Thomas C. Meriam

Thomas C. Meriam

Partner Co-Chair, Food + Healthy Living Practice
Thomas C. Meriam

Tom Meriam is a member of Goodwin's Private Equity Group and co-chair of the firm's Food and Healthy Living Practice, which counsels clients and provides strategic advice to a wide range of food and supplements businesses, and has also served as the New York Chair of the firm’s Business Law Department. Mr. Meriam has broad experience representing clients in all aspects of the buyout market, including buyers, sellers, co-investors, and lenders, both senior and subordinated, secured and unsecured. He also has extensive experience in off-balance sheet leasing, securitization of assets, tax exempt financing, leveraged leasing and issues involving mass transportation.

Mr. Meriam is a board member of the New York Legal Aid Society and received the organization’s Pro Publico Award for his work on its Community Development Project. Mr. Meriam is also an advisory director of Vitamin Angels, a leading charity of the Natural Product Industry.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Meriam was a partner in the New York office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where he was a member of the Management Committee and headed the bank finance practice group, as well as a member of the private equity and mezzanine finance groups. Mr. Meriam serves on the Advisory Board of the Community Development Project of the New York Legal Aid Society. He is a member of the advisory board of, and regularly represents on a pro bono basis, Vitamin Angels, an organization dedicated to the distribution of vital nutrients to children around the world.

Mr. Meriam is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


Mr. Meriam is a recipient of the New York Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award and Goodwin Procter’s Robert B. Fraser Pro Bono Award. Mr. Meriam was also selected for inclusion in 2006 New York Super Lawyers. In law school, he was a member of the Fordham Law Review.

Areas of Practice


Mr. Meriam advises clients, including private equity firms, mezzanine funds, private investors and multinational companies, in all phases of their business, from the initial investment and relations with co-investors, through third-party financings and exit strategies, and, when necessary, the needs of companies in distress. His breadth of experience in representing the different components of buyout transactions and industry sectors has led clients to rely on him in the early stages of deals to assist in structuring and business planning. In addition, he has counseled clients on numerous cross-border deals, both in-bound and out-bound. In connection with his work in the food and healthy living industries, Mr. Meriam has led teams addressing regulatory review and related issues.

Recent Transactions

Mr. Meriam has advised on acquisitions involving consumer goods restaurant chains, defense contractors, food manufactures and manufacturers and distributors of nutritional supplements and natural products. He has also led deals for his clients involving companies engaged in providing marketing services, the consumer goods business and heavy manufacturing. He has recently represented:

  • Skip Hop, a creator and retailer of innovative and functional products for children, in its sale of a majority stake to Fireman Capital Partners, a consumer-focused growth equity firm
  • Twinlab Consolidated Holdings, Inc., a nutritional supplements manufacturer, in its going-public transaction
  • Twinlab Consolidated Holdings, Inc. in the acquisition of assets by its subsidiary NutriScience Labs
  • Twinlab Consolidated Holdings, Inc. in its negotiation of a joint venture
  • Stone Canyon Industries in its acquisition of RLJ-FVC Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Fleishman’s Vinegar Company
  • An equity sponsor in its proposed acquisition of a nutritional supplements company (on-going)
  • A nutritional supplements company in connection with its proposed sale (on-going)
  • A buyer group in its acquisition of a chain of restaurants (on-going)
  • A government contractor in connection with a debt restructuring and recapitalization
  • Ambassador Education Solutions in connection with the refinancing of its credit facilities and long term strategic planning
  • AEA Investors in its equity co-investments in several recent deals



J.D., 1976
Fordham University

(cum laude)

B.A., 1973
College of the Holy Cross



New York
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