COO and General Counsel

Toby D. Merchant has over 15 years of transactional experience in a variety of sectors. Mr. Merchant serves as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel to McKenna & Associates, assisting the company with transactional, corporate governance, and a variety of other matters. Prior to joining McKenna & Associates, Mr. Merchant was a partner at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP where he was a member of the firm’s global Corporate and Financial Services practice groups.

Mr. Merchant has extensive experience working with public and private companies, specialty finance companies and other financial institutions through a variety of matters ranging from initial public offerings, company-specific issues to leading domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. During his tenure at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, he also counseled a variety of private equity funds and closely held businesses with respect to various investment opportunities and related transactions. In addition, he regularly worked with public companies and their management teams with respect to public and private offerings, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws and stock exchange rules compliance, and served as the primary outside securities, compliance and corporate governance counsel to several publicly held companies. Mr. Merchant has been recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, a listing of the top up-and-coming lawyers in Ohio.

Mr. Merchant graduated with a B.S. degree from Cornell University and earned his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University where he graduated cum laude. He spends most of his working time in the greater Washington, DC area and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and twin daughters.