Corporate, Finance & Securities

Mergers & Acquisitions

One of the greatest strengths of our Corporate Department lies in our ability to serve as deal counsel, either on the buy-side or sell-side, in extraordinary transactions for our corporate clients. We represent clients of all sizes, types and industries in every aspect of mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, recapitalizations, spinoffs, purchases, sales and other divestitures.  These range from purchases and sales of assets or stock, to complex multi-party mergers or reorganizations. Our practice experience also includes leveraged buyouts, earn-outs, split-ups and acquisitions in connection with workouts or bankruptcies, and frequently entails regulatory issues.

The depth and sophistication of the attorneys of our M&A practice reflect the dynamic nature of our clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, and privately-held companies of all different sizes. Our M&A lawyers are regarded as some of the best in the profession, with a solid reputation for excellence and being able to successfully achieve the strategic, financial and business M&A objectives of our clients. We take a multi-disciplinary approach as an integrated team with our clients to address and resolve issues such as antitrust, litigation, intellectual property, tax, labor and benefits, real estate, environment and securities, all as they may relate to an M&A transaction. This collaborative effort with our clients is designed to maximize the value of the underlying deal while minimizing the risks for our clients.

Virtually all M&A transactions require sophisticated tax planning. To provide this critical counsel, our Corporate Law Group works in conjunction with our Tax Group, offering comprehensive counsel through all stages of transactions. 

A deep understanding of our clients’ businesses and industries is at the core of our counsel.  This insight is pivotal to successful mergers, acquisitions or other liquidity events. We provide targeted and practical assistance to clients on structuring an M&A transaction for their businesses. We have a solid reputation with our clients as being solution providers for our clients’ M&A objectives and liquidity events.

For more information on our Mergers & Acquisitions Group, please contact Benjamin Alexander

  • Ongoing representation of one of the largest privately-held landscape services companies in the United States in connection with a series of strategic asset and stock acquisitions of regional landscape construction and landscape maintenance businesses. Purchases range from $3 million to $45 million.
  • Represented a publicly-held operator of high-end health and fitness clubs in selling selected clubs that operated primarily in the East to one of the operator’s shareholders for $80 million. As part of the sale, we also represented the company in refinancing $50 million of real estate-secured debt.
  • Represented the 50% owner of a privately-held consumer products company in connection with a dispute with the other 50% shareholder and the subsequent court ordered sale of the company to a private equity company
  • Represented the owners of a privately-held company that manufactures and distributes commercial irrigation systems in a $20 million and auction sale to a public company
  • Represented a privately-held consumer products company in connection with the refinancing of a $100 million credit facility, a spinoff of one of its divisions and the subsequent sale of a half interest of that division to a private equity company for $200 million+
  • Represented the major owner of a consumer products company in connection with its sale to a public company in a $750 million and cash transaction.
  • Represented a private equity company in connection with the merger of one of its portfolio companies, a manufacturer of ladies’ sportswear, with another sportswear company
  • Represented a large privately-held hair products company in connection with its celebrity licensing agreements, licensing agreement with another entity to form a new division and the sale of a majority interest in the company to a private equity company for in excess of $80 million
  • Represented The Sports Club Company in selling to affiliates of Equinox Holdings, Inc., its four remaining health and fitness clubs located in West Los Angeles, Irvine and Beverly Hills, CA, and at Rockefeller Center in New York City
  • Represented a privately-held internet video streaming company in a sale to a large, publicly-held media company for $52 million.
  • Represented a privately-held financial software developer in a sale to a publicly-held financial services company.  The deal involved a combination of cash and securities valued at approximately $30 million.
  • Represented a privately-held food distribution company in acquiring selected operating divisions of Heinz Food for an aggregate consideration exceeding $10 million.
  • Represented a principal shareholder of a privately-held credit card processing company who sold her equity stake to another existing shareholder for $140 million.
  • Represented a privately-held special effects company in a sale of its business and assets to Apple Computer.
  • Successfully settled a number of hostile intracompany disputes including representation of a 50-percent shareholder in an advertising agency who ultimately bought out the other 50-percent shareholder, and the settlement of an interfamily dispute over the ownership and management of a large nursery in Southern California.
  • Represented an investment group in connection with the sale of a company to Real Networks
  • Represented a closely held aerospace company in connection with its acquisition of an engineering services company
  • Represented the majority owner of an independent public relations company in connection with its sale to a global media company
  • Represented the founder of OPI Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer of nail care products, in the sale of the company to Coty Inc.
  • Represented FIJI Water LLC, the second largest selling imported water brand in the United States, in the sale of assets and stock of affiliate companies to Roll International Corporation
  • Represented Riedon, Inc. in the sale of its German subsidiary, Powertron GmbH, to Vishay Europe GmbH, a subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc.(NYSE:VSH)
  • Represented the minority shareholder of Mrs. Cubbinson's Inc. in the sale by Hostess, Inc. of substantially all the assets of the company to Sugar Foods, Inc.
  • Represented buyer in purchasing substantially all the assets related to Aloxxi hair care products from Alberto Culver
  • Represented Westlake Financial Services in the sale of 20% of the company for $250 Million to Mirubeni Corporation
  • Represented Mind Over Eye, LLC in the sale of substantially all its assets to Source Interlink Companies
  • Represented Stix Holdings in acquisition of Pick Up Stix restaurants
  • Represented Mandarin Holdings in obtaining a senior secured credit facility and in acquisition of the Leeann Chin restaurant group