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Jeffrey L. LaBine

Principal
Corporate Deputy Group Leader
New York Resident Director

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Education

Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1999

Detroit College of Business, B.B.A.

Schoolcraft College, A.A.S.

Bar Admissions

A distinctive background positions Jeffrey LaBine to advise clients on how to negotiate the twists and turns of the corporate world, whether they be public/private acquisitions or dispositions, Securities and Exchange reporting for a public company, venture capital or angel funding for a technology startup. 

Jeff has experience in the corporate realm and as counsel to corporate clients, principally in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and commercial financing, private equity and debt offerings and general corporate law. That experience allows him to provide clients with a unique perspective on issues, challenges and goals.

A focal point of Jeff’s practice has been counseling clients on mergers and acquisitions and the often unique issues that these transactions bring, especially in the multinational arena. Jeff’s experience in this area, and often with the structures and in the countries in question, affords him the ability to give the client a preview of issues that are likely to arise and possible approaches to those issues.

Another area of expertise is in representation of start-up companies, institutional and private investors. Jeff frequently advises these emerging companies, their founders and those investing in them on diverse issues such as corporate structure and governance, private equity and debt offerings and other funding mechanisms, and joint venture and licensing activities. 

Jeff has assisted clients in acquisition and divestiture transactions throughout North America, Europe, India, South America and Australia in such diverse fields as automotive and manufacturing, mining assets, software services and technology. Recent examples include: a spin-out, a "roll-up" and an IPO for a Canadian office property real estate investment company (REIT); a stock sale for a time management systems software company; a Canadian stock sale for Canada's largest insurance rating and broker services company; a Swedish, Italian and Canadian stock sale for a manufacturing safety products company; a 20-country divestiture (both stock and asset sales) for a manufacturing company; a Mexican stock acquisition; a multinational stock sale for a light manufacturing company; and an Australian stock acquisition with a Canadian reverse takeover component. Jeff also recently assisted clients in structuring and forming several new Midwest-based venture capital funds, represented a major Indian bank, through its London and Mumbai branches, in its financing to Indian and U.S. mining and manufacturing companies, represented a multinational manufacturing company in connection with the refinance of its ABL credit facilities in North America, Europe and India, worked with professors at major research universities in the area on technology spinouts and assisted technology start-ups in garnering venture and angel funding.

Representative Matters

Honors

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A 2013-2016

Leading Lawyers, Mergers and Acquisitions 2014-2016

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated

Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star

Wayne State University Law Review Senior Articles Editor

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee; Model Joint Venture Agreement Summaries of International Law Supplement, Editorial Board Member; International Law Section; Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee

State Bar of Michigan, Business Section

State Bar of New York, Business Section

Michigan Venture Capital Association, Member

MichBio, Corporate Member

Military

United States Air Force, 1983-88

Speeches

"Technology, Business Incubation and Entrepreneurship," (Panelist), China Entrepreneur Network 2010 Forum, November 6, 2010

"Charging Forward: VC, EVs and Other Next Generation Vehicles," (Moderator), Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, May 11, 2010

"Cross Border Investing, Capital Sourcing and Deal Syndication - Partnering with Canadian VCs and Investors," (Panelist), Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, May 13, 2009

"Reversing the Lens: An Acquirer's View of Venture-Backed Companies," (Moderator), Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, May 14, 2008

"Have an Idea, Now What?" (Presenter and Business Plan Competition Judge), TiEcon Midwest 2008, November 21-22, 2008

"Equity Sources," (Panelist), MichBio Annual Meeting, April 22, 2008

"Planning for Mergers and Acquisitions: What happens to employees, benefit plans and unions?" Miller Canfield Annual Employment Law Seminar, October 18, 2007

"Starting Your Own Business - Finance Panel," Starting Your Own Business Bootcamp, Ann Arbor SPARK, September 19, 2007

Ask the Experts," (Panelist), Ann Arbor Spark Business Bootcamp, May 31, 2007

"Following the Money: Where Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists See Opportunity," Crain's Detroit Business Webinar, March 19, 2007

"Corporate Issues in Acquisitions and Divestitures," Environmental Law Section - State Bar of Michigan, December 9, 2004

Publications

"Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Change to 'Accredited Investor' Definition," Michigan Biosciences Link, October 2010

"Buying a Business: Don't get snagged by hidden liabilities," Detroiter Magazine, Detroit Regional Chamber, Fourth Quarter 2004

"Revised Form 8-K: New disclosure items and shorter filing deadlines," Miller Canfield Corporate and Securities Law Update, Summer 2004

"Recent Trends are Fueling Automotive Supplier Consolidation," (Jeffrey Adelman co-author) Enterprise Magazine, Michigan Manufacturers Association, November 1999 

"Michigan's Adoption of the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act: An Examination of the Changes Effected to the State of Fraudulent Conveyance Law," Wayne Law Review, Vol. 45-3 (1999)

Note, "Sentencing Entrapment: Activism or Interpretation," Wayne Law Review, Vol. 44-3 (1998)

Events