John Saada is Partner-in-Charge of the Cleveland Office and represents private equity and venture capital funds in their formation and governance and the organization and documentation of fund sponsors' internal firm arrangements and compensation matters. He also regularly represents investors in their investments in a variety of private funds. In addition, John represents private equity and venture capital funds, family offices, search funds, angel funds, secondary funds, and strategic investors in investment activities, including venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, M&A, exits, restructurings, joint ventures, and mezzanine financings.
The private equity and venture capital funds with which John has recently worked include The Riverside Company, MPE Partners, Edgewater Capital Partners, High Road Capital Partners, Kirtland Capital Partners, Trinity Hunt Partners, Resilience Capital Partners, Everberg Capital Partners, Tecum Equity, DalFort Capital, The Townsend Group, Global Forest Partners, JF Lehman & Company, North Coast Venture Partners, Noro-Moseley Partners, and Rockwood Equity Partners.
John also advises private and emerging growth companies in sectors such as health care, technology, information services, financial, automotive, manufacturing, food, and consumer products. His work with these companies focuses on strategic counsel, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing transactions, executive compensation, and corporate governance matters.
In community matters, John has served as the co-chair of VeloSano since 2016, is the former chairman of the board of the Association for Corporate Growth, and former chairman of the board of trustees of the Positive Education Program. He is also on the boards of the American Red Cross of Northern Ohio, the Kulas Foundation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Ohio Business RoundTable, and Business Volunteers Unlimited. John is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2008.
- May 25, 2017
TechniCLE Speaking 2017: CLEaring Our Runway
- April 14, 2016
TechniCLE Speaking 2016: Fostering Innovation
- May 20, 2015
- October 15, 2010
Michigan Private Equity Conference: Private Investment Funds - Negotiating Investment Agreement Terms in the Current Environment
- October 2009
Key's 2009 M&A Symposium: Opportunities Amidst Market Chaos
- October 2006
Structuring a Venture Capital Transaction, Kauffman Foundation - Power of Angel Investing
- February 2003
The State of Venture Capital, Case Western Reserve
- Case Western Reserve University (J.D. magna cum laude 1993; Order of the Coif; Law Review); John Carroll University (B.S.B.A. cum laude 1988)
Named as a Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer (February 2022)
Chambers USA (2008-2017) — clients say, "our high opinion of the firm is very much based on the quality of John Saada's work"
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2017) — corporate law
Recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers (2013-2017)
Listed in Crain's Cleveland Business, Northeast Ohio's 100 Most Connected (2015)