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Michael A. Frattone

Michael Frattone is a managing partner of the Firm and partner in the Business and Finance Department.  He practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (representing sellers and buyers), corporate and real estate financings, corporate restructurings, venture capital investments, joint ventures, and executive compensation.

Michael has extensive experience in the mergers and acquisitions area representing buyers and sellers in asset- and stock-based transactions.

In addition, Michael represents one of the largest communications holding companies in the world, with portfolio companies in infrastructure sectors such as cellular and broadcasting towers, rooftop and distributed antenna systems (DAS), and fiber and data centers.

Michael also regularly represents and counsels many newly formed and middle market businesses with respect to their transactional and operational needs.

Michael A. Frattone

Managing Partner
Business and Finance Department
215.496.7228
[email protected]

Education

Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1994, magna cum laude)
Editor, Villanova Law Review
Order of the Coif

St. Joseph’s University  (B.S. 1991, cum laude)

Professional Highlights

Recognition & Accomplishments

Michael has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2013 – present in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions and was listed for numerous years by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions.  Michael has also earned an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for ethical standards and legal ability.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining the Firm, Michael was an associate in the Corporate Finance Department of the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the management team of Digital Bridge Holdings LLC (“Digital Bridge”) in connection with the acquisition of Digital Bridge by Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) (“Colony”), a leading global investment management firm, for $325 million. In connection with the Colony acquisition, represented Marc C. Ganzi, a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Bridge, in connection with his employment agreement to become the CEO of Colony, succeeding Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.
  • Represented DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, connectivity and managed services, in connection with Colony Capital’s (NYSE: CLNY) $185 million investment into DataBank through the purchase of secondary equity interests from existing investors Edgewater Funds and Allstate.
  • Represented Digital Bridge Advisors, LLC (“Digital Bridge”) in connection with raising $800M to fund the acquisition of Etix Group S.A of Luxembourg, as well as the development of new greenfield hyperscale data center campuses in Frankfurt, Berlin, Milan, Zurich and Warsaw, Poland.
  • Served as lead fundraising and investment structuring counsel for Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC in multiple initial and growth capital raises totaling over $2 billion from a broad range of domestic and international investors, including family offices, investment advisors, private equity funds, public and private pension funds and strategics.
  • Represented PCSTrac, Inc. and Progressive Computer Services, Inc. in connection with sale of substantially all of the assets of their business to Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (NASDAQ:DSGX).
  • Represented a private equity-backed consolidator of veterinary hospitals in connection with over 50 acquisitions.
  • Represented the management of Global Tower Partners in connection with the merger of the company into American Tower Corporation for an enterprise value of $4.8 billion.

Community Activities

Michael is on the Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Athletics Youth Sports Association and is a member of the Lloyd Hall Advisory Council.

Michael A. Frattone

Managing Partner
Business and Finance Department
215.496.7228
[email protected]

Michael Frattone is a managing partner of the Firm and partner in the Business and Finance Department.  He practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (representing sellers and buyers), corporate and real estate financings, corporate restructurings, venture capital investments, joint ventures, and executive compensation.

Michael has extensive experience in the mergers and acquisitions area representing buyers and sellers in asset- and stock-based transactions.

In addition, Michael represents one of the largest communications holding companies in the world, with portfolio companies in infrastructure sectors such as cellular and broadcasting towers, rooftop and distributed antenna systems (DAS), and fiber and data centers.

Michael also regularly represents and counsels many newly formed and middle market businesses with respect to their transactional and operational needs.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the management team of Digital Bridge Holdings LLC (“Digital Bridge”) in connection with the acquisition of Digital Bridge by Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) (“Colony”), a leading global investment management firm, for $325 million. In connection with the Colony acquisition, represented Marc C. Ganzi, a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Bridge, in connection with his employment agreement to become the CEO of Colony, succeeding Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.
  • Represented DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, connectivity and managed services, in connection with Colony Capital’s (NYSE: CLNY) $185 million investment into DataBank through the purchase of secondary equity interests from existing investors Edgewater Funds and Allstate.
  • Represented Digital Bridge Advisors, LLC (“Digital Bridge”) in connection with raising $800M to fund the acquisition of Etix Group S.A of Luxembourg, as well as the development of new greenfield hyperscale data center campuses in Frankfurt, Berlin, Milan, Zurich and Warsaw, Poland.
  • Served as lead fundraising and investment structuring counsel for Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC in multiple initial and growth capital raises totaling over $2 billion from a broad range of domestic and international investors, including family offices, investment advisors, private equity funds, public and private pension funds and strategics.
  • Represented PCSTrac, Inc. and Progressive Computer Services, Inc. in connection with sale of substantially all of the assets of their business to Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (NASDAQ:DSGX).
  • Represented a private equity-backed consolidator of veterinary hospitals in connection with over 50 acquisitions.
  • Represented the management of Global Tower Partners in connection with the merger of the company into American Tower Corporation for an enterprise value of $4.8 billion.

Education

Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1994, magna cum laude)
Editor, Villanova Law Review
Order of the Coif

St. Joseph’s University  (B.S. 1991, cum laude)

Admissions

Pennsylvania

Professional Highlights

Recognition & Accomplishments

Michael has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2013 – present in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions and was listed for numerous years by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions.  Michael has also earned an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for ethical standards and legal ability.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining the Firm, Michael was an associate in the Corporate Finance Department of the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Community Activities

Michael is on the Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Athletics Youth Sports Association and is a member of the Lloyd Hall Advisory Council.