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OVERVIEW

Lee Kolodny
Partner

Los Angeles

2029 Century Park East
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P 310-284-3829

F 310-284-3894

OVERVIEW

Lee Kolodny
Partner

Los Angeles

2029 Century Park East
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P 310-284-3829

F 310-284-3894

Corporate attorney and general business counselor Lee Kolodny advises on mergers and acquisitions, finance, joint ventures, strategic alliances and partnerships, securities, and cross-border transactions. Lee is responsive, flexible and totally committed to making his client’s deals happen through effective negotiation and productive problem-solving.

OVERVIEW

Lee Kolodny Partner

Los Angeles

2029 Century Park East
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P : 310-284-3829

Corporate attorney and general business counselor Lee Kolodny advises on mergers and acquisitions, finance, joint ventures, strategic alliances and partnerships, securities, and cross-border transactions. Lee is responsive, flexible and totally committed to making his client’s deals happen through effective negotiation and productive problem-solving.

Lee has more than two decades of experience providing comprehensive legal advice to businesses involved in complex domestic and international transactions. He frequently serves as outside general counsel to clients that include public and private companies, investment funds, government and sovereign entities, Indian tribes and individuals.

Lee has been involved in deals that span a wide range of industry sectors, such as media and entertainment, technology, consumer products, manufacturing, gaming, tribal finance and development projects, resorts and hospitality, motor sports, apparel, renewable energy development projects, event promotion and live events. Whether Lee is advising on a deal that involves millions of dollars or billions of dollars in investment or potential return, he helps clients meet their goals regarding structuring, negotiating and closing even the most difficult transactions.

Experience, creativity and a multidimensional understanding of his client’s financial drivers and overall objectives are at the core of Lee’s business law practice. His absolute focus remains on providing advice that helps his client remain competitive in the markets they serve. Lee is consistently able to build rapport among deal participants. Notably, his seemingly natural ability to get along with and synthesize the many different personalities and agendas involved in a transaction allows for the requisite synergy needed to keep the deal on track.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Lee was an associate, counsel and corporate partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Los Angeles office, where he served as hiring partner for many years, and also assisted in opening and heading the Corporate practice of the Abu Dhabi office. Prior to that, Lee served as senior vice president, corporate counsel at Fidelity National Financial, Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing mergers and acquisitions.

He is a frequent panelist and speaker at conferences across the country on corporate law.

Professional and Community Involvement

Former board member, Upward Bound House

Former adjunct professor, Mergers and Acquisitions, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE

Mergers and Acquisitions

Lee’s experience includes representing:

  • A publicly traded national radio and broadcast company in a leveraged buyout valued at more than $27 billion
  • A consumer services company in its $500 million sale to a publicly traded private equity fund
  • A major movie studio in the sale of its interest in a cable network for $225 million and the negotiation and structuring of a joint venture with the purchaser
  • An acquisition corporation in its tender offer for a publicly traded personal computer manufacturer in a transaction valued at $150 million
  • An entertainment services company in its $60 million sale to a private equity purchaser
  • A manufacturing company in its $50 million sale to a private equity sponsor
  • A Southern California entity in its $50 million acquisition of a golf and resort property
  • A live event production company in its $40 million sale to an international entertainment and production company
  • A publicly traded quick-service restaurant company in its $31 million sale of a national fast-food franchise owned by a publicly traded consumer services company
  • An entertainment services company in its $30 million sale to a publicly traded strategic purchaser
  • A Southern California-based restaurant chain in its sale of restaurants and related intellectual property to a private equity firm
  • An individual selling his interest in a Southern California-based architectural firm
  • A private equity investor in its acquisition of a Southern California-based restaurant chain
  • The majority shareholder and creditor in a restructuring and sale of transcription services business

Securities and Corporate Finance

Lee’s experience includes representing:

