Rich Cicchillo focuses his practice on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He also has extensive experience in intellectual property development and licensing transactions. Mr. Cicchillo is certified in commercial and business French by La Chambre de commerce et de l'industrie de Paris.

Although he advises mid-market and large-cap companies in a variety of industries, Mr. Cicchillo has significant experience in the building products, industrial equipment, aerospace and defense, and telecommunications industries. He frequently advises companies from French-speaking countries on their U.S. investments and operations, and has represented the French Consulate in Atlanta for many years. Mr. Cicchillo has advised a number of investment fund principals in connection with their arrangements with financial sponsors and joint venture partners – both on fund formation and upon exit.

Mr. Cicchillo joined the firm in October 1994 and became a partner in 2001. He is the team leader of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities practice and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. In 2018, Mr. Cicchillo was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law for the eleventh consecutive year. He was also recognized as a 2016 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Cicchillo is listed in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions. He was recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite” in 2008 for Business Law and again in 2012 for Corporate Law. Mr. Cicchillo was named a Georgia “Super Lawyer” in the areas of Corporate and International Law in 2008 and Mergers & Acquisitions in 2017 and the eight years prior by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Cicchillo was recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions and Buyouts in 2016 and the five years immediately preceding. He was also honored in 2016 and the three years immediately preceding as a "Leading Lawyer" by Legal 500 US. Mr. Cicchillo is AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

Harvard Law Review, Editor

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Member


  • Harvard University, J.D. (1993)
    magna cum laude
  • New York University Institute for French Studies, M.A. (1990)
  • Georgetown University, BSFS (1989)
    summa cum laude
  • Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1994)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit — Ed Carnes

Who We Are

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Richard Cicchillo Jr.

Experience Highlights

Formation for Atlanta-based private equity firm
Represented principals of an Atlanta-based private equity firm in the formation of two investment funds, including the acquisition of a legacy more
Sale of an interactive advertising company
Represented the founders of an internet advertising and marketing company in its sale to a multinational paper an media conglomerate. more
Pending acquisition of Ash Grove Cement Company for $3.5 billion
Represented CRH plc, the international building materials group, in its pending acquisition of Ash Grove Cement Company, a leading U.S. cement more
Acquisition of a multinational gasket manufacturer by French private equity company
Represented a French private equity and its portfolio company in the leveraged acquisition from another private equity fund of a U.S. and U.K.-based more