New England M&A Forum

Foley Hoag's Quarterly Forum on M&A Market Trends and Legal Developments


The Westin Waltham Hotel

70 Third Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451

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April 12, 2017 8:00AM–10:00AM


Please join us on Wednesday, April 12 at the Westin Waltham Hotel for our quarterly New England M&A Forum, which brings the latest in market trends and recent legal developments to the New England M&A professionals' community.

Avoiding Collisions in “Body Shop” Acquisitions

M&A activity and consolidation in the professional services sector, particularly among consulting and strategy firms, has been robust in recent years. So-called “Body Shop” acquisitions – where the key assets are the people who walk out the door at the end of the day – present special challenges in structuring deals, retaining key employees, optimizing incentives and avoiding tax and other pitfalls. Our panel of experts will draw from their experiences to shed light on key tactics and traps, many of which will have application beyond professional services M&A.


  • Jon Ferris, Senior Director, Corporate Development, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Jonathan D. Yellin, Vice President and General Counsel, Charles River Associates
  • James Suprenant, Partner and Managing Director, William Blair


  • Alexander Aber, Partner and Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, Foley Hoag LLP

Recent Legal Developments in M&A

Foley Hoag partner Peter Rosenblum will highlight lessons from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s March 2017 decision in the Dell-EMC merger litigation regarding fiduciary duties to shareholders and defending shareholder litigation in big M&A deals in the Commonwealth.