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Meet Sidney Burke

Partner / Co-Chair, NY Corp Group, DLA Piper

Sid Burke co-chairs the firm’s New York corporate group and has a varied corporate and securities practice focused on mergers, acquisitions, and other complex business transactions, including SPAC IPOs and business combinations. He advises investment funds with varied strategies (including private equity, growth equity and venture capital) in structuring, negotiating and executing portfolio company investments and financings, and counsels funds in their formation and internal governance.

He has also represented public companies on an ongoing basis, and he regularly counsels senior management, corporate boards, investment banks and controlling stockholders with respect to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, corporate governance, fairness opinions, disclosure and securities regulations. Sid also serves as the chair of the firm’s pro bono committee for the New York office and is a member of DLA Piper’s North American Pro Bono Committee. He previously served as hiring partner for DLA Piper’s New York office.

Sid’s transactional experience includes:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions of public companies, private companies and various business divisions
  • Structuring and negotiating joint venture arrangements
  • Private equity fund formation
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • High-yield debt offerings
  • Mezzanine financings
  • Venture capital, growth equity and other private equity financings

Sid serves as the chair of the firm’s pro bono committee for the New York office and is a member of DLA Piper’s North American pro bono committee. His pro bono activities have been focused primarily on educational opportunity. In the past, he has provided corporate governance advice to Head Start programs and served as outside general counsel to a non-profit that provides educational and other programs to children and adults living with autism. Sid has served as a member of the board of trustees of the Amani Public Charter School (located in Mount Vernon, Amani is the first independent charter school in Westchester County) since its founding in 2010 and has served as chair of its board of trustees since 2013.

Education:

  • New York University School of Law (2002) J.D., cum laude
  • Harvard University (1999) A.B., magna cum laude, Environmental Science and Public Policy