Responsible for preparing and negotiating numerous promotional and sponsorship agreements prepared for corporate clients engaging celebrities, athletes, sports teams and spokespersons for brands. These included the engagement of movie actor to promote new line of cosmetics, entering into sponsorships of amateur and professional sports teams, athletes and events such as TV shows, awards ceremonies, and beauty pageants, engagement of celebrity ...
Represented southeastern private equity fund in its formation offering, as well as the acquisition and disposition of its portfolio companies.
Represented the shareholders of a privately held insurance brokerage in a sale to private equity, including a rollover of a minority interest by the sellers and on-going employment and other agreements.
Advised multiple clients and prepared private placements to raise financing for new companies or existing companies to expand businesses. Recent work in private placements include an insurance brokerage and a real estate development company.
As an in-house attorney, represented a major cable television programmer in the Open Authentication Technology Committee (OATC), composed of leading technology companies, cable and satellite carriers, and cable television networks. The two-year effort among the OATC’s members resulted in the technology framework to “authenticate” cable subscribers who wish to view their cable programming online. The OATC’s efforts were the first of their kind, and ...
As an in-house attorney, served as steering committee co-chair and sole legal advisor for major cable television programmer’s efforts to achieve compliance with the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Oversaw hundreds of employees’ and contractors’ work for months as the Company worked to build players, content management systems, applications/apps, games, Web sites, on-demand files and other materials capable of rendering (and ...
Privacy, Cyber, and General Counsel to the Board of a National Industry-Specific Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
Represent various retail clients regarding PCI compliance, credit card fraud and loss, and fraudulent e-commerce orders.
Coordinate response to loss of protectable or sensitive data in electronic form, including personal credit information, vendor account credentials and customer payment authorizations.
Oversee conception and implementation of new platforms to achieve compliance with sweeping FCC requirements relating to closed captioning and other measures to make online media accessible to hearing- and sight-impaired consumers, on behalf of major television company.
Represented defendants in a large case involving claims for tortious interference, breach of restrictive covenants, and unjust enrichment in connection with the importation and sale of industrial yarn. After extensive discovery and our filing of a lengthy motion for summary judgment, the parties reached a confidential settlement.
Represented defendant accounting firm on claim of accounting malpractice. Obtained dismissal of case before discovery, and case was never re-filed.
Represented HD Supply in defending claims of breach of lease and in asserting counterclaims for money had and received and related claims. The parties reached a confidential settlement.
Represented issuers and a private equity investor in more than 25 subordinated debt issuances by bank holding companies across the U.S. Each issuance involved $2–15 million in principal amount and was structured to qualify as Tier 2 capital for the issuer under the applicable regulatory capital rules.
Represented an investor in a $2.5 million recapitalization involving the amendment of existing preferred stock terms, the purchase of additional shares, and the acquisition of trust preferred securities from a CDO pool. The transaction improved the issuer’s capital structure and enhanced the value of the investor’s existing equity investment.
Client Bill Wilkinson worked with Mick Ramunno at Renaissance Asset Management, where Mr. Ramunno traded a commodity investment pool on behalf of investors. During an audit by the National Futures Association, Ramunno admitted that the operation was a Ponzi scheme. Over the next several months, Mr. Leonard guided Mr. Wilkinson through investigations by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (which sued Mr. Ramunno and Renaissance for commodities fraud but ...
Represented a start-up Georgia company that expanded its precious metals business to Illinois and California. Provided legal advice in all aspects of corporate and business development and assisted the company in opening more than 200 locations throughout the United States. Prior to returning to Taylor English, Mr. Lucas served as Senior General Counsel for the company and oversaw all aspects of the business operations, regulatory compliance, corporate ...
Represented Basis Real Estate Capital, LLC with the origination and funding of multiple CMBS loan transactions, which were included in an approximately $785 million securitization. Continues to advise and represent client in quarterly CMBS securitization transaction. Represented lender in the negotiation and drafting of CMBS loan documents for a subsequent securitization.
Represented resort developer in the sale of $30 million resort and other assets. Represented a South Carolina-based timeshare developer with its sale of timeshare resorts located in South Carolina and Tennessee. Assisted in drafting and negotiation of asset purchase and sale agreement and all related closing documents. We also assisted in updating all necessary regulatory registrations.
Represented prominent hotel located in Buckhead, Atlanta in all aspects of licensing, compliance and general corporate matters. Assisted hotel developer with all state, federal and local alcohol licensing, including business licensing for the hotel and related restaurant Craft.
