First National Tower — In 1970 a group was organized to construct the First National Tower at 5th and Main in Louisville. There were three parties, John W. Galbreath Company, a developer from Columbus, Ohio, Equitable Life Insurance and First National Bank of Louisville. Galbreath offered its development expertise, Equitable provided the funds and FNB provided the land and was to be the major tenant. I was the lead lawyer for FNB, a Columbus lawyer represented Galbreath and Equitable was represented by an in-house lawyer. This complicated transaction took months of diligent work by all, and was closed on the appointed date without a hitch. The clients were appreciative and the lawyers were exhausted. The Tower remains to this date (2013) a most successful project.
Hestair plc — Starting in the 1980s, I represented a British bank which was acquiring businesses in the US. They introduced me to Hestair, a British company, which wanted to expand its temp employment business in the US. I had worked with them on a few acquisitions when in the Spring of 1987 they decided to buy unrelated businesses in Boston, Atlanta and Houston and to finance these acquisitions with a “rights offering” on the London Stock Exchange. (A “rights offering” enables a listed company to offer fresh shares on the Exchange, which will then be immediately purchased by investors, thereby providing cash to the company.) To pull this off our lawyers in Boston, Atlanta and Houston had to close these acquisitions in the morning of the stated day, after which we had to confirm to the brokers on the Exchange the deals were closed, and then the “rights offering” could be completed. We were up to the task and pulled off this acquisition “hat trick.” We not only had a very happy client, Hestair, but we heard that there were cheers from the brokers on the Exchange who were almost incredulous that lawyers from Louisville could pull off such a complicated transaction.