Who We Are and What We Do
We are deal closers and business lawyers. Our Business Transactions Practice brings together an experienced team of corporate, real estate, and finance attorneys who have negotiated and closed hundreds of transactions. We believe exceptional legal counsel starts with understanding our clients’ business objectives. We provide cost-efficient, experienced and strategic counsel and legal services to clients with global operations.
We are problem solvers, not impediments. We develop deep relationships with our clients and get to know their industries, business teams, and what they value. Our experience allows us to support clients in an array of business transactions including:
- Financial Services
- Real Estate
- Airport Concessions
Our Financial Services Practice has extensive experience in financing transactions of all types and structures. We represent both traditional and non-traditional lenders and borrowers in various loan matters, including syndicated/club deals, mezzanine and subordinate financings, construction and asset-based lending, acquisition financing, multi-facility structures, loan sales and assignments, debt restructuring, workouts and modifications, settlements, deed in lieu, and foreclosure counseling.
We aid our clients in determining the risk profile on their matters and evaluate the best approach forward. Our financial services team has the knowledge, breadth, and depth to comprehensively address the most challenging lending concerns.
On a domestic and international scale, we offer a comprehensive and dynamic approach to solving our clients’ specific needs related to real property ownership, usage, construction, acquisition, disposition, and leasing. Our goal is to appreciate the impact of these transactions with respect to a client’s overall asset portfolio and business objectives.
We assist our clients in the negotiation of complex real property acquisition/dispositions. We structure and administer lease and licensing arrangements of all types. We aid our clients in resolving contentious property management issues with landlords, tenants, subtenants, licensees, and other parties. We successfully counsel our clients in interacting with municipalities and quasi-governmental entities with respect to zoning, land use, and various real property related concerns.
In our Corporate Practice we represent clients from the development to maturity phase of the business life cycle. We counsel early stage companies through the initial formation and fundraising process. We serve as outside general counsel for a complete spectrum of legal needs, such as drafting and reviewing commercial contracts, employment-related agreements, and equity compensation plans.
We represent investors, including venture capital funds, in their investments in early stage and growth companies. We are strategic partners with our clients that seek to acquire companies, whether for strategic growth or for a private equity portfolio.
We are an active part of the deal team at every step and advise clients from early structuring through closing. When negotiating deals for our clients, we are not only focused on the deal at hand but how it fits into the client’s long term strategic vision.
In our Airport Concessions Practice, we provide counsel and legal services to airport concession operators throughout the world. We specifically counsel airport concessionaires, prime operators, and municipalities in the formation, governance, and execution of all types of airport concessions operations, including but not limited to, food and beverage, duty free, spa and health services, specialty retail, news and gifts, and bookstores. Our experience in drafting and negotiating concession agreements, licenses and joint venture agreements is extensive. We regularly structure complex joint venture arrangements to achieve our client’s distinctive business needs.
In addition, we have addressed hundreds of Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) certification issues and advise both prime concession operators and ACDBE Partners on these issues in achieving and maintaining certification, as well as responding to requests for proposals.
We advise airports, transit authorities, and other governmental entities on compliance with the federal DBE/ACDBE regulations, the legal parameters of race and gender based contracting, and program development and internal audit procedures for contractor compliance with the DOT and FAA’s DBE policies.
We provide counsel to businesses ranging from startups to mature public companies. Our clients are from a diverse set of industries and geographies, and include:
- Airport Concessionaires
- Commercial Lenders
- Corporations with Large Real Estate Holdings
- Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds
- Emerging Companies
Our lawyers routinely navigate our clients through the nuanced legal and business issues that arise in these diverse practices. We strategically guide our clients in achieving optimal balance among business objectives and compliance with applicable laws and regulations and governmental inquiries and investigations.
We have the experience and proven track record to handle the most intellectually challenging issues.
We value diversity in all forms. Our lawyers come from a range of backgrounds and experiences. They have functional business experience, have worked in-house, and have had extended relationships serving as outside general counsel.
Our Approach and Results
We understand that our clients have one primary goal – to operate successful businesses. We strongly believe that each legal question that we tackle has an important impact on the business of our clients – any distinction between a legal and a business problem ultimately dissolves when there is a potential risk to the client’s business. As such, we partner with our clients to solve disruptive legal issues to achieve the best business outcomes. In so doing, we apply curiosity, creativity, and innovation in all the transactions we handle.
Whether a client is going through a transaction for the first time or routinely does a high volume of transactions, we are equipped to support their needs. We staff our deals with a team of highly-skilled lawyers to most effectively solve problems and close transactions.
We believe in efficiency and the delivery of high-quality legal services in a cost-effective manner. For us, alternative billing arrangements are the rule, not the exception. We embrace our role as business counselors, and work with our clients to accomplish their goals and best understand—and meet—their needs. Our pricing structure allows us to consult with and counsel our clients without them (or us) being concerned about “watching the clock.”