Columbia Law School, J.D., 1993
Harvard College, A.B., 1988
Vaughn J. Buffalo closes deals. He specializes in transactions involving mergers & acquisitions, securities law and corporate finance. In over 16 years of practice, he has represented small to middle-market companies, private equity, angel investors, and funds in various types of corporate transactional work.
Following law school, Mr. Buffalo began his legal career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and at Mayer, Brown LLP where he specialized in securities law and corporate transactions. He also served as General Counsel and Director of Business Development for eBricks.com, where helped guide the firm through the acquisition process prior to joining Brauner, Baron, Rosensweig & Klein as Of Counsel.
Among Mr. Buffalo’s business transactions:
- Coordinated, negotiated and closed the $600 million acquisition of Oppenheimer by CIBC and organized and oversaw the simultaneous creation of CIBC World Markets, the full-service investment banking arm of CIBC.
- Oversaw, negotiated and closed the $575 million roll-up acquisition of one foreign and four domestic insulation companies and the $275 million senior debt facility to create BSI Holdings.
- Organized, drafted and conducted the $400 million all cash hostile tender offer bid by WHX Corp. for Dynamics Corp. of America.
- Acted as General Counsel and Director of Business Development for ebricks.com and negotiated and closed the $1.5 million transaction with CommerceOne, a publicly-traded transaction platform provider.
Mr. Buffalo has lectured on negotiation and business transactions to graduate students at The New School. He serves as a Trustee of The Children’s Storefront, a leader in education in the Harlem community for over 40 years and Beth Abraham Hospital, a provider of long-term care in the Bronx. He is a member of the Audit Committee of Bethco, the holding company of all of the Beth Abraham hospitals, with annual sales of $500 million per year. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Healthshare International, a not-for-profit improving the conditions of the Ye’kwana and Sanema indigenous peoples in the Amazon.
Mr. Buffalo has been recognized as a Special Honoree (2007) by Nation to Nation in recognition of his contributions towards facilitating international business relationships between U.S. and Africa. Mr. Buffalo has also received a Thurgood Marshall Award (1999) from The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, in recognition of exemplary service as pro bono counsel to a human being under sentence of death.