With a career that started at Eversheds Sutherland (US) in 1979, Edward W. Kallal Jr. has accumulated knowledge that benefits clients in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private capital. He has extensive experience working on business transactions in the beverage/alcohol industry. Ed represents a variety of clients in industries ranging from wholesale and distribution to biotechnology, manufacturing and finance in acquisitions and joint venture arrangements. He works with companies from several foreign countries, including firms in Mexico, China, Canada, France, Ireland, Russia, Thailand and Sweden. In addition to transactions, these matters include arrangements to jointly manufacture in the United States and abroad, forming strategic partnerships and operating nonmanufacturing establishments abroad.
Greg Kaufman defends clients in government investigations, enforcement and litigation matters, with particular experience in energy and commodities enforcement matters. His success in representing individuals and companies flows from having a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses and the physical and financial markets in which they operate. He also advises energy and securities industry clients on regulatory developments such as the Dodd-Frank Act, compliance and operational risk issues, and internal investigations.
Mark Kaufman offers clients insights gained over of a long career in corporate and securities law. Mark works with domestic and foreign companies in a variety of businesses, including consumer and industrial products, finance, fulfillment, health care, hospitality, insurance, payment systems, manufacturing, restaurants and textiles. He guides fast-growth companies through their start-ups, financing and public offerings and sales. Mark has worked on a wide variety of transactions involving public and private companies, including acquisitions and sales of businesses in Europe, Latin America and China as well as the U.S.
Charlie Kearns advises Fortune 500 clients on all aspects of state and local tax policy, planning, and controversy. Charlie has extensive experience with state and local tax issues affecting the communications and electronic commerce industries, particularly with respect to federal legislation related to state taxes, state legislative matters, and the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. He also routinely advises employers on state and local tax issues arising out of employment relationships, including multistate withholding, deferred compensation planning, and unemployment insurance.
With more than 20 years of experience as corporate counsel in the financial services industry, Dodie Kent advises on product design, marketing and administrative issues as they relate to variable and fixed life insurance and annuity products. She also has particular experience counseling on related regulatory compliance and enforcement issues. Dodie focuses on many novel and complex insurer initiatives, including the de-risking of legacy product offerings; the design and regulation of index-linked investments; issues related to the use of volatility management; and the simplification of variable annuity disclosure.
Mike Kerman counsels clients in state and local tax compliance, planning and controversy matters. He advises on the full range of state and local tax types, including income, sales and use, franchise and property taxes.
Mike Kerman represents lenders, developers and investors in their most significant projects throughout the Southeast U.S. His clients are banks, insurance companies and other lenders making construction and permanent loans; developers and owners of industrial, mixed-use and retail projects; and taxable and tax-exempt real estate investors. He also regularly represents energy clients in development, acquisition and financing of traditional and alternative energy projects.
Taylor Kiessig advises clients on federal and international tax planning and transactions and the taxation of financial products.
Chair of the Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Medical Devices practice team, Kevin King has deep experience in intellectual property issues in the medical device, drug delivery and other biomedical industries. He counsels clients in the medical device industry with intellectual property issues, including patents, licensing, and trade secrets. Kevin works closely with start-up companies to help with the critical early development stages of intellectual property. He focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution and intellectual property counseling for chemical, mechanical and biomedical technologies, including implantable drug delivery systems, biological tissue grafts, surgical adhesives, pharmaceutical formulations, surgical tools, diagnostic sensors, vascular closures, and microneedles. He also performs related work for a number of renowned research universities, as well as for cardiologists, urologists, and other entrepreneurs.
Elissa Kingsland prepares and prosecutes patent applications, licensing agreements and trademarks for clients in the chemical technology industry. In addition, Elissa counsels clients on identifying patentable technologies, developing prosecution strategies, and managing prosecution and docketing.
Cliff Kirsch began his career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), became chief legal officer for one of the country’s largest dually-registered broker-dealer/advisers and then joined Eversheds Sutherland (US) in 2006. He relies on his regulatory and in-house background and an up-to-date knowledge of regulatory developments to provide practical and innovative counsel to broker-dealers and investment advisers in the areas of securities regulation and compliance.
Justin Kitchens advises insurers and other participants in the insurance sector on regulatory and transactional matters. He counsels insurance companies with regard to mergers, conversions, and other restructurings and acquisitions; and reinsurance companies on a wide range of matters, including XXX securitizations, transfers of blocks of business and captive insurance company programs.
Mac Knox is a securities litigation consultant for Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Litigation Practice Group. He previously worked as an examiner and supervisor for 12 years in the Atlanta District Office of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), which later became part of FINRA.
Kym Kochis counsels insurers on a wide range of litigation and corporate governance matters and advises clients facing government inquiries and investigations. Her extensive knowledge of the insurance industry provides for deft representation of insurers opposing complex class action litigation. She regularly handles matters involving unfair trade practices, consumer fraud, antitrust, ERISA and policy coverage issues, as well as complex breach of contract and tort claims.
Meltem Kodaman practices in the areas of general corporate and securities law, concentrating on derivatives contracts, including interest rate, foreign exchange, equity and commodity products. A member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Corporate Practice Group, Meltem’s derivatives practice represents a broad range of counterparties, including mutual funds, dealer banks, business development companies, insurance companies, pension plans, government-sponsored agencies, universities, nonprofit corporations and energy companies.
Michael Koffler guides investment advisers, broker-dealers and investment funds in their compliance with federal and state securities laws and regulations, and SRO rules. Michael advises clients on the full spectrum of business operations, including advertising, portfolio management, trading, internal controls, compliance programs, mergers and acquisitions and other management issues. He also counsels other financial institutions—banks and insurance companies—on securities issues associated with the management and distribution of investment products.
Leo Kogan advises on a wide range of business and commercial litigation matters impacting the financial services industry. Leo represents clients in securities arbitrations, regulatory actions and employment matters. He also counsels clients in securities fraud and breach of contract disputes, and supports multijurisdiction litigation with activities such as witness preparation and confidentiality assessments.
Rob Kohse oversees and protects the intellectual property rights of clients in the United States and abroad. His practice encompasses patent infringement, licensing disputes, trade secret protection and unfair competition. Rob has been involved in numerous aspects of the patent trial and in support of patent litigation. He conducts pre-filing investigation activity and fact and expert discovery; prepares claim construction, summary judgment, and judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) briefs; takes and defends depositions of experts and non-experts; and presents oral argument in court. Rob assists with cases in both federal and state courts and represents clients in alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation.
Susan Krawczyk helps broker-dealers, investment advisers, insurance organizations and sponsors to design, sell and deliver investment products and programs that perform for investors and that raise capital. The author of compliance manuals that became models for the industry, Susan has extensive experience in day-to-day regulatory, operational and compliance issues across the retail, institutional and retirement segments of the financial markets.
Catherine Krupka advises commodities trading companies, including financial services companies, energy marketers and asset owners, on compliance and enforcement, agency regulation and business transaction issues arising from trading physical and financial power, natural gas, emissions, crude and refined products.
Cynthia Krus counsels companies and alternative investment funds in their quest to grow their businesses, especially in the crucial area of raising capital. She also works with management teams and boards of directors to develop strategic plans and timing for critical decisions in all aspects of their businesses, including mergers and acquisitions; proxy contests; going-private transactions; reorganizations; debt, equity and rights offerings; and other securities and capital markets transactions. She is recognized as a leading adviser to business development companies (BDCs) and small business investment companies (SBICs).
Nick Kump advises clients on an array of multistate tax types, including income, sales and use, franchise and property taxes. He also regularly counsels on state and local tax controversy, compliance and planning matters.
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