John Capetta is a partner in Martin LLP’s Business and Corporate practice group. Prior to joining Martin, he spent over thirty years at an Amlaw 200 firm, including chairing their Private Equity practice group. Similarly, John leads Martin LLP’s Private Equity practice, providing legal counsel to sponsor firms, portfolio companies and management teams.
John’s private equity clients are typically engaged in some form of leveraged acquisition, with varying strategic goals, which may include holding and operating, or restructuring or reinvigorating, with the objective of a sale within a 3- to 5-year time horizon. His private equity practice specializes in supporting clients engaged in these acquisitions, each of which includes varying degrees of leverage and some overlap, depending on the client, with typical venture capital projects.
In connection with his private equity work, John also has considerable expertise in advising clients in matters involving representation and warranty insurance, a specialty that operates at the intersection of insurance litigation, mergers and acquisitions and private equity projects.
He has helped negotiate and finalize policies, engaged in spot-check due diligence, and handled more complex claims made against policies. He frequently works with an insurer’s claims group to analyze claims, determine whether they’re supported and appropriate, and negotiate settlements with insured parties. If and when these matters ripen into disputes requiring arbitration, John is also involved in management and resolution of the controversy.
John provided general counsel services for select clients, typically startups and growth-stage enterprises. He advises them on a broad range of legal and management issues, such as contracts, insurance and indemnification issues, certain employment and financing issues, and so on.
John brings to his clients a unique and invaluable blend of the perspective of a senior private equity attorney from a large law firm, and the personal, hands-on client service and attention Martin LLP is known for. His clients receive the benefit of both, and of making business-critical decisions with the guidance and counsel of an experienced, trusted advisor.
John is married with three daughters, two granddaughters and two rescue dogs. He has been an avid, eclectic reader his entire life. He has supported a broad range of charitable and nonprofit organizations including serving as outside pro bono counsel for the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and the East Harlem-based Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service. He served as a volunteer reader for Connecticut-based Volunteer Services for the Blind, spending a couple of hours each Saturday afternoon reading to a 90+-year old blind gentleman for several years. He also served on the Board of Directors of Stamford-based Kick It For Keith Inc., a charitable organization formed to honor the memory of Keith Segovia, a Stamford-born and raised college and professional soccer player who died tragically of cancer at the age of 33.
Areas of Practice
Private Equity and Private Investment Practice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Securities Offerings
Honors & Awards
Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in the Corporate Law area, 2009-2019
Listed in Super Lawyers, 2009-2019
Ranked as a leading practitioner in the Corporate/M&A area by Chambers USA, 2008 – 2012, and 2017