Matters

Legends Hospitality – The Intrepid Marketplace

Represented Legends Hospitality in a joint venture with the Intrepid Air and Space Museum to provide concessions services for a new high-end food market located on the U.S.S. Intrepid.

EMMES Group of Companies – Venture Capital Financing

Represented the EMMES Group of Companies in the preparation of a convertible note purchase agreement, offering documents and an amended and restated operating agreement in connection with a capital raise.

Ownership and Succession Planning

Represented a well established longstanding real estate family in ownership and succession planning.

Luxury Retail Corporate Counselling

Represented luxury brand in general corporate matters including negotiating service and sponsorship arrangements.

MLS Soccer Agency – Establishment of US Platform

Represented a major league soccer agency in the establishment of its US platform.

Venture Capital Investments

Representing a venture capital fund in numerous food and beverage sector investments.

Real Estate Property Management and Disposition

Represented a major real estate investment bank in the ownership, operation and ultimate disposition of a premier property.

New York Racing Association – Not-for-Profit Foundation

Represented New York Racing Association in the formation of a not-for-profit foundation.

Form of Consignment Agreement

Represented NoLining, a high-end fashion house, in preparing a form of consignment agreement to use for the sale of luxury leather handbags.

Business Wind Down

Represented an advisory group in a wind down following the disposition of a business.

VG Growth Partners – Hilary’s Eat Well

Represented VG Growth Partners in a preferred equity investment in a culinary specialty food business focused on healthful, allergen-free products.

Social Media Company Sale and Rollover

Represented Fizziology, a social media research and analytics company, in its sale and in a rollover transaction with a private equity sponsored buyer.

Sale of Assets

Represented a premier designer, marketer and distributor of costume jewelry in the sale of its assets to one of the world's leading branded fashion accessories, footwear, and apparel companies.

Sports Memorabilia Company – Major League Baseball Trophy Dispute

Represented a sports memorabilia company in an authentication dispute related to Major League Baseball trophies.

Vanbarton Group – $450 Million Property Sale

Represented Vanbarton Group in the $450 million sale of its remaining interest in the Manhattan apartment tower 180 Water Street to Metro Loft Management. The sale is the second largest commercial real estate transaction in New York City in 2017, according to data from The Real Deal. Metro Loft had previously purchased a 10 percent stake in the building in 2014, and subsequently Vanbarton Group and Metro Loft converted the 24-story, 567,221-square-foot office building into rental apartments.

Successful Defense of Unfair Labor Practice Claims

Represented a medical waste disposal company in a successful defense against unfair labor practice claims filed with the National Labor Relations Board involving allegations that the client refused to hire and wrongly discharged individuals based on their affiliation with a local union.

Merchant Bank – Corporate Matters

Represented a merchant bank in the ownership and operation of numerous investments including a joint venture with a preeminent cosmetics brand.

Cryptocurrency Trading Platform

Represented a financial services company in establishing its cryptocurrency trading platform.

Legends Hospitality – Notre Dame

Represented Legends Hospitality in its partnership with Notre Dame and JMI Sports to oversee Notre Dame’s sales, marketing, hospitality, media rights and branding services nationally.

Legends Hospitality – Miami SkyRise

Represented Legends Hospitality in a joint venture regarding the Miami SkyRise project consisting of an entertainment and observation tower overlooking Biscayne Bay in Miami. Legends is providing consulting, management and hospitality services with respect to the development and operation of the project and will operate the concession once opened.

Equity Ownership and Employment Matter

Represented the president and managing principal in negotiating equity ownership and employment with a high-end real estate investment bank owner/operator.

Legends Hospitality – Los Angeles Football Club Concessions Joint Venture

Represented Legends Hospitality in a joint venture with the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) to provide concessions services at the team’s new 22,000-seat soccer stadium to be constructed on the site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. LAFC is scheduled to begin play in the new stadium in 2018. As part of the joint venture agreement, Legends initially operated the food hall that was on the site of the former arena.

Legends Hospitality – Willis Tower Observation Deck

Represented Legends Hospitality in the provision of design, construction development and management services for the observation deck and other attractions at Willis Tower in Chicago.

Legends Hospitality – Point-of-Sale System Purchase

Represented an affiliate of Legends Hospitality in the purchase of a mobile and Bluetooth-enabled point-of-sale (POS) system for use at stadiums and arenas. The POS system streamlines the purchase process for both the venue and the fans thereby effecting a more seamless experience at a game or concert. 

Cohere Communications – IT Services Management Agreement

Represented Cohere Communications, a cyber security and managed IT services enterprise, in a network management agreement to provide operational services, including the operation of a data and communications network, to certain commercial office buildings located in San Diego via a building telecom and optical infrastructure.

McKinsey & Company – Structural Analysis

Represented McKinsey & Company in a review and analysis of its global organization and in rendering a legal opinion regarding ownership of its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Q4 America – Sports Apparel Startup

Representing Q4 America, a Los Angeles-based start-up performance basketball brand, in intellectual property matters related to the development of a new brand of sneakers, sponsorships, athlete endorsements and capital raises.

Dallas Cowboys Affiliate – New Media Platform

Represented Blue Star Operations Services, an affiliate of the Dallas Cowboys, in building out their new media platform.

Vanbarton Group – Acquisition of New York and San Francisco CRE Portfolio

Represented Vanbarton Group in the multi-million dollar acquisition of a portfolio of commercial properties located in New York and San Francisco.

Executive Compensation Arrangements

Represented a senior-level executive at a well established private equity firm in establishing compensation arrangements.

Vanbarton Group – Broker License

Represented Vanbarton Group regarding real estate licensing requirements in connection with captive leasing agents for commercial office properties.

Sterling Equities – Minor League Acquisition

Represented Sterling Equities in the purchase of the Syracuse Chiefs, a Triple-A minor league baseball team based in Syracuse, New York.

VG Growth Partners – Crunchsters

Represented VG Growth Partners in its investment in Crunchsters, an innovative food manufacturer that produces nutritious and organic plant-based snack products.

Vanbarton Group – Real Estate Fund

Represented Vanbarton Group in establishing a real estate private fund for a multi-billion dollar pension fund.

Envy Gaming – Proposed Sale of eSports Business

Represented Envy Gaming in the proposed sale of a minority equity interest in the organization to a private equity firm consortium and an NBA franchise ownership group.

eSports Organizations – Corporate Counsel

Provided general corporate counseling for various eSports organizations including start-up team Infinity Core, Team EnVyUS and FlyQuest.

Legends Hospitality – International Stadia Group Acquisition

Represented Legends Hospitality in the acquisition of International Stadia Group, a London-based sports and entertainment company. The acquisition will extend Legend’s global capabilities and allow for growth opportunities in the EAME regions.

Macromark, Inc. – Promissory Note Obligations

Represented Macromark, Inc., one of the largest direct mail companies, in advice on, and negotiation of, secured recourse promissory note obligations.

Kiska Developers, Inc. – Employment Matters

Represented Kiska Developers, Inc., a provider of real estate-related services including property development, general contracting and construction management, in employment matters.