From creating and guiding start-up corporations to counseling some of America’s largest companies engaged in multimillion and multibillion dollar transactions, Kaufmann Gildin’s corporate, commercial and securities transaction team - - chaired by Michael Yamin - - is uniquely situated to handle the most delicate and critical business transactions with consummate skill and optimal results.
For the mature business entity, this means sophisticated and skilled counsel in the areas of corporate governance; mergers and acquisitions; business and contractual matters; regulatory compliance; corporate reorganizations; securitizations; private placements; the purchase or sale of significant assets (including entire corporate divisions) and/or shareholder interests; liability shields for individual officers and directors; preparing extraordinarily tight agreements that accurately reflect the ultimate deal and minimize the likelihood that litigation will ever ensue (and, if it does, that the terms of the agreement itself are so well crafted that the client should prevail); and, representing with zeal, experience and effectiveness corporations involved in vital and high profile legal proceedings.
Among Kaufmann Gildin’s notable accomplishments in the area of corporate and commercial transactions:
- Participating, in various capacities, in some of the most significant merger, acquisition and spin-off activity conducted in the franchise arena over the past thirty years, including: the $25 billion acquisition of Hilton Worldwide, Inc. by the Blackstone Group; the acquisition of Wendy's International, Inc. by Trian Partners L.P.; Yum Restaurant Inc's divestiture of The Long John Silvers and A&W Restaurant networks; the acquisition of CiCi's Pizza; Wetzel's Pretzels and Lawn Doctor by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners; 7-Eleven's acquisition of White Hen Pantry; Hilton Hotel Corporation’s acquisition of Promus Corporation (Embassy Suites/Doubletree Hotels/Hampton Inns/Homewood Suites); and, Cendant Corporation’s acquisition of Wyndham, Ramada Inns, Days Inns, Super 8 Motels, Howard Johnson and Baymont Hotels.
- With co-counsel, structuring and effecting the first successful securitization of a franchisor’s revenue stream ever accomplished and participating in virtually every subsequent franchise securitization.
- Acquisition of Church's Chicken by Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe.
- Acquisition of Perkin Family Restaurants by Castle Harlan.
Start-up entities and entrepreneurs who are only beginning their journey will find that Kaufmann Gildin is uniquely positioned to help them embark, grow and achieve their goals. From determining what type of business entity should be created to ascertaining what state or foreign country should be the situs of incorporation; what capitalization and financing will be required; board composition and voting rights; classes and number of shares to be offered; corporate governance; shareholders’ agreements; buy/sell agreements; and assisting family owned or other closely held businesses in planning and structuring successor management and ownership, Kaufmann Gildin’s corporate team is uniquely situated to guide the start-up business entity with a remarkable degree of foresight, efficiency and economy.
As with all other aspects of Kaufmann Gildin’s service, every effort is undertaken to minimize the fees associated with corporate assignments. We know the enormous pressure that corporate counsel are under to keep their budgets in line and to minimize outside counsel fees. And we make every effort to help them do just that.
We thank you for your interest in Kaufmann Gildin’s corporate, commercial and securities practice. We invite you to learn more about us and give us the opportunity to learn more about you. Come visit us at our New York City offices - - or let us visit you at your office. Attend one of the many gatherings where Kaufmann Gildin attorneys offer their insights to business leaders; government officials; the media; and, other attorneys. Or simply call us and ask how we can help you.