Michael A. de Gennaro

Senior Counsel

Michael A. de Gennaro

Senior Counsel


Direct: 716-248-3220
Fax: 716-248-3320

At a Glance

Michael de Gennaro is a Senior Counsel in the Business and Finance Department. His practice focuses on the representation of domestic and international companies in all stages of development, private equity firms, and entrepreneurs. Michael's primary areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, finance transactions and general corporate matters across a broad range of industries, including transportation, education, manufacturing, aerospace/defense, pharmaceuticals and financial services. He represents clients in all phases of their business life cycle from start-up to sale of the company. In addition, Michael was formerly the General Counsel at Keolis North America, the U.S. subsidiary of the French national railroad (SNCF), where he was responsible for a number of high-profile transportation procurements in North America, including Keolis's successful bid to operate and maintain the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority's commuter rail lines in Boston.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.
  • City College of the City University of New York, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of Texas
  • District of Columbia

Key Representative Matters

  • Representation of a government contractor in the defense industry with respect to the $10 million sale of its business
  • Representation of Chinese purchaser in its auction bid to purchase a U.S.-based semiconductor foundry
  • Representation of services company in the $500 million sale of its business
  • Representation of a defense consulting firm in the leveraged acquisition of a competitor
  • Lead counsel to software development and consulting firm in its acquisition of stock, equity re-structuring and related employment and employee incentive matters
  • Representation of investor groups in the formation of private equity funds and execution of acquisitions and divestitures
  • Representation of lenders and borrowers with respect to conventional asset-based and SBA loans
  • Lender's counsel with respect to loan work-outs with various borrowers
  • Representation of publicly-traded and closely-held companies with respect to strategic transactions and corporate governance/compliance matters

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Legal Affairs Committee, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Practice Areas: Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures • Emerging Companies • Cross Border Transactions • Private Equity & Venture Capital • Commercial and Asset Based Lending • Corporate Governance