Michael J. Fritz

Michael Fritz practices in the area of business, finance and real estate.

Michael’s business and corporate practice consists of representing private equity funds, venture capital funds, and other business entities in connection with a variety of commercial transactions, including, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, preferred equity investments, distressed investments and private placements.  Michael also represents clients in the capacity as “outside general counsel”, advising on matters such as business formation, corporate governance, business operations, commercial contracting and other general corporate matters.  His clients are in a broad range of industries including real estate, healthcare, technology, financial services and manufacturing.

In his finance practice, Michael represents borrowers, commercial banks, mezzanine lenders, and other lending institutions in connection with structuring, negotiating, and closing complex commercial, asset-based, and acquisition financing transactions.  He also has experience representing senior and junior lenders in connection with drafting and negotiating intercreditor and subordination arrangements.

Michael’s real estate practice focuses on transactional commercial real estate matters, including the purchase, development and disposition of real estate assets, mortgage and mezzanine financings, preferred equity investments, and the formation of joint ventures. Michael also has significant experience representing borrowers and lenders in connection with working out and restructuring distressed real estate loans and investments.

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer RISING STAR®: Business/Corporate, 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut

Hartford Office
One Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103-1919

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FIRM DESCRIPTION

Shipman & Goodwin’s value lies in our commitment — to our clients, to the law and to the community.

We have one goal: to help our clients achieve their goals. How we accomplish it is simple: we devote our considerable experience and depth of knowledge to understand each client’s unique needs, business and industry, and then we develop solutions to meet those needs.

For more than 90 years, clients have turned to us when they need a trusted advisor. With our invaluable awareness of each client’s challenges, we can counsel them at every step — to keep their operations running smoothly, help them navigate complex business transactions, position them for future growth, or resolve business disputes. We handle the most sophisticated assignments while being responsive and attentive to each client.  The success of our clients is of primary importance to us and our attorneys are skilled in the practice areas and industry sectors critical to that success.

With more than 175 attorneys in offices throughout Connecticut, New York and in Washington, DC, we serve the needs of local, regional, national and international clients. Our clients include public and private companies, institutions, government entities, non-profit organizations and individuals.

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi

Mr. Rizvi is one of the leading corporate lawyers of Asia. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate law and non-contentious legal matters including contract negotiations, corporate and financial restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, energy sector, Islamic modes of financing and project finance.

He has drafted various statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks for Pakistan and has assisted the Asian Development Bank in the restructuring of the regulatory framework for the securities and corporate sector of Pakistan. He is considered an authority in the fields of project finance, energy and telecommunications due to his experience and involvement in several major projects in these sectors.

Mr. Rizvi completed his LL.B. (Hons.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1979, was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in 1980, and completed his LL.M. from the University of London in 1981. He has been practicing corporate law in Pakistan, UAE, England and Afghanistan. Mr. Rizvi is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Rizvi is the recipient of the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) from the President of Pakistan and the Leading Corporate Lawyer Award 2006 to-date by AsiaLaw.

Mr. Rizvi has represented clients in the superior judiciary in more than two hundred matters and has undertaken international arbitration work in London, Brussels and Singapore.

RIAALAW:

RIAALAW in association with Barker Gillette LLP, brings together English law expertise in, inter alia, corporate & commercial, property, employment, dispute resolution with a team of UK and US qualified lawyers specializing in corporate finance, project finance, mergers & acquisitions, energy, petroleum, natural resources, telecommunications and trade law disputes.

The association of RIAALAW with Barker Gillette LLP enables the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette to avail the benefits of the combined strengths of both law firms. Due to RIAALAW’s affiliation with Lex Mundi, clients of Barker Gillette are able to have immediate access to the premier law firms of 160 jurisdictions across the globe. RIAALAW’s associated offices in Afghanistan, UAE and China, are available to provide the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette LLP with ready access to experienced legal acumen of international repute.

