Overview

Cedric Powell is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

He is a seasoned private equity, M&A attorney with extensive experience in middle market M&A transactions, representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, strategic acquirers, and founders in both buy-side and sell-side transactions.  Cedric’s experience spans various industries, including aerospace and defense, manufacturing, food and beverage, national security, government services, retail, technology, chemical distribution, consumer packaged goods, grocery, third-party logistics, and healthcare to name a few.  Additionally, Cedric regularly represents clients in various other corporate and transactional matters, including equity financings, strategic investments, joint ventures, and corporate governance.

Cedric co-chairs the DC Office’s Diversity and Inclusion Office Working Group and the firm’s Black Lawyers Network.  He also serves on the DC Office’s Recruiting Committee. 

Experience

Experience

Private Equity Representations

  • Represents Arlington Capital Partners and its portfolio companies in various platform, add-on and divestiture transactions in the aerospace, defense, national security and government services sectors.
  • Represents OpenGate Capital and its portfolio companies in various platform and add-on acquisitions and divesture transactions in the chemical manufacturing and distribution and general manufacturing sectors.
  • Represents Audax Private Equity in various add-on acquisitions for its portfolio companies.
  • Represented Save Mart Supermarkets in its sale to a private equity-backed buyer.
  • Represented Gryphon Investors and its portfolio companies in various platform and add-on acquisitions and divestiture transactions in the industrials, third party logistics and manufacturing spaces.
  • Represented GESD Capital Partners in the sale of its portfolio company, Milton’s Holding Corporation, a manufacturer of custom baked goods (including gluten-free crackers and pizza crust) to a private equity-backed buyer.
  • Represented Riordan Lewis & Haden (RLH) and its portfolio company, Illuminate Holdings, LLC, in connection with the acquisition of an analytics and cybersecurity business serving the intelligence and defense communities.
  • Represented Interior Specialists, Inc. (a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co.) in connection with its acquisition of Creative Touch Interiors, Inc., a leading provider of custom home interior design elements.
  • Represented a Texas-based private equity fund in connection with the roll-up of a fuel distribution business into a multi-state fuel distribution joint venture vehicle.

Government Contracting Representations

  • Represents Arlington Capital Partners and its portfolio companies in various platform, add-on and divestiture transactions in the aerospace, defense, national security and government services industries.
  • Represented CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) in connection with various acquisitions in the national security sector.
  • Represented TeraLogics, LLC in connection with its auction process and sale to Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB).
  • Represented Riordan Lewis & Haden (RLH) and its portfolio company, Illuminate Holdings, LLC, in connection with the acquisition of an analytics and cybersecurity business serving the intelligence and defense communities.

Other M&A Representations

  • Represented Provepharm Life Solutions (a pharmaceutical company headquartered in France) in connection with its acquisition of Apollo Pharmaceuticals USA, a company specializing in the commercialization of sterile injectable products for hospital use.
  • Represented Precision Medicine Group in connection with various acquisitions in the healthcare and pharmaceutical space.
  • Represented Oncocyte Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Insight Genetics, Inc., a leading molecular diagnostics company.
  • Represented Flokk AS in connection with its acquisition of 9to5 Seating, LLC, a leading manufacturer of ergonomic office seating.
  • Represented Queensbridge Venture Partners, LLC in connection with the divestiture of its general partner interest in Queensbridge Fund I (a venture capital fund) to an affiliate of Cherry Tree Investments.
  • Represented Belgacom International Carrier Services, S.A., a global provider of international wholesale connectivity and interoperability services based in Belgium, in connection with its acquisition of TeleSign Holdings, Inc., a leading communications platform as a service (CPaaS) company.
  • Represented an affiliate of CBRE Group Inc. (NYSE: CBG) in connection with an asset acquisition and joint venture transaction involving StreetSense, a leading Washington DC-based real estate brokerage and design firm.
  • Represented TP ICAP / Tullett Prebon  in connection with various acquisitions in the commodities brokerage space. 
  • Represented an affiliate of Mitsubishi Corporation (TYO: 8058) in connection with its investment in a joint venture with a Texas-based wind tower manufacturer.
  • Represented Darling International Inc. (NYSE: DAR) in its acquisition of a business unit from a Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI).
  • Represented AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC) in connection with its acquisition of a California-based billing and reimbursement services company.
  • Represented AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC) in connection with its investment into an Indian generics manufacturing joint venture.
  • Represented a Texas-based metals recycler in connection with its contribution of assets into a joint venture with a European metals recycler.
  • Represented a national real estate development company in connection with the buy-out of its previous partner’s interest in a 28,000-acre master-planned community in Texas.

Honors

Honors

Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Rising Star, 2021

Washington, D.C. Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019

Insights

Articles

Cannabis Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Digital Media

Education

J.D., Southern Methodist University, 2009, cum laude

B.B.A., Howard University, 2003, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
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