Represented Las Vegas resort developer in the sale of real property intended for a redevelopment project located on the Vegas strip by Harrah’s Hotel Resort and Casino. One of several attorneys involved in document negotiation, drafting and closing the transaction.
Represented a resort developer in connection with a $40 million hypothecation loan transaction involving receivable loans, which was securitized. Assisted in all aspects of document negotiation and drafting and due diligence.
Represented surviving company in a $200 million merger. Represented resort developer in acquisition of new resort homes to add to a club. The transaction also involved a $200 million credit facility with CapitalSource bank. Assisted in negotiation of the purchase and sale agreement, review of due diligence, review of loan documents and preparation of all corporate work relative to the transaction.
Represented group of investment entities on the tax-deferred sale of large tracts of real estate valued at more than $500 million. Structured all kinds of tax-free like-kind exchanges of real estate, including forward, reverse, construction and related-party exchanges.
Extensive experience includes representation of franchisees of a national restaurant operator in over 200 leases, representation of tenants in ground leases throughout the United States for new build and renovated restaurant locations, representation of restaurant tenants in leases for new and renovated open market spaces and commercial developments in metro Atlanta, representation of numerous national and local restaurant, bar and entertainment venue ...
Acted as counsel to lender in a two-tiered loan for acquisition and development of a mixed-use “live-work-play” project. One City Walk is expected to become the focal point for a new city center for Sandy Springs, a community which was incorporated in 2005 and is now Georgia’s seventh-largest city. The project also involves the issuance of bonds through the Development Authority of Fulton County, due to the qualification of the project for a State of Georgia tax ...
Represented BB&T in early 2012 in closing one of the first major post-recession development loans in Atlanta, Georgia. This loan financed the construction of a mid-rise luxury multifamily development in the upscale Buckhead area of Atlanta. The project was constructed in an existing mixed-use development containing the Hotel St. Regis, and involved complex cross easements for parking and documentation of air rights. This transaction was significant as one of ...
Extensive experience includes representation of a large national retail tenant and franchisor in more than 1,300 retail leases, and in the approval of more than 300 franchise leases, representation of numerous national and local operators of retail sale and service locations in a variety of industries and occupying space in shopping malls, strip centers and free-standing buildings, and representation of property owners in numerous retail leases in Georgia ...
Extensive experience includes representation of tenants in the leasing of a 109,000 sq. foot office building and a 61,000 sq. foot office space in metro Atlanta, numerous office locations in the urban and suburban commercial markets of Atlanta, an 18,000 sq. foot office sublease space in Atlanta, a building lease for co-working office and event space in New York, office sublease spaces in Georgia, New York, California and New Jersey, and representation of property ...
Extensive experience includes representation of tenants in the leasing of a 157,000 sq. foot warehouse and industrial space in Utah, a 105,000 sq. foot warehouse space in Ohio, a 103,000 sq. foot office and warehouse space, and 30,000 sq. foot sublease in Tennessee, a 63,000 sq. foot warehouse and manufacturing space in Texas, and a 32,000 sq. foot office and warehouse space in Georgia, and representation of a cold storage facility operator in leasing and storage ...
Extensive experience includes representation of an international airline in more than 100 airport leases, representation of a building owner in a 37,000 sq. foot office and research laboratory lease in Georgia, representation of a solar company in ground leases for solar farms in California and Georgia, representation of a tenant in an 18,000 sq. foot dining club lease in Georgia, representation of a national billboard company in the leasing of sites for office and ...
Experience includes representation as closing counsel in numerous closings of residential property, and the handling of various broker related issues, representation of an agent in the listing and location management of property for advertising and production events, representation of property owners in lease and lease purchase transactions, and representation of a property owner in the sale of property to be developed as a residential subdivision.
Experience includes representation of lenders in the closing of commercial loan modifications, representation of borrowers in the closing of commercial loan transactions, and representation as closing counsel in numerous commercial loan closings.
Represented international oil company in substantial condemnation dispute. Achieved multimillion-dollar settlement over 10 times higher than state’s initial offer.
Represented national insurance company in putative nationwide class action alleging overcharge of insurance premiums. Class certification denied and case dismissed.
Lead counsel for United States manufacturer in international arbitration tried to verdict in New York under foreign law. Favorable verdict for client with arbitrator fees assessed against adverse party.
Acquisition of a former dump site for $42.2 million for a mixed-use project with a $20 million loan.
Acquisition of 46 acres in a mixed-use project for $25 million with a $12.6 million loan
Acquisition of Patriots Point Links Golf Course in South Carolina pursuant to ground lease for $8 million.
Acquisition of the Smoke Rise Golf Club and loan refinance.
