Tracey A. Puthoff

Industry Chair / Partner Cincinnati

Summary

Tracey is a member of the firm's executive committee and chairs the firm's Technology industry team. Her extensive M&A and finance experience involves both publicly-traded corporations and privately-held companies in diverse industries. She is able to provide sophisticated advice in complex transactions at Midwestern rates — providing a remarkable value proposition in transactions typically staffed out of New York and other financial centers. Tracey attended law school and became a transactional attorney after a career in engineering at GE Aviation and McDonnell Aircraft Company (now Boeing).

Tracey is the current president of the Hamilton County Board of Health and a board member of the Cincinnati May Festival and the Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati. She is also a member of Leadership Cincinnati USA Class 34. You might find Tracey negotiating a deal, sitting in a board room or a committee meeting, attending a Bengals, Xavier or St. Louis Cardinals game or having lunch downtown at Via Vite.

Due to her background in engineering and involvement on community boards, Tracey understands all aspects of an M&A or finance deal — from financing to intellectual property to addressing the interests of every stakeholder. She is always looking for innovative ways to advance client goals. Tracey practices the advice she gives new associates every day: be fast, accurate and communicative in responding to clients’ needs.

Follow Tracey on Twitter @TraceyPuthoff.

Awards

  • Honoree, Banking and Finance Law - Best Lawyers in America® (2008-present)

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Education

  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law - Northern Kentucky University (1995)
  • University of Missouri (1989)

Admissions

  • Federal - U.S. Supreme Court
  • Federal - United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • State - Ohio

Notable Matters

  • Represented Chiquita Brands International in its $150 million global refinancing / ABL Credit Facility with Bank of America - Feb. 5, 2015.
  • Represented Zotec Partners in its $200 million acquisition of Medical Management Professionals, Inc. - Aug. 30, 2013.
  • Represented Chiquita Brands International in its $200 million global refinancing / ABL Credit Facility with Wells Fargo Bank - Feb. 5, 2013.
  • The following transactions aggregate to more than $300 million in deal size (privately-held entities - individual deal terms cannot be disclosed):
    • Represented a high-tech manufacturing company in the sale of its business to a private equity fund - 2015.
    • Represented a manufacturing company in a strategic acquisition - 2015.
    • Represented a manufacturing company in a strategic agreement with Hewlett-Packard - 2015.
    • Represented a regulated telecommunications company in a strategic acquisition - 2015.
    • Represented a health care company in a strategic acquisition - 2015.
    • Represented an investment company in the restructuring of the sale of interests in a coal company - 2014.
    • Represented the buyer in its strategic acquisition of a metal distribution company - 2014.
    • Represented the buyer in its strategic acquisition of a logistics company - 2014.
    • Represented a manufacturing company in its equity restructuring and senior and mezzanine refinancing transactions - 2014.
    • Represented a technology company in its refinancing with Fifth Third Bank - 2014.
    • Represented a high-tech manufacturing company in the acquisition/management buy-out of an enterprise molded products company - 2013.
    • Represented a high-tech manufacturing company in its acquisition financing with PNC Bank - 2013.
    • Represented a technology company in the restructuring of a strategic acquisition and corporate integration - 2013.
    • Represented a high-tech manufacturing company in the sale of its aerospace business to a private equity fund - 2013.
    • Represented a book company in the sale of its business to a strategic buyer - 2013.
    • Represented an advisory firm in its strategic acquisition of a consulting firm - 2013.
    • Represented the buyer in its acquisition of a food-related company - 2012.
    • Represented management in the buyout of a technology company - 2012. 

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Corporate Growth (Member)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association (Member)
  • Leadership Cincinnati (Class 34)

Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati May Festival (Board Member)
  • Hamilton County Board of Health (Board Member)
  • Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati (Board Member)