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Kevin J. Loechl

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EDUCATION

  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1994); Calvin College (B.A., 1991).

PERSONAL

  • Born Oak Park, Illinois.
  • Formerly practiced with Baker & McKenzie in Chicago.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • State Bars: Illinois 1994-; Georgia 1998-.
  • Bar Organizations: American Bar Association; Section on Business Law; Section of Taxation; Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations; Lawyers' Club of Atlanta; Christian Legal Society.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and Securities Law, Intellectual Property Law.
  • Head of the corporate and securities practice group.
  • Kevin Loechl is a member and principal of the firm. He is the head of the firm's corporate and securities practice group, and also practices in the firm's intellectual property practice group in connection with licensing issues and representation of authors. He began his legal practice in 1994, focusing initially in corporate finance, exchange-traded derivative financial products, and mutual fund regulatory compliance. He later expanded his practice into broader corporate and transactional representation upon joining the Firm in 1997.
  • He has extensive experience advising and representing clients in various corporate and transactional matters. He regularly advises corporate and non-profit clients in merger, acquisition and joint venture transactions; corporate financing, including loans, venture capital and other private equity financing; business planning and formation; tax structuring of transactions; and negotiation and documentation of commercial contracts and licensing agreements. He also advises clients on various regulatory compliance issues, employment matters and executive compensation arrangements. He serves as outside general counsel to a number of clients, allowing him to build a deep knowledge of his clients' businesses and to proactively identify and address legal issues and problems at an early stage, and to provide overall legal counsel and guidance on the various issues that arise in the course of his clients' business. He also represents authors and media and other intellectual property owners in connection with publishing and licensing agreements.
  • He represents numerous companies, non-profit organizations, and individuals both in the Atlanta area and around the country. His clients include, among others, durable medical equipment and pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing companies, financial services firms, and private equity funds, as well as churches, public charities and private foundations. The primary focus of his practice is on privately-held businesses and their owners. He was named a 2005 Georgia Rising Star Attorney by Atlanta Magazine, putting him among the top 2.5% of Georgia attorneys under 40.
  • He is admitted to practice in Georgia and Illinois.

Education:

  • He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1991. He served as Vice President and President of the Student Body there, was a National Merit Scholar during his full tenure at the College, and was the recipient of the DeKruyger-Monsman Memorial Prize in Political Science. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1994.

Personal and Professional Affiliations:

  • He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, the Christian Legal Society and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Within the American Bar Association, he is a member of the Section of Business Law, the Section of Taxation, and the Section of Taxation's Partnership and Unincorporated Business Organizations Committee. He serves as the President of the Atlanta Leaders Group, a network of Atlanta business leaders, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Family Council. He served for six years as an Elder of Hope Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia. He and his family are active members of their church, where he teaches Sunday School. He and his wife and their four children reside in the northern suburbs of Atlanta.

Representative Transactions:

  • Represents and advises a Georgia-based consumer healthcare products distribution company and its subsidiaries, as outside counsel, in such things as:
    • its acquisition, from Johnson & Johnson, of a distributor of branded and private label diabetic self-care products, in a stock purchase transaction;
    • the restructuring of the company's ownership in connection with the purchase of a controlling interest in the company by a Canadian group;
    • the sale of a medical device technology wholly owned prior to the sale;
    • the tax and corporate law aspects of the restructuring of the primary operating subsidiary from a C corporation into a limited liability company form;
    • multiple debt financing transactions for the company;
    • developing a long-term incentive benefits plan for the company's employees;
    • drafting, negotiating and reviewing major commercial contracts with U.S. and foreign suppliers and distributors; and
    • drafting, negotiating and reviewing executive compensation and restrictive covenant agreements.
  • Represents the current controlling shareholder of a Georgia-based group of companies that provides third party administrative services for employer-sponsored group insurance services in the Southeast and South Central United States, in a tax-exempt spinoff transaction in which the shareholder acquired the stock of the two companies that form the core of the group of companies; and represented those companies in their:
    • acquisition of related Louisiana- and Texas-based third party administrator subsidiaries, from Brown & Brown Insurance, a major nationwide insurance brokerage firm, in a stock purchase transaction; and
    • acquisition of a Florida-based third party administrator, from Roger Bouchard Insurance, Inc., in an asset purchase transaction.
  • Represented a family trust in its acquisition of a fifty percent stake in a California-based precision manufacturer of high-technology custom metal parts for satellites and aircraft.
  • Represents a Chicago-based private equity fund manager as outside general counsel, including in:
    • the organization of a private equity fund focusing on investments in developing economy microfinance institutions,
    • the private placement of interests in the Fund;
    • the Fund's investment in a Guadalajara, Mexico-based microfinance bank;
    • the Fund's structuring and investment in a Dutch holding company and offshore intermediary and its related indirect investment in three Eastern European microfinance banks.
  • Represented a Georgia-based technology investments company, in its sale of a charter passenger air services company focused on government services contract work to an Illinois-based passenger air charter company.
  • Advised an Atlanta-based national commercial real estate brokerage firm in the development of a profit sharing plan for the firm's independent agents.

HONORS

    • Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, Calvin College.
    • DeKruyger Monsman Prize in Political Science, Calvin College.

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish

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