Representative Transactions

IP Counsel for Columbus-Based Green Tech Start-Up

Kegler Brown's intellectual property lawyers serve as strategic IP counsel for an Ohio-based growth company specializing in the production and processing of high-value chemicals derived from lake algae and other waste products.

Lead Counsel in Sale of National Digital Agency to Strategic Buyer

Our firm was lead business counsel in the highly publicized sale of a globally renowned independent digital marketing agency to a Fortune 50 technology services provider. 

Outside General Counsel to Growth Apparel Company

The lawyers at Kegler Brown serve as outside general counsel for a well known growth-stage apparel company, including substantial advising on day-to-day IP strategy and obtaining clearance on apparel designs that are core to the company’s business model.

Strategic Acquisition for

Kegler Brown served as lead counsel to, the world's largest user community for startups, in its acquisition of the assets of a confidential strategic target, including all of its intellectual property.

Representation of Technology Accelerator in Seed Investments

The intellectual property lawyers at Kegler Brown serve as investor-side deal counsel for a Columbus-based technology incubator and accelerator on its ongoing seed investments in IP-heavy start-up companies, including a special focus on IP diligence.

Lead U.S. Counsel for U.K.-Based Green Tech Company in Strategic U.S. Acquisition

Our firm's emerging business lawyers served as lead U.S. counsel for a prominent U.K.-based green technology company in a major acquisition in the U.S. The transaction involved complex IP licensing that allowed for the engineering and design for conversion of an ethanol plant into a producer of bio-butanol and other high-value chemicals from corn-based feedstock.

Representation of Innovative Partnership to Commercialize Unique Technology Platform

In June 2014, the lawyers at Kegler Brown represented inVentiv Health, Inc. in its exclusive multi-year sales and marketing partnership with Aprecia Pharmaceuticals. The partnership involves inVentiv providing key commercialization services in the development and commercialization of Aprecia’s proprietary ZipDose® product platform. inVentiv Health is a top-tier professional services organization that accelerates the clinical and commercial success of biopharmaceutical companies worldwide. Aprecia Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company with a particular focus on using 3D-printing technology. Read more about this unique partnership.

Growth Equity Investment in Fast-Casual Restaurant Business

Kegler Brown represented PIADA Italian Street Food, an authentic fast-casual Italian eatery based in Columbus, Ohio, with restaurants in Ohio and Indiana, in connection with a significant growth equity investment made by Catterton Partners, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm. Terms of the September 2013 transaction were not disclosed. At the time of the investment, PIADA had 14 locations across the Midwest, with 6 planned to open by the end of 2013. In 2013, PIADA was named one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ five “Hot Concepts” as well as one of Nation’s Restaurant news’ top 50 breakout trends.

Trailer + Trucking Industry Merger

Kegler Brown represented Ridge Corporation in connection with its strategic merger acquisition of Freight Wing, Inc. and its aerodynamic truck skirt line of business. Ridge Corporation, based in central Ohio, is an innovative company producing lining systems for the trailer and truck body industry. Financial terms of the April 2013 transaction were not disclosed.

A Battle Fought to the Finish Results in an $18 Million Judgment

Stuckey v. Online Resources Corporation. United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Case No. 2:08-CV-1188.
In 1999, several young tech-savvy entrepreneurs came together to build a new business that provided specialized electronic payment services to the accounts receivable management and utilities industries. By 2006, that business, Internet Transaction Solutions, Inc. (“ITS”), had become an award-winning industry leader and the owners decided to sell. The buyer was a publicly traded corporation called Online Resources Corporation, Inc. (ORC). ORC breached the purchase contract by not timely registering ORC stock that it issued as part of the purchase price to the ITS shareholders and Kent Stuckey, the president of ITS, sued ORC on behalf of ITS shareholders in federal court in Columbus.

ORC, represented by international law firm Greenberg Traurig, fought every step of the way. ORC filed two motions to dismiss the lawsuit, both of which were overruled. ORC also moved for summary judgment, which was also overruled. The case was ultimately tried in federal court throughout approximately two weeks to United States District Judge Algenon L. Marbley. Following extensive post-trial briefs, Judge Marbley found for Stuckey, awarding $18.1 million in damages- ORC appealed. While the appeal was pending, Stuckey (on behalf of himself and the ITS shareholders) settled for $17.9 million. Mr. Stuckey’s thoughts about the case and its outcome can be seen under Endorsements.

Asset Sale to Leading Food Service Company

In August 2012, Kegler Brown’s transactional attorneys represented Kettle Creations Inc. and its principal stockholders in connection with the sale of its business and the majority of its assets to Bob Evans Farms Inc. (NASDAQ: BOBE). Terms of the August 2012 transaction were not disclosed. Kettle Creations produces and sells refrigerated mashed potatoes, rice and pasta side dishes. Bob Evans Farms Inc. (NASDAQ: BOBE) owns and operates full-service restaurants under the “Bob Evans” brand name.

