Mr. Burnett has extensive experience representing public and private companies in a wide variety of mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, as well as counseling on business, corporate, governance and securities law matters. He regularly represents companies in public-to-public mergers, acquisitions of public and private companies, buyouts, tender offers, corporate divestitures, cross-border transactions and spin-offs. Mr. Burnett also works with clients to successfully implement acquisition programs, and has extensive experience in representing these clients in a broad range of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on public offerings, private placements (including PIPE and Rule 144A transactions), and venture capital and debt financings.
Mr. Burnett's recent transactions include Ionics' merger with General Electric for $1.4 billion, Ionics' $373 million acquisition of the Ecolochem group of companies, and Ionics' $220 million sale of its Aqua Cool Pure Bottled Water business in the U.S., U.K. and France to Nestle; Red Diamond Capital's acquisition of Milton's Baking Company; DSL.net's $30 million debt and warrant PIPE financing; PCI Holding's $70 million buyout of Patient Care from Chemed, including related debt and equity financings; and Accord Networks' (an Israeli company publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market) $291 million stock-for-stock merger with Polycom.
In addition, Mr. Burnett represents investment banks in connection with underwritten public offerings, including numerous initial public offerings, and financial advisory services engagements. He also represents numerous venture capital and private equity firms, and regularly represents these clients in connection with their investments in portfolio companies, which range from investments in start-up and early-stage companies to providing expansion capital and liquidity for founders for later-stage companies. Mr. Burnett's experience includes structuring and implementing complex financings and cross-border investments, and advising clients regarding the sale of portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Burnett was a partner in the Business Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston, where he co-chaired the Mergers and Acquisitions Core Competency Group. Before that, he was an associate at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland and also helped to establish that firm’s New York office.