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Select List of Representative Cases and Transactions

Every day we focus on fulfilling our mission to provide the highest quality legal services possible – promptly, efficiently and uniquely tailored to each client’s specific needs. Please review our select list of representative cases and transactions to see how we help public and private companies worldwide with their national, state or cross-border deals.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented local steel processor in connection with numerous deals and purchases of business and assets such as:
    • Progressive Processing, Inc. from bankruptcy court
    • Michigan Bar Corporation
    • C&J Engineering, LLC
    • Bertin Steel Processing, Inc.
    • Bar Processing Corporation
  • Represented Form Tech Industries, Inc. in an asset swap with American Axle and Manufacturing, Inc. and  with the sale of business and assets to HHI, Inc.
  • Represented HudBay USA, Inc. in connection with the purchase of 100% of stock of White Pine Copper Refinery, Inc.
  • Represented Johnstone Pump in connection with the sale of its business and assets to Ingersoll Rand.
  • Represented Lakeside Stamping, Inc. in connection with the sale of its business and assets to Oxford Automotive.
  • Represented National Auto Glass in connection with the sale of its business to Thompson Publishing.
  • Represented New Tangram Interiors LLC in connection with several deals involving the purchase of business and assets of Cal Pac LLC and BKM Total Office of California, L.P.
  • Represented Sofy Technologies in connection with the sale of its business to MSC Software Corporation.
  • Represented co-founder of an information technology company specializing in pharmacy systems in the partner’s buy out of the company.
  • Represented electronics company and led negotiations in a sale to a strategic competitor for $13 million.
  • Represented national consumer beauty products company in a $24 million stock sale.
  • Represented mining company in connection with $3 million sale of stock in copper mining facility.
  • Acted as local counsel to purchasers in connection $14.5 million acquisition of a full service hotel facility and associated loan transaction.
  • Represented major healthcare insurer in the sale of business for $89 million.
  • Represented purchaser in connection with the acquisition of a hotel chain for $40 million.
  • Represented purchaser in the simultaneous acquisition of three separate accounting/payroll firms.

Banking/Lending

 

Represented pension fund in the following transactions:

  • Arrangement for issuance of a $75 million letter of credit in favor of the City of Detroit on behalf of a Detroit casino.
  • $150 million secured construction loan to a Detroit casino.

Represented local banks in the following transactions:

  • Over $10 million
    • $29 million refinance of mortgage loans to a real estate investor in college student housing.
    • $26 million construction loan for borrower to construct a retail fruit, deli, and prepared food location.
    • Combined $25 million loans to owner of various hotels to refinance debt and for renovations.
    • $17.7 million mortgage loan to refinance existing debt of owner of commercial properties.
    •  $12.5 million secured construction loan to condominiumize property and construct senior citizen housing.
    • $5.5 million line of credit loan, $1.5 million term loan and $5 million construction loan to automotive supplier for expansion of building and painting facility for painting production of a new high performance vehicle for one of the big three automotive manufacturers.
    • $11 million line of credit loan and $7.6 million term loan to owner of local chain of landscape, flower and gardening centers.
    • Assignment to developer of Federal new market tax credits in the amount of $11 million.
    • $10 million term loan and $1.2 million construction loan for renovations and addition to two hotels by Metro Airport.
    • Combined $10 million term loan to borrower for refinance and renovations of two apartment complexes.
  •  From $1 million to $10 million
    • $9 million mortgage loan to owner to refinance and renovate an 11 story commercial building in Chicago, Illinois.
    • $8 million term loan for parties to purchase gas stations and convenience stores.
    • Documenting a $7.5 million loan to finance the purchase of a shopping center in Lansing.
    • $6.6 million construction loan to construct a banquet center, along with a $1 million line of credit loan.
    • $6 million mortgage loan to apartment owner to facilitate a Reverse 1031 purchase/sale transaction.
    • $5 million mortgage loan, with interest rate swap rights, to refinance existing debt of owner on commercial properties.
    • $5 million construction loan and working capital financing for a new surgery center and related medical practice.
    • $5 million line of credit loan to local fork lift company.
    • Documenting a loan for $5 Million to finance the purchase of an Ohio shopping center.
    • $3 million secured loan to owner of local commercial lumber company.
    • $3 million leasing line of credit to car dealership.
    • $2 million 504 SBA loan for borrower to purchase two bowling alleys.
    • sale of a $1.4 million sale of a mortgage loan to a group of investors.
    • Documenting a loan for $1 million to construct a facility on the campus of a private Ohio university.
    • Issuance of $1 million standby letter of credit for offshore insurance company to reduce malpractice premium costs.
    • $1 million construction SBA 504 loan.
  • Under $1 million
    • $680,000 SBA 504 end loan for the construction of an indoor ice arena and restaurant.
  • Represented local bank in  commencing probate administration of an estate of a deceased borrower to successfully collect loan balance where heirs of deceased refused to initiate probate administration.

