced in the capital markets group at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York. Originally from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Canada, she resides in Stamford, CT with her husband, two children, and three samoyeds. 

Representative Matters
  • Represented one of the top appraisal management companies in the United States in several add-on acquisitions in a highly regulated industry
  • Represented private equity sponsor in the acquisition of one of the largest executive coaching and peer advisory businesses in the world
  • Represented private equity sponsor in a recapitalization of a car wash business and a subsequent add-on acquisition with a concurrent sale-leaseback transaction
  • Represented lead investor in the Series A financing of a technology-powered real estate brokerage
  • Represented lead investor in the Series Seed financing of a celebrity-founded pet lifestyle brand
  • National Aboriginal Achievement Award, Indspire (2010)

  • Inaugural Cohort Member, Indigenous Leadership Circle (Canada)
  • Chair of Ad Hoc Young Lawyers Committee, Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (2021)


Harvard Law School Interviews alumna Skawenniio Barnes regarding her reflections on Crown-First Nations capstone project

Skawenniio Barnes was recently featured in a Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Profile Bulletin, sharing the impact her experiences at Harvard had on her legal career. The article also covered Ska's involvement in a recent event on Native Women in Leadership... Read more

Ska Barnes Speaks to Law360 on Indigenous Visibility in Corporate Law

Finn Dixon & Herling partner Skawenniio “Ska” Barnes was the subject of an extensive interview by Law360 on the issue of Indigenous visibility in corporate law. Read more

Finn Dixon & Herling Elects New Partners and Counsel

Finn Dixon & Herling LLP is pleased to announce that Skawenniio Barnes, Colin McKeon, Tony Miodonka, and Austin Pendleton were elected partners of the Firm. Read more