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Sean T. Peppard

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Sean Peppard is a partner in Benesch’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group. He regularly represents public companies, privately held businesses, and private equity and hedge funds in their mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance matters. He also has significant experience in securities transactions and reporting, corporate governance, and general business matters, including representing private equity and hedge fund clients in their fund formation efforts. He also represents limited partners in their investments into hedge funds, funds-of-funds, real estate opportunity funds, and other private equity investment funds. Finally, Sean represents growth companies in their fundraising efforts and in the negotiation of strategic partnerships. 

Sean has significant experience advising financial institutions and other companies participating in the payment systems industry. He has led teams on numerous mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and investments involving all aspects of the payments industry, including payment processing, pre-paid and gift cards, betting and gaming, Ecommerce transactions, and PCI compliance. Sean also has significant experience drafting and negotiating joint venture, revenue sharing, referral and sponsorship agreements for industry participants.

Sean is actively involved in Benesch’s initiatives surrounding blockchain technology.  Sean regularly advises clients on regulatory and other issues surrounding ICOs, smart contracting, and fintech uses of blockchain technology. 

The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 recognized Sean as “Lawyer of the Year,” Securities/Capital Markets Law, Cleveland, Ohio, a distinction given annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. He has also previously been selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list and the Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Stars list.


    • The University of Michigan Law School, 2001, J.D.
    • Yale University, 1995, B.A.

    • Ohio