BALTIMORE, January 19, 2023 —Duane Morris LLP has appointed Michael C. Hardy managing partner of its Baltimore office. Hardy succeeds Rob Hopkins, who served in that role since 2015 and will be maintaining his practice with the firm.
“As Duane Morris continues on its exciting growth trajectory, the contributions of new leaders like Mike are essential to our success,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “Mike has established himself as a committed, forward-thinking manager within our firm and a sought-after, client-focused practitioner. We are looking forward to his fresh perspective and increased visibility for the firm in Baltimore.”
Taylor continued, “I would like to thank Rob Hopkins for his seven years of service to our Baltimore office, which has been invaluable in developing our presence there.”
“I am excited to collaborate in new ways with my colleagues in Baltimore and across Duane Morris to grow our presence in Baltimore and to better serve both our clients and our local community,” said Hardy.
Michael C. Hardy is a partner in Duane Morris’ Corporate Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s governing Partners Board. He leads the firm’s private equity initiative as co-chair of the firm’s Private Equity Division and is team lead of the firmwide Private Equity Industry Group.
Hardy represents clients in connection with complex financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic transactions domestically and internationally. He has extensive experience advising private equity sponsors, private credit funds and portfolio companies funded by private capital in a broad range of industries. Hardy’s private capital clients include middle market equity and credit funds, large institutional investors, special situations funds, independent sponsors, SBICs and family offices. He also regularly advises regulated financial institutions and borrowers in connection with lending transactions.
In addition to his private capital experience, Hardy has a broad-based, multidisciplinary practice providing counsel to growth companies and middle market businesses. He advises management teams and boards of directors regarding strategic transactions, corporate governance and securities matters, business and tax strategy and matters relating to company operations. Hardy’s corporate clients include companies in the technology, financial services, consumer products, telecommunications, education, real estate, health care and life sciences industries. Within the technology industry, Hardy has substantial experience with tech-enabled services, financial technology, cybersecurity, data analytics, health care and education technology companies.
Hardy received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a graduate of Towson University.
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