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Shanita Nicholas

Shanita Nicholas

Associate

Shanita Nicholas

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Direct Fax: 818.444.63
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Shanita Nicholas is an associate of the Firm.

Shanita’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions matters and other general corporate and business matters. Prior to joining the firm, Shanita worked at international law firms within mergers and acquisitions for middle market private equity clients and within derivatives and mergers and acquisitions for large private equity clients. Prior to her legal career, Shanita worked as an IT consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she acted as a liaison  between government clients and technical specialists.

Shanita is founder of the Los Angeles Black Investors Club and a member of the Los Angeles Venture Association.

Shanita received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and her JD and MBA from Columbia University Schools of Law and Business, where she served as Operations Editor of the Columbia Business and Law Review. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is pending admittance to the bar of the State of California.

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Marc Kenny

Marc Kenny

Partner

Marc Kenny

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Direct Fax: 818.444.9528
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Marc Kenny is a partner at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP.

Marc’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private securities offerings, cross-border transactions, and other strategic transactions representing private equity funds, independent sponsors, family offices as well as public and private corporations.

Over his 20+ year career, Marc has had the opportunity to work in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and London representing various clients on a range of domestic and cross-border transaction with an emphasis on the digital media, technology, entertainment, healthcare, and energy industries.  Marc has had the pleasure of representing a variety of clients throughout his career including Platinum Equity, DIRECTV, Flaherty & Crumrine, Fang Group Investment Limited, Constellation Brands, Credit Karma, Pine River Capital Management, Idealab, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Verdugo Hills Hospital, TDA Capital Partners, General Electric, MIH Group (Naspers), Kleinwort Benson, Hellman & Friedman, Lehman Brothers, Petroplus International, Geneva Woods Pharmacy, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Yellow Book USA and Nomura International.  Marc regularly speaks at events on topics such as private equity, M&A trends, and venture capital & emerging growth deal making.

Marc received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, where he was an Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar and G. Joseph Tauro Scholar. Marc received his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Bucknell University.  He is admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia.

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Grace Kim

Associate

Grace Kim

Direct Voice: 818.444.4504
Direct Fax: 818.444.6304
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Grace Kim is an associate of the Firm. Grace’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, securities laws compliance, corporate governance, and other general corporate and business matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Grace worked as a legal intern at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London for the International Arbitration Group on commercial contract disputes. She also previously worked in-house at Activision Blizzard, Inc., where she worked on commercial agreements, licensing, trademarks, corporate governance and securities. Grace also worked for Conversant LLC, The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in the Major Crimes Division, and Human Rights Project.

Grace received her B.A. in International Development Studies from University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she served as Associate Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.

Grace is an active member of the Korean American Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

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Kelly S. Laffey

Kelly S. Laffey

Associate

Kelly S. Laffey

Direct Voice: 818.444.4538
Direct Fax: 818.444.6338
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Kelly Siobhan Laffey is an associate of the firm.

Kelly counsels clients on issues related to corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions matters, and securities regulation and compliance. She also assists with financing for large private corporations, and entity formation and succession planning for professional services firms.

Kelly provides general business counseling on a variety of up-and-coming regulatory issues for small and emerging companies that offer commercial services, allowing them to explore new business opportunities in various states.

Drawing on her diverse work experience in the entertainment arena, including time spent with talent agencies, and music and television production companies, Kelly also assists on matters related to licensing, marketing, and exploitation of intellectual property rights.

Kelly received her B.A. in Media Studies and Organizational Communication, from Emerson College in 2008 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2013. She is admitted to practice law in the States of California and Missouri.

practice & experience

  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Entity formation and corporate governance matters;
  • Venture capital financings;
  • Stockholder agreements; and
  • Commercial contracts, including licensing agreements, distribution agreements and consulting agreements.

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Caroline Cherkassky

Caroline Cherkassky

Senior Counsel

Caroline Cherkassky

Direct Voice: 818.444.4540
Direct Fax: 818.444.6340
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Caroline Cherkassky is senior counsel of the Firm.

Caroline’s practice focuses on advising emerging growth, development stage, and middle market companies on a variety of matters, including venture capital and other financings, employee compensation, securities laws compliance, technology transactions, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters. She also advises the funds and other investors that invest in these types of companies.

