Blair T. Thetford focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities transactions and general corporate matters.


Mr. Thetford has represented strategic and financial clients on a variety of U.S. and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, investments, joint ventures, restructurings, spin-offs, initial public offerings and various REIT transactions. He regularly advises clients on shareholder activism, takeover preparedness, securities laws, SEC disclosure and corporate governance matters. Mr. Thetford also represents investment banks as financial advisors in M&A transactions.

Mr. Thetford has represented clients across a wide variety of industries, including:

  • Fortress Investment Group LLC in a variety of matters, including its $3.3 billion acquisition by SoftBank Group; the sale of Logan Circle Partners to MetLife, Inc. and its prior acquisition of Logan Circle Partners from Guggenheim Capital; the sale of its majority stake in Abercrombie & Kent to Zhonghong Holdings; and its 80 percent acquisition of American General Finance from AIG;
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company in its $24 billion acquisition of C. R. Bard, Inc.;
  • HCP, Inc. (a REIT) in various corporate matters, including its spin-off of Quality Care Properties, Inc., a publicly traded REIT; and its $6.1 billion acquisition of the real estate assets of HCR Manor Care from The Carlyle Group;
  • Danaher Corporation in numerous M&A matters, including the $2.6 billion combination of its communications business with NetScout Systems, Inc.; and its acquisitions of Devicor Medical Products, Nobel Biocare Holding AG and Keithley Instruments, Inc.;
  • New Residential Investment Corp. (a REIT) in its $1.4 billion acquisition of Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd.; and its $190 million acquisition of Shellpoint Partners LLC;
  • Brookdale Senior Living Inc. in a number of transactions, including its $2.8 billion merger with Emeritus Corporation; and its $1.2 billion joint venture with HCP, Inc.;
  • New Senior Investment Group Inc. (a REIT) in its publicly announced exploration of strategic alternatives;
  • Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. in its $1.5 billion acquisition by Aspen Skiing Co, LLC and KSL Capital Partners, LLC;
  • affiliates of MSX International, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Bain Capital;
  • One Main Holdings, Inc. in a variety of matters, including its initial public offering;
  • Darden Restaurants, Inc. in the spin-off of Four Corners Property Trust, Inc., a publicly traded REIT;
  • Life Time Fitness, Inc. in its $4 billion acquisition by Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital and its exploration of a spin-off of its real estate assets into a REIT;
  • Moelis & Company in its initial public offering;
  • Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. in its $4.3 billion acquisition by Tenet Healthcare Corporation;
  • Aircastle Limited in the PIPE investment made in it by Marubeni Corporation;
  • SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd. in its $1.8 billion acquisition by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; and its initial public offering;
  • Emeritus Corporation in the sale by its joint venture with Blackstone Real Estate Partners of $1.8 billion of senior housing communities to HCP, Inc.;
  • RailAmerica, Inc. in its $2.8 billion acquisition by Genesee & Wyoming Inc.; and its IPO; and
  • a number of public companies in connection with activist investor matters, including Brookdale Senior Living Inc., New Senior Investment Group Inc. and Newcastle Investment Corp.



  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2008 (Member, Fordham Law Review)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2001


  • New York

Blair T. Thetford

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions