Michael F. Sweeney


Michael Sweeney is the president and co-founding shareholder of Duffy & Sweeney, a leading boutique business law firm headquartered in Providence.

Known as a savvy deal-maker and negotiator, Mike leads the mergers and acquisitions practice where he regularly handles mergers, sales and business acquisitions as well as recapitalizations and equity financings. He serves as general corporate counsel to a number of privately held, mid-market businesses. He is a frequent speaker and writer on contemporary middle-market strategies for companies.

He is recognized annually by key ranking organizations including Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Guide for Business, among others. He received the Deal Maker of the Year award from Finance Monthly in 2012. He was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”  in Rhode Island for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions (2014) and with closely held companies/family businesses (2017) by Best Lawyers. Mike holds Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating of AV.

“Mike Sweeney has a fine reputation for problem solving and is praised by clients who say his strength is the ability to see the big picture of what people are trying to accomplish. He solves problems, he doesn’t create them.” | Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Mike represents leading companies in technology, manufacturing and distribution, insurance, banking, trust and financial services, and e-commerce industries.  Mike has counseled numerous clients from initial start-up formation through various stages of growth and financing, including initial and secondary public offerings and/or sale or merger.

Since the 2008 recession, Mike has successfully spearheaded numerous significant mid-market M&A transactions across the US, helping family and entrepreneur owners convert several billion dollars of private enterprise value into liquidity. He is a frequent speaker at middle-market forums with leading financial institutions and investment banks. Learn more about our M&A practice and see our deals here.

Recognition

Mike is recognized annually by key ranking organizations including Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Guide for Business, among others. He received the Deal Maker of the Year award from Finance Monthly in 2012. He was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”  in Rhode Island for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions (2014) and with closely held companies/family businesses (2017) by Best Lawyers. Mike holds Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating of AV.

 

“What Clients Say”

Co-founding partner Michael Sweeney is regarded as “not just a bright and intelligent legal technician, but someone who understands the business and who has a talent for negotiation.” He serves as general counsel to several businesses.

Michael Sweeney leads the firm’s corporate/commercial team and his recent work involves international IP transfer issues and general corporate. He is described as “astute on financial issues and extremely knowledgeable in commercial law in the USA and internationally.”

“His strength is the ability to see the big picture of what people are trying to get accomplished. He solves problems, he doesn’t create them.”

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Professional & Community Involvement

Trustee, Providence Preservation Society

Overseer, Providence Children’s Museum (Chairperson 2008 – 09 Playworks Capital Campaign)

Commodore, Rhode Island Commodores

Member, Providence College President’s Council

Fellow, Rhode Island Bar Foundation

Member, Rhode Island Bar Association Business Organizations Committee, 1988-Present; Chair 1998 – 2006

Member, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations (Member, Business Law Section and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee)

“Wannamoisett Business Forum” in conjunction with US Trust covering the M&A landscape, succession planning and key questions faced by business owners and their families.  See PowerPoint here. (May 2017)

“Midsize Firms luring ‘Big Law” clients. See PDF of full article from Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly here. (February 2017)

“Middle-Market Forum,” in conjunction with US Trust, Bank of America, & Houlihan Lokey . See article in Providence Business News here. (2016)

“Selling a Business: Maximizing Value,” in conjunction with BNY Mellon Wealth Management (2015)

Issuing Equity in the Business, Chapter 7, the Practical Guide to Organizing a Business in Rhode Island published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education

“Update on New SEC Executive Compensation Rules,” Massachusetts and Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly

My Blog Posts

Education

Providence College (B.S., 1985); St. John’s University School of Law, (J.D., 1988). Senior Staff Member, St. John ‘s Law Review, 1986-1988.

Bar & Court Admissions

Rhode Island (1988)
Massachusetts (1990)