A Locke Lord team of Mitch Tiras, Kevin Peter, Elizabeth Guffy, Dale Smith, Eric Larson and Rachel Fitzgerald represented White Oak Resources VI, LLC (White Oak) as potential purchaser of properties and restructuring matters for Milagro Exploration, Inc.
A Locke Lord team of Christopher Graham, Michael Serra, Peter Alvarez, David Silvia, Lori Basilico,Karl Fryzel and Rebecca Melaas counseled Firm client, Mahr Federal Inc., as the company acquired all of the outstanding shares of capital stock of Engineering Synthesis Design, Inc. from its 39 stockholders in a strategic acquisition.
On July 1, 2015, Comstock Resources, Inc. (Comstock) announced a purchase and sale agreement with a private company to sell Comstock's oil and gas properties in and around Burleson County, Texas.
A Locke Lord team led by Jim Tyrrell, Joe Hopkins, Lisa Ruggiero, and Jason Rockwell prevailed on behalf of client DaVita Healthcare Partners when a federal judge in Colorado declined to certify a class of patients who claimed to have been injured from the use of certain dialysis products at DaVita clinics.
Locke Lord represented South Texas Implement Co. in the sale of 11 John Deere dealerships to Ag-Pro Companies. With the addition of these South Texas dealerships, it makes Ag-Pro one of the largest and most diverse portfolios in the country.
Locke Lord Associate Sarah O’Dea served as underwriters' counsel for Morgan Stanley & Co. in connection with the issuance of $116,680,000 principal amount of general obligation bonds by the New Jersey Institute of Technology to finance construction of certain capital projects of the technology institution.
Locke Lord Associate Sarah O’Dea served as underwriters' counsel for Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC in connection with the issuance of more than $950,000,000 aggregate principal amount of bonds by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and New York University to finance and refinance certain capital expenditures of New York University.
A Locke Lord team of Eric Johnson, Vince Cangolosi and Ben Smolij represented Marathon Oil Corporation in its $2 billion notes offering, the net proceeds of which will be used to refinance existing notes maturing in 2015 and for other general corporate purposes.
Locke Lord lawyers Mark-David Adams and Rick Miller served as bond counsel to Broward County, Florida on an $85 million industrial development revenue bond issue for the benefit of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).
A Locke Lord deal team comprised of John Whitlock, Aileen Meehan, Vince Cangolosi and Catherine Nampewo advised TECO Finance, Inc. as issuer and its parent TECO Energy, Inc. as guarantor in the completion a $250 million issuance of Floating Rate Notes due 2018 with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC as underwriters.
A Locke Lord Houston team of Joe Perillo, Lauren Corbeil, Rachel Fitzgerald, Buddy Sanders, Jerry Higdon, Doug Yeager, Ed Razim, Laura Ferguson and Cole Mackey represented Symrise Inc. in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Flavor Infusion LLC, a California-based company that develops and supplies natural beverage flavors.
A Locke Lord team comprised of Pete Barrett, Steve Meredith, Bob Baute, Mike Serra, Joe Farside, Tom Bush, Karl Fryzel, Julie Dziobak, Anelise Lago and Richard Sherman represented Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition Company Inc (dba Choice Cable TV) in the completion of its sale to Liberty Global plc following regulatory approval.
Locke Lord advised Huisheng International Holdings Limited on its HK$100 million top-up placing and subscription of shares to investors.
Locke Lord advised Grand Concord International Holdings Limited on the placing of 6% HK$50 million one-year convertible bonds at an initial conversion price of HK$1.386.
A Locke Lord London team of Rob Askew and Svetlana Sorokina-Wilson advised EBRD on a project finance matter that was selected as the "2014 Best Water Project in Central and Eastern Europe" at the Project Finance Awards announced by EMEA Finance. The project entailed the construction and operation of a 108MW hydropower plant and a substation on the Tergi river in northeastern Georgia, with a total investment cost of up to $123 million, including a senior A/B loan of up to $80 million from EBRD.
Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: BHLB) has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of privately held Firestone Financial Corp. as an operating subsidiary of Berkshire Bank.