Caroline received her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • entity formation and corporate governance matters;
  • serving as outside general counsel to early stage companies;
  • venture capital financings;
  • stockholder agreements;
  • executive employment and compensation;
  • equity incentive plans;
  • securities laws compliance;
  • technology licensing; and
  • mergers and acquisitions.

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Nick C. Feldman

Associate

Nick C. Feldman

Direct Voice: 818.444.4541
Direct Fax: 818.444.6341
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Nick C. Feldman is an associate of the Firm. Nick’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market and emerging growth companies. In addition, Nick counsels companies in connection with entity formation, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws and compliance, joint ventures, employee incentive plans, executive employment agreements and other executive compensation matters.

Nick also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University, where he lectures on media law topics.

Nick received his B.A. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review and a recipient of the Otto Kaus Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • mergers, acquisitions and divestitures;
  • capital formation, venture capital and financing transactions;
  • commercial contracts, including license agreements, distribution agreements and consulting agreements;
  • entertainment contracts;
  • executive employment agreements;
  • acting as strategic counsel to a variety of privately held technology companies;
  • advising public and private companies on general corporate matters, including formation, commercial contracts, licensing transactions and compensation matters.

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Sean Greaney

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Partner

Sean Greaney

Direct Voice: 818.444.4554
Direct Fax: 818.444.6354
Mobile: 909.576.3374
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Sean Greaney is partner of the Firm.

Sean served as an Associate of the Firm from 2010 to 2013, and rejoined the Firm in 2014.  Prior to rejoining the Firm, Sean acted as Corporate Counsel to Beats by Dr. Dre (acquired by Apple Inc.). In his role at Beats, Sean supported the operations, marketing, engineering, facilities and finance teams in all legal matters, including:

  • Advised operations team on all global supply chain matters, including supplier relationships, business strategies and related policies.
  • Supported marketing team on marketing partnerships, talent, licensing and co-branding arrangements.
  • Partnered with facilities team on general administration matters and all matters related to Beats’ move to its new Culver City headquarters.
  • Drafted and negotiated all agreements supporting $1.4B+ in revenue: manufacturing and supply agreements, tooling agreements, development agreements and logistics agreements, talent agreements, royalty agreements, licensing agreements, co-branding agreements, construction agreements, master services agreements and NDAs.

Sean’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market, emerging growth and development stage companies.  In addition, Sean counsels companies in connection with company formation process, SEC reporting requirements and registrations, federal and state securities laws and compliance, corporate governance issues, joint ventures, employee incentive plans and executive employment agreements.

Sean received two B.A. degrees from California State University, Fullerton in 2004 and his J.D., cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2007. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • Corporate Counsel at Beats by Dr. Dre (acquired by Apple Inc.) supporting global operations, marketing, engineering, facilities and finance teams in all legal matters.
  • acting in the role of outside general counsel to numerous venture-backed and early stage growth companies, including advising on formation, financing, employment and equity incentive plan matters.
  • serving as lead counsel in numerous mergers and acquisitions, dispositions and other strategic transactions.
  • advising companies on joint venture arrangements, including matters related to joint venture operating agreements, stockholders agreements, buy-sell agreements and executive employment agreements.
  • advising companies with respect to all commercial contracts, including development, licensing, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, branding and consulting agreements both domestically and internationally.

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Scott Galer

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Partner

Scott Galer

Direct Voice: 818.444.4513
Direct Fax: 818.444.6313
Mobile: 818.307.2268
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Scott Galer is a partner at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and co-chairs the firm’s Mergers and Acquisition Practice Group.

Scott’s practice focuses on counseling private and public middle-market and emerging growth companies in areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures, complex brand and technology licensing and other strategic business arrangements.

Scott has expertise in managing a wide variety of corporate and financial transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, roll-up and spin-off transactions, public offerings (representing both issuers and investment bankers), alternative public offerings, debt and equity financings (representing issuers, lenders and investors), secured lending transactions and financial restructurings.  In addition, Scott has expertise in advising emerging growth companies from formation through their various stages of growth, including formation, seed and venture capital financing, complex operating and stockholder agreements, employment contracts and equity incentive arrangements.

