Representative Transactions

Cross-Border, Stock Swap Merger of Alternative Energy Providers

In December 2011, the attorneys at Kegler Brown represented a leading alternative energy provider based in the United States in its cross-border, stock swap merger with a complementary alternative energy provider based in Europe.

Canadian Acquisition of Chemical Distribution Business

Kegler Brown advised an Ontario-based coating technology business in its acquisition of a U.S.-based specialty chemical distribution company focused on paints, coating, adhesives and inks.

Sale of Oil and Gas Services Company

The team at Kegler Brown assisted PowerSecure International, Inc. in its stock sale of Southern Flow Companies, Inc., an oil and gas services company, to Zedi Inc., a Canadian energy company. PowerSecure International, Inc. (NYSE: POWR) is a leading provider of Energy and Smart Grid Solutions to electric utilities and their commercial, institutional and industrial customers. The transaction was completed in January 2011.

Cross-Border Asset Sale in the Robotics Industry

In May 2014, the lawyers at Kegler Brown represented RobotWorx in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Scott Technology Limited. RobotWorx is a leading integrator of new and used robotic systems and an authorized integrator of FANUC, Motoman, Kuka and ABB robotic systems. Scott Technology Limited, a publicly traded company in New Zealand, is an automated production systems maker that specializes in the design and manufacture of automated production systems for mining, meat and superconductor industries.

Industrial Plant Acquisition by Brazilian Manufacturer from Dow Chemical Co.

Our lawyers advised Valfilm North America, Inc., a business unit of a large Brazilian packaging company, on its acquisition of The Dow Chemical Company’s Findlay, Ohio, polyolefin films plant. The transaction included elements related not only to the physical real estate assets, but also to certain intellectual property, strategic corporate tax planning, environmental implications and state tax incentives. The highly publicized transaction, was covered by The Wall Street Journal, Plastics News, and Yahoo Finance. Valfilm North America, Inc. is a part of the VALGROUP Packaging Solutions family of companies, which specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing flexible packaging in polyethylene. The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is one of the world’s largest producers of chemical products.

Recapitalization and Related Negotiations for a UK Tech Company

We advised a UK-based technology company in the renewables space with significant U.S. operations in a series of transactions to recapitalize its debt and equity structure in the second quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, helping them manage through a cash shortage until their promising technology could start to produce a profit.

This was accomplished through re-negotiating several million dollars in secured venture debt to extend payment terms and to provide that one-half of the debt will automatically convert to equity upon certain conditions. Another important aspect was re-negotiating several million dollars in additional secured debt owed to building contractors to provide for extended repayment and to exchange the majority of the outstanding debt for warrants to acquire equity in the company. We also assisted in negotiating a new multi-million dollar senior secured credit facility with venture lenders. 

Acquisition of Polyolefin Films Plant and Related Business Assets from Public Company

Through the end of 2014 into early 2015, we advised Brazil-based packaging manufacturer Valfilm on all aspects of a multi-million dollar acquisition of a polyolefin films plant in Findlay, Ohio, as well as related business assets, from The Dow Chemical Company. This included providing guidance on transaction and organizational structures, tax credits, intellectual property matters, real estate issues and environmental compliance. We also assisted with risk management and transition and post-closing operations.

Valfilm took ownership of the plant in early 2015 with plans to double its employment.