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OVERVIEW

Andrew G. Helfrich
Partner

Elkhart

52700 Independence Court
Suite 150
Elkhart, IN 46514-8155

P 574-296-2546

F 574-296-2535

OVERVIEW

Andrew G. Helfrich
Partner

Elkhart

52700 Independence Court
Suite 150
Elkhart, IN 46514-8155

P 574-296-2546

F 574-296-2535

Corporate lawyer and business adviser Andrew Helfrich is focused on business, commercial finance, real estate, and state and local tax law. By seeking to deliver integrated, focused advice in tandem with efficient legal strategy, Andrew dedicates himself to helping clients achieve the desired result.

OVERVIEW

Andrew G. Helfrich Partner

Elkhart

52700 Independence Court
Suite 150
Elkhart, IN 46514-8155

P : 574-296-2546

Corporate lawyer and business adviser Andrew Helfrich is focused on business, commercial finance, real estate, and state and local tax law. By seeking to deliver integrated, focused advice in tandem with efficient legal strategy, Andrew dedicates himself to helping clients achieve the desired result.

A multidisciplined problem-solver who strives to bring innovative legal solutions to sophisticated challenges, Andrew is regularly called upon to serve as general corporate counsel and transaction counsel for public and private businesses (ranging in size from entrepreneurial startups to established and publicly traded business), financial institutions, nonprofit and healthcare organizations. His experience ranges from advising clients regarding organizational and governance matters to representing clients in a full array of transactions, including M&A, equity raises, financing, real estate and commercial contracts.

Andrew’s breadth of experience allows him to advise clients on the multiple legal issues that transpire during the negotiation of a transaction and in the day-to-day operations of a business. He has negotiated a variety of business arrangements, such as stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, mergers, divestitures, spinoffs, recapitalizations and debt and equity financings, and the sale, purchase and leasing of real estate.

In addition to his transactional skills, Andrew prosecutes appeals of local tax assessments and tax exemption denials, advising clients with single locations and those with large real estate portfolios, as well healthcare systems and nonprofits.

Professional and Community Involvement

Board member, United Way of Elkhart County

Member, Elkhart General Hospital Institutional Review Board

EXPERIENCE
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney defended Keystone RV on a breach of warranty claim, obtained summary judgment from the trial court and then defended that summary judgment on appeal; appellate court affirmed lower court's decision. Williams v. Keystone RV, No. 20A05-0609-CV-525 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007).
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP represented Blackland Group's aerospace component manufacturing platform, Blackland Aerospace, in the acquisition of Lewis Machine Company. Blackland Group is a private equity firm based in Dallas, Texas. Lewis Machine, based in East Hartford, Connecticut, specializes in manufacturing complex precision-machined components for clients in the commercial and military jet engine, airframe, missile and power plant industries. Lewis supplies engine components for most major U.S. fighter platforms, including the F-15, F-16, F-22 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. They also make engine components for most commercial airliners including Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 and Airbus A320, A330 and A380.
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP represented Kendrion N.V. in the acquisition of FAS Controls from Industrial Opportunity Partners. Located in North Carolina, FAS is active in the automotive and truck market and supplies high-quality electromagnetic valves, in addition to pressure switches and lighting modules. The company is a true technologically advanced, niche player. The acquisition of FAS Controls is an ideal fit with Kendrion's strategy of strengthening its global position adding to existing subsidiaries in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and China. Kendrion N.V. develops, manufactures and markets innovative high-quality electromagnetic systems and components for customers all over the world. Kendrion's shares are listed on NYSE Euronext's Amsterdam market.
  • In anticipation of a proposed transaction where a component of the transaction was mandated to be an asset transaction, Barnes & Thornburg undertook a corporate reorganization of the C corporation, which resulted in a significant reduction in the tax cost in the acquisition. The reorganization allowed the majority of the transaction to still be a stock transaction and still accommodate the requirement of an asset transaction.
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