Mr. Koeppel is a Partner and the Team Leader of the firm’s Private Equity Practice. Mr. Koeppel is a corporate lawyer who has successfully structured, negotiated and closed over 250 transactions in the past two decades, which typically involve mergers and acquisitions, fund formations and investments, and various private equity transactions (including fund secondary transactions, co-investments, venture financings and cross-border deals). He also works with clients on reviewing / structuring their Qualified Opportunity Zone investments. Mr. Koeppel acts as counsel to a number of leading funds, independent sponsors, institutional investors and middle market companies focused on buy-out, venture, real estate, intellectual property, fund-of-funds, co-investments, secondaries and other strategies. He also often acts as US counsel to non-US clients on their US private equity and investment fund transactions.

On the M&A / private equity transactions side, Mr. Koeppel has advised on deals from $5 million to $250 million+ in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, consumer goods, food, distribution, business services, cleantech and medical / health care.

He is a frequent speaker at a number of leading private equity and M&A events. Mr. Koeppel and his team take a pro-active and practical approach to helping clients make connections and successfully navigating the various legal challenges in any private equity transaction. Prior to joining Lippes, he was a partner in the private equity and investment funds group of an AmLaw 100 firm.

Articles & Publications

  • New York

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University at Buffalo, M.B.A., with distinction
  • University at Buffalo, B.S., summa cum laude

Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA, Leading Corporate/M&A Lawyer (Upstate New York)
  • Chambers USA, Leading Private Equity Lawyer (Investment Funds)
  • Chambers Global, Leading Private Equity Lawyer (Investment Funds)
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers®, Leading M&A Lawyer and Leading Closely Held Business Lawyer (2015, 2016)

Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association - Negotiated Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital, and Closely Held Business Committees 
  • New York State Bar Association - Business Law Section
  • Bar Association of Erie County - Corporation Law Committee, Past Chair
  • Vistage - Trusted Advisor
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Upstate Capital Association of New York

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