Martin Q. Ruhaak

Partner

Martin Ruhaak
  • JD, cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law, 2007
  • BA, summa cum laude, Eastern Illinois University, 2004

Qualifications

  • Illinois, 2012
  • New York, 2008
  • Member, Private Equity Editorial Board, Law360 (2020)
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 40 under 40” (2021) 
  • The Legal 500 (2016, 2019)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star (2018, 2020) 

Martin Q. Ruhaak

Partner

Martin (Marty) Ruhaak has built an impressive reputation in the private equity industry for tackling complexities and designing deal structures that help clients optimize value and strategic opportunities. 

Clients value Marty’s sophisticated understanding of how to navigate the issues facing private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as demonstrated by his many deep-rooted client relationships that extend to multiple deals in diverse industries. He has a unique ability to assist private equity investors throughout the life cycle of an investment, navigating business, regulatory and transactional issues in volatile markets. Most recently, Marty has been advising clients in connection with concerns regarding the potential implications of the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact on their investments.

Marty complements wide-ranging transactional knowledge with a keen understanding of the objectives and risks associated with his clients’ target industries, enabling him to serve as both a strategic and transactional advisor. He leads legal teams across numerous key industries, including health care, technology, business services, insurance, financial services, retail and consumer products, government contracts, and energy. 

Marty’s experience encompasses the full range of strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, equity and debt financings, restructurings, and recapitalizations. In addition to private equity firms, his clients include leading public companies, family offices, institutional investors, high-net-worth individuals, independent sponsors and mezzanine equity/debt funds, and public and private companies.   

Marty is recognized by The Legal 500—the world’s largest legal referral guide—as a go-to attorney for “M&A/Corporate and Commercial – Private Equity Buyouts.” In April 2019, he was appointed to the Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees.

Experience

  • Represented BBH Capital Partners:
    • Acquisition of American SprayTech, LLC, a contract filler of aerosol and bag-on-valve spray products for the personal care and OTC drug industries
    • Acquisition of DynaGrid Holdings, a provider of substation and transmission line and drilling solutions to major utilities and municipalities, from CIC Partners
    • Acquisition of Utility Pipeline, Ltd., a provider of natural gas distribution and related services serving residential, commercial and industrial markets in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Virginia and West Virginia*
    • Recapitalization of Heniff Transportation Systems, a provider of liquid bulk transportation services*
    • Acquisition of 700 Valve LLC, a distributor of specialty industrial valves for MRO use in industrial and energy-related applications*
    • Acquisition and financing of Precision Terminal Logistics, an operator of transloading terminals*
  • Represented Centerbridge Partners and The Vistria Group in the acquisition of Help at Home LLC, a provider of home and community-based care services, from Wellspring Capital, and the acquisition of Adaptive Nursing and Healthcare Services by Help at Home LLC
  • Represented Frontenac Company:
    • Acquisition of Motion and Control Solutions, an industrial distributor and servicer of connectors, hydraulics and pneumatics*
    • Sale of GNAP LLC, a distributor of industrial abrasive products, equipment and specialty ceramics, to Center Oak Partners* 
    • Sale of Liquid Technologies, a contract formulator and manufacturer of personal care products, to PLZ Aeroscience Corp.* 
  • Represented GHO Capital Partners in its acquisition of Two Labs LLC, a strategic consulting and commercialization provider to the biopharma industry, from Excellere Partners, and the subsequent combination of Two Labs LLC and Envision Pharma Group
  • Represented Gryphon Investors:
    • Acquisition of Orchid Underwriters Agency LLC, a managing general agency and managing general underwriting in the specialty property and casualty insurance market*
    • Sale of Orchid Underwriters Agency LLC to TowerBrook Capital Partners*
    • Sale of DLC Group, a finance and accounting consulting and staffing agency, to the Addison Group*
    • Sale of Update Legal, a legal services staffing and consulting agency, to Conversion Capital*
  • Represented Onward Capital:
    • Acquisition of Domaille Engineering LLC, a precision engineering contract manufacturer for the aerospace, defense, and telecommunications industries*
    • Acquisition of Connecticut Electric, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of specialty electrical components, from Thompson Street Capital Partners*
    • Acquisition of Fluorescent Supply Co. Inc., a manufacturer of commercial lighting technologies* 
  • Represented PSP Partners:
    • Acquisition of 3Q Digital, a performance and digital marketing agency*
    • Acquisition of Bushel Boy Farms, a greenhouse produce grower*
    • Sale of Bushel Boy Farms to Rahr Corp.*
    • Acquisition of E.B. Bradley & Co., a provider of specialty hardware and cabinetry for design and fabrication industries, from Industrial Opportunity Partners*
    • Acquisition of Halo Branded Solutions, a developer and distributor of custom promotional products, from Compass Diversified Holdings, Inc.*
    • Sale of Halo Branded Solutions to Audax Private Equity*
    • Acquisition of Money Mailer LLC, a provider of data driven marketing solutions for small-to-medium sized businesses, from Madison Industries*
  • Represented The Vistria Group in its acquisition of Mission Healthcare, a provider of home health and hospice services
  • Represented Wynnchurch Capital in its acquisition of Labrie Environmental Group, a manufacturer of refuse collection vehicles and related parts

*Experience prior to joining Ropes & Gray

Publications

Presentations

  • JD, cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law, 2007
  • BA, summa cum laude, Eastern Illinois University, 2004

Qualifications

  • Illinois, 2012
  • New York, 2008
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 40 under 40” (2021) 
  • The Legal 500 (2016, 2019)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star (2018, 2020) 
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