Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1999
Detroit College of Business, B.B.A.
Schoolcraft College, A.A.S.
- New York
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.
Represented Siris Capital Group, LLC and Digital River, Inc. in eight figure sale of Blue Hornet Networks, Inc. to Marlin Equity Partners.
Represented Equity Administration Solutions, Inc., the world’s largest SaaS stock plan software provider to both public and private companies, in its acquisitions of (i) Rivet Software, Inc., the third largest (by filings) public company financial filings and XBRL tagging service provider in the US in stock acquisition and (ii) OptionAdmin, Inc. a recognized leader in the field of corporate equity management in an asset acquisition
Represented Second City Capital Partners II, LP, on the spin-out and "roll up" of more than 20 companies holding 16 office properties consisting of 1.85 million sq. ft. of rentable space in five states, and the initial public offering of City Office REIT, Inc.'s common stock.
Represented WorkForce Software, LLC on the nine-figure majority investment by New York-based Insight Venture Partners.
Represented Canada's largest insurance rating and broker services company in $110+ million (Canadian) stock and asset sale to U.S. private equity firm.
Represented one of Michigan's largest multispecialty physician practice group companies in asset sale to one of Michigan's leading physician group practices.
Represented client in $42 million equity sale to U.S. private equity firm and concomitant creation of only the second certified Minority Controlled Business under NMSDC Growth Initiative.
Represented shareholders in consolidation with another book manufacturing company to form 6th largest book manufacturer in the U.S.
Represented Michigan quasi-public utility in acquisition of the only known operational fractionated tire fuel system for electrical generation.
Represented The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority in its acquisition, by long term lease, of Cobo Center from the City of Detroit.
Represented selling shareholders of Swedish multinational industrial safety products company in $22 million stock sale to US NYSE traded company.
Represented NASDAQ traded company in $121 million subsidiary asset sale.
Represented multinational automotive parts supplier in sale of stock and assets of subsidiaries in 18 country product line disposition to private equity fund.
Represented NASDAQ traded company in $14.6 million subsidiary stock sale.
Represented NCAA in its acquisition of the NIT Tournament.
Represented music publisher in the sale of approximately sixty percent of its publishing catalog and related assets.
Represented selling shareholders of industrial transformer company in $15 million stock sale with $5 million sales and earnings based earnout.
Represented selling members of diagnostics company in $36 million membership interest sale to national laboratory and diagnostics development company.
Represented selling shareholders of magazine publishing company in $6 million asset sale with net sales and advertising revenue based earnout.
Represented alternative energy company in its sale of $125,000 sale of convertible notes and warrants.
Represented medical device company in its $250,000 pre-seed sale of convertible notes.
Represented alternative energy company in its $1.8 million sale of a convertible promissory notes to the Michigan Strategic Fund.
Represented alternative energy company in its $7.2 million Series A-1 Convertible Preferred Stock Financing.
Represented alternative energy company in its $14.2 million Series A-2 Convertible Preferred Stock Financing.
Represented software company in its $350,000 pre-seed sale of convertible notes.
Represented software company in its $2,000,000 loan and convertible warrant financing.
Represented venture capital fund in its $1 million purchase of convertible notes from software company.
Represented venture capital fund in its $1 million purchase of convertible notes from software company.
Represented venture capital fund in its $3.5 million purchase of Series A Preferred Stock from a software company.
Represented venture capital fund in its lead investment of a $2.5 million purchase of Series A Preferred Stock.
Represented venture capital fund in its lead investment of a $6 million purchase of Series C Preferred Stock from a medical products company.
Represented venture capital fund in its lead investment of a $6 million purchase of Series C Preferred Stock from a drug development company.
Represented venture capital fund in its $2.1 million purchase of convertible notes and warrants from software company.
Represented bank in establishing $5 million capital call line of credit for venture capital fund.
Represented 3rd largest bank in India, through its UAE Branch, in its $28 million USD $6 million GBP credit facility to tier 2 automotive supplier.
Represented 3rd largest bank in India, through its London Branch, in its USD $17 million credit facility to clinical medical research company.
Represented 2nd largest bank in India, though its London Branch, in its $35 million USD lending facility to Indian mining company and its US subsidiaries.
Represented multinational NASDAQ traded company in $275 million first and second lien syndicated asset based lending facility.
Represented multinational NYSE company in $250 million first and second lien syndicated asset based lending facility.
Represented NASDAQ traded company in $75 million syndicated asset based lending facility.
Represented private equity fund owned automotive supplier in $100 million first, second and third lien syndicated asset based lending facility.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A 2013-2015
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
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
United States Air Force, 1983-88
"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
"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)
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