Rob Ouellette is vice chair of the Business Group and focuses his practice on complex corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, particularly private equity investments and transactions, and a range of financing transactions.

Rob actively assists clients from a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, financial services, high technology and professional services; and at all levels of the capital structure.

Prior to joining Ice Miller, Rob practiced for 20 years with Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co., LPA where he was co-chair of the Corporate Practice Group for 12 years and a member of the management committee.
Representative Transactions
  • Represented Stonehenge Opportunity Fund I, LLC in its mezzanine debt and equity investment in Fitness Quest, LLC.
  • Represented Stonehenge Opportunity Fund I, LLC in connection with the merger of Brillance Audio, Inc. with Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN).
  • Represented Hancock Park Associates in its acquisition of Fitness Holdings International, Inc., and multiple add-on acquisitions.
  • Represented Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc. (AMEX: PDS) in connection with its acquisition of GNP Computers, Inc.
  • Represented Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc. (AMEX: PDS) in connection with its merger with Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT).
  • Represented Purepay Capital in multiple acquisitions of payment processing, credit collection and financial services companies.
  • Represented Milk Specialties Company in its acquisition of certain assets from Protient, Inc., its acquisition of Edan Naturals, Inc., and its acquisition of National Fur, Inc.
  • Represented Milk Specialties Company in its merger with HM Capital.
  • Represented Stonehenge Opportunity Fund II, LP in its mezzanine debt and equity investments in Banksource, Inc.; Frozen Specialties, Inc.; E.B. Bradley Co.; Ryan Herco Flow Solutions; FCX Performance, Inc. and the Diamond Cellar.
  • Represented Westerman Companies in its merger with Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR).
  • Represented City Barbeque in its recapitalization with Freeman Spogli.
  • Represented Live Technologies, LLC in its recaptialization with Capital Advisory Partners.
  • Represented New Star Metals Holdings LLC in its management buyout.
  • Represented Columbus Serum Company in its sale to Patterson Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCO).
  • Represented Diamond Cellar in its acquisitions in Tulsa, Oklahoma and The Woodlands, Texas.
  • Represented Znode, Inc. in its sale to Yell Group Plc.
  • Represented 2Checkout.com in its sale to Chicago Growth Partners.
  • Represented Stonehenge Opportunity Fund III, LP in its acquisitions of United Retirement Plan Consultants, Inc. and ARPAC, LLC.
  • Represented ARPAC, LLC in its acquisition of Global Material Handling, Inc.
  • Represented ARPAC, LLC in its sale to Duravant, LLC.
  • Represented MedVet in its acquisitions of specialty and emergency animal hospitals in Columbus, Ohio; New Orleans; Louisiana; Lexington; Kentucky; Toledo; Ohio; Indianapolis; Indiana, Chicago, Illinois and Dallas, Texas.
  • Represented the Stewart-MacDonald Manufacturing Company in its sale to Champlain Capital Partners.
  • Represented Interior Supply, Inc. in its acquisition of Ceiling Systems Distributors, Inc.
  • Represented 3Stone Inflection Fund, LP in its acquisitions of GCAL, Inc. and Benchmark Analytics, LLC.
  • Represented Stonehenge Opportunity Fund III, LP in its mezzanine debt and equity investments in Beacon Promotions, Inc.; Clad-Rex, Inc.; Chemtron Corporation; Mobility Works; El Dorado Packaging, Inc.; Certified Power, Inc., Duncan Solutions, Inc., and Bluff Manufacturing, LLC.
  • Represented Stonehenge Opportunity Fund IV, LP in its mezzanine debt and equity investments in Burke America, Inc., Turning Point Brands, Inc. and Gamma Aerospace, LLC.
  • Represented Mezzanine Opportunities, LLC in its mezzanine debt and equity investments in Galco Industrial Electronics, Inc.; Microdynamics, Inc.; and Sunbury Textile Mills, Inc.
  • Represented Huntington Capital Investment Company in its mezzanine debt and equity investment in OGM, Ltd.