With the combined experience of more than two hundred years in legal practice in several practice areas the RIAALAW association with Barker Gillette LLP is able to provide its clients pragmatic, practical and cost effective legal services.

Krishna Ramachandra

Krishna Ramachandra is head of Duane Morris & Selvam’s Corporate Finance and Investment and Private Client Practice Groups. His practice expertise includes M&A and capital markets, investments funds/private equity and Islamic finance law.

Mr. Ramachandra has many years of experience in advising issuers, funds, investment banks, listed and private companies and high net worth individuals in Asia, Europe and the U.S. on a wide range of equity and debt securities issuances, compliance and regulatory matters. His extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and take-overs, private equity participation and exit strategies has led to his being regularly cited by various publications as a leading lawyer.

He is regarded as one of the most highly recommended lawyers in the practice areas of Capital Markets and Corporate Finance by Asialaw Leading Lawyers. Chambers Asia Pacific and the Asia Pacific Legal 500 regularly refer to his creative yet practical and client-focused approach and the IFLR1000 recognises him as an expert in the area of Islamic Finance in Singapore.

Mr. Ramachandra graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with an LL.M. in Corporate Finance on a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (“Freshfields”) scholarship. He articled and qualified with Freshfields in London prior to relocating to Singapore with Clifford Chance. He subsequently joined Selvam LLC and is now Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP.

Mr. Ramachandra is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Solicitor of England and Wales. He previously sat on The Singapore Law Society’s Corporate Practice Committee for Mergers & Acquisitions and Insolvency, Corporate Commercial Matters, and Listing Matters. He speaks regularly on a wide range of topics relating to M&A, corporate governance, listings, fund raising and establishment of an Asian presence at venues around the world.

M&A Law Practice:

Non-lawyers in the business community often view mergers and acquisitions as straightforward affairs but in fact, major corporate transactions have far-reaching consequences for companies. Transactional lawyers are charged with the responsibility for an ever-increasing number of regulatory and legal issues that must be resolved in order to fully protect their clients.

We recently advised:-

  • Robinson and Company Limited (“Robinson”) in relation to divestment of controlling stake in Robinson by Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd and Great Eastern Holding Ltd (on-going)
  • Creative Technologies Limited on certain overseas acquisition and on a restructuring carried out by them

Our multi-specialist lawyers lead every stage of the transaction to ensure that clients receive a seamless delivery of legal services that is effectively and efficiently integrated and managed.

Duane Morris & Selvam:

Duane Morris & Selvam is an international joint law venture firm of Duane Morris LLP and Singapore-based Selvam LLC. It serves clients throughout Asia, as well as companies based in the Americas and Europe that are conducting business in Asia and Asian entities and individuals doing business in the Americas and the United Kingdom. With headquarters in the Raffles Place area of Singapore on Collyer Quay, Duane Morris & Selvam LLP is the first U.S.–Singapore joint venture to be approved by Singapore as part of the recent enhanced liberalization of its legal services market.

Duane Morris & Selvam attorneys focus on mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, corporate finance, banking and securities, corporate restructuring, financial services, international joint ventures and Islamic finance. They represent publicly listed companies, investment banks, individuals and numerous large and small private companies from around the world.

Alexandra Kontos

Alexandra Kontos is one of the founding members of Walker Kontos and is currently the Senior Partner of the Firm. She has qualified as an Advocate in three jurisdictions and has practised in Kenya as a corporate and commercial lawyer since 1979. Alexandra is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya) Chapter as well as a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths.

Alexandra specialises in corporate and commercial work with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions including transnational acquisitions and in banking and corporate finance. She has led the legal teams involved in the establishment of joint ventures, as well as in mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate restructuring, and management buy-outs in Kenya, the East Africa region and Ghana. She has also variously advised on all kinds of banking and financial transactions. Alexandra is also an experienced property and insurance lawyer.

Alexandra is fluent in English, Greek, French, Italian and Amharic, all of which she reads and writes and has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, IFLR and Legal 500.

