Robert G. Gerber’s practice is international in scope, where he represents various public and private companies and individuals in a wide variety of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint venture transactions, divestiture transactions, corporate restructurings and succession planning.
Bob provides general corporate counseling whereby he regularly advises clients regarding entity formation, shareholder agreements, employment, consulting and compensation arrangements, confidentiality matters, business contracts, intellectual property protection and licensing, restrictive covenants, corporate governance and the like. He assists clients in developing, negotiating, documenting and implementing complex business strategies, including national and international supply and distribution arrangements. Furthermore, he works with clients in all types of acquisition and disposition transactions, including asset and stock transactions, mergers, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, roll-ups, spin-offs, “going private” transactions and acquisitions of controlling, minority and strategic interests.
In addition, he advises entrepreneurs and high net worth families on gift and charitable planning issues, including business succession, tax-efficient ownership structures, sophisticated tax-exempt structures and international estate planning issues. He also assists clients in the development, preservation and maximization of their wealth, the continuation and proper structuring of their businesses and the transfer of control to next generation family members.
Bob is a board member and immediate past president of the Solomon Schechter Day Schools Board and serves on its Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Governing Commission of the Hillels of Illinois.
Bob is a member of the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. While in law school, he was executive editor of the John Marshall Law Review and was a member of the Order of John Marshall.
Experience — Represented a client in the payment card industry in connection with the sale of its $100 million dollar merchant processing portfolio.
Represented a second generation shareholder of a family owned business in a shareholder dispute which ultimately resulting in the shareholder obtaining control of the board and selling family business.
Represented a client in the formation of a $75 million joint venture and subsequent buyout of his business partner.
Represented RAK Ceramics (P.S.C.), the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of ceramic and porcelain tile and other ceramic products, in connection with multiple private label manufacturing and distribution transactions with business partners in North America, Europe and Asia.
Represent RAK Ceramics (P.S.C.) in connection with its trademark prosecution and enforcement in over 125 countries worldwide.