Ralph A. Caruso

Practice Group Chair / Partner Indianapolis
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Summary

Ralph’s practice is focused on representing private equity funds, other financial sponsors and strategic investors in domestic and cross-border M&A and recapitalization transactions. Over the last 20 years, Ralph has represented some of the country’s leading private equity funds, as well as many multi-national companies, in connection with their most demanding and complex corporate transactions. Ralph is routinely recognized as a leading practitioner by publications such as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America® and Indiana Super Lawyers.

In addition to leading the firm’s national business and finance groups, Ralph is the co-chairperson of Taft’s Associate Advancement and Review Committee, in which he is responsible for the recruiting and professional development of the firm’s associates.

Ralph did his undergraduate work at LeMoyne College, a Jesuit liberal arts school located in upstate New York, graduating magna cum laude in 1991 with a major in business administration, a minor in economics and a concentration in finance. Ralph completed his studies at the University of Notre Dame Law School, graduating in 1994.

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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.