Molly Crane Recognized in City & State Pennsylvania's 2023 Philadelphia Forty Under 40
The Philadelphia Forty Under 40 reflects "the myriad ways young Philadelphians are making an impact in their neighborhoods and throughout the region." The honorees include politicians, strategists, attorneys, entrepreneurs, as well as influencers in media, the arts, social and environmental advocacy, and hospitality.
Each honoree is recognized through a profile that shares information about their background, career, and achievements.
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Molly's profile, as published in City & State Pennsylvania, is copied in full below.
Partner, Blank Rome
For business attorney Molly Crane, mergers and acquisitions “are like a giant puzzle, where you get your puzzle box and see what the end picture looks like.” Crane, a partner at Blank Rome, added that “then you have to figure out how to put all those pieces together to get that desired result.”
The daughter of New Jersey attorneys, Crane fell in love with the fast-paced, intellectually challenging world of mergers and acquisitions as a summer associate while at Georgetown Law School. But rather than head to San Francisco or New York – the conventional choices for a career in finance – Crane was determined to make her career in Philadelphia, where her undergraduate years at Penn were “meaningful and joyful.”
“In Philadelphia, we’ve got a much more robust and sophisticated framework nowadays,” she said of the city’s burgeoning investment and startup scenes. Crane plays an active role in that evolution: She was part of the inaugural cohort of the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies’ Next-Gen Leaders program, and holds leadership positions with the Association for Corporate Growth’s Philadelphia chapter.
At Blank Rome, Crane is proud of shepherding one private equity firm through eight different acquisitions before it sold for nearly a half-billion dollars. “It’s a privilege to be with your client from the beginning, building their business to a beautiful outcome,” she reflected. “That’s what brings me coming to work every day.”