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Offit Kurman Represents Retina Associates in Retina Group of Washington Merger

With two mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions already completed in 2019, Offit Kurman corporate attorney Michael Mercurio is starting off the year as 2018 ended. Last year saw a record-breaking number of M&A deals for Mike and the M&A Practice Group. In their most recent transaction, Mike and his team represented Retina Associates (RA), in the company’s merger with The Retina Group of Washington (RGW).

Retina Associates has been dedicated to providing excellent retina care for its patients and communities for more than two decades. In the years since the practice’s founding by, Dr. David Watt, the company has grown beyond its initial Annapolis location into a regional, five-office practice with locations in Bowie, Columbia, Rockville, and Silver Spring.

The Retina Group of Washington is not only the leading eye care provider in the District of Columbia, but also the largest practice in the United States solely dedicated to retinal care. RGW is committed to providing the highest quality patient care, conducting advanced research and introducing innovative techniques, educating all health care providers, and training world-class retinal surgeons. The practice specializes in treating retinal, vitreous and macular diseases throughout Virginia, Maryland, and DC. RGW currently has 14 offices in Maryland, Virginia, and the District, with a total of 26 full-time physicians.

In a press statement, the members of Retina Associates said they were “very pleased to join RGW in building a national center of excellence in retina care.”

“For over 25 years, Retina Associates has been honored to provide excellent retina care for our patients and communities,” said RA's Dr. Cuong Vu. “The merger of RA and RGW is based on our shared core mission: to provide the highest quality retina care. We are excited to embark on this new phase and have high aspirations for what we can accomplish together for our patients, referring professionals, employees, and communities.”

“We are delighted to be teaming up with such an outstanding group of doctors that are equally committed to providing the highest standard of patient care,” said RGW's Dr. Eric Weichel. “And the opportunity to expand into two new areas is both exciting and consistent with our ongoing mission to expand the practice's reach across the region.”

The merger is the latest of more than a dozen in successful M&A deals closed for Offit Kurman clients in the last few months. Many of the firm’s M&A clients are Mid-Atlantic health care businesses. Recent transactions have involved rehabilitation clients, chiropractic providers, and veterinary clinics, among others.

To learn more about how Offit Kurman’s M&A group is helping business owners take advantage of the current M&A market, and to get in touch with an Offit Kurman M&A attorney, click here 



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Mr. Mercurio is a Principal and the Chair of the Firm’s Business Law and Transactions Practice Group. He serves as outside general counsel to clients on matters related to corporate and business law, commercial transactions, government contracting, healthcare, construction services, and real estate. As a strategic partner to firm clients, Mr. Mercurio regularly counsels entrepreneurial individuals and assorted entities on all aspects of business and commerce including formation and structure; ownership, management, and control; financing and capital; expansion and acquisition; sale and transfer; and contraction and dissolution.



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