Attorneys - M&A Specialists

Sound legal advice.

The proper positioning of your company in anticipation of an M&A transaction is critical. To maximize the chances of success, your attorney should be experienced in the M&A transaction process and the many questions and problems that arise during due diligence.

The Telling Group does not provide an attorney, but is often asked to suggest a qualified professional.  We offer these trusted individuals as the best as we know of in their field with no financial benefit to us as a service to you during your time of transition.

Suggestions are listed below:

Ronald C. Berger - Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC


Ronald C. Berger
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
18th Floor
One Lincoln Center
Syracuse, NY 13202-1355
E-Mail: Direct:  (315) 218-8216
Fax: (315) 218-8100

Mr. Berger is Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC. He has over 32 years of experience handling acquisition and divestiture transactions ranging in value from less than $1 million to $390 million. He has handled M&A transactions in a variety of industry sectors such as manufacturing, medical devices, natural resources, food service and distribution, life insurance and electronics. He has experience handling transactions involving companies located in many jurisdictions, including New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, Illinois, Oregon, Canada and Japan.

Most of the transactions Mr Berger has been involved in have involved family owned businesses.  When advising owners of family businesses about to embark on the sale of their business, Mr Berger works with the owners’ accounting and other advisers to structure the transaction in the most tax-efficient manner possible in order to maximize the value of the business while at the same time endeavoring to insulate the owners from claims arising after the sale.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented medical device manufacturers in acquisitions of medical device companies in New Hampshire, Illinois, Oregon, and California
  • Represented a Canadian-based industrial conglomerate in acquisitions of manufacturing or mining facilities in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Canada and in divestitures of companies located in New York and Kansas
  • Represented the shareholders of a bar-code scanning manufacturer in a sale to a subsidiary of Honeywell
  • Represented the shareholders of a manufacturer of remote visual inspection equipment in a sale to a subsidiary of General Electric
  • Represented the shareholders of a motion-sensing technology company in a sale to a Japanese electronics manufacturer
  • Represented management in a leveraged buy-out of two copper and brass mills
  • Represented the owner of a commercial printing company in a sale to a strategic buyer
  • Represented four brothers in the sale of their second-generation food distribution business to a strategic buyer

Jeffrey Fetter - Fetter & Burstein, P.C.

Jeffrey M. Fetter

Scolaro, Shulman, Cohen, Fetter & Burstein, P.C.
Franklin Square
507 Plum Street
Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13204
(315) 471-8111
Fax: (315) 425-3656

Jeffrey M. Fetter is a partner of Scolaro, Shulman, Cohen, Fetter & Burstein, P.C. in Syracuse, New York and is Chairman of the Business Practice Group. His statewide practice focuses on business, estate, tax, succession and transactional planning for closely held and family owned enterprises. Legal services Jeff provides his clients include: state, federal and international tax and business planning; estate and long term care planning; business and succession planning for closely held and family owned business enterprises; e-commerce planning; employee and shareholder/principal relations and employee benefits; protection of intellectual property; transactional planning; acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, tax-free reorganization of business entities; entity structuring; contract negotiation, dispute resolution; international contracts and business planning and the dissolutions of business entities.

Jeff is licensed to practice in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Clients Jeff represents are involved in farm and agriculture related businesses, professional service, e-commerce, manufacturing, communications and retail businesses.

Jeff is a frequent lecturer for the New York State Bar Association and other professional and civic groups in the area of business and estate planning. He has authored several articles on business and estate planning for various periodicals. He is also the President of the Cultural Resources Council of Onondaga County.

Douglas Gorman - Crisafulli Gorman, PC

Douglas Gorman

Douglas J. Gorman
Crisafulli Gorman, PC
599 E. Genesee St., Box 740
Fayetteville, NY 13066
P (315) 558-6757
(315) 657-5919

