Melissa D. Conroy

Senior Counsel

Melissa D. Conroy

Senior Counsel

Melissa Conroy handles debt finance transactions, venture capital and venture debt transactions, and general corporate matters for private equity funds, startups, traditional and nontraditional lenders, insurance companies, and other public and private businesses. She is a member of the firm’s Finance and Transaction Practices and the Innovative Technology Sector.

Melissa’s debt finance practice includes the representation of borrowers and lenders in a wide range of financing transactions, including acquisition financings, secured and unsecured credit facilities, first and second-lien transactions, and institutional private placements in long-term debt securities. She also regularly counsels borrower clients regarding ongoing compliance with covenant structures and existing financing arrangements as well as refinancing transactions. Her debt financing experience spans a variety of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, technology, aviation fuel facilities, and consumer products.

Melissa’s corporate and transaction experience ranges from traditional business transactions (including general corporate matters) to highly complex and customized transactions. Melissa has substantial experience in matters involving start-ups and emerging growth companies, representing both issuers and investors with various venture capital raises (friends and family, angel investments, convertible notes, SAFEs, preferred equity issuances, etc.) and with venture debt financings. Melissa also serves as outside general counsel to several privately held and venture-backed companies in various industries, including technology, food and beverage, and healthcare. Clients regularly seek her counsel on issues ranging from business formation and corporate governance to general corporate legal matters.

Melissa’s experience includes the representation of emerging growth companies in the technology, healthcare, and food and beverage industry general corporate and equity financing matters with individual investors and venture capital funds in connection with their evaluation and negotiation of the purchase of preferred equity of emerging growth companies; venture-backed companies in connection with the negotiation of venture debt facilities; private equity firms in connection with acquisition financings in the manufacturing and technology sectors; and insurance companies in connection with the institutional private placement of long-term debt securities across industries.

Awards and Recognition

  • Received, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition
    • Corporate Law (2023-2024)
    • Banking and Finance Law (2024)


  • Spanish
17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
17 March 2023 Innovative Technology Insights

The Future of Venture Debt

Cash is the lifeblood of any business. Venture-backed companies without a financial history or proven track record are often unable to qualify for a more traditional loan with a big bank.
18 August 2022 Press Releases

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced that 250 of our attorneys across 20 offices have received recognition in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
24 March 2021 Press Releases

Foley Represents FourKites in $100M Series D Funding Round

Foley & Lardner LLP represented FourKites, a leading real-time supply chain visibility platform, in a new Series D financing round that attracted $100 million in growth financing from Thomas H. Lee Partners L.P., Qualcomm Ventures LLC, Volvo Group Venture Capital AB and Zebra Technologies.
01 November 2018 Press Releases

Foley Represents HPI Holdings in Recapitalization

Foley & Lardner LLP represented HPI Holdings LLC, an Oklahoma City-based operator of hospitals, outpatient centers and clinics, in the sale of a controlling interest in HPI to a joint venture owned by Integris and United Surgical Partners International. The deal closed on November 1, 2018.
08 January 2016 Press Releases

Foley Represents The Dermatology Group in its Sale to The Riverside Company

Foley & Lardner LLP provided strategic counsel to firm client The Dermatology Group in its sale to The Riverside Company in a private transaction. The sale closed on December 31, 2015.