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Margaret Isa Butler is a partner in Ice Miller's Business Group, concentrating her practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and alternative investments, including real estate development projects, limited partner investments across the investment strategy spectrum, debt and equity co-investments and direct investments by institutional investors and family offices. 

With an MBA and her experience as an investment banker, Margaret takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work. She has substantial deal advisory and implementation experience, which allows her to execute sophisticated private equity and hedge fund transactions, design custom structures for investments and engage in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including public company takeover defense and shareholder activism.

Prior to joining Ice Miller, Margaret was a partner in an international law firm where she oversaw mergers and acquisitions of publicly traded companies, engaged in buy-side and sell-side representation in private transactions, provided advice with respect to activist hedge fund investment techniques and related securities law issues and represented pension plans on fund investments.

Margaret received her juris doctor and Master of Business Administration through the joint degree program at Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School in 2002. Margaret was a James Kent Scholar and served as senior editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Margaret’s ongoing community involvement includes service on various committees within The New 42nd Street, the nonprofit organization leading the dynamic evolution of the reinvented 42nd Street as a unique cultural and entertainment destination in the heart of New York City’s Times Square.

Margaret is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Selected Experience
  • $1.8 billion sale of publicly listed Gentiva Health Services Inc. to Kindred Healthcare Inc.
  • Sale of real estate asset manager AREA Property Partners, L.P. to Ares Management LLC.
  • Restructuring and sale of the Advantage Resourcing business, comprised of international entities affiliated with Cerberus Capital Management L.P., in two separate transactions, to TechnoPro Holdings, an affiliate of CVC Capital Partners, and to Recruit Co., Ltd., respectively
  • $500 million acquisition of the Illumination and Detection Solutions Business of PerkinElmer, Inc. by Excelitas Technologies Corp., an affiliate of Veritas Capital Fund Management, L.L.C.
  • Joint Venture to develop New York City’s Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States, between Related Cos. and Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS)
  • Private Placement of $10 billion of limited partnership interests of Apollo Investment Fund VI, L.P.
  • Private placement of $8 billion of limited partnership interests of Warburg Pincus Private Equity IX, L.P.
Speaking Engagements
  • Keynote Address, JD/MBA Annual Dinner Hosted by Columbia University's Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, New York, NY, September 13, 2018
  • "Sharing Best Practices of the Most Effective Single Family Offices," Family Office Association Fall Global Summit, Greenwich, CT, November 8, 2016
  • "Impact Investing," 1640 Society Hamptons Family Office Wealth Forum, August 15, 2016
  • "How to Buy a Private Company," Family Office Association Summer Retreat, Martha's Vineyard, MA, August 5, 2016
  • "Anatomy of an M&A Transaction," Lawline, February 17, 2016
  • "Shareholder Activism and Proxy Contests," Columbia Business School Private Equity Program Deal Camp, December 6, 2014
  • "Beyond Traditional PE Investing: The Secondary and Direct Investment Opportunity Today," 19th Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference: Creating Value in a Shifting Landscape, Columbia Business School, February 15, 2013
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