Joseph J. Basile

Partner, Co-Chair, Business Department - Boston

Joe Basile
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Joe Basile is co-chair of Foley Hoag's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Business Department. He provides strategic advice to Boards and C-suite executives, representing clients in their most challenging transactional matters.

Joe’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions. He has especially deep experience in cross-border transactions, with an extensive body of work that includes mergers, acquisitions divestitures, control and minority investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances involving parties in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Alongside Joe’s cross-border practice, he maintains a robust domestic U.S. practice that includes hostile and negotiated public company, private company and distressed M&A transactions.

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  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1977
  • Stonehill College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1974

Representative Experience

Cross-Border Transactions

  • Represented Fiera Comox Partners Inc., a Montreal-based independent investment manager providing innovative investment solutions to a wide range of investors through private global investment strategies in private equity and agriculture, in its acquisition of Vermont-based Sweet Tree Holdings 1, LLC (d/b/a The Maple Guild), the world’s largest producer of organic maple syrup and related products.
  • Represented the shareholders of the Northern Harvest Sea Farms group, a group of aquaculture companies engaged in the production of farmed Atlantic salmon in eastern Canada, in its sale to Marine Harvest (OSE:MHG), one of the largest seafood companies in the world and the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon, for CAD 315 million.
  • Represented medical device company Parsagen Diagnostics Inc. in its sale to QUIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA), a Netherlands-based holding company that is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions.
  • Represented computer-aided engineering company Exa Corporation (NASDAQ:EXA) in its $400M sale to French software company Dassault Systèmes.
  • Advised International Data Group, Inc. ("IDG") and its operating subsidiaries International Data Corporation and IDG Communications, Inc. in connection with the acquisition, in two separate transactions, of IDG and of IDG’s extensive portfolio of venture capital holdings by a consortium of buyers led by China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd and IDG Capital Partners.
  • Represented Oberthur Technologies S.A., a world leader in embedded digital security, in the sale of the international roaming and recharge business of Oberthur’s subsidiary, More Magic Solutions, Inc., to Prepay Nation LLC.
  • Represented Italian health care company SOFAR S.p.A. in the acquisition of its surgical robotics division by medical device company TransEnterix (NYSE MKT: TRXC) in a cash and stock deal valued at up to approximately $100 million.
  • Represented Costa Inc. (formerly known as A.T. Cross Company), a NASDAQ-listed designer, manufacturer, and marketer of polarized sunglasses, in its $270 million sale to Essilor International SA, a France-based publicly traded designer, manufacturer, and seller of ophthalmic lenses and ophthalmic optical instruments.
  • Represented New Zealand Superannuation Fund in the purchase from Harvard Management Company of an interest in Kaingaroa Timberlands, owner of one of the world’s oldest and largest softwood plantations on New Zealand’s Central North Island.
  • Counsel to France-based multinational pharmaceutical firm Sanofi in its acquisition of US-based Pluromed, a maker of polymer inserts for medical procedures.
  • Advised Sanofi in its $20.1 billion takeover of U.S. biotechnology firm Genzyme whose products and services are focused on rare inherited disorders, kidney disease, orthopaedics, cancer, transplant and immune disease, and diagnostic testing.
  • Represented Harbinger Capital Partners in connection with investments in several telecommunications carriers and satellite operators, including wireless broadband service provider, Augere Holdings (Netherlands) BV, and proposed offer to combine SkyTerra Communications, Inc. with London based global mobile satellite communications provider, Inmarsat plc.
  • Advised Marathon Asset Management in connection with investments in several electrical generation and distribution utilities in Argentina and Brazil.