M&A Law Practice:

The firm has been involved in some of the largest M&A transactions in the region. We have acted in M&A transactions across a number of sectors as diverse as advertising, aviation, banking, horticulture, the hospital ity sector, mortgage finance, pharmaceuticals, insurance and insurance brokering as well as edible oils manufacturing.

We have also acted in most of the recent transactions involving banks and financial institutions in Kenya. Our M&A work extends to advising on joint ventures, partnerships, management buy-outs and equity participations. The growth and importance of Kenya as a regional hub has seen the firm extend its wings by undertaking large acquisitons in East, Central and West Africa.An expanding portfolio of PE-type investment over the last few years has evolved into more strategic acquisitions into sectors that service retail demand in particular. The firm’s role in such transactions is frequently independent, although we have also worked with most of the well-known international firms as local counsel.

Walker Kontos :

Founded in 1988 and based in Nairobi, the firm offers a full range of corporate and commercial legal services in Kenya and East Africa. Walker Kontos and its advocates are consistently ranked amongst the leaders in their fields by international publications Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.

Walker Kontos has grown to comprise 9 partners and 11 associates. We pride ourselves in identifying and nurturing home-grown talent with impressive local and international qualifications in law and finance.

The firm strives to be a one-stop-shop for its clients, with client-care and client satisfaction being our primary objective. The firm’s clients represent a broad spectrum of industries at home and abroad and include some of the more recognised blue-chip brands. The growth in importance of Kenya as both a hub and an investment destination has seen the firm extend its services to transactions in East, Central and West Africa, particularly in the fields of M&A in regulated sectors. While independent and with offices only in Nairobi, Walker Kontos maintains strong professional ties with like-minded practices in Africa, the UK and the USA that allow us to give a range and quality of services expected of the top legal brands. Walker Kontos has acted in milestone and some of the largest M&A and corporate finance transactions in East Africa. In addition, the firm has a solid reputation in civil litigation, particularly in the fields of banking, finance and administrative law.

The firm operates from its own premises in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi, with easy access to the CBD and the wider business hubs of the City.

Mona Zulficar

As a founding partner and chair of the Executive Committee, Ms. Mona Zulficar oversees the operations of the Firm’s six departments; specialized in assisting our clients in various practice areas. A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, she is a specialist in major financial, industrial, and commercial transactions and has negotiated, drafted, and concluded all the major contracts required by some of the most important joint venture businesses in Egypt. Involved in major restructuring of companies, M&A transactions, and is particularly recognized for handling ground breaking and precedent transactions, such as the largest transaction in the history of the Middle East relating to the sale of Orascom Building Materials Holding SAE to Lafarge, for approximately USD13 billion in addition to USD2 billion of assumed debt, and most recently, she lead the team responsible for the first successful PPP Project in Egypt.

She has played and continues to play a key role in drafting new legislation and developing existing economic legislation as adviser to the various governmental entities and as member of the national drafting committees on many important laws, such as the new Telecom Law, the new Capital Market Regulations, the new Special Economic Zones Law and the new Banking Law regulations. She has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt and is directly involved in the ambitious Egyptian institutional and regulatory reform program of the banking and finance sector. Complementing her professional activities with a commitment to community activism, she has been an active advocate for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally. She has recently been elected member and Vice Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and she is also a member of the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt. In 2009, she received la legion d’honneur from the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy for her significant professional role in concluding landmark commercial and financial transactions between Egypt and France and for her achievements in the field of human rights.

Ms. Zulficar obtained her political science and law degrees from Cairo University and Mansoura University and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Zurich. Her working languages are Arabic, English and French.

Douglas N. Cogen

Doug Cogen concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and commercial transactions, corporate counseling and financings. His practice also includes advising publicly traded and privately held companies with respect to corporate, securities, commercial and intellectual property licensing matters generally. He serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Doug’s transactional experience includes over $95 billion of completed mergers, acquisitions and divestitures including cross-border transactions in the networking, software, life sciences, medical devices, telecommunications, semiconductor, internet, computer hardware and consumer products industries; public company tender offers; and private placements of equity and debt securities. Doug also counsels companies on corporate governance matters, takeover defenses and strategic partnering arrangements.

