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Recent Developments

JOINED THE FIRM

JACLYN K. RUOCCO
is the newest associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group.  She has represented management in traditional labor relations, employment counseling, and employment litigation defense, including assisting clients against discrimination claims, wage and hour disputes, and disputes arising under the Family Medical Leave Act, among others.  Jaclyn has represented clients in both state and federal courts as well as in mediation and arbitration proceedings. Before joining Kane Kessler, Ms. Ruocco was an associate at an AmLaw 100 law firm, where she defended clients in complex commercial matters and employment litigations. Ms. Ruocco is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey. 

JONATHAN M. SABIN  is our newest associate in the Firm's Litigation practice group. Jonathan has experience representing clients in complex litigation before both state and federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan was a litigation associate in the New York office of an international law firm and subsequently at a litigation boutique specializing in the trial of complex commercial cases. During law school, Jonathan was editor in chief of the Journal of Law and Policy.  Jonathan received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2010 from Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

BRENDAN P. HARNEY joined the Firm as an associate in our Corporate and Securities practice group. Brendan has experience representing clients in complex merger and acquisition transactions, SEC reporting compliance, equity and debt transactions, public securities offerings, initial public offerings, corporate governance guidance and other general corporate matters. His practice also includes advising public company officers and directors as to their Section 16 reporting obligations and compliance with insider trading regulations. Prior to joining the firm, Brendan was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of a NASDAQ-listed healthcare IT company that completed an initial public offering transaction in July 2014.  Brendan received his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in 2010, and is admitted to practice in the states of New York and New Jersey.

VICTOR I. COHEN  joined the Firm as an associate in our Corporate and Securities practice group. Victor has experience representing clients in complex corporate finance and securities matters. Prior to joining the firm, Victor represented privately held companies and investors with respect to a wide variety of corporate transactions that included acquisitions, equity and debt placements, joint ventures, consulting and employment agreements, and other general corporate matters. He also represented companies with respect to compliance and reporting requirements to the SEC, FINRA and OTC Markets. Victor received his J.D. in 2011 from Brooklyn Law School (graduating with a Certificate in Intellectual Property, Media and Information Law) and is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

OF SPECIAL INTEREST

David R. Rothfeld (Labor and Employment Law practice group) was selected by his peers to be included in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law, Management and Labor Law and Management.

Adam M. Cohen (Intellectual Property practice group), David R. Rothfeld (Labor and Employment Law practice group), S. Reid Kahn (Litigation practice group), Jeffrey H. Daichman (Litigation practice group) and Robert L. Lawrence (Corporate and Securities practice group) were selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers New York Metro Edition 2015.

Beastie Boys vs. Monster Energy For Intellectual Property
Beastie_Boys_v._Monster_Energy_-_Article_re_IP_Infringement_-_Law360.pdf

Negotiation of Restaurant Group Lease of 18,000+square foot space
The Firm's Real Estate practice group represented a restaurant group in connection with the negotiation of a lease for an 18,000-plus-square-foot restaurant to be located in a building to be constructed.

Negotiation of Restaurant Group Expansion
The Firm's General Business practice group represented a restaurant group in raising convertible debt for the expansion of a fast/casual dining concept.

Negotiation of Multiple Neighboring Properties for Developer
The Firm’s Real Estate practice group represented a NYC property developer in the negotiation of access agreements with multiple neighboring property owners, to grant the developer access to such neighboring properties in connection with the construction of the new development, as well as for protecting the neighboring properties during such construction.

Sale of negotiated assets of provider of expeditionary equipment

The Firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group represented a provider of rapidly deployable expeditionary equipment in the successful completion of its approximately $36 million sale of substantially all of its assets to a leading provider of solutions for government, military, commercial and industrial customers.

Acquisition negotiated of leading distributor of equipment and uniforms for public safety professionals
The Firm's Corporate and Securities respresented a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets in the successful completion of its approximately $14.5 million acquisition of a leading distributor of equipment and uniforms for public safety professionals.

Representing a Global Public Company in a $1.1 Billion Private Offering
The Firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group represented a NYSE global public company in the successful completion of a $1.1 billion and €350 million private offering of Senior Notes.

Negotiating Amendments for Refinancing

The Firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group represented a provider of diverse consumer products in the successful completion of an amendment to its senior credit facility providing for refinancing certain of its U.S. dollar term and U.S. and multicurrency revolver facilities.

Negotiations for Development Purchase
The Firm’s Real Estate practice group represented a NYC property developer in the purchase of development rights from an adjacent neighbor; in addition to monetary compensation, this neighbor was provided a long-term lease to a portion of the commercial space in the developer’s new building along with the right to acquire the space as a condominium unit should the developer complete its plans to convert the building to a condominium regime.

Negotiations for $750 Million Credit Facilities
The Firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group represented a global public company in the successful completion of a $750 million facilities increase under its senior credit facility, providing for incremental increases to term and revolver facilities in dollars and euros.

Acquisition of a Bourbon Distillery
The Firm’s Corporate and Securities practice grouprepresented a private equity fund in the successful acquisition of a bourbon distillery.

Extending  the Hotel Industry's Collective Bargaining Agreement
The Firm’s Labor and Employment practice group represented the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., during contract talks with the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO. The negotiations resulted in the successful extension of the New York City industry Wide Collective Bargaining Agreement through June 30, 2026. The Collective Bargaining Agreement covers approximately 30,000 employees working in more than 150 hotels in New York City.

Speaking Engagement
David R. Rothfeld
, head of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law practice group, was a speaker at the 9th Annual National H.R. in Hospitality Conference and Expo, held March 16–18, 2015,

Acquisition of Canadian Company
In March, 2013, the Firm's Corporate and Securities practice group represented a manufacturer of protective products and equipment primarily for law enforcement and the military in its successful acquisition of a British Columbia headquartered manufacturer of lifesaving equipment for recreational, military, law enforcement and industrial users in the marine and aviation environments for approximately $25 million.

Acquisition of Lithuanian Assets

In March, 2013, the Firm's Corporate and Securities practice group represented a manufacturer of protective products and equipment primarily for law enforcement and the military in its successful purchase from a Lithuanian manufacturer of assets related to the manufacturing of body armor, body armor carriers, flight suits, survival suits and related products.