Experience

Counsel to Consulting Firm in Toy Retailer Bankruptcy

Served as counsel to a global consulting firm in the bankruptcy proceedings of one of the world's largest toy retailers.

Counsel to Borrower for $180 Million Credit Facility

Counsel to the borrower, an international scrap metal processor, with respect to a $180 million syndicated credit facility.

Borrower’s Counsel on $50 Million Construction Loan

Served as borrower's counsel on a $50 million real estate construction loan.

Counsel on Movie Production Financing

Served as financier's counsel on a $35 million movie production financing.

$80+ Million Financing for Historic Landmark Renovation

$80+ million in multiple phases of financing for renovations of a historic landmark building into an entertainment complex. The collateral for the loan involved real estate, tax increment financing (TIF) proceeds and historic tax credit proceeds.

Acquisition of Community Bank and Formation of Bank Holding Company by Investor Group

Represented the principals of a financial planning and investment management company and other investors in the formation of a bank holding company to acquire and recapitalize a troubled community bank. This included providing counsel on forming the bank holding company, identifying the target, negotiating the acquisition, raising capital, and securing regulatory approvals.

Form 10 Filing, Common Stock Registration for Bank Holding Company

Representation of bank holding company in Form 10 filing for registration of common stock.

Software License, SaaS Agreements for State-of-the-Art Technology for Banking Clients

Negotiated software license and SaaS agreements for multiple banking clients to obtain rights to license, access and use state-of-the-art financial services technology for each bank’s internal businesses and their customers, including electronic billing and payment, processing services, online banking, mobile banking, ACH, card application solutions, enterprise payments, and financial performance and risk management.

Software License, Subscription Agreements for Financial Services Company Offering Custom Client Access

Negotiated software license and subscription agreements for a financial services company which provided the client access to and use of specialized trust administration and wealth management applications, the integration of financial information from external accounting platforms, and the creation of customized client portals for end user online access to designated data and reports.

$32 Million Recapitalization of Bank Holding Company

Represented a bank holding company as lead counsel in its $32 million recapitalization.

Favorable Outcome in Arbitration for Banking Client

Secured a ruling in favor of a banking client that had been accused of violating a vendor’s agreement after three days of arbitration in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The plaintiff, a former vendor of the bank, sought $1.1 million in damages, plus attorneys’ fees. The bank counterclaimed alleging its performance was excused by the vendor's prior material breach of the agreement.

Major Victory in Class Action for Low-Income Lender

Secured a major victory in a class action lawsuit for a low-income lender in Nevada and Arizona, which rendered vehicles inoperable if loan payments were not up-to-date.

Representation of Investment Advisory Firm in SEC Action, Criminal Investigation Alleging Market Manipulation

Represented an investment advisory firm in parallel SEC enforcement action and criminal investigation regarding allegations of market manipulation.

Representation of Bank Clients in FDIC Actions

Represented a number of banks against FDIC actions, including the evaluation of loans and fiduciary duty for boards of directors.

$300 Million Divestiture of Financial Services Company

Represented a private equity fund in a nearly $300 million divestiture of a financial services company specializing in the health care industry. This transaction involved lengthy negotiations with an NYSE-listed buyer expanding in the market, and allowed the fund to exceed is required rate of return on its investment.

$258.4 Million Bond Financing

Served as co-bond counsel in the issuance of $258.4 million of tax-exempt bonds to fund airport construction and refinance existing debt. The refinancing was expected to result in major savings over the term of the bonds.

$40 Million Financing of Apartment Community

Managed a $40 million financing of a 400-unit apartment community, which includes affordable housing aspects and a Freddie TEL.

$35 Million Sale of Bank Holding Company

Managed the $35 million sale of a bank holding company and state-chartered subsidiary bank.  

Multimillion-Dollar Venture Capital Fundraising for Fintech Company

Advised a financial technology company providing robo-advisory services on its multimillion-dollar venture capital fundraising.

Representation of Financial Institution in Securities Class Action Following Acquisition

Represented a major financial institution in class action securities litigation arising from its acquisition of another major bank.

Successful Enforcement of Agreements Against Former Staffing Firm Employees

Successfully pursued and enforced multiple confidentiality and customer nonsolicitation agreements, along with computer tampering claims in courts in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa, against former employees of national Fortune 500 staffing firm.

Co-counsel in Bioenergy Companies' Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Served as co-counsel to global bioenergy companies in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Representation of Financial Institutions in Investigation of Corruption Involving a Major International Football Association

Represented several financial institutions in connection with a criminal investigation into the corruption of officials in a major international football association.

Defense of Officers, Directors in Securities Investigations

Participated in the defense of former officers and directors of publicly held government support manufacturer in securities investigations by federal and state authorities.

Enforced Arbitration Agreement for Securities Company

Successfully enforced an arbitration agreement against a current employee of a large securities brokerage company in St. Louis County Circuit Court, resulting in withdrawal of the employee’s attorney and dismissal of the employee’s claims.

Resolution of Fraud, Wrongful Termination, Other Claims

Obtained a favorable result in a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri on behalf of an international corporation that had been sued by a number of former employees for fraud, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and a number of other tort claims. After trial, the remaining claims settled for a small fraction of the settlement demand, saving the client hundreds of thousands of dollars.