Denise Carkhuff has acted as the lead lawyer on a multitude of completed M&A and private equity transactions in more than 24 years in practice. Her experience covers a wide range of matters in a variety of industries, jurisdictions, and deal structures. Denise has experience in the full life cycle of a company (from formation, capital raising, dividend recapitalizations, IPOs, sales, and dissolutions). The main focus of Denise's practice is the representation of private equity funds. She has also served a general counsel function for countless private companies, including portfolio companies of private equity funds.
The private equity funds with which Denise has worked include Blue Point Capital Partners, Cortec Group, Edgewater Capital Partners, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, The Riverside Company, and Wellspring Capital. She regularly represents private companies or their management teams in their ultimate sale and also has been involved with many significant and complex M&A transactions involving public and private clients.
Denise is the author of articles on M&A and corporate governance topics published in Buyouts, VC Experts, and Smart M&A. She is a member of the board of each of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, a top-rated network of free public charter schools, and the Achievement Centers for Children, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower children and adults with disabilities. Denise developed, and led for more than a dozen years, Women In Transactions, a networking group for women doing transactional work. She also co-leads RRAIN, a Cleveland women lawyers group at Jones Day. Denise was selected for the 2018 Leadership Cleveland class.
- December 2014
Minimizing Post-Closing Disputes: Tips On What To Watch For And What To Avoid
- The University of Toledo (J.D. magna cum laude 1995; Order of the Coif; Symposium Editor, Toledo Law Review); Miami University (B.A. cum laude 1992)
The Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions (2018)
The Legal 500 United States (2017)
Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2005)
Member, In Counsel With Women, an invitation-only networking group for top women leaders in Northeast Ohio