John Maselli is counsel in Goodwin’s Business Law Department and a member of its Private Equity group. He focuses on advising private equity sponsors, venture capital firms, portfolio companies, and strategic acquirers and targets in connection with planning and executing domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including leveraged buyouts, asset sales, tender offers, spinoffs and carveouts, take privates, and growth equity and early-stage investments.  He also advises clients in connection with joint ventures, leveraged recapitalizations, and general corporate, securities law, and commercial matters. Mr. Maselli has experience across a range of industries, including technology and software, health care, cloud and enterprise IT, cybersecurity, transportation, fintech, life sciences, retail, and real estate. He joined Goodwin in July 2015.

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Since joining Goodwin, Mr. Maselli has represented:

  • Sunstone Partners in connection with investments in:
    • Onica, a cloud consulting and managed services company (also represented Sunstone and Onica in connection with Onica’s acquisition of Sturdy Networks and TriNimbus)
    • ProgenyHealth, a company focused exclusively on the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
    • NetSPI, a leading security testing and vulnerability correlation company
  • Zendesk in connection with its acquisitions of:
    • We Are Cloud, a French company and developer of the BIME line of business analytics software
    • Outbound Solutions, developer of mobile software to manage product notifications and marketing messages for iOS and Android
    • FutureSimple, developer of the Base CRM all-in-one sales force automation platform
  • Goldman Sachs and its affiliated investment funds in connection with investments in:
    • Mavenlink, a leading vertical market software-as-a-service company that provides software and services for advanced project management, task collaboration, resource allocation, work management, and professional services automation
    • Persado, a company focused on marketing language engineering, and providing marketing software through a SaaS-based platform
    • nanoPay, a Canadian company based in Toronto that provides a mobile payments and digital currency platform
    • MetricStream, a market leader in enterprise-wide governance, risk, compliance (GRC) solutions
    • Cogito, a company focused on artificial intelligence that analyzes and detects human speech signals in order to provide live behavioral guidance to customer-facing professionals
    • Nasuni, a company providing a variety of cloud storage services
    • Compass (formerly known as Urban Compass), a provider of real estate software tools and real estate brokerage services
  • CaseStack in connection with:
    • the sale of CaseStack, a logistics outsourcing company, to the Hub Group, a publicly traded transportation and logistics company
    • the spin-off of CaseStack’s SupplyPike business division, developer of logistics management software
  • GTT Communications in connection with its acquisitions of:
    • Transbeam, a New York-based provider of managed data and voice services
    • Accelerated Connections, a Toronto-based provider of managed networking, voice-over-IP (VoIP), and colocation services
  • Johnson Controls in connection with:
    • an investment in Carbon Lighthouse, a solar energy solutions company focused on reducing emissions and stopping global warming
    • a PIPE investment in Aqua Metals, a company with a process of lead recycling that emits less pollution than smelting
  • Kathmandu Holdings in connection with its acquisition of Oboz Footwear, a designer and manufacturer of men’s and women’s hiking boots, hiking shoes, insulated footwear, and sandals
  • Marlin Equity Partners in connection with its acquisition of Allbridge (the combination of the companies formerly known as Bulk TV & Internet and DCI Design Communications), a leading provider of free-to-guest television solutions and network connectivity to the lodging and institutions industry
  • Agility Fuel Systems, a portfolio company of Element Partners, in connection with its merger with Hexagon Composites’ CNG Automotive Products Division
  • AFS Holdco LLC in connection with the sale of its indirect equity interests in Agility Fuel Solutions to Hexagon Composites
  • JMI Equity and its affiliated investment funds in connection with an investment in Schoology, a learning management system provider for K-12, higher education, and corporate customers
  • automotiveMastermind, a portfolio company of JMI Equity and a leading provider of predictive analytics and marketing automation software for the automotive industry, in its sale to IHS Markit
  • ForgePoint Capital in connection with its investment in ReversingLabs, a leading platform for file analysis and malware detection across endpoints, networks, and storage
  • A publicly traded company in connection with its acquisition of a privately held connected care company
  • InTandem Capital in connection with its acquisition of The Haven at College, a leading national provider of on-campus addiction treatment and recovery support services
  • Thoma Bravo, LLC and its portfolio company EMBT Holdings Inc. (Embarcadero Technologies) in connection with the sale of EMBT Holdings to Idera, Inc.
  • Infogix, a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo, in connection with its acquisition of Data3Sixty, a provider of an all-inclusive data management and governance solution
  • Specialty’s Café and Bakery, Inc., which operates numerous restaurants in California serving made-from-scratch breakfasts, lunches, and baked goods, in connection with its sale of equity to, and eventual acquisition by, FEMSA Comercio (FEMCO)
Professional Activities

Mr. Maselli is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Maselli was Corporate Counsel at in Seattle, where he supported the company’s core ecommerce business. Prior to his work with Amazon, Mr. Maselli was an associate in the Silicon Valley office of Weil, Gotshal and Manges, and, previously, was an associate with each of White & Case and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he practiced in Los Angeles.

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