Michael P. McStay - McDermott Will & Emery


Michael P. McStay focuses his practice on complex business transactions, with a particular emphasis in middle market private equity transactions. Mike regularly represents private equity clients and strategic investors in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and a broad range of general corporate and governance matters. Mike is also a certified public accountant in the state of Illinois.


  • Represented The Sterling Group in its formation of Fencing Supply Group, the largest wholesale distributor of fencing supplies in the United States, including in connection with the acquisitions of Merchants Metals, Binford Supply and numerous other fencing supply and distribution businesses
  • Represented Avesi Partners in its acquisition of Danforth Advisors, a provider of strategic and operational finance and accounting consulting services to early and mid-stage life sciences companies
  • Represented The Sterling Group and its portfolio company, Construction Supply Group, in the acquisition and integration of sixteen construction supply and distribution businesses, as well as in connection with the business combination of Construction Supply Group with White Cap

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Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2010
Indiana University Kelley School of Business, BS, with Honors, 2006