Top Legal Issues for European Clients Targeting a U.S. Acquisition

By: James Baldwin, Counsel, Spilman, Thomas & Battle
Ron Schuler, Member in Charge, Pittsburgh Office, Spilman Thomas & Battle
Sara Mansuri, Corporate attorney and former chair of the International Business Transactions Subcommittee, the International Law Committee, at the New York City Bar Association.

(As originally published in Bloomberg BNA Mergers & Acquisitions Law Report, January 19, 2015)

With the improving economy, more European firms are seeking acquisition targets outside of the EU and in particular, within the U.S. Although acquiring a business in the U.S. may appear a daunting endeavor to the first time European investor, if a strategy is implemented early to deal, then the acquisition can be very rewarding and profitable. Prior investment experiences in their home countries are not necessarily helpful to European firms seeking investments in the US.

In an informative article, Baldwin, Schuler and Mansuri discuss the legal issues that arise during all stages of a transaction. Senior management and their project teams need to be proactive and to implement strategies that can mitigate potential pitfalls to ensure the successful execution of a cross-border acquisition deal.

Click here to read the entire article.

Who’s Who in the Energy Industry?

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Congratulations to Ronald W. Schuler, Member in Charge of the Pittsburgh Office, for being recognized as a leader in the energy industry.

Mr. Schuler was selected by the Pittsburgh Business Times for their annual Who’s Who in Energy list. Every year, the Pittsburgh Business Times recognizes key players in the energy industry for southwestern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Schuler is a corporate, securities and commercial transactions lawyer with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placement financings, and numerous types of contracts for clients within the energy, software, biotechnology and telecommunications industries. He served as chief administrative and senior operations executive for a $100+ million Appalachian oil and gas production company, developing an intimate knowledge of oil and gas transactions, joint ventures, leasing and land matters, and energy derivatives. He works with exploration companies on matters relating to large-scale Marcellus Shale acquisition and development.

In addition to this accolade, Mr. Schuler is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was named Best Lawyers® 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” for Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Pittsburgh. He is continually selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. And, he is listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity.

Please join us in congratulating Ron on this great honor.

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Mergers, Midstream, and the Marcellus and Utica Shales

The $6 billion merger of Williams Partners and Access Midstream Partners is proving to have a major impact on the Marcellus and Utica shales.

The Pittsburgh Business Times provides insight here.

Spilman Pittsburgh Gains National Bankruptcy Practice & Adds to Corporate/Private Equity Talent

Spilman has announced that attorneys James A. Baldwin and Sally E. Edison, along with paralegal T.C. Collins, joined the law firm’s Pittsburgh office.

Baldwin’s practice is in mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on leveraged buyouts, private equity (including EB-5 investments), project finance and venture capital deals. Baldwin also counsels financial institutions and borrowers in finance transactions. 

Edison, formerly with McGuireWoods, practices law in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, insolvency, and creditors’ rights. Her clients primarily include national trade creditors and major corporations. 

T.C. Collins, also formerly with McGuireWoods, is a paralegal with 20 years of experience in restructuring and insolvency matters. 

Read more about our talented team and growing office here.



Spilman Announces Strategic Hire


We are pleased to announce James A. Baldwin has joined Spilman’s Pittsburgh office as Counsel.

Mr. Baldwin’s primary area of practice is mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on leveraged buyouts, private equity and venture capital deals.

Mr. Baldwin brings a wide variety of experience to the firm. Some of his proficiencies include:

  • Handling domestic and international private equity transactions and private equity co-investment deals
  • Representing banks and corporate borrowers in debt transactions
  • Counseling clients on securities matters, focusing on private placements, public offerings and public company reporting under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
  • Advising clients regarding the U.S. Small Business Administration requirements, with a concentration on 8(a), veteran-owned, MBE, WBE, DBE certification and regulatory issues
  • Handling cross-border transactions and international project finance transactions
  • Counseling clients on the structure and terms of their relationship with private and government parties involved in project developments in foreign markets, particularly in Africa, China, Europe, Latin America and other emerging markets
  • Representing energy, heavy manufacturing, telecommunications, infrastructure and financial services companies on project finance transactions
  • Advising clients on formation and regulatory compliance of investment funds

Mr. Baldwin is also heavily involved in community projects. He is the Co-Founder of Friends United for Need. He serves as a Board Member for The Consortium for Public Education, in addition to the Center for Victims.

Mr. Baldwin is a graduate of Villanova University and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

Mr. Baldwin is a welcome addition to Spilman, helping serve our clients with professional excellence, quality, integrity and fairness.

You can read more about Mr. Baldwin’s qualifications and contact him directly by visiting our website.