John Laco


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John Laco represents private and public companies, private equity and pension funds and family investment offices in mergers and acquisitions (buy-side and sell-side), equity and debt financing and recapitalization transactions. John has advised on significant operating company mergers and acquisitions in addition to complex infrastructure transactions.

John also provides boards of directors, CEOs, and executive management with general corporate advice (fiduciary duties, executive compensation, corporate structure and stockholder agreements) and counsel with respect to joint ventures and other strategic decisions. John has experience across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, professional services, medical devices, apparel, aerospace, entertainment, retail, software and technology, including semiconductor and clean energy technologies.


Honors & Awards

  • Named a “Super Lawyer” in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles Magazine (2014-2015)
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer for private equity buyouts by The Legal 500 United States (2010-2011)
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer for private equity by the International Financial Law Review 1000 (2011)


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Loyola Marymount University, J.D., 1992: Loyola Law Review, Editor and Staff Member; Order of the Coif; American Jurisprudence Award, Torts/Legal Writing
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S.E.E., 1987
  • Lead Engineer/Manager, Northrop, Reliability Engineering Group, 1987-1989

Professional Activities


  • “Preparing to Go Public” and “What is Going Private?” chapters for Handbook for Corporate Officers and Directors, RR Donnelley Financial 


  • Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La Canada, CA


  • "Water Utility Perspective: Developing advanced data sharing and analytics," Establishing a Cloud-Based Water and Energy Data Platform Workshop (June 2016)
  • Representing Custom Sensors & Technologies in general corporate matters and disposition transactions 
  • Representing Panavision in general corporate matters, acquisitions and recapitalization transactions 
  • Representing Brookfield Asset Management in private equity transactions, including its acquisition of a 49% equity interest in TraPac from MOL 
  • Representing the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in connection with portfolio company investment and disposition transactions, including its investment in Woodspur Farming, the NYSE initial public offering of GNC and multiple private equity transactions 
  • Representing Mitsui USA in in portfolio company investment transactions