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Brian L. Friedman


Brian L. Friedman

Mergers & Acquisitions
New York

Advises strategic and private equity clients on public and private M&A and other corporate transactions.

Brian advises private equity sponsors, private funds and strategic clients on a full range of transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, capital raising transactions, joint ventures and corporate governance matters.

Brian was previously Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Pegasus Capital Advisors, an SEC-registered investment adviser, where he oversaw all legal and compliance matters for the firm, was a member of the Investment, Valuation and Sustainability Committees, and sat on the boards of several of Pegasus’s portfolio companies.

Experience highlights

Private equity transactions
  • Tailwind Capital in connection with platform acquisitions of Liberman Research Worldwide and Premier Fixtures, Inc. and subsequent add-on acquisitions; its acquisition of Colony Hardware; and its preferred equity investment in Northeast Communications of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Lightyear Capital in connection with its investment in Pathlight Capital, LLC
Other private transactions
  • MSCI on its acquisition of all the assets of Insignis, Inc.
  • Emerson Electric on the carve-out sales of its InterMetro and Power Transmissions Solutions businesses
  • Brinker International on its acquisition of 103 franchised Chili’s restaurants
  • The owners of a basketball club in connection with their dealings with the NBA and certain NBA franchises
  • EBX Group in its sale of a preferred interest to Mubadala Development Corporation and GE Capital and subsequent recapitalization transactions
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company in its acquisition of Jackson Square Aviation
Public company transactions
  • JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley as financial advisers to Verizon Communications in connection with its acquisition of Verizon Wireless
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J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Chemistry, Cornell University
  • cum laude

Professional history

  • Davis Polk, 2009-2016 and 2023-present
  • Pegasus Capital Advisors, 2016-2023
    • Partner, 2021-2023
    • General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, 2018-2023
    • Vice President – Associate General Counsel, 2016-2018

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
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