Amanda Leese, Partner


Amanda Leese primarily represents private companies and firms in the formation and management of investment vehicles. She also provides counsel on a variety of strategic transactions including direct investments, co-investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures, and has counseled private sponsors in secondary transactions.

Amanda has experience handling capital raises ranging from under $500 million to more than $5 billion, and various other strategic transactions ranging from $10 million to more than $4 billion, across diverse industries such as renewable energy, biomedical, transportation and financial services sectors.

Representative Matters

Prior to joining Quarles & Brady LLP, Amanda worked with global law firms in Chicago, Ill., and Boston, Mass., and counseled private investment firms and corporate clients on transactions including the following:

Formations and Capital Raises

  • First-time fundraises for private equity sponsors with hard caps ranging from $400 million to $750 million.
  • Fundraise for an established private equity sponsor with a hard cap over $3.5 billion.
  • Formation of a start-up company, and subsequent fundraising Series and technology transfers.
  • Investments in early-stage companies by large institutional investors.

Acquisitions and Divestitures

  • Sale of a media company ($1.7+ billion).
  • Acquisition of an aerospace component manufacturer ($360+ million).
  • Acquisition of a surgical device manufacturer ($150+ million).
  • Sale of a biomedical device manufacturer ($2.7 billion).
  • Acquisition of a biomaterial supplier ($250+ million).
  • Acquisition of a discount retailer (165+ million).
  • Initial and add-on acquisitions of a technology company ($21+ million).
  • Acquisition of a chemical services provider ($9.5+ million).
  • Joint venture transaction between rail providers (6.0+ million).
  • Bankruptcy Code Chapter 11 Section 363 acquisition of a sales services provider ($6.0+ million).
  • Seconded to a university to assist in its preparation of a sale of a portfolio of real estate investments.


  • Special Assistant for Policy and Projects, U.S. Senate, Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, 2009-2010
  • Supply Chain Analyst, Clinton Health Access Initiative, The Clinton Foundation, 2007-2008
  • Research Analyst, Corporate Strategy Board, The Corporate Executive Board, 2006-2007

Admitted in Massachusetts (2017) and Illinois (2013, inactive).

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • Johns Hopkins University (B.A., cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Illinois (Inactive)

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, member

Professional Recognition

  • Association of Securities & Exchange Commission Alumni Award, 2012-2013
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