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Brendan J. Cahill Member

Brendan Cahill is a Member of Dykema’s Automotive Industry Group and serves on the Firm's Executive Board. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions, business planning, and general corporate counseling. His experience includes middle market acquisitions and dispositions for strategic and private equity clients, with particular experience in the automotive and manufacturing industries.

Mr. Cahill’s experience includes:

  • Private company mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions;
  • Representing private equity funds and related portfolio companies;
  • Representing mezzanine lenders (including SBICs) with respect to lending and co-investment transactions;
  • Representing issuers and borrowers in a wide range of financing transactions, including private and public offerings of securities, secured debt facilities (including facilities for bankruptcy-remote entities), and private equity and venture capital financings;
  • General corporate representation including counsel to Boards of Directors, entity formation and capitalization, shareholder agreements, customer and supplier relationships, and executive employment matters; and
  • The formation of certified minority business enterprises.

Mr. Cahill regularly speaks on M&A and joint venture topics. 

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Cahill worked in the financial derivative products trading industry. 


Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures

  • Represented a Detroit-based private equity fund in two platform acquisitions and related add-on acquisitions.
  • Represented a New York--based private equity fund in a distressed assets acquisition.
  • Represented a Los Angeles-based growth equity fund in its investment in an auto dealer digital marketing company. 
  • Represented a Chicago-based private equity fund in the sale of an automotive aftermarket parts supplier, along with prior dispositions of several divisions.
  • Represented a Los Angeles-based private equity fund in its platform acquisition of an automotive parts casting and machining business.
  • Regularly advise a Japan-based global manufacturer, focusing on multiple domestic and cross-border joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, corporate governance, and customer and supplier relationships.
  • Represented a Tier 1 automotive supplier in its acquisitions of a Mexican company from its U.S. parent in a "363" transaction and a follow-on strategic acquisition.
  • Advised a Japan-based global Tier 1 automotive supplier in connection with a minority business enterprise joint venture, as well as with respect to customer and supplier relationships.
  • Represented a U.S.-based Tier 1 automotive supplier in multiple acquisitions and financing transactions, including public debt offerings and "363" transactions.
  • Represented a New York-based family office in two middle-market platform acquisitionsa specialty engineering services company (first transaction for the fund) and an industrial services company.
  • Represented a Detroit -based family office in numerous investment transactions. 
  • Represented numerous private companies in sale transactions to strategic and private equity buyers. 
  • Represent a portfolio company of a New York-based middle-market private equity fund in add-on acquisitions, divestitures of non-core assets, and regulatory and general commercial matters.
  • Represent several mezzanine lenders (including SBICs) with respect to unsecured credit facilities and co-investment transactions, as well as dispositions of co-investments.
  • Advise management companies and physicians in ambulatory surgery center investments and dispositions.
  • Advised media company in multiple acquisitions of trade publications and related financing transactions.
  • Advised multiple companies in the formation of minority business enterprise joint ventures.

Corporate Advisory Services

  • Provide regular outside general counsel services to numerous automotive suppliers, focusing on customer and supplier relationships, strategic transactions, and general corporate counseling.
  • Represent e-commerce company specializing in the buying and selling of internet-generated new and used car purchase and automobile finance leads.
  • Represent numerous start-up companies in structuring, financing, and governance matters.
  • Represented start-up specialty finance company in connection with multiple credit facilities and securitization projects.
  • Advised numerous companies in connection with equity and debt financing transactions

Memberships & Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law
  • Michigan State Bar Association, Section of Business Law
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Community/Civic Activities

  • Fundraiser for Angel's Place, a housing provider for developmentally disabled adults

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities and Corporate Finance, 2008-Present

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Corporate Finance and Publicly Held Corporations Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisition Law, 2013-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Top Lawyer in dbusiness Magazine for Securities Law in 2014, and Mergers and Acquisitions, 2015-2018