Business & Corporate

The Business & Corporate Practice at Katz Barron is committed to providing our clients with clear and practical advice, whether they are early stage start-ups or mature industry leaders. Our attorneys apply their considerable experience and insight to assist our clients in numerous areas, including organization and incorporation, internal governance, capital formation, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, lending transactions, private equity, technology, and e-commerce.

Our attorneys work with clients who are service providers, manufactures, wholesalers, retailers and investors that provide an array of good and services both in the United States and abroad. We tailor our advice to address the specific needs of our clients from both a business and tax perspective.

Our attorneys’ experience extends across many industries, including:

• Pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical drug manufacturing
• Waste collection, hauling and disposal
• Landfill gas-to-energy projects
• Recycling and beneficial reuse of materials
• Computer hardware and software and other information technologies
• Telecommunications
• E-commerce
• Real estate developers, lenders and investors
• Professional service providers

In addition, our Business & Corporate Practice attorneys draw upon the collective experience and expertise of other disciplines within the firm to meet our clients’ specific needs.

The attorneys in the Business & Corporate Practice at Katz Barron seek to build long-term relationships with our clients by understanding their business and assembling teams with the right ability and experience to effectively and efficiently achieve their goals.

Emerging Growth

Our attorneys have long served as trusted advisors to entrepreneurs and early stage companies across a wide array of industries. We understand that early stage companies need more than just legal advice; they need advice that is practical as well as highly responsive and cost effective. Our attorneys have decades of industry specific experience and therefore understand our clients’ specific business objectives and are able to assist them in achieving their goals. Our attorneys strive to become an integral part of our clients’ team.

We have significant experience in each of the following critical areas for start-up and early-stage companies:

• Business formation
• Corporate governance
• Venture capital and private equity financing
• Shareholder, partnership and operating agreements
• Executive and incentive compensation

Katz Barron ’s representative experience includes:

• Represented a start-up company providing software to allow collect text messaging in South and Central America.
• Counsel to experienced pharmaceutical drug entrepreneur in connection with the start-up funding, expansion and ultimate sale of his company.
• Representation of a software developer in connection with the expansion of its operations into a 20,000+ square foot facility.
• Representation of a recycling company in connection with partnership for beneficial reuse project of recyclables, including option of equity investment and further project development.
• Counsel to an entrepreneur who develops products for the hotel industry.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Dispositions

Our attorneys can assist with negotiating, structuring, and closing a broad array of merger, acquisition and disposition transactions.

Katz Barron ’s representative experience includes:

• Represented two Fort Lauderdale based pharmaceutical manufacturing companies when they were acquired by a publicly traded Arizona based pharmaceutical company.
• Acquisition counsel in connection with the purchase of a Baltimore, Maryland based sausage manufacturing company in a court-approved sale.
• Represented a manufacturing company and its subsidiaries in the sale of their business to a strategic acquirer.
• Counsel for the merger of two restaurant service companies serving as founding group in connection with an industry roll-up.
• Represented waste services company in unwinding and dissolution of partnership with a competitor involving multiple landfill gas-to-energy projects.
• Represented a client in connection with the purchase of a 50% interest in a Florida based cable company.

Lending Transactions

Our lending practice and the attorneys that work in this area represent clients in traditional commercial lending transactions, real estate transactions, and nontraditional lending transactions.

Katz Barron ’s representative experience includes:

• Represented a wholly owned subsidiary of a large Florida public utility in connection with a secured $250 million dollar construction loan.
• Acted as bond counsel to a Pennsylvania statewide financing authority in connection with the issuance of $90 million in tax-exempt bonds to fund a new gypsum wallboard facility.
• Represented a non-United States corporation in connection with various “portfolio loans” into the United States.

Private Equity

Obtaining private equity funding can allow an idea to grow into a successful business. Our attorneys have decades of experience in representing early and later stage companies in connection with private equity transactions, as well as experience in representing funding sources. One important consideration in any private equity transaction is the form of the equity investment and our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to guide our clients through this critical step.

Katz Barron ’s representative experience includes:

• Coordinated the investment of $21.5 million from four venture funds in a Florida based voice-recognition company.
• Represented a greenhouse gas credit aggregator in connection with $8 million in funding from a New York investor.
• Represented a medical imaging company when it obtained $15 million to finance its virtual colonoscopy project.
• Represented Fortune 500 waste services company in connection with the reorganization of a $12 million landfill gas-to-energy project involving a new developer, new investor, and multiple secured parties.
• Represented an investor in connection with passive and non-controlling investment in development of medical diagnostic center.

Attorneys in this practice area:

Charles J. Duffy III
Erica L. English
Howard L. Friedberg
Matt Katz
Michael D. Katz
Elizabeth K. Mabry

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