NEW YORK – Global law firm Reed Smith has been named a finalist in three categories of The American Lawyer’s upcoming 2022 Industry Awards, in recognition of the firm’s transactional, HR and innovation capabilities.

The AmLaw Industry Awards honor exceptional lawyers, law firms, legal departments and legal organizations in the United States. This year’s winners will be announced at a formal event on November 10 in New York.

Reed Smith has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Best Corporate Practice – Small/Midcap Deals. The firm is among seven finalists on the strength of its M&A middle-market and private equity transactions.
  • Best Business Team. The firm’s human resources team is among five finalists, recognized for its internal efforts around wellness, mental health and family support.
  • Legal Services Innovation. The firm is among six finalists based on its development of new technologies to help clients and the firm’s lawyers cut through repetitive functions across a host of disciplines.

Best Corporate Practice – Small/Midcap Deals

AmLaw shortlisted Reed Smith on the basis of several notable deals across several industries, including entertainment & media, health care and sports.

The Best Corporate Practice – Small/Midcap Deals category honors the most comprehensive middle-market M&A legal practices in the industry for handling strategic and private equity transactions between $100 million and $1 billion.

The publisher pointed to Reed Smith’s success advising:

  • Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and his affiliate entities in what was the largest SPAC in both cannabis and Canadian history
  • The Lemieux Group on the sale of its majority interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins to Fenway Sports Group
  • Concord Music Group in its acquisition of Downtown Music’s entire music publishing business
  • Dalian Wanda in its sale of World Triathlon Corp. (IRONMAN) to Advance Publications
  • New Harbor Capital in its sale of its Wedgewood Village Pharmacy platform to Partners Group
  • KushCo in its proposed $350 million stock-for-stock merger with Greenlane Holdings