  • Represented Huntington Capital Investment Company II in its mezzanine debt and equity investments in Virtual Officeware, LLC, Conneaut Leather Holdings, LLC and Vanner Partners Holdings, LLC., American Pet Resorts, LLC and New Castle Stainless Plate, LLC.
Ice Miller News
Published In
  • Quoted in "Central Ohio M&A Seen Rising Amid Slow Growth, Big Elections," Columbus Business First, January 1, 2016.
  • "Annual Survey of Judicial Developments Pertaining to Mergers and Acquisitions,” co-author, The Business Lawyer, Vol. 62, No. 2, February 2007; Vol. 61, No. 2, February 2006; Vol. 60, No. 2, February 2005; Vol. 59, No. 4, August 2004; Vol. 58, No. 4, August 2003.
  • "Concern Over Stock Options Has Some Wishing for 2002’s Good Old Days," Business First, October 27, 2006.
  • "Sarbanes-Oxley Sure to Affect Variety of Transactions," Business First, August 29, 2005.
  • "The M&A Process: A Practical Guide for the Business Lawyer," July 2005, American Bar Association.
Speaking Engagements
  • Central Ohio M&A and Capital Markets Forum: "The Current Debt and Equity Markets", June 15, 2016
  • "Business Basics for Lawyers," Guest Speaker, the University of Michigan Law School, January 11, 2016.
  • "Mergers and Acquisitions - Fundamental Deal Points," Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, Ohio - Dec. 1, 2015 and Indianapolis, Indiana - Dec. 11, 2015.
  • "Central Ohio M&A and Capital Markets Forum: How Deals Are Getting Done," Columbus, Ohio, June 23, 2015.
  • "Value Creation Strategies for Business Owners," Fifth Third Bank, April 22, 2015.
  • "Professionalism and the Art of Negotiation: Lessons from the Transactional and Trial Lawyer Perspective," CO-ACC Data Privacy and Professionalism CLE Presentation, Columbus, Ohio, March 19, 2015.
  • "Crowe Horwath Annual Accounting, Tax and Business Planning Seminar," - Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 12, 2014.
  • “Outside the Courtroom: Professionalism in the Transactional Practices,” Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 4, 2014.
  • "Taking on Water:  Director and Officer Considerations on a Sinking Ship", Ohio Turnaround Management Association/ Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Nov. 20, 2014.
  • Moderator at the "ACG Columbus: M&A Trends in the Lower Middle Market," on April 17, 2014.
  • "Managing in the Capital Markets,” co-presenter, The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business, May and July, 2008, June 2009, June 2010, June 2011.
  • “Cross-Border Distressed Acquisitions: Latest Trends and Developments,” Panelist, American Bar Association, Spring Meeting, April 2009.
  • “Initial Deal Considerations: Planning for a Sale, Dealing with other Interested Parties, Triggering the Sales Process,” Panelist, Ohio State Bar Association, Mergers and Acquisitions Seminar for Continuing Legal Education, April 2008.
  • “Environmental Issues Don’t Have to Tank a Deal: Managing Environmental Risk and Closing Deals,” Panelist, American Bar Association Spring Meeting, March 2007.
  • “SEC’s Continuing Pressure on Corporate Counsel,” Panelist, Updates for Corporate Counsel on Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Securities Exchange Commission Trends, sponsored by Central Ohio Chapter - Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2006.
  • “Closing the Deal: A Practical Guide to Bringing the Acquisition Transaction to a Successful Conclusion,” Panelist, Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast, sponsored by The American Bar Association Section of Business Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, May 2006.
  • “Closing the Deal: A Guide to the Not-so-Scientific Process of Bringing a Transaction to a Successful Conclusion,” Panelist, American Bar Association Spring Meeting, April 2006.
  • "We're All on the Same Team Here," Emerging Legislative Trends and Regulatory Investigations, Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Ohio Chapter, July 2005.
  • "Protecting the Corporate Jewels: Corporate Governance, Compliance and Risk Management," Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Ohio Chapter October 2004
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