Charles W. Allen’s practice focuses on domestic and cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and corporate governance matters.

Charles is also active in the firm’s pro bono practice, primarily advising on small business and nonprofit matters and on veterans benefit cases, in addition to other matters.

Charles joined the firm in 2013 and became a partner in 2022.

Notable Experiences

Select M&A Transactions

  • Roquette in its pending acquisition of IFF’s Pharma Solutions business.

  • DECATHLON, the world’s largest sporting goods retailer, in its acquisition of Bergfreunde.

  • DTCC in its acquisition of Securrency.

  • Artémis in its acquisition of a majority stake in CAA from TPG.

  • Saint-Gobain in its C$1.325 billion acquisition of Building Products of Canada.

  • Miami International Holdings in its acquisition of LedgerX from Ledger Holdings Inc. in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings involving FTX and its affiliated debtors.

  • Infinite Electronics, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, in its acquisition of Cable Connectivity Group.

  • Lowe’s in the $400 million sale of its Canadian retail business to Sycamore Partners.

  • Solesis in its acquisition of Polyzen.

  • Voya Financial in its acquisition of Benefitfocus and in the sale of the independent financial planning channel of Voya Financial Advisors.

  • General Mills in its $610 million sale of its Helper and Suddenly Salad businesses to Eagle Family Foods and its $8 billion acquisition of Blue Buffalo Pet Products.

  • Wag! in its completed business combination with CHW Acquisition Corporation.

  • Brookfield in its $5.8 billion acquisition of Scientific Games’ lottery business.

  • Post Holdings in its distribution of its interest in BellRing Brands.

  • dMY III in its merger with IonQ to become the first publicly traded pure-play quantum computing company.

  • Warburg Pincus in numerous matters, including its strategic investment in GA Foods, $400 million investment in WEX, and acquisitions of CityMD, Guardsmark, Infinite Electronics, and Universal Services of America.

  • Altaris in its acquisition of a 51% stake in Solesis from Michelin.

  • Tech Data in its $6 billion sale to funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management.

  • Schibsted, the majority shareholder of Adevinta, in Adevinta’s $9.2 billion acquisition of eBay Classifieds.

  • ESL Investments in its $5.2 billion acquisition of Sears Holdings.

  • Allied Universal in several matters, including its $1 billion acquisition of U.S. Security Associates and sale of an equity stake to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

  • Tupy in its €210 million acquisition of Teksid from Fiat Chrysler.

  • Cohu in its acquisition of Xcerra.

  • Songa Offshore SE in its $3.4 billion combination with Transocean.

  • McCormick & Company in its $4.2 billion acquisition of Reckitt Benckiser Group’s food business.

  • Alphabet in multiple investment rounds in Verily Life Sciences by investors, including Temasek and Silver Lake.

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Financial Advisor Assignments

  • Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Evercore, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, and Centerview as financial advisor in numerous transactions.

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Selected Activities

  • Executive Editor, Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard Law School