Sale of Energy Efficiency Business to Global Steel Manufacturer

Kegler Brown represented a leading energy efficiency solutions provider in its sale to a global steel manufacturer. Terms of the March 2012 transaction were not disclosed.

Asset Purchase of Food Services Manufacturing Company

Our transactional practice represented the world’s leading manufacturer of precision slicing and application equipment for the food processing industry in its strategic asset acquisition of the leading maker of hydrocutters and other food equipment used in the french fry, fruit and vegetable processing industry. The asset purchase was completed in January 2012.

Acquisition of Assets and IP of Software-as-a-Service Provider

The team at Kegler Brown represented a leading global provider of clinical, commercial and consulting services to pharmaceutical, biotech and life sciences companies in its acquisition of the assets and intellectual property of a provider of software-as-a-service to companies deploying mobile web applications. The transaction was completed in June 2011.

Corporate Divestiture of Health Care Business Unit

In March 2011, Kegler Brown represented a publicly traded, global medical technology company in its sale of an instrument management and repair business to a private equity fund. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Asset Sale of Software Company

Kegler Brown advised a software provider to the restaurant industry in its sale to a strategic buyer. Terms of the February 2011 transaction were not disclosed.

Capital Raise and Corporate Structuring for Fast Casual Startup

In September 2010, attorneys at Kegler Brown advised The Piada Group in its formation and capital raise, and continue to work with The Piada Group on corporate structuring and related matters. The Piada Group operates fast casual Italian restaurants under the PIADA Italian Street Food brand. Learn more about our partnership with Piada.

Management Software Systems Acquisition

Kegler Brown represented an outsourced marketing and sales services provider in its August 2009 acquisition of a management software systems company.

Divestiture of Medical Product Business Unit to East Coast Private Equity Firm

In September 2008, the Kegler Brown M+A team represented a publicly-traded global healthcare company in the sale of its orthopedic product manufacturing business unit an east coast private equity firm.

Sale of Health Care Business Unit to Chicago PE Firm

Lawyers at Kegler Brown represented a publicly-traded global healthcare company in its sale of several of its business units focused on the enteral feeding, vascular access, catheter location device and surgical protection systems markets. The corporate divestitures closed in August 2008.

Strategic Acquisition of New York Advertising Agency

Kegler Brown represented Resource Ventures, Ltd. (d/b/a Resource) in the acquisition of Ammirati, a New York-based advertising agency. Resource is a digital marketing agency based in Columbus, Ohio. Ammirati, which was founded in 2002, most recently worked with Jerry Seinfeld on the web series "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee," and launched a new ad campaign for beer client Labatt during the Super Bowl. In addition, the firm works with Coca-Cola (Fuze, Vitaminwater, Gold Peak Tea), Seagram's, Nintendo, Pirate's Booty, Remy Cointreau, Schwinn and Sweet'N Low. The details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Portfolio Company Sale for Private Equity Firm to Iowa Manufacturing Company

Our lawyers represented a Midwest-based private equity firm in its sale of one of its portfolio companies to a strategic buyer based in Iowa.

Public Company Acquisition of Health Care Logistics Business

Kegler Brown represented a publicly traded, global health care company in connection with its acquisition of a shipping and freight management services business that services the health care industry. Financial terms of the 2010 transaction were not disclosed.

Comprehensive Franchise Counsel to Tanning Retailer

Our attorneys represent a national tanning retailer in all of its franchise operations in the U.S. Our attorneys have assisted them in remaining in compliance with federal and state requirements for the offer and sales of its franchised indoor tanning salons and advised the management team on instituting best practices for the franchise documents, sales processes and compliance operations that are critical to its growth strategy. We also actively enforce the company’s intellectual property and the fair use of its brand by franchisees throughout the country. This work is highlighted by regular negotiations with current and potential franchisees looking to purchase a new franchise, expand an existing franchise portfolio or negotiate a buy-out.

Launching a National Franchisor of Educational Services

We counseled a leading regional business of math and English tutoring franchises in the launch of its franchise operations. Our attorneys have worked with the corporate management team to grow the business from its roots with limited partner locations in New Jersey to its becoming a federally compliant national franchisor. This relationship has involved everything from issues related to state and federal regulatory requirements to the preparation and documentation of all relevant franchise documents.

Counseling a New Public Company in the Software Industry

The attorneys at Kegler Brown took over representation of a newly public company in the software industry. Our attorneys counseled the management team in complying with federal and state securities laws in connection with the new public company status, undertaking fund raising efforts, managing corporate finance issues, and meeting mandated reporting requirements. Our team also helped them make decisions regarding the registration of selling stockholder shares, which involved extensive counseling and intense education of the officers, board of directors and committees regarding the company's securities and other public company requirements and obligations. Kegler Brown has become the growing company's trusted advisor and works closely with the executive team in managing all aspects life as a public company.

Management Buyout in Financial Services Industry

Our attorneys counseled the management team of a company that specializes in providing temporary services of executive-level accountants and financial officers to companies.