Tana Ryan advises private equity funds and public and private companies in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including complex mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and minority investments.

Ms. Ryan helps clients navigate a full spectrum of corporate transactions, including:

  • Domestic and cross-border leveraged buyouts and mergers and acquisitions
  • Carve-outs and spin-offs
  • Going private transactions
  • Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formation and deSPAC transactions
  • Distressed acquisitions, special situations, and in-court and out-of-court restructurings
  • Minority investments
  • Corporate governance arrangements
  • Executive compensation and equity incentive programs

She regularly navigates significant transactions across a multitude of industries, including software, media, and technology; energy, infrastructure, and transportation; financial and business services; healthcare; industrials and manufacturing; and consumer and retail products. Ms. Ryan is known in particular for leading transactions with high levels of complexity, whether due to stringent regulatory overlays, distressed dynamics, or complicated cross-border elements. She has led numerous transactions that have been profiled by such leading media outlets as The Deal, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Law360, and The American Lawyer.

Ms. Ryan is also known for her work to further diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal industry, including through her mentoring efforts, participation as a diversity leader in D&I panels and speaking engagements, and development of initiatives designed to further inroads for historically underrepresented individuals in the legal community. Additionally, she is a member of Latham’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee, which promotes women in business both inside and outside the firm.

Representative clients include:

  • H.I.G. Capital
  • Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
  • Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
  • Neos Partners
  • Oaktree Capital
  • Parthenon Capital
  • Tenex Capital

Ms. Ryan’s experience includes advising:

Energy, Infrastructure, and Transportation

  • Neos Partners in its:
    • Acquisition of Mill Creek Renewables
    • Acquisition of RMS Energy
  • Crimson Renewable Energy Holdings in the sale of its used cooking oil collection and aggregation business to Neste, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel produced from waste and residue raw materials
  • Oaktree Capital in:
    • A series of strategic transactions with Calumet Specialty Products Partners to establish Montana Renewables LLC
    • Its investment in ITG Communications
    • Its acquisition of MWH Constructors in an international carve-out from Stantec*
    • Its Canadian take private acquisition of NAPEC, a provider of construction and maintenance services*
    • Its acquisition of Shoals Technologies, a provider of electrical balance of systems solutions, and subsequent initial public offering that raised more than US$1.9 billion in proceeds*
    • Its acquisition of Array Technologies, a leading manufacturer of solar tracking solutions, and subsequent initial public offering at a market capitalization of more than US$4 billion*
  • Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives in:
    • Its acquisition of William Charles Construction Group*
    • Its acquisitions of Sajia and the ACC Companies*
    • Multiple rounds of preferred investments by Oaktree Capital and Ares Management Corporation*
  • Solus Alternative Asset Management in its acquisition of Jack Cooper Transport as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy*
  • AECOM in its US$175 million acquisition of Shimmick Construction*

Software, Media, and Technology

  • H.I.G. Capital in its:
    • Acquisition of Ascent Global Logistics, a leading provider of technology-enabled, expedited logistics and supply chain solution services
    • Acquisition of Mainline Information Systems, a designer of custom IT and hardware software solutions 
    • Acquisition of RBmedia, a leading publisher in audiobooks and spoken content
    • Sale of Trace3, a premier provider of IT solutions and services, to affiliates of American Securities
    • Acquisition of Cleo Communications, an ecosystem integration software company*
    • Acquisition of Helpsystems from Summit Partners and subsequent sale to HGGC*
    • Acquisition via carve-out of Quicken, a personal and small business financial software maker, from Intuit*
    • Take private acquisition of NCI, an IT and professional services provider to government clients*
  • Lionbridge, a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital, in its C$1.2 billion sale of its artificial intelligence business to TELUS International*
  • Inmate Calling Solutions in acquiring certain telecom assets from CenturyLink Public Communications*
  • Private investment fund in its acquisition of a significant interest in Global Cloud Xchange as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy*
  • Oaktree Capital in multiple radio investments which were merged to form Townsquare Media, and subsequent initial public offering of Townsquare Media*

Financial and Business Services

  • H.I.G. Capital in its carve-out acquisition of Buck Consultants from Conduent*
  • Parthenon Capital in its:
    • Sale of H.D. Vest Financial Services for US$580 million to Blucora*
    • Initial growth investment in loanDepot, and subsequent initial public offering*
    • Take private acquisition of Coastal Credit, a specialized auto finance company*
  • Värde Partners and J.C. Flowers & Co. in their joint acquisition of CitiFinancial Canada from Citigroup*


  • Marlin Equity Partners in its investment in CE Broker
  • Levine Leichtman Capital Partners in its:
    • Acquistion of Therapeutic Research Center from Francisco Partners*
    • Acquisition of Genova Diagnostics*
  • Private equity sponsor in its acquisition of a specialty pharmacy and infusion company*
  • Tenex Capital and Roscoe Medical in the acquisition of Carex Health Brands*
  • MTS Health Partners and Oaktree Capital in the sale of Senior Home Care to Kindred Healthcare*

Industrials and Manufacturing

  • Neos Partners in its acquisition of MGM Transformer
  • Oaktree Capital in its:
    • Acquisition of LPW Group, a leading designer and manufacturer of critical-use valves, actuators, fittings, and flanges
    • Acquisition of a minority interest in Jones Industrial Holdings*
    • Acquisition of Osmose Utilities Services, and subsequent sale, in two separate transactions, to Koppers and to Kohlberg & Company*
  • Tenex Capital in its acquisition by international carve out of the machinery and tools business of Walter Meier AG of Switzerland, and subsequent sale to Gamut Capital Management*
  • Carlyle Group in its acquisition out of bankruptcy via credit bid of Metaldyne and subsequent sale to American Securities*

Consumer and Retail Products

  • Tenex Capital in its investment in Oliver, a manufacturer of paper-based specialty packaging solutions
  • Petco Animal Supplies Stores in its acquisition of a controlling stake in its pet hospital joint venture with Thrive Pet Healthcare
  • J.C. Penney in its sale of its operating assets for US$1.75 billion to Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy*
  • Golden Gate Capital in its carve-out acquisition of the Red Lobster restaurant chain for US$2.2 billion*
  • Oaktree Capital in its acquisition of Quiksilver as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy, as well as its subsequent combination with Billabong International Limited*
  • Things Remembered in its sale to Enesco as part of its chapter 11 bankruptcy*
  • Parthenon Capital in its acquisition of Envysion, a provider of video surveillance systems for retail businesses*
  • Madison Dearborn Partners in its:
    • Acquisition of CDW Corporation for US$7.3 billion and subsequent public offering*
    • Acquisition of The Yankee Candle Company and subsequent sale to Jarden Corporation for US$1.75 billion*
    • Acquisition of Bolthouse Farms and subsequent sale to Campbell Soup Co. for US$1.55 billion*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • Illinois


  • JD, University of Chicago, 2003
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
    cum laude