Locke Lord Partner Bill Swanstrom and Associate Jennie Simmons represented Louisiana LNG Energy, LLC in its sale to Parallax Energy. The deal closed on April 23, 2015. For more information, please refer to the news release posted on Louisiana LNG Energy’s web site.
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A Locke Lord team of Mitch Tiras, Jennie Simmons and Sara Longtain represented Woodland Midstream LLC as the Woodlands, Texas based company received a $40 million investment from EIV Capital.
A Locke Lord team of Bill Swanstrom, David Taylor, Michelle Earley and Vince Cangolosi provided legal counsel for the Conflicts Committee of Crestwood Equity Partners LP in the merger of Crestwood Equity Partners with Crestwood Midstream Partners LP into a single publicly-traded partnership on May 6, 2015.
A Houston Locke Lord team of Mitch Tiras, Mechelle Smith, Eric Larson and Sara Longtain represented NGP Natural Resources XI LP in a $500 million equity commitment for Luxe Energy LLC on May 4, 2015.
Marnie Kudon led a Locke Lord team in defending a landlord in a commercial dispute over a substantial breach of the lease, in a case which has since been cited in the New York Law Journal, New York Real Estate Digest and the New York Commercial Division, among others.
Cigna Acquisition of QualCare. A multi-disciplined team of Locke Lord lawyers represented Cigna Corporation in its acquisition of New Jersey-based QualCare Alliance Networks, Inc.
A Locke Lord team of Stacie Aarestad, Scott Dunberg and Tammy Klein (all of the Boston office), with assistance by Gene McDermott (from the Providence office), represented Dyax Corp. (“Dyax”) in its underwritten public offering that priced on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 and closed on Monday, April 13, 2015.
Locke Lord represented Rainbow Key Holdings Limited on the HK$404 million sale of all its shares in Magnum Entertainment Group Holdings Limited.
Locke Lord advised Southwestern Energy Company and its subsidiary, Angelina Gathering Company, LLC, on the execution of a purchase and sale agreement with HEP Pennsylvania Gathering, LLC, a subsidiary of Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC, to sell Angelina Gathering Company’s gas gathering assets in Bradford and Lycoming counties in northeastern Pennsylvania for $500 million.
Locke Lord advised First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services through its subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company, in its acquisition of TitleVest, a multistate title insurance agency.
Locke Lord advised IronRidge, an Australia-based minerals exploration group with assets in Gabon, on its £9.7 million AIM listing.
Locke Lord served as underwriter’s counsel to Citi in connection with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ MassDirect Notes program, which won The Bond Buyer’s “2014 National Deal of the Year."
Locke Lord served as counsel to QBE North America in the sale of its US Agency Business, including Community Association Underwriters, Deep South and SIU, to Alliant Insurance Services.
Locke Lord represented Time 2U International Holding Limited in its HK$286 million initial public offering and listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
Locke Lord represented TruAmerica Multifamily in the $482 million purchase of a 14-property portfolio of multifamily properties in Southern California.
Locke Lord represented PRC-based investor Deng Yi in its HK$40 million acquisition of two restaurant chains of the New Star Catering Group and Kuen Fat Catering Group in Hong Kong.
Locke Lord advised Tewoo (H.K.) Limited in secured revolving credit facilities totalling US$100 million granted by a syndicate of banks.
Locke Lord acted as the legal adviser to Investec Capital Asia Limited and the underwriters in the HK$135 million share offer and listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong of shares by Global International Credit Group Limited.
Locke Lord served as counsel to State National for the initial public offering of its common stock and listing on NASDAQ.
Locke Lord served as counsel to National General Holdings Corp. for the initial public offering of its common stock and listing on NASDAQ.
Locke Lord represented Centron Telecom International Holding Limited in a US$60 million club loan facility with Bank of China (HK) Limited and CITIC Bank International Limited as lenders.
Locke Lord advised a group of investors in connection with the transfer of 7 percent senior guaranteed convertible notes for the aggregate principal of HK$64 million and warrants carrying a maximum amount of HK$94,900,439 issued by Hong Kong-listed Baofeng Modern International Holdings Company Limited.
Locke Lord acted as company counsel in Old Republic International’s $400 million debt offering, for which Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC served as representatives of the underwriters.
