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Todd E. Lenson is the Practice Group Leader of Stroock's Corporate Department and leads the firm's public company practice. He has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and private equity and venture capital financings. Mr. Lenson represents public companies, private equity funds and their portfolio companies, hedge funds and family offices and other family-owned businesses in all types of transactions, including public and private mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, going private transactions, leveraged buy-outs, cross-border transactions, spin-offs, proxy contests, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as structuring equity compensation arrangements. He regularly represents issuers in capital market transactions, including IPOs, follow-on equity offerings, Rule 144A and registered debt offerings, convertible debt offerings, PIPEs and other financing transactions. He advises boards of directors, special committees and senior management on corporate governance, executive compensation and general securities law matters.

His clients include an independent oil refiner and its related, publicly traded master limited partnership (MLP), an S&P 500 global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electro-mechanical devices, public and private REITs and other real estate investment advisors, alternative asset managers, family offices and media, sports and entertainment companies.


REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Mr. Lenson's recent transactions include representing:
 
  • PBF Energy Inc., a NYSE-listed company, in its recent initial public offering, numerous equity follow-on offerings and high yield secured notes offerings;
  • PBF Logistics LP, a NYSE-listed master limited partnership, in its recent initial public offering, numerous equity follow-on offerings and high yield notes offering;
  • JPMorgan Asset Management – Real Estate Funds and Carr Properties in its joint venture transaction with Alony Hetz;
  • Independent fiduciary of the United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust (VEBA) in the sale of the VEBA's 41.5% interest in Chrysler Group LLC to Fiat S.p.A.;
  • AMETEK, Inc., a member of the S&P 500 Index, in its acquisition of Zygo Corporation (Nasdaq: ZIGO) and numerous other strategic acquisitions, financing transactions and corporate governance matters;
  • Goldman Sachs in its acquisition of Metro International Trade Services, an international metals warehouse and logistics company;
  • Valiant Entertainment, a leading character-based entertainment company, in its multi-million dollar financing and motion pictures, television, publishing, and licensing transaction with China-based DMG Entertainment;
  • JPMorgan Asset Management – Real Estate Funds in its acquisition of Columbia Equity Trust, Inc., a NYSE-listed REIT;
  • Ramius Alternative Solutions LLC in various fund formation and investment advisory matters;
  • NRDC Equity Partners in its acquisition of Lord & Taylor from Macy’s Inc.;
  • Intersections Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company, in its IPO, which followed various preferred stock and secured debt financings;
  • CSTV: College Sports Television in its sale to CBS, as well as its prior preferred stock and bridge financings;
  • Premcor Inc., a NYSE-listed independent oil refiner, in its $8 billion merger with Valero Energy Corporation, as well as its various public offerings of common stock and high yield notes and secured financings;
  • Chelsea Property Group, Inc., a NYSE-listed REIT which owned and operated premium outlet centers, in its $5 billion merger with Simon Property Group;
  • Jefferies Capital Partners and its portfolio companies in numerous private equity investments;
  • Wheatley Partners and its portfolio companies in various venture capital investments and sale transactions;
  • W.L. Ross & Co. in its acquisitions and related financings of Burlington Industries Inc. and Cone Mills Corporation;
  • Orion Power Holdings, Inc. in its IPO and subsequent equity and debt offerings, as well as its $3.5 billion merger with Reliant Energy, Inc.;
  • SCP Worldwide, a growing sports, entertainment and media enterprise, in various transactions;
  • Thumbplay, Inc., a leading online platform of mobile entertainment content, in various venture capital and related financings and subsequent sale to Clear Channel Media; and
  • Carnegie Fabrics and its principals in the sale of a majority interest of Carnegie Fabrics, a leading family-owned supplier and innovator of sustainable textiles and wallcoverings, to Calera Capital.

HONORS & AWARDS

Mr. Lenson has been listed in Super Lawyers for his work in mergers and acquisitions. He has also been nationally recommended by The Legal 500 United States.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2007-2010

PUBLICATIONS

  • "Lies, Damn Lies and M&A Fraud," The Corporate Counselor, August 2006
  • Co-author, "Delaware Chancery Court Upholds Majority Stockholder Lock-up," The Corporate Compliance & Regulatory Newsletter, April 2005

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York, 1997


EDUCATION

J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1996; Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1994-1996

B.S., Cornell University, 1993

 

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