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Alia Delpassand

Associate

Alia Delpassand

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Alia Delpassand is an associate of the Firm.

Alia’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, private equity transactions and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market and emerging growth companies.

Prior to joining the firm, Alia interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. where she worked on insider trading liability and misappropriation cases. She also previously served as an extern for two federal judges, the Honorable Catherine E. Bauer in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, and the Honorable Frances H. Stacy in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas.

Alia received her B.S. in Political Science from the University of Southern California where she graduated with Honors and her J.D. and Masters in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. She also completed a Business & Finance Certificate from the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship & the Law.

Alia is fluent in Farsi and is an active member of the Iranian American Bar Association, the Women’s Legal Association of Los Angeles, and the Santa Monica Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

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Shanita Nicholas

Shanita Nicholas

Associate

Shanita Nicholas

Direct Voice: 818.444.4545
Direct Fax: 818.444.6345
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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 the State of California.

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Marc Kenny

Marc Kenny

Partner

Marc Kenny

Direct Voice: 818.444.9208
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Marc Kenny is a corporate 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 clients on a range of domestic and cross-border transaction with an emphasis on the digital media, technology, communications, entertainment, healthcare, and energy industries.  Marc regularly speaks at events on topics such as private equity, M&A, and venture capital deal-making trends.

Prior to joining SA&M in August 2017, Marc worked at Global 50 and AM LAW 100 law firms in the U.S. and London.  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.

Practice & Experience

 

  • Platinum Equity, a global private equity firm with approximately $13 billion of assets under management, in various acquisitions and dispositions, including the sale of Keen Transport to Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (OSE: WWL); the sale of Truesense Imaging to ON Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONNN); the sale of Ulticom, Inc. to Mavenir Systems (NASDAQ: MVNR); the sale of Altura Communication Solutions to an affiliate of Silver Oak Services Partners; the sale of PEAK Technologies to an affiliate of Keystone Capital, Inc.; the acquisition of the wireless deployment business of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS), and the subsequent sale of the newly named business, Wireless Facilities, Inc.; the sale of KTAQ of Dallas to London Broadcasting Company; and multiple add-on acquisitions for many of Platinum Equity’s portfolio companies.
  • AllTrails, an online database of curated digital outdoor maps, in its recapitalization and majority sale transaction by Spectrum Equity.
  • Audioboom Group, a U.K. AIM-listed company in the on-demand audio industry, in its proposed acquisition of Triton Digital, Inc., a portfolio company of Vector Capital.
  • Alpine Pacific Capital, a West Coast private equity firm, in its acquisitions and co-investments, including its co-investments in connection with Arable Capital Partners’ acquisition of Fresh Innovations California and Farmington Fresh Cuts, processors of fresh sliced apples and other packaged fruits.
  • DIRECTV, a direct-to-home digital satellite television provider, in its acquisitions and strategic equity investments, including the acquisition of LifeShield, Inc., a privately held company providing wireless home security systems and solutions; the acquisition of the multiband division of Goodman Networks Incorporated, a division providing subscription-based video, high-speed internet and voice services and related call center functions; and its strategic equity investments in various digital media companies, including FanDuel, Digitalsmiths, FreeWheel Media, i.TV, and LiveClips.
  • MGM Studios, a media company engaged in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs, in its strategic equity investments in various digital media companies.
  • Credit Karma, a personal finance technology company, in various financing transactions, including its $75 million follow-on Series C growth financing led by Tiger Global Management, Google Capital and Susquehanna Growth Equity; its $85 million Series C financing led by Google Capital, Tiger Global Management and existing investors Susquehanna Growth Equity and Ribbit Capital; its $30 million Series B preferred stock financing led by Ribbit Capital and Susquehanna Growth Equity; its Series A preferred stock financing led by QED Investors with participation from SV Angel, Felicis Ventures and Founders Fund; and its initial convertible note financing.
  • Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, in its $1 billion acquisition of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and its acquisition of the Prisoner Wine Company.
  • Fang Investment Group, a foreign investment fund, in its minority equity investments in emerging growth technology and digital media companies, including Zooz Mobile, GraphSQL, Lytro, and Atheer.
  • Pine River Capital Management, an alternative investment fund, in its proposed restructuring transaction of a national temporary staffing business based in Southern California.
  • Verdugo Hills Hospital, a non-profit community hospital based in Southern California, in its sale of substantially all of its assets to an affiliate of the University of Southern California.
  • Thermata, an Idealab operating company engaged in the development of technology for concentrating solar power systems, in its sale to SolarReserve, LLC.
  • RayTracker, an Idealab operating company engaged in the development of tracking technology and photovoltaic systems, in its sale to First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR).

* Some of the matters listed above were handled by Marc prior to joining SA&M.

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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’s practice focuses on advising emerging growth and middle market companies in the technology, digital, internet, interactive media (i.e., AR and VR), and entertainment industries. Kelly counsels clients on issues related to corporate governance and formation, venture capital and other financings, joint ventures, employee compensation, complex stockholder and operating agreements, securities law regulation and other general corporate matters.  Kelly also advises investors and funds in connection with venture capital and other financings.

Kelly also counsels clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions matters, including asset and equity acquisitions and dispositions, cross-border transactions, spin-off transactions, secured lending transactions, financing restructurings and corporate reorganizations.

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

  • Representation of venture capital fund in multiple preferred stock financings ranging from $2 million to $7 million.
  • Representation of electrical infrastructure and maintenance software-as-a-service company in preferred stock financing and convertible note financing with an aggregate $1.8 million raise.
  • Representation of audio-immersive technology company in preferred stock financing of approximately $12 million.
  • Representation of last-mile solution robotic delivery company in cross-border corporate reorganization and convertible note financing of approximately $4.5 million.
  • Representation of employee benefits administration firm in sale of equity for approximately $38 million.
  • Representation of private investor in acquisition of film production company for approximately $1.6 million.

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Caroline Cherkassky

Caroline Cherkassky

Senior Counsel

Caroline Cherkassky

Direct Voice: 818.444.4540
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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, mergers and acquisitions, stockholder agreements, equity incentive plans, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters, including serving as outside general counsel to early stage companies. 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

Representative transactions:
• HelloTech in its Series A financing and general corporate matters;
• Representation of Atomico in its Series C investment in Clutter Inc.;
• Morpheus Ventures in its Series B investment in Bridg, Inc.
• Consortia Health Holdings, Inc. in its Series A financing and general corporate matters;
• Netki, Inc. in its Series Seed financing and general corporate matters;
• Colle Capital Partners in various venture capital investments.

Representative speaking engagements:
• UCLA Law School’s “Law & Entrepreneurship” Conference – March 9, 2018
• Plugin South LA’s Digital & Beyond in LA – October 12, 2017

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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 venture capital financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation of emerging growth and middle-market companies, including corporate governance, securities laws compliance, and commercial agreements. He also represents venture capital and private equity funds and strategic investors who finance and acquire these companies.  In addition, Nick advises clients in connection with complex technology and intellectual property transactions, licensing, and privacy matters.

Nick has been named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2017 and 2018. 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

  • Representation of an A.I. technology company in a preferred stock offering of approximately $11 million
  • Representation of the lead investor in a preferred stock offering by a virtual reality company of approximately $3 million
  • Representation of a private equity firm in its disposition of a portfolio company for approximately $64 million
  • Representation of an internet radio platform in a preferred stock offering of approximately $2.25 million
  • Representation of an audio technology company in the sale of substantially all of its assets for approximately $30 million

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Sean Greaney

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Partner

Sean Greaney

Direct Voice: 818.444.4554
Direct Fax: 818.444.6354
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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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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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