George Stamas , the big-stakes deal lawyer at the District office of Kirkland & Ellis , hauled in another one last week.

We hear Stamas and his team — Mark Director , Andrew Herman and Bill Sorabella — nailed down the Exelon side of the Chicago utility’s $6.8 billion acquisition of Pepco . Stamas, who frequents Wall Street watering holes such as San Pietro in New York, celebrated the Pepco deal — and the Wizards’ (where he is a part-owner) win over the Chicago Bulls — at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab . Stamas is a part owner of Joe’s. No comment from Stamas.

Cooking up a deal

Exelon-Pepco wasn’t the only merger in the Washington business landscape last week.

Bethesda-based E.J. Krause & Associates , an event and conference manager, bought 75 percent of Annandale-based Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show , started by Denise and Bill Medved in 2006.

No terms were disclosed, but Metropolitan puts on three events a year —in Washington, Houston and Dallas — that gross more than $3 million.

The Medveds’ revenue for each show comes from four sources: tickets, exhibitors who rent booths to sell everything from kitchen knives to hot sauce, sponsorships and book sales.

Krause, owned by Ned Krause , runs 45 shows a year in a variety of industries, from high tech to telecom, and from heavy machinery to plastic. Krause said the privately owned company grosses more than $50 million and has 200 employees in nine offices around the world.

He has food shows in Mexico and Japan, but wanted to crack the U.S. market. “It fits into our business plan of expanding into the food industry,” Krause said. “We can develop this into 12 cities around the U.S.”

The Medveds were happy to comply.

“We are a small business,” Denise said. “I really felt as though a much larger company gave it the best chance to grow into a much larger property into a whole lot more cities.

She said the two parties met at industry association meetings, and have been talking for more than a year.

“Like any small business, one of the things that keeps you up at night is the cash flow. So I was more than happy to welcome a conversation with someone who could provide financial resources as well as other resources, so we can recognize [the company’s] full potential.”

Lobster company, on a roll

Jonathan Merrill was at Nick’s Fish House in Baltimore two years ago when the Maine native realized that lobster was not on the menu.

Merrill, 30, who studied sports business at Georgetown University, decided there was a business in delivering fresh Maine lobsters to Washington eateries. He teamed with childhood buddy Tyler Simpson , whose family has deep connections in the Maine fishing business, and started LobsterME in summer of 2012.

The Bowie-based business delivered $150,000 worth of Maine lobsters to 25 Washington area restaurants, including Cleveland Park’s Ripple and Thames Street Oyster House in Baltimore. It hopes to increase sales to $250,000 this year.

LobsterME claims its differentiator is freshness. The company forswears the tanks you see in restaurants and instead delivers the crustacean direct to the customer in ice-filled boxes, which sometimes even include seaweed.

“When our accounts open their box of lobster, their hands are the first to touch the lobster since it left Maine the day before,” Merrill said.

LobsterME has a diversified supply from three providers across Maine, which helps bring consistency and keeps prices down.

Shipping fresh lobster is not easy. The creatures are packed live on ice, placed in boxes and driven south four days a week by a third-party trucker. Merrill picks up the lobsters at a seafood hub in Jessup within two hours of their arrival, and delivers them to customers by noon.

Merrill said after costs, including buying the lobster, LobsterME grosses about $1 per pound.

The Buzz hears:

Charlottesville-based Relay Foods , the online grocery company, has arrived in Stafford County. The company established a new pickup location at the Merit School of Stafford, where customers can retrieve their orders. Relay uses central warehouses to fill online grocery orders, then loads them onto trucks and delivers them to selected pickup locations. Customers drop by one of three dozen locations in Washington to collect their groceries. The company was founded in 2009 by entrepreneur Zach Buckner .

Bisnow has scheduled a three-day networking session for 250 “under 40” commercial real estate executives this November at the Ritz Carlton in South Beach. Attendees include two sons of prominent Washington real estate families: Matthew Jemal , principal, Douglas Development (and son of Douglas Jemal ), and Ben Miller , co-founder of Fundrise and son of Herb Miller ).