Represented a consortium of local credit unions in the following transactions:

  • Prepared the documents in their refinancing of a $4 million shopping center.
  • $5 million construction and end loan for a wellness center.

General Business

  • Represented issuer in $40 million public offering and represented local public company in acquisition of Chinese manufacturing entity.
  • Led negotiations and prepared the documents for a tax free reorganization and $1 million refinancing of a telemedicine company.
  • Led negotiations and prepared the documents for a tax free split of a commercial laundry business valued at $1 million so shareholders’ ended up with their own separate business.
  • Represented owners of an apartment complex in securing $4 million non-recourse mortgage loan.
  • Represented majority shareholder of technology company in buyout of minority shareholder for $580,000 which represented a 37.5% interest in the company.
  • Represented a local foreign automotive supplier in the acquisition and financing of multiple commercial facilities.
  • Represented a local investment firm in the acquisition of several investment properties.
  • Represented major Midwest printing and fulfillment company over 15 years in all aspects of corporate activity including several financings, real estate acquisitions and sales, business and succession planning and estate and financial planning for principals of the company.
  • Represented Southeast Michigan steel toll processing company for over 30 years. Advised on several acquisitions, general corporate, including supply agreements with major customers, tax, real estate, succession planning and owners’ other business activities.
  • Represented a shopping center developer in dealing with and obtaining permit approvals from City, County, State, and Federal agencies to enable purchase of an undeveloped parcel of land and allow development of a shopping center—total approximate cost of land acquisition and development: $90 million.
  • Represented a shopping center developer in dealing with and obtaining permit approvals from City, County and State to enable purchase of an undeveloped parcel of land and allow development of a shopping center—total approximate cost of land acquisition and development: $40 million.
  • Represented a local tool & die, automotive stamping company for 50 years; represents the family owners in real estate transactions, business and succession planning.
  • Represented appliance and photographic equipment retailer for 50 years; represents the family owners and charitable foundation set up by family owners.

Real Estate

  • Represented a shopping center developer in dealing with and obtaining permit approvals from City, County, State, and Federal agencies to enable purchase of an undeveloped parcel of land and allow development of a shopping center—total approximate cost of land acquisition and development: $90 million.
  • Represented a shopping center developer with obtaining permit approvals from City, County and State to enable purchase of an undeveloped parcel of land and allow development of a shopping center—total approximate cost of land acquisition and development: $40 million.
  • Represented local banks in the following transactions:
    • $12.5 million secured construction loan to condominiumize property and construct senior citizen housing.
    • $9 million mortgage loan to owner to refinance and renovate an 11 story commercial building in Chicago, Illinois.
    • $5.5 million line of credit loan, $1.5 million term loan and $5 million construction loan to automotive supplier for expansion of building and painting facility for painting production of a new high performance vehicle for one of the big three automotive manufacturers.
    •  $680,000 SBA 504 end loan for the construction of an indoor ice arena and restaurant.
    • Documenting a loan for $1 million to construct a facility on the campus of a private Ohio university.

Litigation

  • Settled a landlord tenant trial in favor of a national franchise retail outlet against a major casino.
  • Represented Retiree Association in the Detroit Chapter 9 Proceedings.
  • Achieved a settlement in federal court for a national pharmacy chain in a contract dispute regarding mold in its leased premises.
  • Litigated interpleader actions for national insurance companies when competing claims were made for life insurance and annuity proceeds.
  • Obtained a dismissal on motion of a multi-million dollar claim filed by U.S. and Romanian entities against several of their shareholders.
  • Represented a South Korean automotive supplier in a significant dispute involving surcharges in which a favorable outcome was negotiated.
  • Obtained a $700,000 judgment for a nonprofit against a former employee based on misappropriation of insurance commissions and bonuses.
  • Obtained a jury verdict of no cause of action while representing the seller of a mobile home park in a multi-million dollar claim involving an asset purchase agreement
  • Obtained a dismissal on motion of a $10 million breach of contract claim against a vinyl supplier and negotiated a long-term supply contract to settle the client’s counterclaim.
  • Represented a Michigan automotive supplier against Spanish and French automakers in a pricing dispute, which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for the client.
  • Won a bench trial and obtained a no cause verdict on behalf of shareholder doctors in a multi-million dollar claim against them; prevailed on clients’ counterclaim and obtained an award for attorney fees and costs.
  • Won arbitration award of approximately $2 million as well as a four million dollar judgment on related issues in court for a Michigan automotive supplier against a Russian entity. Client was also awarded attorney fees and costs in each matter.
  • Won a motion for immediate possession of tooling under the Michigan Special Tools Lien Act on behalf of Michigan tool maker, resulting in approximately one million dollar payment and subsequent prompt favorable settlement with Michigan and Portuguese automotive suppliers.
  • Successfully represented CFO of a publicly traded company in protest of officer liability assessment by State taxing authorities.