Representative Cases and TransactionsWine Industry
Finance: Negotiated and documented over 25 loans on behalf of the wine industry division of a leading bank.
Dispute Resolution: Defended a leading winery in a large breach of contract action resulting in a defense verdict.
Employment: Structured and documented an incentive compensation plan for top executives of a leading online wine retailer.
Real Estate: Alternately represented lessors and lessees in concluding over 20 multi-million dollar vineyard leases.
Dispute Resolution: Successfully prosecuted action for fraud in connection with the purchase of vineyard property.
Corporate: Advised high tech entrepreneur in connection with venture capital financing of patented bottle closure system.
Dispute Resolution: Successfully prosecuted action for defective vineyard road and bridge construction.
Corporate: Acted as counsel alternately to buyers and sellers in more than 40 vineyard or winery purchase-sale transactions.
Real Estate: Represented a prominent land owner in connection with the donation of land to the Napa Valley Housing Authority for farmworker housing.
Corporate: Advised a sophisticated wine industry client in connection with the acquisition of two premiere wineries, a vineyard, multiple vineyard leases and grape contracts.
Real Estate: Negotiated the acquisition of a multi-million dollar dairy and ranch.
Dispute Resolution: Successfully defended against easement claim and prosecuted cross-action for reformation of an erroneous deed at trial and on appeal.
Real Estate: Advised a publicly traded wine corporation concerning a myriad of complex local and state land use issues arising from its merger with another publicly traded wine corporation.
Commercial: Negotiated on behalf of the largest privately-held company in the world with government authorities and private parties for the construction of a $150 million port facility.
Arbitration: Represented U.S. venture capital fund in international arbitration against a foreign government for corruption and breach of treaty obligations.
Corporate: Represented London-based asset management fund in a precedent-setting contest to assert shareholder rights against management in a brewery in Eastern Europe.
Litigation: Advised a European-based television company in licensing negotiations with and litigation against foreign regulatory authorities.
Commercial: Negotiated the long-term lease of a floating dry dock to Australian and Singaporean interests on behalf of a large international shipyard.
Arbitration: Represented U.S. investors in a network of radio stations in international arbitration over licensing and trademark rights.
Telecommunications: Represented the largest telecommunications company in Germany in restructuring its investment in a leading overseas supplier of cellular telecommunications services.
Intellectual Property: Negotiated highly favorable settlement against national leasing company for trademark infringement.
Litigation: Served as expert witness on foreign banking and currency regulation, providing testimony cited favorably by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Telecommunications: Represented a Singaporean electronics manufacturer in the acquisition of a stake in an overseas telecommunications company and winning a tender to acquire a large interest in the regional telephone exchange.
Banking: Advised a major international bank on the restructuring of a $60 million debt secured by commercial fishing vessels and quota.
Transportation: Advised one of the largest integrated transportation companies in the world in establishing a container terminal joint venture on the Pacific Rim.
Real Estate: Advised developer of a five-star hotel on all aspects of development, including land acquisition, financing and entitlements in a major Eastern European capital.
Litigation: Represented one of the “big four” Korean chaebols in a foreign court action to enforce a bank guaranty.