Rizzo Joines Sidley Austin

Matthew Rizzo has joined Sidley Austin has a partner, resident in New York. He will focus on PE, M&A and venture capital.


Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Matthew J. Rizzo has joined the firm as a partner, resident in New York. Mr. Rizzo will continue to focus his practice on private equity, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital.
“Matt has broad industry experience and knowledge, which makes him an excellent choice to expand the firm’s private equity capabilities in New York,” said Scott Freeman, a global coordinator of Sidley’s M&A and private equity group. “Sidley has a respected M&A and private equity team and is committed to growing those practices in New York and around the world. Matt is a terrific addition to our New York team and will add a new roster of private equity clients.”

Mr. Rizzo regularly represents private equity firms in acquisitions and dispositions of privately and publicly held businesses across a wide range of industries. He also advises public company boards of directors with respect to their fiduciary duties in a variety of contexts. Mr. Rizzo also has extensive experience representing venture capital investors and privately held companies in early-stage and follow-on investments and financings.

“Sidley boasts a leading global M&A practice and I am eager to build on this platform,” said Mr. Rizzo. “In addition to working with terrific colleagues in my area, it is exciting to envision the full range of services that clients receive at Sidley.”

Mr. Rizzo received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.S., cum laude, from Georgetown University.

Sidley has a leading global M&A and private equity practice comprising more than 200 lawyers in 17 offices worldwide who are engaged in the full spectrum of public and private M&A and private equity transactions of all sizes. The group’s clients include large and small companies, private equity funds and other financial sponsors, boards of directors, special committees and financial advisors.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s premier full-service law firms, with more than 1600 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Sidley is recognized for service and responsiveness. Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the inaugural U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2010. BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as one of only three firms to have been in the top ten of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001, and as number one in three of those years.

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