Ralph A. Caruso

Practice Group Chair / Partner Indianapolis

Summary

Ralph Caruso is the chairperson of the firm’s national business and finance practices and is resident in its Indianapolis, Indiana office. Prior to assuming leadership of the firm’s business and finance practices, Ralph was the chairperson of Taft’s private equity practice.

Ralph principally represents private equity sponsors and strategic investors in connection with complex domestic and cross border business transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers and other acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations and joint ventures.

Ralph is routinely recognized as a leading practitioner by publications such as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessThe Best Lawyers in America® and Indiana Super Lawyers.

In addition to leading the firm’s business and finance practices, Ralph is the co-chairperson of Taft’s Associate Advancement and Recruiting Committee, where 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.

Awards

All Service Areas

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.

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.