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Shanita Nicholas

Shanita Nicholas

Associate

Shanita Nicholas

Direct Voice: 818.444.45
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

Direct Voice: 818.444.9208
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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Louis A. Wharton

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Partner

Louis A. Wharton

Direct Voice: 818.444.4509
Direct Fax: 818.444.6309
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Louis A. Wharton is a Partner of the Firm and Director of the Preccelerator Program. Louis’ practice focuses on advising startup, emerging growth and middle market companies across a spectrum of industries in securities compliance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

He counsels clients in the technology, internet/e-commerce, pharmaceutical, apparel and entertainment industries, among others.

Louis serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), and previously served on the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of ProVisors’ Technology Group.

Louis received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • advising the Firm’s public clients on a variety of ’33 Act and ’34 Act work, including reviewing and filing registration statements and current, quarterly and annual reports;
  • structuring and negotiating public offerings and private placements of both equity and debt securities, including PIPEs and angel and venture backed transactions, for the Firm’s private and public clients;
  • strategizing with and negotiating on behalf of the Firm’s clients on a variety of public and private mergers (including reverse mergers), strategic stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, both buy- and sell-side; and
  • counseling the Firm’s clients on other aspects of their business activities, including commercial transactions, incentive compensation and corporate governance.

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Joe Stubbs

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Partner

Joe Stubbs

Direct Voice: 818.444.4507
Direct Fax: 818.444.6307
Mobile: 626.926.6018
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Joe Stubbs is a founding partner of the Firm, and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  He is co-chair of the Firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice Group, and of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.

Joe practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, emphasizing the corporate representation of both publicly-held and privately-held emerging growth and middle-market companies, venture capital and private equity firms, angel investment groups and investment banks.  He acts as outside general counsel to numerous emerging growth and technology companies, advising on a wide range of legal and strategic issues at all stages of their evolutionary path.  He particularly concentrates on advising companies in preparing for and successfully completing their angel, venture capital, private equity and debt financing transactions, their merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions and their initial and follow-on public offerings.  He also serves as outside general counsel to various publicly-held companies, providing advice on all aspects of their business activities, including securities law compliance and corporate governance matters.  His experience also includes corporate partnerships, restructurings and technology licensing.

Joe has lectured and written extensively on subjects relating to emerging growth companies, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, and public and private offerings of securities.  He has been a frequent lecturer at programs sponsored by, among others, The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, The Software Council of Southern California, The Practicing Law Institute, the CalTech Enterprise Forum, the American Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He received his B.A. from Southwest Missouri State University in 1972 and his J.D from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1975.  He is admitted to practice law in the States of California and Missouri.

practice & experience

  • securities regulation;
  • corporate governance and investigations;
  • mergers, acquisitions and divestitures;
  • domestic and international joint ventures;
  • cross-border transactions;
  • capital formation, angel, venture capital and private equity transactions;
  •  debt financing transactions;
  • commercial contracts;
  • supply, distribution and marketing agreements;
  • executive employment and incentive agreements;
  • software and other technology licensing;
  • technology transfers from Universities and private institutions;
  • general website operational matters (such as the preparation of website terms of use or service and privacy policies, and compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act), protection of copyrights, trademarks, domain names and trade secrets; and
  • electronic commerce; and the development, acquisition and clearance of rights in intellectual property (particularly with respect to information technology, the Internet and new media products).

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Michael Shaff

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Of Counsel

Michael Shaff

Direct Voice: 818.444.4522
Direct Fax: 818.444.6322
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Michael Shaff joined the firm in 2011 as Of Counsel. He is chairperson of the Tax Practice Group.

Michael specializes in all aspects of federal income taxation. Mr. Shaff has served as a trial attorney with the office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service for three years. Mr. Shaff is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a specialist in tax law. Mr. Shaff is a past chair of the Tax Section of the Orange County Bar Association.  He is co-author of the “Real Estate Investment Trusts Handbook” published annually by West Group.

Michael received his A.B. at Columbia College in 1976, his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1979 and his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1986. He is admitted to practice law in the States of California, New York and Massachusetts and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

practice & experience

  • mergers and acquisitions,
  • executive compensation,
  • corporate taxation,
  • inbound and outbound foreign tax issues,
  • limited liability company and partnership taxation,
  • tax controversies,
  • exempt organizations, and
  • real estate related tax issues.

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