Francis is an Associate in McDonald Hopkins’ Business Department and part of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions team. His practice is focused on representing clients across a broad range of industries on various types of complex acquisitions and investments. Francis advises both buyers and sellers on matters throughout the merger and acquisition process, including on transaction structuring and risk allocation. Francis also regularly provides counsel to companies on corporate governance matters, equity incentive plans and contractual arrangements.

Francis was previously an attorney at the Administrative Conference of the United States, where he oversaw research projects on regulatory legal issues. He also worked as an attorney at the Social Security Administration, and as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Warren Krug in the Circuit Court for Calvert County, Maryland.

Francis earned his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and Master of Laws in Business and Finance Law from The George Washington University School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. Francis is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania only. He is practicing under the supervision and guidance of Members of the McDonald Hopkins Baltimore/Annapolis office.

Representative Cases & Matters

  • Represented a Virginia-based kidney care and population health services company in a private offering of Series E Convertible Preferred Stock and simultaneous secondary redemption of founders’ common stock. The transaction, resulted in a raise of over $325,000,000 resulting in a valuation of the company of over $2.5 billion.
  • Represented a Virginia-based technology company in a private offering of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock.
  • Represented a Kentucky-based multi-channel contact center and its ownership group in the sale of 100% of the outstanding equity to a private equity group. The transaction, valued at $110,000,000, involved Hart-Scott Rodino (HSR) compliance analysis and filings, a pre-closing subchapter F reorganization, and significant tax considerations.
  • Advised an Alaskan Native Corporation (ANC) in its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding equity of a Georgia-based engineering, IT, and security systems government contractor.
  • Represented a Virginia-based government contractor and its ownership group in the sale of all of its equity interests to a private equity firm in a transaction valued at $21,000,000.
  • Represented a government contractor and tribally owned entity in the intelligence and defense industry and its ownership group in the sale of all of its equity interest to a portfolio company of a private equity firm. The transaction, valued at $5,000,000 involved negotiated waivers of sovereign immunity by the tribal entity owners and significant intellectual property and government contracting considerations.



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