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Michael B. Hurley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney in Cincinnati, OH

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
255 East Fifth Street, 2800 First Financial Center
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 877-698-2527
Fax: 513-842-7028
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance
Attorney Profile

Michael Hurley counsels public and privately held clients and private equity firms and their portfolio companies on a broad range of business and legal concerns, with a focus on representing both buyers and sellers from a broad cross-section of industries in the merger, acquisition or sales process and assisting clients in accessing capital markets through angel- and venture-funding rounds. 

Michael represents businesses on formation, governance, mergers, acquisitions and sales, and capital structuring arrangements. He provides counsel to private equity funds, public and private companies and investors in such funds and companies. This advice covers the full spectrum of business cycles – from start-up through maturation to exit strategies – and a broad range of industries, including information technology, health care, chemicals, construction, energy and consumer products.

Michael also serves as outside general counsel to a number of private companies where he advises on a wide variety of day-to-day matters, including commercial contract negotiation, implementation of privacy and cyber-security policies and procedures, corporate governance, organizational structuring, succession planning and ESOP transactions.

As part of Calfee’s Privacy & Data Security Group, Michael specializes in allocating transactional risks associated with data privacy and security protocols and policies, cross-jurisdiction data transfers and compliance with related laws and regulations.

A representative list of the public and privately held companies and private equity firms with which Michael works is:

  • Align Capital Partners
  • Americhem, Inc.
  • Installed Building Products (NYSE: IBP)
  • Marsh, Berry & Co., Inc.
  • MCM Capital Partners
  • Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: PKOH)
  • RKCA
  • RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM)
  • Linsalata Capital Partners

Michael received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch recognition for Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. He was also named to the Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Rising Stars list from 2016-2021. He was named to the "Cincy Leading Lawyers" list by Cincy Magazine from 2018-2020. 

Outside of the office, Michael is active in the community. He presents at seminars and has authored numerous publications.

Michael earned his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

Michael joined Calfee’s Cincinnati office in 2014 and was elected Partner in 2019. Prior to joining Calfee, Michael worked at Blank Rome, LLP.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 20%Business/Corporate
  • 20%Securities & Corporate Finance
Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022

About Michael B. Hurley

First Admitted: 2011, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • The SBA has published additional guidance regarding the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The new FAQs clarify previous SBA guidance, provisions of the CARES Act and the PPP loan forgiveness application., SBA Issues Additional PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidance, Corporate, Capital Markets
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission voted to adopt Release no. 33‑10824,[1] amending Regulation D’s definition of “accredited investor” in ways that will enable several categories of individuals and entities to participate in most securities offerings that are made in reliance on Regulation D’s exemption from registration, even if such persons cannot satisfy any of the rule’s existing income, net-worth or asset tests. The amendments are the culmination of a process of policy analysis, public comment and formal rulemaking that began in earnest in late 2015., The Wait Is Over: SEC Expands Access to Securities Private Placements, Corporate, Capital Markets
  • The SBA and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have published two new Interim Final Rules (IFR1IFR2) in connection with the passage of the Economic Aid Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 ("Economic Aid Act"), which were enacted on December 27, 2020. IFR1 consolidates all of the interim final rules and related guidance issued to date and amends such consolidated rules and guidance based upon applicable provisions in the Economic Aid Act. IFR2 outlines certain rules related to Second Draw PPP Loans, which will be available to eligible existing PPP borrowers. The SBA indicated in IFR1 that it intends to issue a consolidated rule governing all aspects of PPP loan forgiveness., SBA Issues Additional Guidance Regarding Second Round of PPP Loans and Forgiveness Procedures, Corporate, Capital Markets
  • The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the "Flexibility Act"), which the President is expected to sign into law this week. The Flexibility Act was passed to make certain changes to the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") that will provide PPP borrowers with more time and flexibility to utilize PPP loan proceeds in the face of continuing uncertainty in operating their businesses and maintaining employee headcount due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic., Congress Passes PPP Loan Amendments, Corporate, Capital Markets
  • COVID-19 has impacted the operations of all businesses and financial institutions, including registered investment advisers. In many areas, the regulators have provided additional support to help market participants address their business, operations and compliance protocols in light of the pandemic. Armed with this new guidance and other industry best practices, Calfee has prepared tips for registered investment advisers to keep in mind as they look to navigate this tumultuous time., Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 for Registered Investment Advisers, RIA, Registered Investment Advisers


