Amber Banks (Meek)
is a corporate partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, resident in Fried Frank's New York office. She joined the Firm in 2017 and became a partner in 2019.
Ms. Banks focuses her practice on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements, and related general corporate counseling.
Ms. Banks regularly advises some of the leading companies in the US. Significant representations include advising:
- Blackstone in its acquisition of a 65% controlling interest in Great Wolf Resorts.The Strategic Review Committee of the Board of Directors of NorthStar Realty Europe in connection with its agreement to be acquired by AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets, a transaction with an enterprise value of US$1.055b.
- Jacobs Engineering Group in its US$3.3b definitive agreement to sell its Energy, Chemicals, and Resources (ECR) segment to WorleyParsons Limited, its US$2.9b acquisition of CH2M Hill, its US$815m acquisition of KeyW Holding Corporation and its sale of certain assets to LJA Engineering.
- Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. (GBC) in the US$1b all-cash acquisition of GBC by Wieland-Werke AG.
- GreenOak Real Estate in its merger with Bentall Kennedy to create a leading global real estate investment platform.
- Nant Capital, LLC in its US$500m acquisition of the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune and various titles in the California News Group from tronc, Inc.
- Transcendia, Inc. in its purchase of all of the assets of Purestat Holding Company, Inc. and Purestat Engineered Technologies, Inc. and its acquisition of Spire Flexpack Inc., the parent company of Precision Poly LLC.
- AEA Investors in its acquisition of Excelitas Technologies from Veritas Capital.
- Tapestry (f/k/a Coach) in its US$2.4b acquisition of Kate Spade & Company.Knight Transportation, Inc. in its merger with Swift Transportation Company, in a transaction with an enterprise value of US$6.6b.
- Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (MBD) in its US$95m in MDC Partners, Inc. through the purchase of non-voting convertible preference shares.
- Goldman Sachs West Street Capital Partners in its acquisition of Transcendia, Inc.
Ms. Banks received her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2009 and her BBA, summa cum laude, in Finance from the University of San Diego in 2004. Ms. Banks is admitted to the bar in California, Illinois, Texas and New York.
Honors & Awards
In 2019, Ms. Banks was profiled in the The Deal's Rising Stars feature of the 21 most promising new M&A partners. In addition, she was recently featured as a speaker at Harvard Business School’s Women in Investing Event.
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