Acquisition of 900 acres for $8 million from multiple sellers with a $4.4 million loan.
Acquisition of 120 acres of an island containing a former Civil War battle site for $7.5 million.
Acquisition of 520-acre horse farm for $3.1 million with a $2.3 million loan and a $1.4 unsecured loan.
Acquisition of an apartment complex for $40.7 million with a $37 million acquisition and renovation loan in Atlanta, Georgia.
Acquisition of a Hyatt hotel for $19.8 million in Kansas, and a Sheraton hotel for $9.5 million in California.
Acquisition of a ground lease interest in a hotel for $4.4 million with a $3.3 million loan.
Acquisition of an office and warehouse building for $4.5 million with a $3 million loan.
Acquisition of a steelyard for $8 million with a $5.2 million loan.
Acquisition of three boat slips in a marina for $1 million.
Sale of membership interests for $15 million to convey 30 acres.
Sale of Bella Collina Golf Course in Florida for $10 million.
More that 125 sales of foreclosed properties for First Citizens Bank.
$46.2 million workout of seven loans with cross-collateralization.
Foreclosure of a $35 million and $25 million retail-condominium project.
$8.15 million loan with five junior mortgages on Smoke Rise Golf & Country Club in Georgia.
More than 75 loan modifications for the FDIC as receiver for Silverton Bank.
$30 million contract and due diligence for the Pete Dye Golf Club in WV, eight lodges, and 1,200 acres.
$35 million contract, $20 million option, and a $14 contract and due diligence for 850 acres.
$75 million contract and due diligence for 90 acres on the Pacific Ocean.
$76 million loan, $65 million construction loan, and a $23 million mezzanine loan for condominiums.
$35 million permanent loans for student housing in Kentucky and Georgia.
$20 million loan (with a $3 million revolving line of credit) on 11 properties.
$16 million revolving line of credit secured by accounts receivable and six properties.
Representative leases: 113,000 sq. foot industrial and office, 61,000 sq. foot industrial, 55,000 sq. foot office, 44,000 sq. foot retail, and 17,000 sq. foot retail.
Multiple leases for tenants in office buildings, shopping centers, and industrial parks.
Landlord's counsel for all office leases for a 284,000 sq. foot project in Atlanta, Georgia.
Landlord's counsel for all industrial and warehouse leases for 247,000 sq. foot project in Atlanta, Georgia.
Negotiation of a 115,000 sq. foot industrial and office lease.
Represented tenant in 52,000 sq. foot lease for an industrial property in Tennessee.
Negotiation of a 435,500 sq. foot office and warehouse lease.
Represented tenant in 41,000 sq. foot lease for medical space and surgery center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Represented tenant in 27,500 sq. foot lease for a Haverty's furniture store in Tennessee.
Represented tenant in 17,000 sq. foot lease for retail place in Atlanta, Georgia.
Represented landlord in 57,500 sq. foot lease for office in Indianapolis.
Represented landlord in 36,000 sq. foot lease for industrial warehouse/office in Atlanta, Georgia.
Represented landlord in 35,700 sq. foot lease for office in Atlanta, Georgia.
$273 million construction loan on Reuters Building in Times Square
$182.5 million construction loan on Westin Hotel in Times Square, New York City, New York.
$162.5 million loan on office building in New Jersey (co-lender with Northwestern Mutual).
$100 million revolving credit facility secured by four properties.
$44 million construction loan on apartments in Florida.
$43.4 million loan on 12 apartments in four states with cross-collateralization and financial covenants.
$27 million loan on shopping center in Florida.
More than 200 loans totaling $2.95 billion on retail, office buildings, industrial buildings, and apartments. The entire eastern third of the United States.
Acquisition of timberlands in Georgia and Florida for $133 million for commingled pension fund account.
Acquisition by timber deed for $61.6 million and $33 million for commingled pension fund account in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.
Acquisition of three industrial buildings for $13.3 million in Atlanta, Georgia.
Acquisition of raw land for $12 million for industrial development in Florida.
Sale of an office building for $27.5 million.
Sale of timberlands for $16 million for commingled pension fund account.
Sale of Hyatt Hotel for $14 million.
Negotiation of a 60,000 sq. foot office lease.
75,000 sq. foot tenant in an industrial complex.
Multiple leases for offices, retail, and industrial properties.
$27 million workout of an apartment loan.
$16 million workout of an office loan.
Raw land development for industrial distribution center in Florida.
Represented tenant in 434,998 sq. foot lease for office and warehouse in Toronto.
$16 million revolving loan secured by accounts receivable and six properties.
$12.5 million loan secured by multiple Taco Bell locations.