John B. Lynch Jr.

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    John Lynch currently serves as financial advisor to the firm's managing committee and is a practicing member of the Business Transactions and Finance Practice Groups. He has developed a transaction-oriented corporate and commercial practice, regularly representing both buyers and sellers in structuring, negotiating, financing, and documenting sophisticated business acquisition and sale transactions. Mr. Lynch's practice involves working with investment banks, accounting firms, and other professional advisors to provide integrated professional services to the firm's clients engaging in merger and acquisition transactions. In addition to his corporate practice, he represents both lenders and borrowers in a variety of commercial finance transactions. These transactions regularly include the representation of lenders in structuring and documenting asset-based financings, the representation of agents and participants in both secured and unsecured syndicated credit facilities, and the representation of lenders and borrowers in a variety of leveraged buyout transactions.

    In addition to his transactional practice, Mr. Lynch regularly represents corporate clients on matters of governance, shareholder relations, employee matters, and general contracting issues. His clients have included public and large private corporations, financial institutions, sovereign tribal nations, health care providers, and small business ventures.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented a fast-growing specialty food manufacturer in a bid auction sale process resulting in a sale to a subsidiary of the world's leading producer of cereal and convenience foods. Robinson & Cole worked closely with the client's investment bankers in advising the board of directors throughout the process. The transaction was successfully consummated as a forward triangular merger following Hart-Scott Rodino Act clearance.
      • Represented Stacy’s Pita Chip Company (Stacy’s) and its shareholders in connection with the sale to PepsiCo, Inc. of all of the stock of Stacy’s and the real property of a related limited liability company.
      • Part of the team of Robinson & Cole lawyers serving as deal counsel to The Ensign-Bickford Company in the worldwide business combination of two commercial explosives industry leaders. The combination involved the negotiation and preparation of multiple agreements as well as negotiations with state and federal agencies for certain regulatory approvals and a full-scale legal due diligence investigation of over fifty related entities. The combined company will have sales in excess of $900 million.
      • Represented large international pharmaceutical company in connection with its divestiture of the intellectual property and tangible assets of an operating subsidiary.
      • Represented an international explosives company in the sale of a U.S. subsidiary's business and assets pursuant to a bid offer process.
      • Represented an international explosives company in the sale of the business and assets of its film fibers division.
      • Represented large waste hauling company in $200 million-sale of business and assets to Fortune 500 company.
      • Represented Internet company in sale of business and financial restructuring transaction with strategic acquiror.
      • Represented Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., in its acquisition of DanChem Technologies, Inc., a custom manufacturer of fine and specialty chemical products. The seller, American Capital, Ltd., is a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager.
      • Representation of an aerospace and defense manufacturer in acquisition through reverse triangular merger of a company in the laboratory services industry.
      • Representation of agent/lender in a multilender senior credit facility for a chain supermarket.
      • Representation of a national bank concerning multilender senior secured credit facility involving revolving and mortgage term loans.
      • Representation of Valley National Gases (AMEX), an industrial-packaged gas company, in its acquisition by Caxton-Iseman Capital.

      • Represented a large multi-industry holding company in the closing of a complex multiple step transaction involving the acquisition of four companies and other tangible and intangible assets from a Japanese-owned international conglomerate and the simultaneous spin-off of one the acquired companies to a strategic buyer. The firm provided representation in all aspects of the transaction, including participating in the bid process, performing a comprehensive due diligence investigation, and negotiating the transaction documents involved in both the acquisition and the subsequent spin-off.
      • Represented manufacturing facility in connection with the purchase of a 400-acre downhole munitions facility and office building.
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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association
      Business Law Section (1984 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Business Law and Banking Sections (1984 - present)

      Connecticut Business & Industry Association
      Board of Directors (2010 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Foundation
      James W. Cooper Fellow (2011)

      Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
      Board of Directors (2017)

      MetroHartford Alliance
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the state of Connecticut in the area of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions for 2011 - 2014

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions Law since 2006 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Corporate Law since 2007 and in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions since 2012 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

       Robinson+Cole Mentor of the Year Award, 2016

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Hartford Stage Company
      Board of Directors

      Leadership Greater Hartford

      U.S. Law Firm Group
      Trustee
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Agreements Among Stakeholders," published in A Practical Guide to Organizing a Business in Connecticut, co-authored with Taylor A. Shea (8/8/13)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "The Art & Science of Buying & Selling an Oilheat Business," at the 2003 New England Fuel Institute Convention, co-presented with Gray, Gray & Gray LLP (2003)

      "Creative Credit Lines for Dealers," at the 1999 Convention of the New England Fuel Institute (1999)

      "How to Get a Good Deal: Buying, Selling or Financing an Oil Business," at the 14th Annual Oil Heat Conference (1996)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 6, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors George W. Crawford Black Bar Association's 2016 Annual Dinner

      • June 11, 2014

        Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Recognizes Robinson+Cole for Sponsoring Home Run for Heroes

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      • September 30, 2013

        Hartford Lawyers Co-Author Chapter in MCLE Practice Manual

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      • June 18, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Support The Stowe Center

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      • June 6, 2013

        John Lynch Appointed to GHAC's 2013 Corporate Campaign Cabinet

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      • May 30, 2013

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Hartford Stage Annual Gala

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      • May 28, 2013

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Crawford Annual Dinner

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      • May 23, 2013

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors NCCJ Annual Dinner

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      • May 8, 2013

        John Lynch and Keith Stover Quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune

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      • February 15, 2012

        New Partners Featured in Connecticut Law Tribune

      • October 20, 2011

        Managing Partner Encourages Pro Bono Work at Summit

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      • June 29, 2011

        Three Robinson & Cole Attorneys Elected James W. Cooper Fellows

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      • October 28, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Managing Partner Joins Board of Connecticut Business & Industry Association

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      • December 18, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Becomes New Business Partner of the New England Air Museum

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      • March 27, 2009

        John Lynch Named Managing Partner of Robinson & Cole

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      • September 15, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Partner Elected to Hartford Stage Board of Directors

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Eight Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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      • July 5, 2017

        John Lynch Elected to Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Board of Directors

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • September 13, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Presents Annual Awards for Dedication and Outstanding Contributions

      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • August 19, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • May 29, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Earns Rankings in Chambers USA 2014 in all Connecticut Practice Areas

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • June 10, 2013

        Chambers USA Ranks Robinson & Cole in Five Practices, Names 17 Attorneys as Leading Lawyers

      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • August 28, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • June 7, 2012

        Chambers USA Ranks Robinson & Cole in Five Practices, Names 16 Attorneys as Leading Lawyers

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      • March 22, 2012

        Robinson & Cole LLP Shows Commitment to Community, Diversity, and Education at Special Whipping Man Reception at Hartford Stage

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      • September 12, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • June 17, 2011

        Chambers USA Ranks Robinson & Cole in Six Practices, Names 12 Attorneys as Leading Lawyers

      • December 3, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Becomes a Business Partner of the New England Air Museum

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      • March 30, 2009

        John Lynch Named Managing Partner of Robinson & Cole

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