Emily Spallino

S. Emily Spallino


S. Emily Spallino


Emily Spallino is a corporate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the New York office. Emily contributes to the closing of large transactions and helping high-net-worth clients navigate all types of business transactions. She is a member of the firm’s Business Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices and the Energy Sector. Her client work focuses on renewable energy project development, energy mergers & acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining Foley, Emily worked as an attorney at a global law firm in Minneapolis and served as a summer fellow for The Honorable Donovan W. Frank, U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Representative Experience*

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Representation of a publicly traded renewable power company in the acquisition of a high-quality, unlevered distributed generation platform with up to ~320 megawatts of capacity in the U.S. from an energy infrastructure company for US$720m.
  • Representation of major cellular company in its sale of a majority stake to a private equity firm for US$2.3bn.
  • Representation of a process automation corporation serving clients in the energy, life sciences, and water industries in the sale of its stock to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of the controlling owner in the sale of ownership interests in a major national beef processing company to a foreign publicly traded company.
  • Representation of a global aircraft engine manufacturer in the acquisition of several U.S. and international manufacturing companies.
  • Representation of a publicly traded company in its acquisition of certain assets of a lumber manufacturer.

General Corporate

  • Representation of companies in formation matters, stock and equity issuances, corporate governance, and drafting of buy-sell and third-party agreements.
  • Representation of several buy and sell side parties to M&A transactions in connection with filing of pre-merger notifications to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, obtaining antitrust clearance for the transactions.
  • Representation of Minnesota cannabis companies in negotiating grower contracts.
  • Representation of charitable organizations in applying to the Internal Revenue Service for 501(c)(3) tax- exempt status.

*Certain of these matters were handled prior to joining Foley.

Awards and Recognition

  • Included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America (Corporate Governance and Compliance Law), 2023-2024
  • Recipient, Stoel Rives LLP Andrew Guy Pro Bono Award, 2022
  • Integrative Leadership Student Case Award, May 2017

Community Involvement

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Partner Leadership Committee, 2017-2018
  • Volunteer Attorney, LegalCORPS, 2017–2023
  • Safety Project Volunteer Attorney, Tubman, 2017–2018
  • American Diabetes Association, Community Leadership Board, 2019-2022
  • Her Voice Productions, Twin Cities Women’s Choir, Finance Committee, 2018-2019