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Kevin LavallaKevin M. Lavalla is an accomplished investment banker and private equity investor with over 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions. He is recognized for his significant role in the consolidation of major industries. Kevin has completed transactions involving hundreds of businesses located throughout the U.S. with an aggregate transaction value exceeding $3 billion.

Kevin has been recognized as an accomplished legal recruiter, achieving membership in the Executive Club, All Star Club, Superstar Club and the Elite Club of a national executive recruiting firm.

He has been a guest speaker for the Massachusetts Bar Association where he was invited to speak at a seminar: "Strategies for Finding Your Dream Job: Tips for Newer Attorneys".

Kevin is a graduate of Bryant University where he is a Charter Member of the President’s Leadership Counsel, a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and a supporter of the Partners-In-Scholarship Program.


Mike Brown answers the question, “Why have you gravitated in your career to law firm merger and legal recruiting work? Do you enjoy working with law firms and attorneys?”

"Thirty-six years of working with law firms, partners and associates in my offices, their offices and in court rooms, nationally and internationally,

Provides perspective on the ever-evolving practice of the law, law firms and what builds a law firm;

How to further a law practitioner's career;

And what creates lasting legacies for a law firm and in a lawyer's practice."

Mike has been recognized for his placement and recruiting efforts by his most demanding reviewers, the attorneys and law firms whom he has served. Over the years, they have provided him with a continuous stream of referrals.

He has financed, operated, acquired and sold companies in a variety of industries as a principal and as an advisor to principals. He has served on the Boards of Directors of public and private, for profit and not for profit companies.

Performance – Key participant in achieving:

  • Increase in stockholder value by forty times in three years by developing and implementing the strategy for acquisition and financing of a manufacturer supplying branded polymer and composite structures to the U.S. telecom and electrical power industry. Market: New England Electric, NStar, ConEd and customers nationwide.
  • Stockholder return of thirty times by repositioning failed consumer electronics manufacturing start up (200 employees) to achieve $10 million revenue and 15% pre tax profit in two years. Market: Best Buy, Circuit City, Tweeter and other national accounts. Competition: Bose, JBL, Sony and others.
  • Execution of strategy for successful merger of a Massachusetts college (900 students, 100 faculty) with a compatible partner institution and completion of the conversion of assets into a $25 million educational grant making foundation.
  • Initiation and guidance of acquisition of $30 million revenue, $3 million EBITDA, #1 U.S. branded sports equipment importer/distributor. Market: Dick’s, Galyan’s, Modell’s and other national retailers. Competition: Nike, Adidas, Reebok and New Balance.
  • Identification and leadership in acquisition of first transaction in Europe for Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC (www.gordonbrothers.com) when they expanded their market leading, multi-billion dollar U.S. operations. Co-author of four country, strategic and tactical business plan.
  • Conceptualization and launch of business delivering the highest quality Florida citrus juice to Europe’s largest Wal-Mart scale retailers including Carrefour, Tesco, and Costco. Within two years attained # 2 share to Tropicana in England.
  • Strategic consultancy to owners of branded, retail home and garden products importer/distributor selling to Home Depot, Lowe’s and majors during revenue increase from $8 million to $50 million, increasing profits of $500,000 to $2.5 million in three years.
  • Development consultancy to national franchisor of 350 retail business brokerage offices, achieving an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 18 months.
  • Project consultancy to enterprise, IBM software company, during highly profitable revenue growth from $7 million to $100 million.

United States Federal Court Standing and Expert Witness
Trustee, U.S. Department of Justice (1987–1994);
Expert Witness, Corporate Transactions and Financings in Arbitration and Litigation

Community Service

Current:
Since 1984, Member Sponsor, Bay Colony Development Corporation, from inception to third largest U.S not for profit, real estate and equipment lender to small business under the Small Business Administration 504 Program.

Past:
Trustee, Stratford Foundation; developed $25 million endowment for not for profit, alternative learning centers and philanthropy.

Pop Warner Youth football coach during rebuilding of organization to playoff caliber; girl’s A.A.U. basketball, coaching championship teams.

Director, Board of Directors, Chairman of first Development Committee, Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, not for profit graduate educational institute and health service provider; chaired the first successful fund raising campaign.

Education:

Harvard Business School, MBA, 1970, Finance and Entrepreneurial Management

Harvard College, BA, 1968, American History


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