  • Align Capital Partners in several acquisitions, including: The acquisition of Kentucky-based International Systems of America LLC, a fire and life safety company, and the platform acquisition of Cleveland-based ABCO Fire Protection, a regional provider of fire safety and security system inspection, maintenance and repair services The acquisition of Barrow-Agee Laboratories, LLC, a niche market leader in the food safety and testing industry
  • MCM Capital Partners in several acquisitions, including the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Performance Plastics Ltd., a Cincinnati-based custom injection molding company.
  • Americhem, Inc. and its affiliates in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, including: The purchase of the stock of Controlled Polymers A/S, a compounder and concentrates maker based in Ribe, Denmark. The purchase of the stock of Prescient Color, Ltd, a Pune, India-based leading producer of textile and specialty master-batches. The purchase of the stock of Vi-Chem Corp., a Michigan compounder of TPE and PVC compounds. The purchase of substantially all of the assets of LTL Color Compounders Inc., a manufacturer of color compounds based primarily on engineering resins with operations in Pennsylvania and Dungguan, China.
  • Assisted multiple companies, including Marsh, Berry & Co., Inc., a consulting and investment banking firm focused on the insurance industry, in their transition to become 100% owned by an Employee Stock Ownership Plan & Trust.
  • Installed Building Products (NYSE: IBP) and its affiliates in dozens of acquisitions, including the purchase of the stock of the Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing group of companies, which install waterproofing, insulation, fireproofing, and fire-stopping products for large commercial projects throughout the southern United States.
  • RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) and its affiliates in several acquisitions, including the stock of Key Resin Company, a Cincinnati-based manufacturer of polymer flooring and coating systems, in the purchase of substantially all of the assets of two companies that were integrated into RPM’s existing divisions and international platform acquisitions to support entrance into new markets.
  • Assisted dozens of closely held businesses in financial and strategic divestitures, including the sale of a Dayton-based manufacturer to a financial buyer, the recapitalization of a specialty flooring manufacturer, and the sale of a specialty manufacturer to a strategic buyer.
  • Linsalata Capital Partners in several acquisitions and divestitures, including: The sale of Eatem Foods Company, a leading developer and producer of premium, traditional, natural and organic savory flavor systems, to Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM). The purchase of the stock of H.H. Franchising Inc., the Cincinnati-based franchisor of Home Helpers.
  • Tarkett SA (TKTT: EN Paris), a global leader in flooring and sports surfaces solutions, in its acquisition of Dalton, Georgia-based Lexmark Carpet Mills, a well-recognized brand among leading hospitality chains and in residential markets.
  • Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: PKOH), in several acquisitions, including: The purchase of the molding division of Wisconsin-based Trostel, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of rubber-molded products utilizing a variety of elastomer materials and manufacturing technologies. The purchase of the stock of Autoform Tool & Manufacturing, Inc., an Indiana supplier of high pressure fuel rails and high and low-pressure fuel lines used in Gasoline Direct Injection systems utilized by automotive and truck manufacturers.
  • Represented a direct-to-consumer food manufacturing company in its initial structuring and subsequent seed financing round.
  • Represented a consulting and investment banking firm in the formation of a subsidiary and subsequent equity offering.
  • Represented a direct-to-patient concierge medical practice in its Series A and subsequent follow-on offerings.
  • Represented a restaurant group in the formation, and subsequent equity and debt financing of, an affiliated entity.
  • Represented an investor group on multiple occasions in the formation of special purpose investment vehicles and subsequent financing rounds in conjunction with structuring the investment in operating companies.
  • Represented a crypto currency marker maker in its initial structuring and subsequent seed financing round.
  • Represented a CRM software company in multiple rounds of convertible note financings.
  • Represented an investor group in the equity and convertible debt financing of a restaurant and catering group.
  • Represented a hedge fund utilizing artificial intelligence for alternative asset class investments in its initial structuring and subsequent seed financing round.
  • Represented a family office in multiple investment rounds in a data storage company.

Representative Clients

  • Align Capital Partners
  • Americhem, Inc.
  • Installed Building Products (NYSE: IBP)
  • Linsalata Capital Partners
  • Marsh, Berry & Co., Inc.
  • MCM Capital Partners
  • Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: PKOH)
  • RKCA
  • RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • District of Columbia
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Association for Corporate Growth – Cincinnati Chapter, Board Member, 2021
  • Goering Center for Family and Private Business, Member, 2021

Educational Background

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2011
  • M.B.A., Finance, University of Cincinnati College of Business, 2010
  • B.A., History, Yale University, 2005


  • Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch, 2021
  • "Cincy Leading Lawyers," Corporate, Commercial, Mergers, Cincy Magazine, 2020
  • Ohio Rising Stars, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2021

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Cincinnati Yale Club, Board Member, 2021
  • Cincinnati Squash Academy, Futures Board, Member, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Chemicals
  • Construction
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)
  • Energy And Utilities
  • Entrepreneurs and Emerging Companies
  • Financial Services
  • Food And Beverage
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • LLCs and Joint Ventures
  • Manufacturing And Industrial
  • Medical Devices
  • Partnerships
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private and Family-Owned Businesses
  • Private Equity
  • Retail And Consumer Products
  • Software
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Office Location for Michael B. Hurley

255 East Fifth Street
2800 First Financial Center
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 877-698-2527

Fax: 513-842-7028

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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