Doug received his B.A., magna cum laude, with Academic Honors, in architecture and society from Brown University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the University of Michigan Law School, receiving his J.D. cum laude. Doug has also served as Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the New York City Planning Commission. Doug has lectured on transactional law at Columbia University Law School, Stanford University Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the state bars of California and New York.​

The M&A Law Practice:

Fenwick & West is one of the premier technology mergers and acquisitions practices in the nation, recently ranked by Bloomberg as one of the Top 10 M&A legal advisors in the U.S. – across all industries.

Our M&A group provides customized transaction services to meet each client’s unique business needs, communications preferences and technology infrastructure requirements. We have an extensive group of experienced attorneys available for deals of any size and complexity. ​Our team includes attorneys specializing in technology transactions, patents and IP litigation. In addition, our attorneys have a broad range of expertise in domestic and international tax issues.

In recent years, the firm has completed more than $400 billion worth of transactions, including significant acquisition programs for leading serial acquirers.

Fenwick & West:

For more than four decades, Fenwick & West has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.

Having worked alongside such progressive and cutting edge companies for so long, our culture has come to reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of our client base. Unlike traditional law firms, we move at our clients’ speed and have earned the reputation as a go-to law firm for growing companies that need insightful, strategic counsel to help tackle the challenging issues that arise when the law cannot keep up with their pace of innovation.

With the same passion for excellence and innovation reflected in our client base, our firm is making revolutionary changes to the practice of law through substantial investments in proprietary technology tools and processes. Our clients demand—and deserve—new ways to receive best-in-class legal services more effectively. At Fenwick, we are proud to be shaping our legal services to do just that.​​

Julie Herzog

Julie Herzog specializes in corporate, securities and merger and acquisition transactions. She has handled transactions valued at over $4 billion for major public companies and investment banks and enjoys working with a diverse clientele ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to startups, family offices, and venture capital and private equity funds. In the last three years, Julie negotiated and closed over 50 transactions valued at over $1.3 billion on behalf of our clients. Her clients represent a variety of industry sectors, including energy, health care, technology, manufacturing, real estate, food and beverage, business consulting and other services. She has counseled over 150 companies from inception through initial public offerings or successful sales.

Before joining the firm in 2003, Julie practiced corporate and securities law for more than eight years at major international law firms, Morrison & Foerster’s Denver and Hong Kong offices and Jones Day’s Chicago office.  In 2004, she started her own clothing business, grew the business over three years and successfully sold it in 2007. Her experience managing the entire lifecycle of a business adds value to her work with clients.

Each client has varying demands and requirements and Julie has earned a reputation for respecting the unique qualities of each of her clients. Her approach is refreshingly down-to-earth as she meets her clients’ business objectives, while appropriately addressing the legal and business risks. Having been on both sides of the desk, she understands the importance of timeliness, efficiency and other factors that create quality customer service—and that is what she delivers.

Practice Areas

– Entity and fund formations

– Domestic and international public and private mergers and acquisitions

– Partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances

– Management buyouts and debt and equity financings (including angel investments, venture capital, private equity and public offerings)

– Technology transfer and licensing

– Corporate governance matters, including director and officer liability protection

– Securities and stock exchange compliance

– Commercial transactions

– Real estate and development

Bar Admissions

– Colorado

– Illinois (inactive)

Education

– Juris doctor, cum laude, Southern Methodist University (1994)

*Law Review Managing Editor and elected to Order of the Coif (top 10%)

– Bachelors of science in accounting and political science, with honors, Oklahoma State University (1991)

– Certificate in Authentic Leadership, Naropa University  (2003)

Professional Affiliations

– Rocky Mountain Securities Conference – 2017 and 2018 Planning Committee

– American Bar Association – Business Law Section

*Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Market Trends Subcommittee

*Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities

– Colorado Bar Association  – Business Law Section

*Mergers & Acquisitions Subsection

*Securities Law Subsection

– Association for Corporate Growth (Corporate Affairs Committee)

