Carolyn J Vardi
Adjunct Professor

Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: 212 819 8200


Carolyn Vardi is a partner in the M&A Practice Group and Chair of the Firm's New York Lawyers Committee.

Ms. Vardi represents buyers and sellers in domestic and international public and private mergers and acquisitions (including joint ventures and equity co-investments). This involves the representation of domestic and international corporate clients in a broad range of industries, private equity funds and commercial banks (and their private equity affiliates).

Ms. Vardi's practice is particularly focused on representing private equity firms with respect to their acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies. She has also advised on several bankruptcy related matters and regularly counsels clients on general corporate matters and corporate governance.

Recent matters include the representation of:

 Pilot Flying J, a portfolio company of private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and the largest owner and operator of travel centers in North America, in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum, Inc., a leading independent energy logistics company.

 Deutsche Bank AG in its US$1.6 billion sale of its late-stage private equity portfolio in a management sponsored buy-out led by MidOcean Capital Partners, which was among the largest and most complex secondary buyout ever completed.

 Dominus Capital, L.P., a leading private equity firm, in its acquisition of Spectrum Corporation, a leading formulator, blender, packager and distributor of specialty lubricants to the outdoor power equipment, marine, recreational equipment and automotive aftermarkets.

 Consorcio Comex S.A. de C.V., Mexico's largest paint manufacturer, in its acquisition of Professional Paint, Inc, a leading manufacturer and distributor of architectural paints and coatings, from New York private equity boutique Jordan Co. L.P.

 Wellpoint, Inc., the nation’s leading health benefits company with approximately 28 million medical members nationwide, in its acquisition of Lumenos, Inc.

 Brazilian private equity firm, Gávea Investimentos, in its co-investment in a Spanish publishing company.

 Private equity firm Quad-C Management, Inc. in various transactions including:
 the acquisition of 100% of the outstanding membership interests of Joerns Healthcare LLC, a maker of products for post-acute and long-term care facilities;

 the sale of BI Incorporated, the leading provider of offender monitoring and prisoner reentry services to federal, state and local government agencies in the United States;

 the acquisition of A. Stucki Holding Corp., leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of engineered products and services to the international rail transportation market;

 the acquisition of the outstanding stock of DTI Holdings Corp., the largest independent end-to-end provider of litigation support and document management services in the United States; and

 the acquisition of 60% of Cloverhill Industries, Inc., a third generation family-owned bakery that has become the leading innovator of individually wrapped pastries for retail and foodservice customers.

 Private equity firm Harvest Partners, Inc. in various acquisitions including:

 the US$462 million cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Associated Materials Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and other exterior residential building products;

 the acquisition of Barlett Holdings Inc., a leading specialty energy services company;

 the acquisition of IG Staffing Holdings, Inc., a provider of information staffing solutions in North America; and

 the acquisition of Aquilex Corp., the leading global provider of outsourced specialty welding solutions for the energy and processing industries.


JD, Columbia Law School, 2001

BA, Comparative Literature, Yale University, cum laude, 1998