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Rita-Anne O'Neill


Rita-Anne O'Neill

Los Angeles +1-310-712-6600+1-310-712-6600 +1-310-712-8800+1-310-712-8800

Rita O’Neill is a partner in the General Practice Group and has a broad-based practice that includes advising clients on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings, and providing general corporate advice on disclosure and governance. She has advised clients in a wide range of industries, including apparel, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences, semiconductors, telecommunications and transportation.

Rankings and Recognitions

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in 2014 for Private Equity Buyouts and Capital Markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers and managers.
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by IFLR1000 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
  • Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2014 as one of the "Women Making a Difference" in Los Angeles.
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers in 2014.
  • Named among the Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers of 2013. The list recognizes women lawyers in California who are at the top of their practice

Pro Bono Experience

  • Various pro bono matters including the representation of The Valor Academy, a charter school in North Hollywood, California, in its corporate formation, governance and application to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association Business Law Section
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
      • Women in M&A Task Force (Vice Chair)
      • Market Trends Subcommittee – 2015 Strategic Buyer/Public Target Study Working Group (Member)


  • Royal Philips in its acquisition of Wellcentive
  • Lion Capital LLP in its acquisition of a minority interest in Authentic Brands Group from certain of Authentic Brand’s existing equityholders
  • 1st Century Bancshares, Inc. in its acquisition by Midland Financial Co.
  • FilmYard Holdings, parent company of MIRAMAX, in MIRAMAX’s acquisition by beIN MEDIA GROUP
  • A fund managed by the Private Equity Group of Ares Management, L.P. in its acquisition of a significant stake in American Tire Distributors, Inc.
  • Philips in its acquisition of Volcano Corporation
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in its acquisition of PODS and in its acquisition of SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd
  • Versa Capital Management, LLC in connection with the acquisition of Sport Chalet, Inc. by Vestis Retail Group, which is owned by funds advised by Versa; Versa and Lubert-Adler in their acquisition of Central Parking; and Versa in the sale of Central Parking to Standard Parking
  • Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its acquisition by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Ares Management LLC and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in their acquisition of CPG International Inc. by their affiliated funds
  • Billabong in its sale of a 51.5% interest in Nixon to an investor group including Trilantic Capital Partners and senior management of Nixon
  • the underwriters in an offering by City National Corporation of depositary shares representing preferred stock and the initial purchasers in an offering by City National Bank of subordinated debt
  • the underwriters in the initial public offering and follow-on offering of Oaktree Capital Management
  • AT&T in its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom and its completed acquisition of Centennial Communications
  • the financial advisers in the acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting by Cumulus Media
  • CVC Capital Partners in its 2010 sale of a 42.5% stake in Univar to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Univar in its proposed initial public offering, which was postponed in favor of the sale to CD&R
  • NXP B.V. in its disposition of its television systems and set-top box business lines to Trident Microsystems, its strategic alliance with Virage Logic Corporation, its acquisition of GloNav, Inc. and its acquisition of certain assets of Conexant Systems, Inc.
  • Hynix Semiconductors in its acquisition from Micron Technology of the remaining interests in their China-based joint venture, Hynix-Numonyx Semiconductor
  • the underwriters in the initial public offering and follow-on offerings of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust
  • Collective Brands (formerly known as Payless ShoeSource) in its acquisition of The Stride Rite Corporation
  • Angiotech Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of American Medical Instruments and its entry into a secured term loan and revolving credit facility
  • both lenders and borrowers with respect to the entry into and ongoing compliance with acquisition and working capital credit facilities