– Entrepreneurs’ Organization (Co-Chair Alchemy 2015, Forum Moderator 2014, Membership Chair 2017-2018)

– University of Colorado Leeds School of Business Women’s Council

– Blackstone Entrepreneurs’ Network – Network Advisor 2017 and 2018

– Boomtown Accelerator – Mentor (2017)

Honors & Awards

– Honored with the 2017 and 2018 M&A Lawyer of the Year by ACQ Global Awards

– Presented with the 2017 M&A Corporate LiveWire Award

– Named to the Colorado Super Lawyers lists – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

– Colorado Super Lawyers – Top 50 Women – 2015, 2016 & 2017

– Finalist in the Law category for the Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Outstanding Women in Business Award

– Won the Corporate Live Wire award for Elite M&A Lawyer in Colorado in 2015

– Named one of InterContinental Finance Magazine’s “100 Leading Female Lawyers” for 2014

– Finalist for “Top Woman Lawyer” in 2010

– “Woman of Accomplishment” by Law Week Colorado in 2009

– Finalist in the “Mile Hi Leader” category for the Denver Business Journal’s 2005 “Outstanding Women in Business Awards”

– Denver Business Journal “40 under 40” in 2002

Community Activities & Personal Interests

Julie has been involved in a variety of charitable organizations during her career. As the Chair of the Underwriting Committee for the Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Summit she helped create the initial Summit in 2013, raise nearly $260,000 in donations, and grow participation to over 500 women in 2014.  She has volunteered at Anchor Center for Blind Children, served as an Associate Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and served as a Guardian ad Litem through the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center.

In her free time Julie enjoys spending time with her triplets, country western dancing, yoga, golf, running, skiing and she loves personal development and learning opportunities.  She and her triplets earned their black belts in karate in 2017.  She is also a founder and President of Chrysalis Development Group LLC, a real estate investment company.

Speeches & Publications

– Presented at Fortis Law Partners 2018 Lunch & Learn Series – “How Do I Maximize My Company’s Value for a Future Exit Event? And Laying the Foundation for a Successful Exit.” (2018)

– Moderator at The Business Buyer’s Symposium “Growth Through Acquisition” hosted by Transworld Business Advisors of Denver (2017 & 2018)

– Presented “Securities Law Survival Guide” at the Colorado Bar Business Law Institute’s annual CLE (2017)

– Presented at Fortis Law Partners 2017 Lunch & Learn Series – “How Do I Maximize My Company’s Value for a Future Exit Event?” (2017)

– Presented “Critical Updates in the Changing M&A Landscape” to the Colorado Bar Association, M&A Subsection (2015)

– Featured speaker on a national webcast entitled “How to Effectively Deal with an SEC Investigation” (2014)

– Featured speaker on a national webcast entitled “SEC and Dodd-Frank Act Regulations Compliance: Emerging Issues and Practical Guidance” (2013)

– Presented “Securities Law Survival Guide” to the Colorado Bar Association (2012)

– Featured on Mile High Radio’s “Blind Justice”, speaking on the recently enacted JOBS Act (2012)

– Quoted in the regional and national press on corporate governance and securities issues

– Lectured on entity formations, technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financings to trade organizations and bar associations (2000-Present)

– Published law review article on Securities Law in the George Washington Law Review (1994)

– Published law review article on Oil and Gas Law in the Baylor Law Review (1994)

Representative Transactions

– Represented NetFactor on the sale of substantially all of their assets to Bombora

– Represented a local private equity fund in negotiating with other investors and lender for a $17 million purchase of a multifamily apartment complex in Thornton through a tenant in common structure and $14 million Freddie Mac loan

– Represented a Spanish private equity firm with three $1+ million Preferred Stock investments in California tech start-ups

– Assisted a majority investor in connection with a $63 million Fannie Mae refinancing of a construction loan for a multifamily apartment complex in Austin, Texas

