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Comi Sharif advises companies and business owners on a range of M&A transactions and corporate governance matters.  Comi focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border, middle-market M&A transactions for corporate and private equity clients.  He also diligently counsels clients on day-to-day legal and business matters, including entity formation, ownership structuring and serving as an outside general counsel.

Prior to joining Koley Jessen, Comi was employed by a number of sports organizations, including the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as the University of Nebraska and University of Minnesota athletic departments.

Comi also serves as a member on the Firm’s Recruiting Committee and as Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

Experience

Experience

  • Grünenthal, a global research-based pharmaceutical company, in the merger of its subsidiary Fern Health with BehaVR
  • Perfection Pet Foods, in its sale to Post Brands Pet Care, a subsidiary of Post Holdings (NYSE: POST)
  • Buy Box Experts, a subsidiary of Spreetail, with its acquisition of InterCultural Elements GmbH & Co. KG (based in Germany)
  • 365 Retail Markets, a portfolio company of Providence Equity Partners, in connection with its:
    • Recapitalization by Providence Equity Partners
    • Acquisition of Avanti Markets
    • Acquisition of LightSpeed Automation
    • Acquisition of ParLevel Systems
    • Acquisition of Spoonfed (based in Scotland)
    • Acquisition of Kafoodle (based in the UK)
    • Acquisition of Sentry (based in Australia)
    • Formation of 365 Retail Markets Euro B.V. (based in the Netherlands)
  • Complete Supply, an independent distributor of residential and commercial roofing and related products, in its sale to Beacon Roofing Supply (NASDAQ: BECN)
  • Home Care Pulse, a Cressey & Company partnership, in connection with its:
    • Acquisition of Activated Insights
    • Acquisition of Pinnacle Quality Insight
    • Acquisition of Pre-Intent
  • Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTE) in connection with its:
    • Acquisition of Concrete Equipment Company
    • Acquisition of BMH Systems (based in Canada)
    • Acquisition of Grathwol Automation
    • Acquisition of MINDS Automation (based in Canada, France and the UK)
  • Life Care Services, the second-largest senior living operator in the United States, in its recapitalization with Redwood Capital Investments and McCarthy Capital
  • HHAeXchange, a Cressey & Company partnership, in its acquisition of Annkissam, LLC
  • Old Reliable Wholesale d/b/a C.C. Supply, a distributor of residential and commercial roofing and related products, in its sale to SRS Distribution Inc.
  • C&A Industries, a leading healthcare staffing and workforce solutions company, in its sale to Medical Solutions, a portfolio company of TPG Growth
  • Naturally Recycled Proteins, in its sale of Citrus Extracts, LLC, an ingredient specialist in dehydrating citrus peel primarily for use by food and beverage manufacturers, to a consortium consisting of the Firmament Group, Sweat Equities, LLC, and McLean Family Farms
  • The Maids International, quality leader among house cleaning services in the industry, with franchise and company-owned locations in over 40 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, in its recapitalization by Gladstone Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: GAIN)
  • VT Industries, North America's leading manufacturer of architectural wood doors, countertops, and vanity surfaces, in its acquisition of Eggers Industries, a national door and millwork manufacturer
  • Midwest Wholesale Materials, a distributor of residential and commercial roofing and related products, in its sale to ABC Supply Co., Inc.
  • Deliveron Consulting Services, an agile-focused cloud computing consulting firm, in its sale to Green House Data
  • Innovative Switchgear Solutions, Inc. in its sale to Cooper Power Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN)
  • Richardson International, Canada’s largest agribusiness and global leader in agriculture and food processing, in connection with its:
    • Acquisition of the Wesson cooking oil business from ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG)
    • Acquisition of Italgrani USA, Inc., the largest North American durum miller
  • McCarthy Capital Corporation and sellers in the sale of Homecare Software Solutions, LLC d/b/a HHA eXchange to Cressey & Company
  • HDR, Inc. in connection with its:
    • Acquisition of City Point Partners, a construction and engineering services firm
    • Acquisition of SPF Water Engineering, a wastewater and hydrogeologic consulting firm, and MDS Drafting, a drafting and design services firm
    • Acquisition of WKE, a multimodal transportation engineering firm
    • Acquisition of WRECO, a civil engineering and environmental compliance firm
    • Acquisition of David Ford Consulting Engineers, an engineering services firm specializing in the hydrologic, hydraulic and flood risk analysis, reservoir systems and operations, water resource planning, and hydro-economics
    • Reorganization and divestiture of Infrastructure Company of America, LLC
    • Acquisition of Maintenance Design Group, an engineering services firm specializing in the planning and design of vehicle and fleet operations and maintenance facilities
  • McCarthy Capital in its investment in Scooter’s Coffee
  • Net-Tech Technology, Inc. in its sale to PPC Broadband, Inc., a subsidiary of Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC)
  • Affiliated Foods Midwest Cooperative, Inc. in sale of assets to Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
  • Global Industries, Inc. in its sale to Ag Growth International, Inc. (TSX: AFN)
  • Wright Therapy Products, Inc., a subsidiary of BSN medical, Inc., wholly owned by Essity AB (STO: ESSITY), in sale of certain assets to Tactile Systems Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: TCMD)
  • Shareholders of TGW (Holdings) Limited, a Sheffield, U.K. based industrial knife manufacturer, as U.S. counsel in connection with its sale to Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC
  • Prairie Capital in the sale of DAMAC LLC
  • Compass Health Brands Corp., a medical and hospital equipment provider, in multiple acquisitions including:
    • Richmar brands and related assets from Naimco, Inc.
    • STRENGTHTAPE brands and related assets from Endevr, Inc.
    • Assets from Meridian Medical
    • The Professional Medical Imports Division (PMI) from Invacare Corporation (NYSE: IVC)
  • H-Card, LLC (HAP-X), an automated payment management solutions provider,  in its sale to Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX)
  • BSN medical GmbH, a global leader in non-invasive orthopedic products, in multiple acquisitions including:
    • Wright Therapy Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer of compression therapy systems used to treat chronic venous insufficiency
    • Acquisition of a leading provider of pneumatic compression therapies for deep vein thrombosis
  • Sojourner Farms LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of raw pet food and gourmet treats, in its sale to WellPet LLC 
  • Benson Hill, Inc. (NYSE: BHIL), in the sale of its soybean crush facility

News & Publications

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2022-2024
Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2023-2024

Community & Professional

LeadDIVERSITY Class of 2021
Nebraska and Omaha Bar Associations
TeamMates Mentor
Aksaben Foundation Floor Committee

Education

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School (cum laude)

  • Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Managing Editor

B.S., University of Minnesota (high distinction)

  • Sport Management

Admissions

  • State of Nebraska
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