Locke Lord represented First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Bucks County, a federally-chartered mutual savings and loan association, in its combination with First Savings Bank of Perkasie, a Pennsylvania-chartered stock savings bank.
Locke Lord represented Independence Oilfield Chemicals, LLC in a transaction wherein Innospec Inc. (IOSP) acquired the company’s outstanding equity.
Locke Lord secured a ruling for clients Priceline.com and Booking.com in a multi-district class action price-fixing case against all of the major online travel reservation companies and most of the major hotel chains.
Locke Lord represented the majority owners of frac sand supplier CRS Proppants LLC in its $225 million equity sale to Eagle Materials, Inc.
Locke Lord represented Hong Kong-listed Realord Group Holdings Limited (formerly known as Cheong Ming Investments Limited) in connection with its HK$158.8 million rights issue.
Locke Lord represented affiliates of SunnyBrook Senior Living in the sale of a senior housing portfolio to American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust II for $164 million.
Locke Lord represented Hong Kong-listed Realord Group Holdings Limited (formerly known as Cheong Ming Investments Limited) in connection with the establishment of a joint venture engaging in the distribution and sale of motor vehicle parts in Hong Kong and China.
Locke Lord represented TruAmerica Multifamily LLC in the purchase of three multifamily properties from Berkshire Property Advisors for a total purchase price of $229 million. The properties are located in Renton, Wash., Denver and Aurora, Colo. Freddie Mac made three loans to facilitate the purchase.
Locke Lord represented Houston International Insurance Group, Ltd. (HIIG) in connection with its issuance of $85 million in new securities to a Canadian investment partnership consisting of The Westaim Corporation, Everest Re Group, Ltd., Catlin Group Ltd., HIIG CEO Stephen L. Way and other investors.
Locke Lord represented Regency Energy Partners LP in a joint venture agreement with American Energy – Midstream, LLC for the construction and operation of Regency’s previously announced Utica Ohio River Project.
Locke Lord represented Remedy Asia Limited, a Hong Kong-based litigation funder, in connection with proceedings in the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong in relation to a construction dispute against Yick Shing Contractors Limited.
Locke Lord represented Rio Oil and Gas, LLC and Bluestem Energy Partners, LP, each a portfolio company of Quantum Energy Partners, and certain other sellers in the sale of approximately 13,000 acres in Midland and western Glasscock Counties, Texas.
Locke Lord served as legal counsel in the restructuring of Cherry Creek Radio, LLC, owner and operator of 60 leading radio stations in small and mid-sized markets in the western United States. Sankaty Advisors, LLC has purchased all of Cherry Creek’s existing senior indebtedness and will recapitalize the company with a new term loan and preferred equity investment.
Locke Lord represented Achieve Prosper Capital Limited in its acquisition of 52.94 percent of the shares and subscription for HK$75 million bonds convertible into shares of Starlight International Holdings Limited.
Locke Lord represented Memorial Production Partners LP in the acquisition of certain oil producing properties in Wyoming for approximately $935 million.
Locke Lord represented Quam Capital Limited as sponsor and underwriting syndicates led by Quam Securities Company Limited on the global offering and listing of Hanbo Enterprises Holdings Limited.
Locke Lord represented Manureen Holdings Limited in its acquisition of the controlling interests of Cheong Ming Investments Limited, a Hong Kong listed company, for the total consideration of HK$236.83 million.
Locke Lord served as legal counsel to Spencer Savings Bank SLA in its definitive agreement to purchase the assets and liabilities of the West Trenton, NJ-based NJM Bank FSB.
Locke Lord provided legal counsel to NGP Natural Resources X, L.P. and NGP Energy Technology Partners II, L.P. in its equity sponsorship of Oilfield Water Logistics, LLC (OWL).
Locke Lord represented Houston-based National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV), a worldwide leader in the oilfield services industry, in the spin-off of its distribution business from the remainder of the company, creating two stand-alone, publicly traded corporations.
Locke Lord represented Navitas Midstream Partners, an oil and natural gas pipeline company based in The Woodlands, TX, in a deal with private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC, in which $500 million in equity was committed to Navitas.