  • Indian tribes and lenders throughout the United States (including New York, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Washington and Arizona) in over $4 billion of public and private financing, investment, lending and restructuring transactions, including credit facilities, mezzanine facilities, and taxable and tax free bond issuances, generally in the resort, gaming, hospitality and infrastructure sectors
  • A major movie studio in the structuring and documentation of a $2 billion public securities offering
  • The borrower in a $450 million syndicated credit facility
  • A Southern California-based Indian tribe in its $300 million syndicated credit facility
  • Investment banks and private equity funds in over $1 billion of securitized film slate financings for a major movie studio and the negotiation and documentation of the related senior, mezzanine debt and equity investment instruments
  • A sovereign investment entity in its $200 million investment in an international entertainment and sports organization (in a transaction valued at over $3 billion)
  • A consumer products company in its $200 million investment by a private equity sponsor
  • A sovereign investment entity in its $100 million investment in a global entertainment company
  • An entertainment production company in its negotiation of a $100 million credit facility to finance the acquisition and production of motion picture and television programs
  • An entertainment production company in its $25 million credit facility to finance the acquisition of motion picture, television and music revenue participations
  • A sovereign investment entity in its $25 million investment in an international talent and entertainment services company
  • A Southern California-based technology corporation in its $18 million loan to be used to participate in tribal lending programs
  • A sovereign entity in its $2 million investment in internet-only luxury retail shopping company
  • One of the principals in an international sports organization in a major cash out buyout transaction

Joint Ventures/Development Projects

Lee’s experience includes representing:

  • A sovereign entity in a $4 billion infrastructure project for the provision of national defense systems in the Middle East
  • A Nevada-based developer in a $300 million development project to develop a casino and resort in California
  • A major movie studio in a $150 million joint venture with four other major movie studios to form a company delivering on-demand movies over the internet
  • A developer of a $120 million gaming and resort project in the Southeastern United States
  • The owner/developer of a $100 million waterfront development project in the Middle East
  • A Southern California-based solar energy developer in its restructuring and the negotiation and documentation of a $10 million investment and joint venture agreement
  • A Southern California-based medical services provider in numerous joint venture projects
  • An East Coast-based solar energy developer in numerous solar development projects located across the United States
  • An East Cast-based footwear company in its expansion into the Middle East and China
  • An investment fund in its formation and subsequent $3 million raise
  • An internationally renowned music personality in his joint venture with a venture firm in the launch and operation of a new venture focused on the production and distribution of spirits
  • A United States retail chain in its expansion into the Middle East and China through a partnership with entities based in the Middle East and China, including formation of investment vehicles and negotiation of distribution and licensing agreements
  • The major shareholder in a Southern California-based condominium development project
  • A Southern California-based consulting and technology company in its restructuring
  • A sovereign entity in a licensing, production and joint venture for the development and production of a television series based on an international cartoon character
  • A United States-based event promotion company in a joint venture based in the Middle East for the establishment of a yearly musical festival featuring world-class, international artists

Other Corporate Engagements

Lee’s experience includes representing:

  • An international retailer of consumer products in its restructuring, including a tender offer to existing shareholders
  • An international direct marketing company in its settlement of numerous licensing disputes
  • An international supplier of motorsports aftermarket parts in numerous supplier and vendor agreements
  • An international supplier of lighting solutions and components in numerous supplier and vendor agreements
  • Numerous endorsement, license and branding agreements for various celebrity clients
  • A global entertainment production and live events company based in the Middle East in the negotiation of corporate, vendor, partnership, service, event production, concert production, sponsorship agreements and artist agreements with international music artists, including with Aerosmith, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, George Michael, Jamiroquai, Kings of Leon, Nelly Furtado, Rihanna and The Killers
  • The manager of an international motorsports venue in connection with the development and construction of the venue and the promotion, production, hosting and implantation of numerous international motorsports and other live events, including Formula 1, GT1 Series, Le Mans Series, Porsche Motorsport Series, and Chevrolet Supercars
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