Stuart A. Laven, Jr. is a shareholder in the firm’s Business Law and Capital and Finance Groups, where he focuses his practice on financial restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, and intellectual property (technology) licensing.
Bankruptcy, Financial Restructuring and Distressed M&A
Mr. Laven has led representations of debtors, senior lenders, acquirers, and other significant stakeholders in all phases of the Chapter 11 process, as well as in non-bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring alternatives. He has represented major constituencies in Chapter 11 proceedings in jurisdictions nationwide in a variety of industries, including health care, transportation, automotive, telecommunications, commercial real estate, retail, construction, and pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Laven represents Farm Services Agency (FSA) program lenders and other significant stakeholders in Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies and other troubled agricultural loan situations. Mr. Laven is the founder and author of The Farm Bankruptcy Blog, in which he tracks and analyzes developments in agricultural bankruptcy law, FSA regulations, and significant economic and political news impacting ag producers and lenders.
Mr. Laven is a frequent author and lecturer on financial restructuring, finance, and M&A topics. His publications include “Chapter 12’s New $10 Million Debt Limit: Will Farm Bankruptcy Filings Spike” (The Farm Bankruptcy Blog), “Post-Bankruptcy Interest on Oversecured Debt: How Much Can You Get” (CRE Finance World) and “Protecting Assigned Rents in Single Asset Real Estate Chapter 11 Cases: A Reality Check” (DS News).
Mergers and Acquisitions, Commercial Finance, and Technology
Mr. Laven advises middle market businesses, closely-held and family-owned companies, and emerging enterprises, as well as private equity funds and fundless sponsors, in all modes of M&A transactions. He has extensive, specialized experience with troubled company acquisitions and restructurings, and has represented both buyers and sellers in deals across a broad spectrum of industries, including heavy industries, process automation, polymers/plastics, trucking/transportation, consumer products, and healthcare (including durable medical device manufacturers, assisted living/skilled nursing facilities, ambulatory surgical facilities, and ambulance companies).
Mr. Laven also has experience representing both lenders and borrowers in all modes of commercial financings, including senior secured loans, revolving credit facilities, commercial real estate (CRE) financings, participations, and subordinated/mezzanine credit facilities. His CRE experience includes representing Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae multifamily borrowers and preparing required nonconsolidation opinions.
Mr. Laven has substantial experience negotiating inbound and outbound technology licenses (hardware/devices, software, mobile apps) for both emerging companies and multinational companies, including outbound cross-border license deals and SAAS agreements.