Locke Lord represented the Houston-based In-Line Plastics, L.C., a manufacturer of polyethylene geomembrane covers and liners, in the sale of its business to Brawler Manufacturing, LLC.
Locke Lord represented Telecom Digital Holdings Limited in its HK$100 million listing on the GEM Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong by way of placing.
The Texas Supreme Court issued a decision in favor of Locke Lord client Illinova Generating Company – a subsidiary of Dynegy – in Tenaska Energy Inc. v. Ponderosa Pine Energy LLC. The underlying case concerned a $125 million arbitration award in Ponderosa Pine Energy’s favor over the sale of a Cleburne power plant, which was later vacated by a trial court when it was found the arbitrator had failed to fully disclose the nature and extent of his relationship with Ponderosa’s counsel.
Locke Lord represented Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, in its sale of TGI Fridays® Restaurants to Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan Capital Partners. The transaction is expected to close by July 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.
OFS Energy Fund has closed the sale of Vision Oil Tools, a Fund II portfolio company, to BEA Logistics Services LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of B/E Aerospace, Inc.
The London office of Locke Lord advised client The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited (Butterfield) in its recently completed acquisition of Legis Group’s Guernsey-based trust and corporate services business.
Locke Lord recently acted as counsel to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and several other financial institutions in connection with four construction loans to affiliates of real estate developer KDC Holdings, LLC for the building of several high-profile commercial projects in the Dallas area.
The Supreme Court of Texas recently ruled in favor of Locke Lord client The Long Trusts in the case The Long Trusts v. Castle Texas Production LP.
Locke Lord represented Memorial Production Partners LP in the acquisition of producing oil and gas properties in the Eagle Ford Shale area of South Texas from Alta Mesa Holdings, LP for $173 million.
Locke Lord client LovelySkin successfully appealed an adverse result in a trademark case to the 8th Circuit. LovelySkin is one of the world's largest internet retailers of cosmeceuticals, which are high-end cosmetics with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients.
Locke Lord represented a PRC-controlled Chinese investment company in the acquisition of a 65-story, "Class A" office tower located at 311 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago for more than $300 million.
Locke Lord client International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) won a major decision in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which granted summary judgment, dismissing all claims against the company stemming from a 2009 airline crash.
Locke Lord represented Huisheng International Holdings Limited, the issuer, in its HK$283 million initial public offering and listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
Locke Lord LLP served as local counsel for skobbler GmbH in its sale to Telenav, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV) for $24 million. Skobbler is a European-based company that created OpenStreetMap (OSM)-based GPS navigation apps.
Locke Lord represented CRS Proppants LLC in the sale of a Shreveport, LA manufacturing facility to Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.
Locke Lord represented Peace Map Holding Limited in its disposal of the entire issued share capital of Rich Path Holdings Limited.
A team of our lawyers provided counsel to Bank of America regarding outstanding loans to a satellite communications company in chronic default resulting in the successful sale of a subsidiary and paydown of principal balance.
A team of our lawyers continued representation of a Lender in the workout of a $25,000,000 term loan and line of credit for the construction of a casino, with a collateral shortfall and cash flow subject to the specialized constraints of state license requirements and political concerns.
Locke Lord advised Van Shung Chong Holdings Limited, listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
Locke Lord represented Comstock Resources, Inc. in its agreement with Ursa Resources Group II LLC to acquire 70 percent of Ursa's interests in oil and gas properties in Burleson and Washington Counties, Texas for $66.5 million.
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Locke Lord LLP client Atlantic Marine Construction Co. in a highly watched case regarding the enforcement forum-selection clauses in business contracts.
Locke Lord advised Halcyon Capital Limited as the sponsor in the HK$80 million initial public offering and listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong of shares by Mega Expo Holdings Limited.
In the secondary public offering of Emlak Konut GYO, which is Turkey’s largest real estate investment company (REIT), our lawyers acted as Turkish Counsel to the underwriters Bank of America Merrill Lynch International (the Global Coordinator and International Bookrunner) and Halk Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. (Turkish Lead Manager).
Locke Lord advised Juda International Holdings Limited in the HK$351.12 million acquisition of approximately 66 per cent of its issued share capital by Beijing Capital Land Limited and Beijing Capital Group.
