Mr. Davis has been practicing business law for nearly five decades. During that time, he has represented many closely held and family controlled public companies, handling hundreds of deals for clients engaged in the areas of manufacturing, retail, distribution, and service, among others.
Mr. Davis’ practice encompasses a broad range of legal matters, including financing, strategic business planning, securities transactions, the acquisition, sale and dissolution of businesses and related assets, and relations with suppliers, customers and non-union staff. He counsels his clients throughout the entire life cycle of their business ventures, serving as a trusted advisor and providing highly-valued continuity of representation.
Mr. Davis has a notable concentration in franchise law, distribution and trade regulation issues, with extensive expertise in the representation of automobile dealership franchises. In alternative dispute resolution matters, Mr. Davis has a particular focus on disputes related to business divorces, post-acquisition disputes, corporate governance contract issues, and franchise terminations.
$4 million acquisition — Representation of a client in its $4 million acquisition of a dual automobile dealership franchise and the real estate on which both dealerships are located in a complex transaction involving numerous real estate, environmental, factory approval, zoning, formation and financing issues. The deal, based in a Southern state, called for coordination with local counsel to close the transaction, which required extensive negotiations with a seller who operated the business for many years.
Acquisition — Representation of a privately held New Jersey-based manufacturer of high performance specialty lubricants in its late 2013 acquisition by a publicly traded company based in Indiana for an undisclosed purchase price. Legal services included participation in valuation of the company, negotiation of price, and drafting of stock purchase and asset purchase agreements, and ancillary documents.
Corporate reorganization — Representation of a technology company in corporate reorganization to fund redemption of its founder’s membership interest in the company.
Liquidation and dissolution of assets — Representation of a trade association of approximately 1500 automobile dealers in the liquidation and dissolution of the organization’s assets.
$4.5 million workout — Representation of the debtor in a workout of a $4.5 million site improvement loan to a multi-make automobile dealership terminated by GM as part of its bankruptcy plan of reorganization.