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Brian Finnegan is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. His practice focuses on the representation of private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a wide variety of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, strategic investments, recapitalizations and opportunistic financings. Brian has represented clients in the chemicals, energy, gaming, financial services and general industrials fields, among others.

Brian is a former Naval Flight Officer who flew in carrier-based surveillance aircraft, and prior to practicing law, served as a military advisor to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s South American section.


Representative experience includes:

  • Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC in its $300 million investment in CH2M, a Colorado-based provider of critical infrastructure and natural resource;
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, along with Riverstone Holdings LLC and other investors, in a $7.15 billion acquisition of the oil and natural gas exploration and production assets of El Paso Corporation;
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management in its $2.4 billion carve-out acquisition of McGraw-Hill Education, a digital learning company, from The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.;
  • MidCap Financial, a middle-market lending unit affiliated with Paul, Weiss client Apollo Global Management LLC, in its $3.6 billion agreement to acquire loans managed by Mubadala GE Capital, a joint venture lending business between General Electric Capital Corporation and Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development Company;
  • Time Warner Cable in its $3 billion acquisition of Insight Communications;
  • Apollo Global Management in its establishment of Apollo Credit Opportunity Funds I and II;
  • Caesars Entertainment Corporation in its formation of a new growth-oriented entity, Caesars Growth Partners, and a related $1.1 billion rights offering;
  • Goodman Global, Inc. (NYSE: GGL) in its sale to affiliates of Hellman & Friedman;
  • Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. in its acquisition of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino;
  • Jacuzzi Brands Corp. in a recapitalization and financial restructuring;
  • Liz Claiborne, Inc. (now Kate Spade & Company) in its sale of the Liz Claiborne family of brands and the Monet brand to J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc; and
  • Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE: OCN) in the structuring and spin-off of its Altisource Portfolio Solutions (NASDAQ: ASPS) business.



  • J.D., George Washington University Law School
  • M.B.A., National University
  • B.A., American University

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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