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Global Law Firm – Acquisition Matters

Represent client, a large global law firm, as outside special counsel in antitrust matters, including conducting a Hart-Scott-Rodino Act analysis with respect to the acquisition of a new business line.

Major Concessions Company – Product Offerings

Representation of major concessions company in connection with the offering of its client product offerings.

NHL Hockey Team – Naming Rights

Represented NHL hockey team as outside counsel in connection with its naming rights transaction.

Yankee Global Enterprises – Acquisition of Equity Interest in YES Network

Represented Yankee Global Enterprises (the “Yankees”) as lead counsel in connection with the Walt Disney Company’s sale of its equity interest in the YES Network to a newly formed investor group. The investor group acquired the 80 percent of the YES Network not already held by the Yankees at a total enterprise value of $3.47 billion.

HappyNest REIT Inc. – Public Offering

Represented HappyNest REIT Inc., a real estate investment trust that provides qualified purchasers the opportunity to invest in a portfolio of commercial real estate assets, in a $50 million public offering pursuant to Regulation A, promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Kaman Corporation – $700 Million Commercial Financing

Represented Kaman Corporation, a NYSE-listed U.S. defense contractor, in a $700 million revolving and term loan commercial financing transaction.

Marcus & Millichap Acquisition

Represented Marcus & Millichap, a publicly traded company, in their acquisition of Dallas-based Metropolitan Capital Advisors. 

Legends Hospitality – Control Interest Transfer

Represented long-standing client Legends Hospitality in its entry into a share purchase agreement with the private equity firm Sixth Street. Under the share purchase agreement, Sixth Street acquired a controlling interest in Legends Hospitality. This investment will support Legends continued growth as a premium experiences company that specializes in delivering holistic solutions for sports, entertainment and attractions clients. 

In connection with the acquisition, Legends Hospitality (i) issued senior secured long-term notes and (ii) entered into a revolving credit facility and PIK facility. The net proceeds were used to redeem certain outstanding equity securities of Legends Hospitality and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

In order to preserve Legends Hospitality’s liquidity and support its continued investment in accretive, long-term capital projects, affiliates of Sixth Street and other third parties will provide Legends Hospitality with access to funding provided by an investment vehicle. The funding will be used for capital expenditures, pre-opening costs and other disbursements contemplated by contracts entered into by Legends Hospitality.

CoreNet Global – ProBono Outside Counsel

Herrick acts as pro bono outside corporate counsel to the New York City Chapter of CoreNet Global, a non-profit association, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.), representing more than 10,000 executives in 50 countries with strategic responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations.

General Counsel to Telecommunications and Cloud Communications Company

Acting as General Counsel on a full spectrum of corporate matters to a provider of on-demand voice and data communications systems that include telecommunications and cloud communications.   

Marcus & Millichap Acquisition of Dallas Based Commercial Real Estate Finance Intermediary

Represented Marcus & Millichap, Inc., a leading brokerage firm specializing in commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services, in its acquisition of Metropolitan Capital Advisors (MCA), a commercial real estate finance intermediary specializing in arranging debt and equity for commercial real estate on behalf of developers, investors and owners.

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Represented Major Hospitality Organization in Certification of COVID Compliance

Represented and advised major food, beverage and stadium operations corporation serving entertainment venues in certifying all venues were compliant with mandated COVID safety regulations. 

Represented High Net Worth Investment Vehicle in Securing Assets to Operate CBD Business

Represented a high net worth investment vehicle in a new venture seeking to take control of an ecommerce CBD business by joining with secured creditors and exercising the rights and remedies of the creditors to secure the assets to continue to operate business.

Represented Investment Vehicle in Acquiring Exclusive Manufacturing and Distribution Rights

Represented a high net worth investment vehicle in securing a control position of an entity purchasing world-wide Intellectual Property rights of a an iconic soda company.  The acquisition includes the exclusive rights to a newly launched spiked seltzer division, exclusive license rights to manufacture and distribute an international hard seltzer line and rights to an after alcohol revival beverage. 

Represented Investment Company in Structuring and Development of CBD Business

Represented investment vehicle in its structuring and developing of a CBD line of products to be marketed at big box stores and kiosks and counseled on accompanying intellectual property issues.  

