Areas of Focus
“As lawyers, we should always ask ourselves how we are creating value. Is it reaching a goal, mitigating a risk or somehow making things easier for our clients? These questions should constantly shape our actions.”
When companies face complicated problems with many moving parts or adverse stakeholders, or require bespoke commercial arrangements, John Algie connects the invisible dots and creates a path forward through the obstacles.
With hands-on experience in the business world including as the president of a professional sports team, John understands the practical realities that drive c-suite decision-making. John works with clients of all sizes in a variety of industries, and at every stage of the life cycle, efficiently learning the client’s business and goals to deliver practical advice.
Privately held issuers, investors, acquirers and target companies turn to John for counsel on domestic and cross-border transactions as well as minority and majority investments. He advises entertainment, media, professional sports, marketing and technology companies on day-to-day commercial transactions and serves in a general counselling role. Clients rely on his ability to collaborate with their business teams to deliver legal services that respect internal processes and streamline the work.
John is adept at uncovering the true motivations on each side of a transaction to find an agreement that satisfies all parties. He gets to the heart of the deal, understanding what drives value for the client, seeing the potential pitfalls and never losing sight of the big picture when negotiating to achieve the most advantageous outcomes for today and tomorrow.
Counseled the owners of a National Hockey League franchise in the sale of a controlling interest in the team and related businesses to a global sports, marketing, media, entertainment and real estate company. (This matter was handled at a previous firm.)
Advised an entertainment brand management company on all corporate aspects of two successful acquisitions running in parallel: one of a legendary artist’s recorded music catalog; and the other of the publishing and recorded music catalog of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted singer-songwriter and musician. (This matter was handled at a previous firm.)
Completed the sale of rights to receive settlement payments and prosecute related bankruptcy claims through a robust and competitive auction process for $1.85 billion. (This matter was handled at a previous firm.)
Advised a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and marketing generic pharmaceutical products based in the United States on its $412 million asset sale to a publicly-traded international developer and marketer of human health products, pharmaceutical ingredients and performance chemicals. (This matter was handled at a previous firm.)
Advised a metals-focused exploration company on its $88 million Series A financing from a U.S.-based institutional investor. (This matter was handled at a previous firm.)
Represented an international healthcare private-equity fund in its participation as lead-investor in a $45 million Series E financing for a medical device company. (This matter was handled at a previous firm.)
- University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2009)
- University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business (M.B.A., Beta Gamma Sigma, 2009)
- University of Pittsburgh (B.S., Omicron Delta Kappa, 2003)
- Best Lawyers®* “Ones to Watch” 2023-2024, Corporate Law
- Best Lawyers®* “Ones to Watch” 2024, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
- New York
University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association
University of Pittsburgh Business Alumni Association Board of Directors
— Past President
— Emeritus Member
University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration Alumni Advisory Board
— Past President
— Emeritus Member