Scott is experienced in negotiating and drafting a wide range of business arrangements, including joint venture agreements, complex brand and technology licensing agreements, marketing and endorsement agreements, manufacturing and distribution agreements, credit agreements and numerous other general corporate and commercial contracts for companies in a variety of industries.

Scott also counsels and advises companies in connection with 34 Act reporting requirements, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws, and other issues that commonly arise for companies while operating their businesses, as well as during the process of corporate and financial transactions.

Scott has over twenty years of experience counseling and serving as a strategic partner to companies at all stages along their evolutionary path, and prides himself at being highly responsive to his client’s needs.

Scott received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992 and his B.A., summa cum laude, in Business/Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1989. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • mergers
  • stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions
  • roll-up and spin-off transactions
  • public offerings and alternative public offerings
  • debt and equity financings
  • seed and venture capital financings and other private placements
  • limited liability company (LLC) operating agreements
  • stockholder agreements
  • buy-sell agreements
  • secured lending transactions
  • financial restructurings
  • brand development and licensing
  • technology licensing and IP protection
  • marketing and endorsement agreements
  • manufacturing and distribution agreements
  • securities regulation
  • executive employment agreements
  • options, profits interest and other equity incentive plans
  • 34 Act compliance
  • corporate governance
  • website compliance
  • commercial contracts

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Adam C. Bagley

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Senior Counsel

Adam C. Bagley

Direct Voice: 818.444.4524
Direct Fax: 818.444.6324
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Adam C. Bagley is senior counsel of the Firm.

Adam’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, private equity transactions, public and private debt finance and general corporate representation for both public and private companies. In addition, Adam assists clients with general securities law compliance, corporate governance issues and general corporate matters. Adam also advises entrepreneurs as well as development-stage and emerging-growth companies on business formation issues.

Adam received his B.S. in Business Management, cum laude, from Brigham Young University in 2005 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2008. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Representation of a gaming company in the sale of key operating assets in the aggregate amount of $772 million.
  • Representation of majority shareholders of a privately held professional sports franchise in connection with the sale of equity interests in aggregate amount of $340 million.
  • Representation of an investment group in the purchase of an interactive gaming software company in the aggregate amount of $21 million.
  • Representation of an entertainment company in the purchase of a sports production company in aggregate amount of $1 million.

Early Stage and Venture Capital Financings

  • Representation of a production company in a Series A preferred stock offering to certain investors in aggregate amount of $1.5 million.
  • Representation of a design company in a Series B preferred stock offering to certain investors in aggregate amount of $4.5 million.

Capital Markets and Securities

  • Representation of issuer in a Rule 144A offering of high-yield debt in the aggregate amount of $250 million. Concurrent cash tender offer and consent solicitation of senior and senior subordinated debt in the aggregate amount of $255 million.
  • Representation of multiple public companies regarding securities law regulations, disclosure issues and ongoing securities law compliance matters, including interactions with the Securities Exchange Commission.

General

  • Representation of public and private companies regarding strategic transactions.
  • Representation of public and private companies on general corporate matters, including formation, commercial contracts, compensation and corporate governance.

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Greg Akselrud

Greg Akselrud

Partner

Greg Akselrud

Direct Voice: 818.444.4503
Direct Fax: 818.444.6303
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Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment Practice Group.

Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries.

Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing.

Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).

Greg received his B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • acting as strategic counsel to individuals in the entertainment and sports industries (such as actors, directors, producers, music artists and athletes), and film, television and digital media production companies, representing their interests in investment transactions, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.
  • advising emerging growth, development stage, and middle market companies, as well as venture capital funds, on a variety of matters, including venture capital and other financings, employee compensation, securities laws compliance, technology transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and other general corporate matters.
  • advising entertainment, digital media, Internet and technology clients in a variety of matters arising on the Internet or on mobile platforms, including, with respect to content licensing and exploitation, Internet advertising and other revenue generating transactions (such as bundling, co-marketing and co-branding), and general website matters (such as the preparation of terms of use or service and privacy policies, and compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
  • structuring commercial transactions and joint ventures worldwide (including Europe, Latin America and Asia) for the purpose of licensing content and technology.

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