Practice Group Co-Chairpersons
Jonathan Hodes & Scott Galer

The Firm’s Mergers & Acquisition Group advises clients in connection with a full range of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, both public and private, domestic and international.  At the commencement of a transaction, we bring our problem solving entrepreneurial spirit and unique practical experience to structure transactions, and to develop a due diligence process that focuses on the key value drivers for the business, including analyzing intellectual property rights and assets.  The Firm’s experience and knowledge help ensure that you will successfully negotiate and close the most complicated transactions.  Regardless of a company’s size or stage of development, we make our collective expertise, gained from handling a multitude of successful merger, acquisition and strategic transactions, available to each of our clients.

The Firm prides itself on being able to devote significantly more high-level attention to our clients’ matters than other sophisticated law firms.  Throughout the process, we work with management, keeping them fully informed and strategizing with them as developments arise.  We pride ourselves on being highly responsive to our clients.

The Firm has extensive experience across the entire spectrum of business transactions, including:

  • Mergers, acquisitions and sales of both public and private companies
  • Stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions (including acquisition programs for private equity clients)
  • Strategic investments and joint ventures
  • Restructurings, recapitalizations and workouts
  • Reverse mergers, exchange offers and alternative public offerings
  • Tender offers and going private transactions
  • Divestitures and spin-offs
  • Special committee representation
  • Acquiring assets from California Assignees for the Benefit of Creditors

The Firm’s clients include a wide variety of middle market public and private, domestic and international, companies, as well as entrepreneurs, family owned businesses, financial advisors, special committees, strategic buyers, investment groups and private equity firms.  The Firm has handled transactions ranging in size from a few hundred thousand dollars to over a billion dollars.

The Firm has executed transactions across a wide range of industries including digital communication and media, Internet, software, SaaS and other technology based companies, as well as traditional aerospace, apparel, financial, life sciences, direct marketing, entertainment, transportation, consumer product and luxury brand companies, among many others.

In addition to negotiating and documenting a transaction from the letter of intent through closing, the Firm offers its clients comprehensive legal and practical counseling, working with you to identify the right mix of resources, both inside and outside our Firm, to successfully complete the transaction.  The Firm often plays an active role in pre-acquisition or divestiture planning, including tax planning and working with management and other company advisors to help better position you for a strategic transaction.

While it is our objective to protect our client’s legal interests in connection with any transaction, the Firm never loses sight of your ultimate business goals and always strives to facilitate your business interests by providing practical and innovative legal advice and strategies.

 

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