Michael J. LaCascia

Lecturer in Law

Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

A.B., cum laude, Harvard University
J.D., Boston University School of Law


Michael LaCascia is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1990.


Mr. LaCascia’s practice primarily involves mergers and acquisitions of both publicly traded and private companies, advising financial advisors in connection with mergers and acquisition activities, public offerings of securities (as both issuer’s and underwriter’s counsel), venture capital work and general corporate work for ongoing clients.

Mr. LaCascia has represented buyers and sellers in public and private transactions, including the following:

  • Kronos Incorporated’s $1.9 billion sale to Hellman & Friedman
  • Infinity Pharmaceutical’s reverse merger with Discovery Partners
  • IDX Systems’ $1.2 billion sale to GE
  • SilverStream Software, Inc.’s $158 million disposition to Novell, Inc.
  • Innoveda, Inc.’s $212 million disposition to Mentor Graphics Corporation
  • PerkinElmer, Inc.’s $600 million acquisition of Packard BioScience Company
  • CMGI, Inc.’s $1.8 billion acquisition of AdForce, Inc.
  • CMGI, Inc.’s $2.5 billion acquisition of Flycast Communications Corp.
  • NMT Medical, Inc.’s $50 million disposition of its vena cava filter business to C.R. Bard, Inc.
  • Spring Tide Networks’ $1.5 billion sale to Lucent Technologies
  • AMI Leasing’s sale to Ford Motor Credit Company
  • EnergyNorth Inc.’s $250 million sale to Eastern Enterprises (Boston Gas)
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.’s sale of its Mauna La’i product line
  • Nordica N.V.’s acquisition of Rollerblade, Inc.

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in the November 2004 edition of Boston Magazine as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in mergers and acquisitions

3 credits

This seminar introduces students to the principal business and legal issues found in and raised by mergers and acquisitions transactions and highlights the significant role that lawyers play in structuring, managing and effecting these complex transactions. The seminar will begin with an overview of how and why mergers and acquisitions take place. The course will then cover the mergers and acquisitions process, including deal-making strategies the corporate law affords, and will proceed through all aspects of the life of an M&A deal from inception to closing (and beyond). The seminar will cover how M&A lawyers negotiate and document the inherent risk allocations of business combinations. We will examine deal terms and structures, risk defining and shifting devices, and the role of the lawyer in managing the process. We will also highlight the due diligence process, stockholder relationships, fiduciary duties and securities laws considerations, and liquidity considerations. Theoretical readings will be balanced against practical articles and commentary, recent court decisions and model deal documents. The assigned reading will include materials from real deals and transaction documents. Students are encouraged to analyze and discuss the real-world problems faced by parties, legal counselors and courts called upon to judge such transactions. The seminar will be highlighted by guest lectures by experts in international M&A and Delaware jurisprudence. Students will be required to participate in mock negotiations/discussions. In addition, there will be a short final exam. Grades will be based on class participation and written materials (70%), which may include required email submissions prior to class and mock negotiations/discussions during class, and a final exam (30%). PREREQUISITE: Corporations. (May be waived with an instructor's permission.) NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 919 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Wendell C. TaylorMichael J. LaCascia LAW
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