– Assisted and negotiated several large scale M&A deals for clients

– Assisted and advised on multiple aspects for the construction and operation of a world class aquatic training facility including raising private capital from investors and the negotiation and closing of bank debt financing of over $6 million

– Assisted a family-office client with an investment in tenants-in-common that purchased a multi-family apartment complex in Texas for $37 million and related Freddie Mac financing of $22 million and two additional Freddie Mac refinancings for other projects totaling $88 million

– Represented a Colorado pet foods company in its $2.5 million sale to a strategic buyer

– Represented the Rocky Mountain’s leading manufacturer of bottled water in connection with its SEC filings, NASDAQ compliance, going private, debt financings and general corporate and governance matters

– Finalized the launch of a private placement of up to $1.6 million for the holding company of a multi-state title insurance underwriting company.  The deal was designed to eliminate corporate debt and add working capital to, among other things, fund expansion efforts

– Assisted a family-office client with an investment in a joint venture that purchased a multi-family apartment complex in Arizona and the sale via a reverse 1031 exchange of another multi-family apartment complex in Texas for $37.3 million

– Negotiated the joint development and licensing of new predictive analytics applications in the mental health industry on behalf of a leading Colorado non-profit

– Assisted a client in the manufacturing industry with negotiating and closing a sale of the company, yielding an excellent result for a long-term client and its owners

– Represented a family office/private equity fund in connection with the purchase of 11 and sale of 7 multi-family apartment complexes throughout the country with an aggregate value of $800 million and simultaneous obtaining or amending of $300 million in FHA multi-family primary and supplemental loans

– Represented the founders of pet products leader, The Kyjen Company, in sale to The Riverside Company

– Represented a global leading publicly held medical technology company in connection with its domestic and international acquisitions of, and investments in, a number of privately-held companies and divestitures ranging in size from $20-80 million, including divestiture of a German subsidiary to a U.S. public company, a U.S. subsidiary to a Dutch company and acquisition of a privately held U.S. company

– Represented a family office/private equity fund in connection with 10-15 hedge fund and real estate investments, debt financings and refinancings for real estate projects, including Fannie Mae loans, and development projects annually averaging approximately $80 million

– Represented a publicly held environmental technology products and services company in connection with its public and private offerings, international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock exchange compliance, corporate governance and general corporate and commercial matters, including structuring and closing a $300 million joint venture for a new manufacturing facility, multi-million dollar PIPEs by strategic and financial investors, a $30 million registered direct offering, $27 million confidentially marketed public offering, reorganization in Delaware, stock split, two restatements, SEC investigation, derivative lawsuits and debt financings

– Represented healthcare technology and services company in the medical transcription and electronic medical records space in a $14 million management buyout and recapitalization

– Represent large Colorado non-profit organization that provides comprehensive and accessible mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, education and employment services for adults and is the leading resource of treatment for children, teens and families

– Assisted public companies in connection with restatements of financial statements due to SEC comments and advice to the board and management as to appropriate public disclosures

– Represented a family office/private equity fund in connection with a complex 1031 reverse exchange, the acquisition of three multi-family apartment complexes with an aggregate value of $165 million and simultaneous negotiation and closing of Fannie Mae loans

– Assisted Motor Sport Country Club in connection with its financial restatements and going private transaction

– Represented a medical documentation software and services company in connection with 5-10 acquisitions of privately-held companies per year over 5 years as part of its roll-up strategy, a $3 million Series A Convertible Preferred Stock offering to angel investors and $10 million Series B offering to a private equity fund

– Represent real estate developers in connection with fund formations, Regulation D offerings, debt financings and development of various projects through Colorado

– Represented Fortune 20 company in the healthcare industry in connection with its acquisitions of, and investments in, a number of privately-held companies and joint ventures

– Facilitated the negotiations and closing for a $2.1 billion hardware and software products distributor resulting in distribution agreements with 15-20 vendors, representing over $250 million in revenue and subsequently prepared new hardware, software and services distribution and license agreements to standardize and streamline operations

