National Veterinary Associates’ Collaboration With SAGE Veterinary Centers

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Crowell & Moring LLP represented NVA, while Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP represented SAGE Veterinary Centers in the transaction.

SAGE Veterinary Centers (“SAGE”) agreed to join forces with NVA Compassion-First, NVA’s specialty and emergency veterinary group.

Following a comprehensive review of potential partners, SAGE and Chicago Pacific Founders, SAGE’s investor, selected NVA Compassion-First as the new home for the SAGE network of hospitals. Reflecting SAGE and NVA Compassion-First’s strongly aligned approach to veterinary care, SAGE’s management, their Founding Veterinarians and Chicago Pacific Founders will roll over a portion of their investment proceeds into stock in NVA as part of the transaction. Together, NVA Compassion-First and SAGE will further their shared purpose of delivering compassionate and exceptional medicine for pets and their families.

Veterinarian-founded in 1997, NVA is a leading global community of 1,150 independently managed veterinary hospitals across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, united in the love of animals and the people who love them.

Founded in 1992, SAGE Veterinary Centers is one of the leading veterinary groups, providing business and clinical support services to veterinary hospitals in Alaska, California, Texas, and Washington.

Jefferies LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to SAGE.

The Skadden team advising NVA included M&A partners Alexandra McCormack (Picture), Sean Doyle and Paul Schnell, associates Daniel Luks and Nathaniel Nicholas, and law clerk Grant Ogulnick; Executive Compensation and Benefits partner Erica Schohn and associates Michael Wiseman and Ryne Posey (Los Angeles); and Labor and Employment Law partner David Schwartz. All attorneys are located in New York unless otherwise noted.  

Involved fees earner: Sean Doyle – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Daniel Luks – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Alexandra McCormack – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Nathaniel Nicholas – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Ryne Posey – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Paul Schnell – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Erica Schohn – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; David Schwartz – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom; Michael Wiseman – Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom;

Law Firms: Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom;

Clients: National Veterinary Associates;

Martina Bellini

Author: Martina Bellini