Domestic Transactions

  • Represented Rand-Whitney Container LLC, the largest independent corrugated manufacturer in New England, in its acquisition of the assets of Specialty Finance & Consulting Corporation.
  • Represented Entegris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENTG), a leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials solutions for the microelectronics industry, in the acquisition of MPD Chemicals for approximately $165 million.
  • Represented Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO), the world leader in serving science, in its $1.7 billion acquisition of Brammer Bio, a leader in viral vector manufacturing for gene and cell therapies.
  • Represented New-Indy Containerboard, LLC, a joint venture by The Kraft Group, LLC, and Schwarz Partners, L.P., in its acquisition of the Catawba, South Carolina paper and pulp mill business owned by Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) for  approximately $300 million.
  • Represented global biotechnology company Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) in its $477 million acquisition of Becton, Dickinson and Company’s Advanced Bioprocessing business. 
  • Advised Crane Co. (NYSE: CR), a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products, in its $800 million acquisition of Crane & Co., Inc. from private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg and other shareholders.
  • Represented Rand-Whitney Packaging LLC, a member of The Kraft Group, in the formation of UN1F1ED² Global Packaging Group, a strategic joint venture with AGlobal Solutions.
  • Represented L2, Inc., a business intelligence firm that benchmarks the digital performance of consumer brands, in its acquisition by Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.
  • Represented Carolina Container Company, a subsidiary of New-Indy Containerboard LLC (a joint venture by The Kraft Group, LLC, and Schwarz Partners, L.P.) in its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Container Services Corporation, a corrugated box manufacturer based in Ringgold, Georgia.
  • Represented Mill Road Capital, a private investment firm focused on investing in publicly traded micro-cap companies in the U.S. and Canada, in the going private acquisition of Skullcandy, Inc. (Nasdaq; SKUL), a creator of world-class audio experiences through its Skullcandy and Astro Gaming brands, after a contested process.
  • Represented Staples, Inc. (NYSE: SPLS), a world-class provider of products and services that serve the needs of business customers and consumers, in the sale of its Staples Print Solutions business to Taylor Communications, Inc.
  • Advised Fortress Investment Group LLC in its acquisition of MicroFinancial Incorporated (Nasdaq: MFI).
  • Represented Interconnect Systems, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high density silicon packaging with advanced interconnect technologies, in its acquisition by Molex LLC, a leading global manufacturer of electronic solutions.
  • Advised SunSetter Products Limited Partnership, the largest manufacturer of awnings and sun control products in the United States, in its sale to Springs Window Fashions, LLC, a leading supplier of blinds, shades, specialty treatments and window hardware and a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital.
  • Represented Conservation Services Group, Inc., the leading provider of residential energy efficiency programs in the United States, in the sale of substantially all its assets to CLEAResult Consulting, Inc., a leader in providing energy efficiency programs and a portfolio company of General Atlantic LLC.
  • Advised Hittite Microwave Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed, innovative designer and manufacturer of high performance integrated circuits, modules, subsystems and instrumentation for RF, microwave and millimeter wave applications, in its $2 billion acquisition by Analog Devices, Inc.
  • Represented A.T. Cross Company, a publicly traded designer and marketer of branded personal and business accessories, in the sale of its Cross Accessory Division to a newly formed affiliate of Clarion Capital Partners, LLC.
  • Represented Harbinger Capital Partners in the take-private of LightSquared (f/k/a SkyTerra Communications), a mobile satellite services provider with an enterprise value of approximately $1.845 billion.

Distressed M&A and Restructurings

  • Represented Hopkins Manufacturing (a portfolio company of Canada-based private equity fund ONCAP), a manufacturer of components for the automotive industry, in its acquisition of substantially all the assets of F3 Brands, a manufacturer and marketer of branded automotive maintenance, storage and outdoor products, via a Section 363 sale.
  • Represented Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, a leading publicly traded dermatological and aesthetic pharmaceutical company, in its $455 million acquisition of substantially all the U.S. and Canadian pharmaceutical assets of Graceway Pharmaceuticals, provider of dermatology, respiratory, and women's health products, via a U.S. Section 363 sale and a parallel Canadian receivership proceeding.
  • Advised Nortek, Inc., a diversified manufacturer of branded residential and commercial building products, on the corporate and securities law aspects of its Chapter 11 restructuring resulting in the elimination of $1.3 billion in debt.
  • Represented Simmons Company, the second-largest mattress producer in the United States, in its $760 million sale to Ares Management and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, effected under a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank Securities in its investment in a distressed electrical power generation facility in Colombia.
  • Advised an ad hoc unsecured bondholders’ committee on the corporate and securities law aspects of the £5.3 billion debt restructuring of Marconi, PLC, a publicly held English telecommunications company under a scheme of arrangement, one of the largest financial restructurings ever effected under English law.
  • Co-author, U.S. section of International M&A and Joint Ventures chapter of the ABA Section of International Law’s The Year in Review (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012)
  • “Delaware Chancery Court Reconfirms That Weighing Deal Risk is a Core Board Function,” NYSE Governance Services Newsletter (May 2015)
  • Co-author, “Delaware Chancery Court Reviews Two-Tiered Stockholder Rights Plan” ABA International M&A and Joint Ventures Committee Newsletter (October 17, 2014)
  • “Corporate Attorneys Must Mind the Details or Catch the Devil,” Corporate Counsel (October 10, 2012)
  • “What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Successor Liability and Sec. 363 Sales,” BNA's Bankruptcy Litigation Reporter (January 26, 2012)
  • “Drafting Effective and Enforceable Voting Proxy Appointments,” Practical Law Company (February 9, 2011)
  • “Private Fund Adviser Regulation Under the Dodd-Frank Act,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (October 4, 2010)
  • “Renewed Clarity After Clear Channel: Recent Cases Reaffirm the Finality of Section 363 Asset Sales,” The Journal of Bankruptcy Law (October 2010)
  • “Equitable (In)subordination − Considerations for Sponsors Lending to Portfolio Companies,” VC exPErts (February 2010)
  • “Splitting the Contractual Baby,” The Deal Magazine (July 20, 2009)
  • “Let Bylaws Be Bylaws,” The Deal Magazine (June 19, 2009)
  • “Delaware Chancery Court Potentially Opens Door to Limit Activist Stockholder Rights,” The Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 2, No. 10 (March 11, 2009)