Locke Lord advised China Public Procurement (Hong Kong) Technology Company Limited in respect of a secured loan granted to its subsidiary, Top Blast Limited, by Equities First Holdings, LLC.
Locke Lord advised Rialto Energy Limited – an oil and gas exploration and production company – on a transaction in which Vitol acquired 65 percent of the shares in Rialto Energy Limited in exchange for providing $50 million of loan capital to be invested in a to-be-agreed Block CI-202 work program in the Ivory Coast.
Locke Lord represented First American Financial Corporation in its role as a minority-selling shareholder in the sale of VINtek, Inc.
Locke Lord advised the Mongolia Investment Group Limited in its acquisition of the relevant interests involving a group of companies known as the Peace Map Group.
Edwards Wildman IP and Data Protection team advises a US-based manufacturer of goods used in the travel industry, managing a program to achieve compliance with differing data protection regimes across the EU.
A team of our Boston, Chicago, and London lawyers with experience in finance and litigation have been advising a consortium led by our investment firm client in the proposed leveraged acquisition of 75% of Post Telecommunication of Kosovo J.S.C., a company which offers fixed and mobile telephony, internet and postal services, by way of auction privitisation.
Locke Lord Austin Partner Skip Watson and counsel Mike Hatchell won a Supreme Court of Texas decision for client XTO Energy clarifying the landowner's burden of proof under the accommodation doctrine.
Locke Lord represented Chu Kong Petroleum and Natural Gas Steel Pipe Holdings Limited, as guarantor in a US$50 million term loan facility granted to its subsidiary.
Locke Lord represented Masterflex SE (Xetra: MZX) in connection with the refinancing of its syndicated loan and other financing facilities in the total amount of up to €40 million.
Locke Lord represented Felix Energy, LLC in a $400 million capital commitment in a financing led by EnCap Energy Capital Fund IX, L.P.
Locke Lord advised Hong Kong Jewellery Holding Limited on its HK$58.95 million placing of shares on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
In 2013, a team of Edwards Wildman Labor Law lawyers from several US offices secured a significant NLRB election victory for a supplier of security services for a chain of New England hospitals when the client’s employees in Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly to reject the United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers’ invitation to organize.
A team of Edwards Wildman attorneys closed a $118 million syndicated secured credit facility agented by our client, a national bank, in favor of the owner and operator of five New York City Broadway theaters.
In 2012 and 2013, Edwards Wildman lawyers with experience in Antitrust, Litigation, and Insurance served as counsel to the six insurance company defendants named in litigation filed by commercial insurance policy holders challenging contingent commission agreements between brokers and insurance companies, alleging claims under the antitrust and racketeering.
In 2013, a team of our international lawyers working with regulators throughout Europe and Asia provided our insurance company client with a global review of the cutting edge law with respect to the electronic delivery of insurance policies.
On behalf of a major publisher, our lawyers negotiate and draft various license and collaboration agreements. We have also negotiated and drafted collaboration agreements between the publisher and a major television network for incorporation of television audiovisual content into publishing programs.
An Insurance and Reinsurance team represent US and European reinsurers in obtaining foreign reinsurer authorization and/or regulatory fronting arrangements with local carriers in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Chile and Puerto Rico.
A team of the firm’s lawyers in Chicago and Los Angeles won a major victory for a toy product retailer in 2012 when the US District Court of the Southern District of California issued an order denying a competitor's request for a temporary restraining order against our client's tablet for kids.
In October 2012, our government team in our Providence office won a victory in the Rhode Island Supreme Court upholding the one-vote win of our client for a seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.
Edwards Wildman New York-based Labor & Employment lawyers obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client, a hospital, dismissing the plaintiff's claims for age discrimination and retaliation in September 2012 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
A team of Securities Litigation lawyers from our Hartford office obtained a dismissal of all claims asserted against a mortgage and loan product company in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut in September 2012.
In September 2012, a team of our Real Estate and Litigation lawyers in Boston and Providence secured a judgment ordering a real estate developer to tear down a $2 million waterfront home constructed entirely on an abutting public park in Narragansett, Rhode Island owned by our client, a charitable foundation.