Tom Meriam is Of Counsel in Goodwin's Private Equity group 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.

Mr. Meriam is a board member of the New York Legal Aid Society. Mr. Meriam is also a board member of Vitamin Angels, a leading charity of the Natural Product Industry.

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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. He counsels a wide range of healthy living and consumer products companies. Mr. Meriam has led teams addressing regulatory review and related issues in the food and supplements space.

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Mr. Meriam has advised on acquisitions involving consumer goods restaurant chains, defense contractors, food manufacturers and manufacturers and distributors of nutritional supplements (including the acquisition of Herbalife, Inc. by J.H. Whitney) and natural products. He has also led deals for his clients involving companies engaged in providing marketing services and heavy manufacturing. He has recently represented:

  • Stone Canyon Industries in its acquisition of, and in its subsequent sale of, Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company
  • Stone Canyon Industries in its acquisition of, and in its subsequent sale of, a creative production company
  • York Capital Management in its acquisition of Houlihan’s Restaurants and the subsequent acquisition of restaurant units from its largest franchisee
  • York Capital Management in its acquisition of franchised health clubs
  • An equity sponsor in its acquisition of a nutritional supplements company
  • The sale of a nutritional supplements company
  • 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, and representation of its founders on its subsequent sale to Carter’s, Inc.
  • Millennium Lighting, Inc. in its sale to Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
  • A government contractor in connection with a debt restructuring and recapitalization
  • 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 NutraScience Labs
  • AEA Investors in its equity co-investments in several recent deals
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. In addition to serving on the board of Vitamin Angels, Mr. Meriam regularly represents the organization on a pro bono basis.

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’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.

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J.D., 1976
Fordham University

(cum laude)

B.A., 1973
College of the Holy Cross



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