Concession Service Provider – UK Acquisition

Represented international concession service provider in its acquisition of UK hospitality provider specializing in providing premium customer event experiences.  

Professional Sports Association – Database of Medical Providers

Representing professional sports association as integrity counsel in establishing a database to maintain the purity of medical providers.

General Corporate Matters – Bespoke Travel Agency

Represented leading luxury travel company as acting General Counsel to provide a spectrum of corporate advice.  

Marcus & Millichap – Mission Capital Acquisition

Represented Marcus & Millichap, a publicly traded company, in their acquisition of New York-based real estate finance advisory firm Mission Capital Debt & Equity.

Cantor Fitzgerald Securities – Administrative and Collateral Agent in Exit Facility

Represented Cantor Fitzgerald Securities as the administrative agent and collateral agent under an $85 million exit facility following the successful Blackhawk Mining, LLC, et al. (Bankr. D. Del.), chapter 11 cases, which involved over 100 properties, encompassing active mining complexes in West Virginia and Kentucky and substantial metallurgical and thermal coal reserves in West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. The real estate component included terminating existing mortgages encumbering the properties, preparing new mortgages to secure Cantor’s interest, preparing as-extracted collateral filings, reviewing specific requirements related to leasehold properties and title review. Herrick previously represented Cantor Fitzgerald as the administrative agent and the collateral agent under Blackhawk’s (i) pre-petition $660 million first lien term loan facility and (ii) $150 million DIP term loan facility in connection with the pre-packaged restructuring of approximately $1.1 billion of debt, which involved assigning the previous administrative agent’s interest in all of Blackhawk’s properties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio to Cantor Fitzgerald, as administrative agent.

Wilkinson Global Capital Partners – Purchase Agreement

Represented Wilkinson Global Capital Partners LLC, a leading asset management and investment advisory firm, in its purchase of Wilkinson Global Asset Management, a New York-based private wealth investment manager, pursuant to a call option. The sale was made in accordance with a multi-year financing agreement with the seller, Fiera Capital.  

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Global Provider of Cloud Based Software – Acquisition of Cyber Threat Detection Company

Advised Datto Holding Corp. (NYSE:MSP), the leading global provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions purpose-built for managed service providers (MSPs), as lead counsel in connection with its acquisition of BitDam Ltd. (“BitDam”), an Israel-based cyber threat detection company. BitDam’s cyber-defense platform secures collaboration tools, such as M365 and Google Workspace, from ransomware, malware, and phishing.

Fox Sports/NYRA – Landmark Wagering and Media Rights Agreements

Represented New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) in an expanded partnership agreement establishing Fox Sports as NYRA Bets' official wagering partner and the leading media provider for elite thoroughbred racing through the next decade. The prior FOX Sports/NYRA media rights agreement provided a FOX Sports subsidiary with an option to acquire a 25% stake in NYRA Bets, LLC, a leading Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) platform available to customers in 30 states across the country. The FOX Sports subsidiary will exercise this option by the summer of 2021, pending final regulatory approval. 

The agreement provides a FOX Sports subsidiary with a future opportunity to increase its equity interest in NYRA Bets.

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Lido Advisors – Key Strategic Partnership

Represented Lido Advisors ("Lido"), a nationally recognized wealth advisory firm, in its entrance into a key strategic partnership with Charlesbank Capital Partners ("Charlesbank"), a middle market private investment firm.  Through the partnership, Charlesbank will become a significant investor in Lido alongside the founders and management team.   

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Charlesbank at this pivotal time for Lido and, more importantly, for our clients,” said Jason Ozur, Lido’s Chief Executive Officer. “With Charlesbank at our side, our unparalleled investment and wealth planning solutions will continue to expand, both in breadth and scope, all to the benefit of our clients.”

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Lido is a full-service, independent Registered Investment Advisor (“RIA”) that brings an innovative family office investment approach to grow and safeguard its clients’ wealth and legacies. Lido’s clients include high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, corporate executives, non-profit organizations and foundations.  

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Private Equity Firms, Family Offices and Institutional Investors- SPAC Investment Advice

Advising private equity firms, family offices and other institutional investors in multiple investment opportunities in special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions in a variety of industries.  

Legends Hospitality – Investment by New Mountain Capital

Represented Legends Hospitality, the sports and entertainment joint venture controlled by the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys, in a strategic partnership and investment in the company by New Mountain Capital.