Foley Hoag Alerts & Updates


  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A (2012-2019)
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Private Equity Buyouts (2010-2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions (2014-2020)
  • IFLR1000 United States, Highly Regarded, Massachusetts/M&A (2018)
  • PLC Which Lawyer?, Recommended Lawyer for Corporate M&A (2001-2012)
  • Legal 500 USA for Hedge Funds (2010)


  • Massachusetts Business Roundtable, member of Executive Committee and chair of Energy Task Force
  • Joseph W. Martin Jr., Institute for Law and Society, co-chair of Board of Advisors
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, member of Department of Emergency Medicine Advisory Council
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Vice Chair of International M&A and Joint Ventures Committee
  • International Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • “Distressed M&A – Can You Count to 363?” – New England M&A Forum (November 2018) 
  • “Banker Liability in M&A Transactions: Recent Developments Regarding Independence, Conflicts of Interest and Fairness Opinions,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2018 Annual Meeting (April 2018) 
  • “The Ins and Outs of Inbounds and Outbounds,” New England M&A Forum (November 2017)
  • “Crisis Management, Crisis Communications and Board Responsibilities,” Society for Governance Professionals Essential Express Conference (November 2017)
  • “How to Sell a Non-U.S. Business to a U.S. Public Company,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2017 Annual Meeting (April 2017) 
  • “Anatomy of a Cross-Border M&A Transaction: A Case Study,” Commercial Law and the New Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership Treaty colloquium sponsored by The Italian Bar Council, La Sapienza University of Rome and Suffolk University Law School (August 2016)
  • "Navigating Carve-Outs," New England M&A Forum (July 2016)
  • “Under Siege: Shareholder Activism, Governance Turmoil & Pressured Boards and Deals,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2016 Annual Spring Meeting (April 2016)
  • “Doing Well by Doing Good – CSR/ESG Considerations in the M&A Process,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2015 Annual Meeting (April 2015)
  • “M&A: Transforming Transactions to Build Better Deals,” NYSE Governance Services Chairman & CEO Peer Forum (April 2015)
  • Sotheby's to Loeb: 'Take Two and Call me in the Morning' - The Latest from Delaware on Poison Pills,” New England M&A Forum (June 2014)
  • “M&A – The Legal Department’s Role in Due Diligence, Managing Risk and Getting the Deal Done,” Panel Moderator, NYSE Governance Services West Coast General Counsel Forum (June 2014)
  • “Made in the USA – Cross-Border Shareholder Activism,”  American Bar Association Section of International Law 2014 Annual Meeting (April 2014)
  • “Doing a Cross Border Deal: Ethics and the M&A Lawyer,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2013 Fall Meeting (October 2013)
  • “Public M&A – Advanced Topics,” International Bar Association 2013 Annual Conference (October 2013)
  • “Private Equity Today,” International Bar Association 12th Annual International Mergers and Acquisitions Conference (June 2013)
  • “U.S. Economic and Regulatory Outlook: Implications for Corporate Leaders,” Panel Moderator, Directors Roundtable/Harvard Business School Association of Boston (February 2013)
  • “Anatomy of an M&A Deal – The Differences Between Public and Private Acquisition,” American Bar Association Section of International Law  teleconference (January 2013)
  • “The Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Due Diligence,” American Bar Association Section of International Law  teleconference (September 2012)
  • “Private Equity Today,” International Bar Association 11th Annual International Mergers and Acquisitions Conference (June 13, 2012)
  • “Legal Issues in Distressed Investing,” 2nd Annual HALB Law & Business Symposium, Harvard Law School (April 2012)
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions: Current Hot Topics and Practical Takeaways,” New England Corporate Counsel Association (March 2012)
  • “U.S. Economic & Regulatory Outlook: Implications for Corporate Leaders,” Panel Moderator, Directors Roundtable/Harvard Business School Association of Boston (January 2012)
  • "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Activist Stockholders as Participants in M&A Transactions," National Association of Corporate Directors (December 2011)
  • “Hostile Takeover Defenses: Recent Decisions; Evaluating and Structuring Anti-Takeover Strategies,” webinar (June 2011)
  • “Living in the Zone of Insolvency: Legal Dilemmas for Directors in Uncertain Times,” Boston Bar Association (April 2009)
  • “Overview of M&A Transactions Under the Bankruptcy Code,” Boston Bar Association (December 2008)
  • “Convergence of Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds,” Panel Moderator, 7th Annual Distressed Investment Summit (November 2008)
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