About Martin Q. Ruhaak

Martin Ruhaak offers a steady hand to clients in even the most challenging mergers and acquisitions. He helps private equity funds and other clients acquire businesses, and then maximize the value of their investments through forward-looking strategies. His unusually versatile practice can handle large public mergers as comfortably as sub-$100 million deals for smaller clients.

A cool hand in volatile deals

The diverse M&A experience that Martin has accumulated at a relatively young age puts him at ease in mergers, leveraged buyouts and financings of all sizes. More importantly, it has helped him develop the calm demeanor that clients value when transactional waters get rough. Martin doesn't get "sick at sea" when obstacles arise. It's an attribute that helps to achieve favorable outcomes, as when a public company client faced immense pressure from activist investors opposed to its proposed acquisition by a competitor. Martin kept the deal on track, and satisfied opposition, by helping his client secure a higher purchase price.

Martin counsels private equity firms, their portfolio companies, family offices, institutional investors and large companies. His clients have included Gryphon Investors, Onward Capital, Glen Echo Capital, PSP Partners, Frontenac Company, Svoboda Capital and Madison Capital Funding. The deals he has advised on span a wide variety of sectors, including insurance, financial services, business services, consulting and retail. In addition to his M&A and leveraged buyout work, he helps clients with equity and debt financings, restructurings and general corporate matters.

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Practice Focus

  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Equity and debt financings
  • Restructurings and recapitalizations
  • General corporate advice