Ralph A. Caruso

Practice Group Chair / Partner Indianapolis

Summary

Ralph is a transactional lawyer who has substantial experience advising private equity funds and strategic investors in connection with complex domestic and cross-border merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions. Ralph’s success and experience in this area have led to him being recognized as a leading transactional lawyer in publications such as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America and Indiana Super Lawyers.

For nearly 25 years, Ralph has represented leading private equity funds and well-known domestic and multi-national companies in some of their most sensitive and important transactions. Ralph’s work in these matters has given him a deep understanding of the critical issues facing businesses undertaking change of control transactions.

Ralph also is actively involved within the firm, where he leads Taft’s national business and finance practices and its Associate Advancement and Recruiting Committee.

Ralph graduated magna cum laude from Le Moyne College, where he studied business administration, economics and finance, and completed his studies at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Awards

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Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School (1994)
  • LeMoyne College (1991)

Admissions

  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • State - Indiana

Notable Matters

2017 Representative Transactions:

  • Counsel to leading clinic-based autism therapy business in connection with private equity-led recapitalization.
  • Counsel to leading healthcare technology company in private equity-led recapitalization.
  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with a platform acquisition of a top manufacturer and distributor of retail air filters and related products for home HVAC systems.
  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with their divestiture of a Canadian portfolio company engaged in the manufacturing and sale of geotechnical measurement instruments.
  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with a platform acquisition of a leading distributor of contact lenses, optical products and pet medication products.
  • Counsel to private equity fund portfolio company in connection with a follow-on acquisition of a manufacturer of thermal oxidizers.
  • Counsel to private equity fund portfolio company in connection with a follow-on acquisition of a German distributor of cart containment and loss prevention solutions.
  • Counsel to private equity fund portfolio company in connection with a follow-on acquisition of a leading provider of branded calorie-free foods.
  • Counsel to private equity fund portfolio company in connection with a follow-on acquisition of a degassing and vapor control business.
  • Counsel to private equity fund portfolio company in connection with a follow-on investment of a loss prevention and retail analytics business.
  • Counsel to seller in private equity-led follow-on acquisition of a leading manufacturer of rigid blow-molded plastic containers.
  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with their divestiture of a portfolio company engaged in the business of providing dental insurance.
  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with a platform acquisition of a specialty software development company.

2016 Representative Transactions:

  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with their divestiture of a portfolio company engaged in the manufacturing and sale of steel and metal parts for the railroad industry.
  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with a platform acquisition of a leading provider of wireless telematics modules for tracking, monitoring and protecting remote assets.
  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with a platform acquisition of a leading provider of intelligent cart solutions to minimize merchandise loss.
  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with their divestiture of a portfolio company engaged in the design, assembly and sale of loss prevention solutions for mobile product retailers and consumer electronics manufacturers.
  • Counsel to private equity fund portfolio company in connection with a follow-on acquisition of a degassing and vapor control business.
  • Counsel to private equity funds in connection with a platform acquisition of a leading provider of branded consumer foods.
  • Counsel to leading healthcare technology company in acquisition of multinational developer of software solutions.
  • Counsel to strategic acquirer in roll-up of automotive-related businesses.