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.

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.

Credit Facility and Term Loan

Represented one of the nation's largest cheese manufacturers in amending and extending its senior secured asset-based credit facilities into a $114.5 million revolving credit facility and a $5.5 million term loan. The proceeds are to be used for general corporate purposes.

Private Lender – Funding Agreements

Represented a financial services company providing loans and financial accommodations to medium-sized and small businesses, in the development of financing forms, including loan participation agreements and receivable purchase agreements. In addition, we are consulting on the development of an off-shore lending facility suitable for non-resident, non-US investors.

EMMES Group of Companies – Restructuring

Represented the EMMES Group of Companies in the completion of the spin-off of Emmes Asset Management Company, renamed Vanbarton Group, and the formation of Emmes Realty Advisors from the existing Emmes entity.

Legends Hospitality – VenueNext

Represented Legends Hospitality in an investment in VenueNext, a technology company that provides smartphone-based software that gathers fan metrics and analytics at stadiums, arenas and other large scale entertainment venues.

Investment Adviser – Loan Review

Review and analysis of senior secured corporate loan investments on behalf of a collateral manager for collateralized debt obligations (CDOs).

Offshore Investment Fund – Joint Venture

Represented an offshore investment fund in an investment in a joint venture for U.S. commercial real estate development.

Fund Manager – JOBS Act

Represented a fund manager in connection with JOBS Act advice, including new private placement rules.

Real Estate Investor – Acquisition

Represented a real estate investor in the acquisition of a public housing project by merger of two limited partnerships.

Financial Services – Trader Employment Agreement

Represented a financial services firm in the development of an employment agreement template addressing protection of trading algorithms and other proprietary information.

Silas Capital – Investment in LifeFactory

Represented Silas Capital in its investment in LifeFactory, a company involved in the design of safe, modern, and eco-friendly glassware, and glass baby and beverage bottles.

Real Estate Investment Firm – Development of Hotel Branding and Operations Systems

Represented a real estate investment firm in the development of proprietary branding and operations systems for a unique hotel concept involving collaborative work spaces.

Legends Hospitality – One World Observatory IP Rights

Represented Legends Hospitality in the review, assessment and protection of intellectual property rights in various unique One World Observatory visitor installations, including the Sky Pod elevators, the See Forever Theater and the City Pulse interactive display.

Legends Hospitality – DraftKings Investment

Represented Legends Hospitality in its equity investment in DraftKings, a leading provider of daily fantasy sports contest services.

Baseball Franchise – Term Loan Facility

Represented a major league baseball franchise in a $4 million unsecured term loan facility provided by a national bank. The proceeds will be used to pay various fees and expenses related to the facility and to finance certain projects.

Bounce Media Group – Yacht Charter Agreement

Represented Bounce Media Group, an operator of one of the largest private event yachts in the northeast, in securing its charter for the 2015 season, in executing a contract for its first cruise this year – the June 5 birthday party of famous hip hop artist, Jadakiss, and filing for trademark protection for the BOUNCE BOAT name.

Private Lender – Lending Documentation

Represented a finance company in the development of financing forms and in advice on related legal issues.

Legends Hospitality – Live Nation Strategic Partnership

Represented Legends Hospitality in a major strategic partnership with Live Nation to provide concession services at 34 of Live Nation's music venues in North America. The partnership represents one of the largest venue food and beverage contracts in history.

Limited Liability Company Joint Venture

Represented client in the formation of a limited liability company to operate as a joint venture for the sourcing of raw diamonds.

Sibyl Trading LLC – General Corporate

Represented Sibyl Trading LLC in general corporate matters, including entity formation and advice on its proprietary trading platforms and operation.

Victor Chu & Co. – NYS Energy Efficiency Fund

Represented Victor Chu & Co and its affiliates, in an investment in and management of New York Energy Efficiency Investments, LLC, a fund formed to finance and implement projects meeting the criteria of New York State's energy efficiency program.

Senior Executive – Private Equity Firm Employment Contract

Represented a client in employment contract negotiations with private equity firm TPG Capital.

Emmes Capital LLC – 180 Water Street

Represented an affiliate of Emmes Capital in a real estate development joint venture involving partial conversion of office space into residential units.