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Patterson Belknap’s corporate attorneys have a long history of representing clients in critical contract issues with respect to manufacturing and supply agreements, license agreements, employment and consulting agreements, and others.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Recently, our corporate and tax attorneys represented a client in its acquisition of a leading manufacturer of LED luminaires and sustainable lighting products. The acquisition allows the firm’s client, one of North America’s largest privately held manufacturers of electrical wiring equipment, to strengthen its product offerings to a variety of markets.

Other experience includes:

  • Advised a global machine tooling supplier in the sale of its U.S. division, with annual turnover of $500 million, to a Paris based industrial engineering group.
  • Regularly represent a global electronics company in corporate acquisitions and dispositions, including its $200 million sale of one of its operating divisions.
  • Represented a privately held manufacturing company in the acquisition of the world-wide assets of a Fortune 100 multinational conglomerate's consumer products division. 

  • Regularly represent a NASDAQ-listed energy company, in its M&A transactions, including its participation in a German joint venture and its acquisition of a leading fuel cell developer with operations in the U.S. and Canada.

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Patterson Belknap’s tax attorneys are involved in structuring, negotiating and documenting complex business transactions, including the restructuring of private companies in connection with initial public offerings, drafting multinational joint ventures, and counseling on tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

For example, we represented a multinational machine tool maker serving the aerospace, automotive, mining and industrial equipment sectors in the sale of several business units to a European conglomerate. The client intended to retain certain core business lines. Accordingly, the transaction required a restructuring and refinancing of the company and its affiliates, including the splitting of its U.S. operations into two separate subsidiary chains, the transfer of Chinese, Indian and South Korean subsidiaries between the group being sold and the group being retained and additional financing for the client’s European group. The sale required careful coordination with foreign counsel in Germany, Luxembourg, France, Mauritius, India, South Korea and China to balance U.S. foreign tax considerations.

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Creditors’ Rights

Patterson Belknap offers clients significant skills and experience in the debtor-creditor field. We represent fiduciaries, financial institutions, creditors’ committees, developers, manufacturers, licensors, and other businesses, partnerships, individuals, and foreign and domestic government agencies in bankruptcy matters and bankruptcy-related litigation. Patterson Belknap plays a variety of roles in many of the largest corporate reorganization proceedings, including representation of secured and unsecured creditors, debtors and debtors-in-possession, landlords and tenants, creditors’ committees and court-appointed trustees. The firm also handles complex litigations arising from bankruptcy cases.

A few examples include:

  • Representing a manufacturer of sophisticated telephone switches in several reorganization proceedings involving interstate telecommunications companies.
  • Representing a major plastics manufacturer as the largest unsecured creditor in the Chapter 11 reorganization of a principal competitor.
  • Concluding the reorganization of a major independent oil refiner in Chapter 11 proceedings in Houston, Texas.
  • Reorganizing the businesses of a U.S. engineering company and its principal by negotiating licenses to Japanese and U.S. interests and settling the claims of the principal creditors from France and Germany.
  • Representing U.S. subsidiaries of a major foreign defense and telecommunications manufacturer in a Chapter 11 case and settlement on terms described by the Court as the most favorable obtained by any creditor.

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