Douglas J. Gorman is a private mergers and acquisitions attorney.  Admitted in New York and Delaware, he specializes in corporate transactions, emerging business, venture capital and commercial law. He represents businesses, large and small, on a wide range of matters including start-up and choice-of-entity issues, domestic and international commercial contracting, private finance, shareholder relations and disputes, corporate governance, and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of all types. 
Doug is a founder and principal of Crisafulli Gorman, PC, a boutique law firm which specializes in all of the above, as well as business succession, tax structuring and disputes, estate planning, not-for-profit compliance and exit planning. 
But the real focus of Crisafulli Gorman is you.  The principals of Crisafulli Gorman understand that the sale of your business is among the largest, most important and most personal decisions you will ever make.  So Doug and his partner, Tim Crisafulli, personally handle every aspect of each transaction, from researching your issues to drafting your documents to returning your calls. 
Doug lectures frequently across New York State on small business, finance and international trade, and his articles on small and middle market business concerns have been published both locally and nationally.  Doug is a former advisory board member of the CNY International Business Alliance, a longtime participant in local business organizations and outreach programs such as the South Side Innovation Center, CenterState CEO and the Tech Garden, and a mentor at various business incubators such as the Syracuse Student Sandbox and the Couri Hatchery.  Doug graduated summa cum laude from both LeMoyne College (B.S. Physics) and Syracuse University College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Law Review.

David A. Holstein - Bousquet Holstein, PLLC

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David A. Holstein
Bousquet Holstein PLLC Direct Dial: 315.701.6301
Direct Fax: 315.423.2890 110 West Fayette Street
One Lincoln Center
Suite 900
Syracuse, NY 13202

Individuals seeking to preserve their wealth, pass down a family business, or maximize the value of their companies need intelligent planning that reflects in-depth knowledge of business, tax  and estate law—and the certainty that the professional providing this sensitive level of service can be trusted. For over 30 years, individuals and businesses have trusted David Holstein to protect and position their assets for optimal growth, minimize their tax liabilities, and listen, understand and respond to their concerns.

 An exceptionally insightful advisor to his business clients, David has a deep understanding of what it takes to manage people and business operations. With the goal of providing the best advice to, and solutions for, his clients, David is focused on staying current with the constantly changing laws and decisions that affect them.  David’s clients include many successful manufacturing, retail, food production, high technology and professional service businesses, and some of the largest dairy farms in New York State.

If you own a business, David can help you with:

  • executive compensation, including bonus, incentive and phantom stock plans
  • buy-sell and business succession issues
  • structural, transactional and tax-related matters
  • mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and sales of business assets and entities
  • negotiation and closing of financial transactions
  • the private offering of securities

Anthony P. Marshall - Harris Beach, PLLC

Anthony P. Marshall
Harris Beach, PLLC.
333 West Washington St, Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13202
phone: (315) 214-2033
fax: (315) 422-9331

Mr. Marshall is a member of the firm and practices in Tax Law, Corporate, Public Finance and Economic Development, Commercial Real Estate, and Life and Asset Planning Practice Groups and serves on the Real Estate Developers Industry Team.

In connection with Mr. Marshall's representation of his closely-held corporate, and individual clients, he provides services in all phases of business and tax planning, including the tax structure and closing of merger and acquisition transactions, corporate reorganizations, tax-exempt entities, and general operational and individual tax planning. He also implements domestic international sales corporation (DISC) strategies for his clients with export operations.  Mr. Marshall is also experienced in life and asset planning, with a particular emphasis on business succession planning, business gift planning, and planning with family limited partnerships and limited liability companies.  Mr. Marshall represents small, medium, and large business entities in various industry groups and provides advice and guidance in all aspects of their activities, including business planning, capital formation and ongoing operations. 

Michael T. Stanczyk - Mackenzie Hughes, LLP

Michael T. Stanczyk
Mackenzie Hughes, LLP
PO Box 4967
Syracuse, NY  13221-4967
101 S. Salina St.
Suite 600
Syracuse, NY  13202
F 315-474-1216

Mackenzie Hughes attorneys  are sought after counsel in  Mergers & Acquisitions and actively counsel on  transactions ranging from complex financial institutional mergers to the sale of sole proprietorships.

Edward J. Moses  Richard C. Engel Michael T. Stanczyk

When we handle corporate mergers and acquisitions, our clients get the wisdom and knowledge of attorneys with years of experience in the field — and a lot more. Our merger and acquisition attorneys can easily call upon Mackenzie Hughes attorneys who have expertise in whatever legal area might be required, including tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, and real property.

We counsel our clients through virtually every aspect of corporate mergers and acquisitions — both stock and asset transactions — including creating joint ventures and counseling clients through divestitures. Our experience includes transactions involving banking, engineering, manufacturing, and not-for-profit organizations.


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