R. Kevin Saunders


Kevin is a Partner in the firm's Cleveland office who focuses his practice in Mergers and Acquisitions. While building his practice, Kevin has participated in deal teams that have collectively closed transactions worth more than $3.4 Billion, in a variety of industries, including healthcare, cannabis, manufacturing, software and real estate. Primarily focusing on transactions involving acquisitions, recapitalizations and dispositions of operating businesses, he has developed substantial technical knowledge in drafting and negotiating deal documents, managing comprehensive or targeted due diligence reviews, coordinating deal teams of cross-practice specialists and strategically partnering with clients to navigate the "art of the deal," successfully closing $2.385B plus of M&A deals.

Contact Information

200 Public Square, Suite 3270, Cleveland, Ohio 44114


Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.
Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, M.S.F.
The Ohio State University, cum laude, B.S.B.A.


Kevin’s overall practice offers services including:

  • Deal structuring
  • Negotiation and execution of deal agreements
  • Joint venture/partnership formation
  • Project financing
  • Capital raising including fund formation
  • Tax strategy and reorganization
  • IP commercialization and monetization
  • Corporate governance


He has experience representing a broad range of real property developers and owners in property acquisitions, project development, leasing and project finance with over $695M in real estate transactions closed. He represents both borrowers and lenders in a variety of financing arrangements, including traditional bank loans, SBA loans, mezzanine financing, equipment leasing, receivables factoring, floorplan financing, asset-based securitizations, private placement securities offerings, bonds and other government incentive financing programs, resulting in over $300M in debt and equity financing deals successfully consummated.

With a background in Finance and Accounting, and experience running privately held companies, Kevin has a broad base of knowledge regarding tax structuring considerations and consequences, helping clients to mitigate risk by implementing tax-efficient transaction and entity structures, and devising capital allocation strategies, appropriate for each client’s situation and goals. Kevin also has a niche focus in distressed situations, with an ability to devise creative solutions to complex scenarios and add value through BMD's and his personal network of professional advisors, investors, C-suite executive talent and other resources.  

Representative Engagements

  • Represent buyer in asset acquisition of oil separator manufacturing business and manufacturing facility located in North Carolina for $8.825M total consideration
  • Represent seller of e-discovery software suite in $55M asset sale to national private equity firm as platform for roll-up acquisition strategy (structure involved partial seller equity roll-over)
  • Represent physician group in structuring, negotiation and closing joint venture with national operating and capital partner to operate an ambulatory surgical center valued at $7.5M
  • Represent joint-venture sponsor in the development of a $46M health & wellness and medical office building located in the HealthTech Corridor of Lake Nona, Orlando, FL master-planned health & wellness community, including real estate zoning and entitlements, JV formation and governance, $12.5M private securities offering and $30M senior debt financing
  • Represent project sponsor in $16M private securities offering, involving $6M convertible notes and $10M unsecured promissory notes, to finance capital equipment and facilities build-out for vertically integrated medical cannabis operation
  • Represent seller in $33.5M sale of 90K SF mixed-use student housing (312 beds) and "innovation" educational space located on the University of Florida college campus to a national real estate private equity fund
  • Represent seller of machine kit building systems in asset sale to N. American affiliate of international industrial & commercial goods conglomerate for total transaction consideration of $5.25M
  • Represent seller in $2.8M sale of consumer insurance brokerage software platform and related assets to national insurance brokerage
  • Represent buyer in acquisition of chemical manufacturing business, intellectual property, equipment and real estate containing manufacturing facility and warehouse for total consideration of $1.35M

Courts & Bars

  • Ohio

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders Forum (2017)
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Associate Member (2016-2017)
  • Minds Matter Cleveland (2016-2017)
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