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Case Studies

With more than 1,300 attorneys and professionals practicing in 200 areas of law, Holland & Knight can provide you with comprehensive legal representation. Following are select case studies that highlight recent work performed by our client teams:
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Holland & Knight's M&A, maritime, taxation, private equity and corporate services attorneys advised Southern Cross Group in the sale of its portfolio company UP Offshore to a newly created joint venture. The multimillion-dollar transaction included complex debt structures negotiated with respect to several maritime jurisdictions across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Facing unintended consequences from FDA policies on unapproved drugs that could have removed common medical gases from the market, the Compressed Gas Association turned to Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group to achieve a legislative solution. The historic reforms that resulted helped to avoid a potentially catastrophic result for the industry.
When a cutting-edge data analytics company needed guidance – from corporate formation and Internet policies to brand protection, input on a business model and a go-to-market plan – Holland & Knight's Venture Capital and Emerging Companies and Public Policy & Regulation teams became the go-to leads for these innovators. The startup's big data platform creates instant access to congressional statistics – an essential tool for those with ties to D.C.
To enhance its U.S. commercial real estate assets, Singapore-based Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE) Ltd., through its indirect subsidiary, Beringia Central LLC, sought to purchase Los Angeles' iconic U.S. Bank Tower — the tallest office building west of the Mississippi. Our Real Estate Team helped OUE assess the soundness of the investment and then acquire this landmark property.
The city of Highland Park, Ill., asked Holland & Knight to draft an assault weapons ban that would comply with Illinois state law and withstand constitutional challenges. The firm wrote a model assault weapons ban and successfully defended it in federal appeals.
With new sunscreen ingredients pending before the FDA for over a decade, our Public Policy & Regulation Group rallied health groups, dermatologists, manufacturers and key government leaders on behalf of the PASS Coalition to advocate for a resolution. Holland & Knight successfully built bipartisan ties to get the Sunscreen Innovation Act passed, which in turn will provide access to effective sunscreens.
When a biosciences startup sought federal funding to combat Ebola, our Healthcare & Life Sciences Team and Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Team provided key assistance in the grant application, federal relations and corporate formation. In a matter of months, the firm helped the company win a major federal grant for its promising approach to preventing surface contamination.
Holland & Knight M&A attorneys represented CGI Group, a leading provider of information technology and business processing services, in its acquisition of Stanley Inc. Our team provided a full array of M&A and securities law services and defended against lawsuits challenging the transaction.
Holland & Knight represented Chemonics in the purchase of outstanding company stock by its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Members of our firm's M&A and ESOP Teams assisted in all aspects of the sale and loan transactions and provided legal advice in connection with the related D&O insurance issues.
When a well-known media holding company with 11 alternative newspapers nationwide and Pulitzer Prize winning content became the target of a TCPA class action lawsuit, the company turned to Holland & Knight's Class Action Litigation and Arbitration Team to show that there was no evidence of thousands of persons who had been affected by its text messages.
A Holland & Knight multi-office team, representing nominated executors of the contested last Will and Testament for "reluctant heiress" Huguette Clark, led the settlement of the estate after more than two years of contest and alleged undue influence by those close to the reclusive woman who left an estate of more than $300 million when she died at age 104.
Holland & Knight represented information technology provider GTSI in its complex merger with UNICOM. Our team, which included members of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate, Securities, Litigation and Government Contracts practices, addressed every aspect of the complicated transaction.
When Digital Realty, a California-based data center owner, developer and operator, saw an opportunity to purchase a large data center near one of its facilities in Northern California, it called on a team of West Coast Holland & Knight attorneys to manage the acquisition and financing of $85 million in fee and leasehold interests in the facility.
When CODI decided to bring the world's largest designer, maker and marketer of air guns and archery products back under its umbrella, a multi-office mergers and acquisitions team from Holland & Knight brokered the more than $150 million takeover. Our one-firm approach allowed us to complete the deal in-house in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.
Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group secured a major victory for healthcare client Biosimilars Forum when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will begin issuing unique HCPCS codes to each individual biosimilar product. The decision will improve patients' access to more affordable and innovative treatments involving biologic medicines.
When pharmaceutical innovator Sunovion sought to expand the number of products it offers for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it relied on experienced counsel from Holland & Knight in its $430 million acquisition of Elevation Pharmaceuticals, a privately held biopharmaceutical company specializing in aerosol therapies for individuals with respiratory diseases.
Holland & Knight represented AET in its contract negotiations with the Marine Well Containment Company to charter vessels for oil containment operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Our Maritime Team developed an innovative strategy for structuring the transaction to meet the business and financial objectives of both parties, which is expected to serve as an industry model for similar transactions.
Our Native American Law Group deployed swift advocacy and a complex strategy that changed the law and enabled a tribal government client to receive a special waiver so it could expand a tech-driven satellite school on its reservation, creating an innovative initiative that reduces costs and alleviates student transportation hardships.
Litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is worsening the state's housing crisis, according to a new Holland & Knight study. "California Environmental Quality Act Lawsuits and California's Housing Crisis" analyzes all CEQA lawsuits filed statewide between 2013 and 2015 and reveals that housing remains the top target of CEQA lawsuits.
CSRA, a government contractor traded on the NYSE, called on Holland & Knight's experienced Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Team to help the company achieve its corporate development goals in two key transactions. Our attorneys worked as an integral part of CSRA's team to plan and execute the acquisitions, and later to provide support for its sale to General Dynamics.
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