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Attorney Michael F. Merlie Named to Board of Chester County Economic Development Council

Michael F. MerlieAttorney Michael F. Merlie, a partner at Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, has been named to the board of directors of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) in Exton, PA.

The CCEDC is a private, non-profit economic development organization that provides proven financing solutions, cultivates workforce talent, leverages business partnerships and fosters entrepreneurial collaboration.

“With sponsorship and support of more than 30 organizations each year, Gawthrop Greenwood has upheld a rich tradition of giving back to its communities in Chester County and Greater Wilmington, as well as supporting and becoming actively involved in the business organizations valued by our clients and friends,” said Sandra L. Knapp, Chair of the Management Committee at Gawthrop Greenwood. “It’s a pleasure and an honor for our attorneys to serve on local boards.”

With more than 20 years of experience concentrating his practice in local business and corporate law, as well as representing privately-held and publicly-held businesses of all sizes, Merlie’s practice includes organizing start-ups, negotiating and documenting venture capital transactions, and acquisitions and mergers. His work also involves negotiating and documenting corporate formation documents such as shareholders’ agreements and limited liability company operating agreements, sale and purchase agreements, loan agreements, promissory notes, guarantees, leases, and due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Earlier this month, Gawthrop Greenwood attorney P. Kristen Bennett was named to the board of the Brandywine Health Foundation, a nonprofit based in Coatesville, PA. Attorney Stephen R. McDonnell was named to the Board of Directors of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry (CCCBI) in Malvern, PA.

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