– Represented Saratoga Harness Racing’s acquisition of Fitzgerald’s casino in Black Hawk, Colorado

– Assisted real estate development company in connection with its $8.5 million acquisition of real estate near Vail, Colorado, including recapitalization and debt financing

– Represented a publicly held Australian manufacturer of cryogenic and high vacuum equipment with two acquisitions in the United States

– Assisted a mother-owned publisher of online consumer reporting services in the automobile industry in connection with the sale of the company to the industry leader

– Assisted several start-up companies in connection with their formation, debt and equity financings, shareholder and buy-sell agreements, software development, technology licensing, manufacturing, supply and OEM agreements, website privacy policies and terms of use and various other commercial transactions.

 

Lukas Witsenburg

Lukas Witsenburg started his legal career at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. After a few years he decided to go international and he built up a cross-border commercial practice as a lawyer at the legal firm HBN Law in Curacao.

On returning to the Netherlands, Lukas successfully completed the M&A specialisation course at the VU University Amsterdam Law Academy. In 2009, Lukas co-founded the legal firm Penrose with Frans Beishuizen.

Lukas concentrates entirely on his own specialisations: corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, and commercial contracting. He is involved in the organisation of enterprises, corporate governance and control structures, joint ventures, share transactions and asset transfers. Lukas also specialises in customised commercial contracts. Thanks to the large number of clients, start-ups and transactions in the IT-sector, Lukas has amassed a great deal of specific knowledge in that field.

Membership:

The Netherlands Bar

Krzysztof Weremczuk

Krzysztof is specializing in issues related to banking law, commercial and corporate law as well as capital markets. He is also experienced in labor law; is representing Clients in court trials.

  • Member of Regional Chamber of Legal Advisors in Poland and International Bar Association
  • Speaks native Polish, fluent English and intermediate German
  • Advisor and an attorney in fact for a number of European banks in cross-border investments financing transactions
  • Advisor to borrowers with regard to negotiations and conclusion of loan facilities
  • Advisor to companies with regard to labor law disputes
  • Advisor to companies in relation to capital market issues
  • A member of supervisory board of a production company held by an international capital group

Weremczuk Bobeł & Partners:

Weremczuk Bobeł & Partners holds a well established position on the legal market. We are one of the most rapidly developing law firms in Poland. Our vast experience allow us to provide legal services to both Polish and foreign entrepreneurs.

Our law firm has offices in and operates from two venues – Poznań and Warsaw – where the core of our business is located. Using modern means of communication we provide day-to-day legal advice to Clients located in other cities in Poland or – if our Clients so wish – abroad.

The partners and our lawyers have vast experience in advising on complicated cross-border transactions as well as in providing legal assistance to international Clients, cooperating in this field with major international law firms.
Weremczuk Bobeł & Partners is a member of the network of independent law firms with a global reach, thanks to which we can ensure legal support also in all European jurisdictions, in North America, South America, Africa, Australia, China and the Middle East.

Our legal services are provided in Polish, English, German or French, according to our Clients’ needs.

 

Steve Cooke

Steve is the Senior Partner of the firm. He headed our Mergers and Acquisitions practice from 2001 to 2016. He has a general corporate and M&A practice, with particular experience in takeover bids and other Stock Exchange related work.

Steve acts for a number of listed companies including FTSE 100 clients Aviva, Barratt Developments, BAT, Centrica, Diageo, International Airlines Group and Rolls-Royce and FTSE 250 clients Aggreko, Big Yellow Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Morgan Advanced Materials and Spectris.

Firm Overview:

Our London office is based in One Bunhill Row.

Our practice areas include Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Financing, Dispute Resolution, Competition, Tax, Real Estate, Pensions and Employment, Financial Regulation, Sovereign Debt and Eurozone, Information Technology and Intellectual Property. We also have expertise across all industry sectors.

Our building provides us with optimum working conditions and houses all of our London employees under one roof.