Matt Brinker focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, start-up and emerging growth companies, joint ventures, and other business and commercial transactions, including employment agreements.

Client Experience

  • Middle-market private equity firms and their portfolio companies in numerous M&A transactions, on the buy-side and the sell-side, domestic and international, including transactions with complex preferred equity financing and/or senior secured and mezzanine debt financing

  • Founders, entrepreneurs and start-ups, as well as investors, in a variety of sectors, such as Finance & FinTech, Healthcare & MedTech, Pharma Services, Logistics & Delivery Services, Consulting & Business Services, Hospitality & Entertainment and Food Services

  • Early-stage and emerging companies in capital-raising transactions—from seed rounds and angel investments to Series A/B/C etc. rounds and control investments

  • Closely-held businesses as “outside general counsel” on various commercial and corporate matters

  • B Corps and other benefit companies on organizational, governance and compliance matters 

Representative Matters


  • Represented an international agroscience testing and services company in its strategic acquisition of a contract research site and services business, including long-term leases for the research farms used in the business.
  • Represented the founders of a clinical trial and pharmaceutical development consulting and technology company in their exit sale to a PE-backed international pharma services conglomerate for consideration in excess of $50 million, including cash and rollover equity.
  • Represented the founders of a SaaS technology company in the auto repair shop industry in their exit sale to a private equity buyer for consideration in excess of $55 million, including cash and rollover equity.
  • Represented an app-based construction site management software provider and its founder in the sale of all of the company’s assets to a strategic acquirer.
  • Represented a middle market private equity fund in its carve-out acquisition of a portfolio company in the electronic component manufacturing industry and then subsequent sale to a strategic acquirer.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of a specialty transportation services company and then in its growth and exit sale for $70+ million to another private equity buyer.

  • Represented a private equity-backed national courier and logistics company in connection with its strategic acquisition of another national courier and logistics company for $40+ million and then several strategic bolt-on acquisitions from $5+ million to $20+ million. 
  • Represented a healthcare technology company in its strategic sale to a large international conglomerate for $140+ million.
  • Represented the selling group, including two founding shareholders, in e-commerce company’s sale to a private-equity-backed strategic acquirer for $30+ million, including rollover equity and earn-out consideration.

  • Represented a staffing company in its $50+ million sale, including rollover equity, to a private equity buyer.

  • Represented a medical device R&D company in the sale of certain proprietary products and associated IP rights to a strategic acquirer for $150+ million.

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  • Represented a transportation and logistics company in the oil and gas industry in connection with its acquisition of a majority interest in a privately held transportation logistics company for $19+ million, plus future earn-out and other contingent consideration.

  • Represented the founder and sole shareholder of a national telecommunications services company in connection with the company’s approximately $26 million sale to a private equity buyer and with the founder’s lease of real estate and $6+ million mezzanine loan to the post-closing company.

  • Represented a custom software design company with operations in the U.S. and Israel in connection with a strategic buyer’s acquisition of substantially all of the assets and liabilities of the company in exchange for equity.

  • Represented a diversified manufacturing business in connection with its corporate reorganization and approximately $22 million affiliated debt restructuring for tax purposes in contemplation of a sale of certain business lines.

  • Represented the lead investor group in the acquisition of a controlling interest in a specialty grocery business from its founder for approximately $4 million.

  • Represented a software provider and its founder in connection with the sale of the company to a strategic buyer for $7+ million, plus additional earn-out consideration.

  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with its acquisition and equity financing of a manufactured home financing company for approximately $10 million.

  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with its acquisition and preferred equity financing of a construction supply and financing company for approximately $10 million.

  • Represented a long-standing Philadelphia-area nonprofit providing community support services in its merger of equals with another similar non-profit for the purposes of creating a larger and more sustainable network of support services to various communities throughout Philadelphia.


  • Represented a private equity fund and its portfolio companies in the specialty transportation services industry in connection with their $32+ million credit facilities, including senior secured term and revolving debt and unsecured mezzanine debt, as well as with $13+ million in vehicle financing transactions.

  • Represented rapidly growing construction finance start-up and its lead investor in the company's $10 million Series A and later $30 million Series B funding rounds. 
  • Represented FinTech start-up in connection with its approximately $2 million offering of convertible promissory notes and later $5+ million series seed financing round. 

  • Represented a special purpose investment fund in its $12+ million preferred equity investment in a hospitality enterprise certified as a B Corp.
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $10 million Series A investment in an alternative financial solutions start-up focused on higher education. 
  • Represented a medical devices company in its offering of approximately $5 million in convertible promissory notes. 
  • Represented the lead investor in its purchase and subsequent sale of a controlling interest in a distressed debt fund holding approximately $5 million of defaulted indebtedness of a paper processing business.

  • Represented a private lending fund in connection with various acquisition and revolving credit facilities to professional practices.
  • Represented a development-stage medical device company in connection with its various offerings of over $6 million in preferred equity capital.

  • Represented a life sciences company in connection with its $2 million offering of Series C Preferred Stock.

Personal Insights

My Greatest Strengths
  • Advising clients on their legal issues with a view toward their strategic business objectives.

  • Articulating my client’s value proposition in contract negotiations and closing the win-win transaction.

  • Problem-solving for the cost-conscious entrepreneur.

  • Closing complex M&A, financing, and other commercial transactions in a time-efficient manner.

  • I have been selected as a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for Business and Corporate each year since 2018.

  • I am a member of the ACG University Class of 2016.

  • I am a published member of the Temple Law Review, and I was the recipient of the Josef Jaffe Corporate Law Scholarship at Temple Law School.

  • I love playing, coaching and watching soccer and traveling with my wife and kids to new places, while also frequently visiting the local establishments of Ambler, PA. 


Practice Focus
  • Business & Commercial Transactions

  • Private Equity & Venture Capital

  • Debt & Equity Financing Transactions

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • General Business & Corporate Counseling

  • B Corps & Benefit Companies


  • Emerging companies

  • Mid-Cap/middle market

  • Venture capital

  • Private equity

  • Sustainable and mission-driven businesses 


Speaking Engagements

Community & Professional

Community & Professional
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Philadelphia), Member


J.D., Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2012

  • Temple Law Review, member 
  • Josef Jaffe Corporate Law Scholarship 

M.B.A., Indiana University Kelley School of Business, 2009

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Johns Hopkins University, Writing Seminars, 2006


  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey


Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Business and Corporate, 2018-2023

Forty Under 40, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2023

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