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Alexander B. Kasdan is a Managing Director at DelMorgan & Co. He has more
than twenty years of investment banking, real estate, corporate law and corporate
strategy experience. Mr. Kasdan has executed over 100 domestic and cross-border
transactions totaling more than $10 billion in overall volume in a variety of industries.
Prior to joining DelMorgan, Mr. Kasdan founded Convergence Capital Partners, LLC,
a boutique investment banking advisory and real estate investment firm and was an
investment banker at Barrington Associates, Peter J. Solomon Company, Credit Suisse
First Boston and Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Kasdan practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers LLP (formerly O’Sullivan Graev
& Karabell LLP) and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (formerly Battle Fowler
LLP), where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate
finance transactions. In addition, Mr. Kasdan served as Corporate Counsel in charge of
business development at Schlumberger Ltd., a global oilfield and information services
Mr. Kasdan graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. degree
in Economics and Italian and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa during his junior year. In
addition, he holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School and has studied
at the University of Florence in Italy. Mr. Kasdan is admitted to the Bar in the State of
Mr. Kasdan is a Senior Advisor to Governance and Transactions LLC, an advisory firm
established in 2003 by Mr. James L. Gunderson, former Secretary and General Counsel
of Schlumberger Limited, to assist boards, management and owners with corporate
governance, compliance, structuring and strategic transactions.
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Neil Morganbesser is co-Founder and President & CEO of DelMorgan & Co. where he provides
senior leadership within the firm and helps oversee all client engagements. Mr. Morganbesser is also
CEO of Globalist Capital LLC, DelMorgan’s broker-dealer affiliate. Mr. Morganbesser has over 20
years of experience providing financial and strategic advice to a full range of clients, including
entrepreneurs, large corporations, governments, family businesses, private equity funds, and special
committees of public companies.
Mr. Morganbesser has been affiliated with some of the leading institutions in the world, and his
experience ranges from representing the offshore owners in the sale of a small, private U.S. company
for $10 million to representing the special committee of a large, public company in a $9 billion
negotiated management buyout with a highly complex financial structure.
Mr. Morganbesser has truly global experience with the most sophisticated transactions, across a broad
range of industries and in a large number of jurisdictions, as the lead banker on a wide variety of
transactional and other advisory assignments, including domestic and cross-border mergers,
acquisitions, joint ventures, sales and divestitures, restructurings, special committee assignments,
unsolicited acquisitions and hostile defense. With transactional experience in over 30 countries, Mr.
Morganbesser has successfully advised on over 75 transactions.
Until May 2008, Mr. Morganbesser was the head of West Coast and Asia Mergers & Acquisitions at
Bear Stearns & Co., as a Senior Managing Director based in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Bear
Stearns in May 2001, Mr. Morganbesser was an investment banker in the Mergers, Acquisitions and
Restructuring Department at Morgan Stanley (in New York from 1993-1998 and in Los Angeles from
1998-2001). From 1990-1993, Mr. Morganbesser was a corporate and M&A attorney at the
preeminent New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Mr. Morganbesser graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude in Applied Mathematics / Economics
from Harvard University (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1986 and received his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees (Order
of the Coif, with honors) from Stanford University in 1990.
100 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tim C. Bruinsma is a partner and the head of the Corporate Law
Department in the Los Angeles office of Norton Rose Fulbright, a
global law firm which has 55 offices in 27 countries. Tim is a
transactional attorney, providing legal representation in a wide variety of
corporate and commercial transactions, particularly mergers and
acquisitions, with an emphasis upon international finance and cross-
border matters. His clients range from entrepreneurial and mid-market
companies to multinational corporations.
Tim has represented such corporations as a premier international toy
company, the world's largest cereal company, a major Japanese-
American automobile company, the leading wood products and forestry
corporation, an international freight and transport company, the world's
largest family entertainment corporation and a major Austrian bank.
Tim was educated at Lehigh University, the University of California at
Berkeley and Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated Cum
Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. He received his
Juris Doctor Law Degree, Cum Laude, at Loyola University School of
Law in Los Angeles. Tim serves on governing boards of non-profit
corporations and organizations, including the Board of the Southern
California Chapter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
555 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Jon Reich, a partner at De Castro West Chodorow Mendler
Glickfeld & Nass, Inc., is a trial attorney with more than twenty-
five years’ experience litigating matters in the State and Federal
Courts, the United States Tax Court, and in arbitration. His practice
includes a broad range of business, trust, probate, partnership and
insurance litigation matters for both large and small clients, as well
as a variety of business transactions.
Mr. Reich's clients include individuals, closely held business,
partnerships and other entities, family trusts and corporate trust
departments. As the primary trial attorney in more than a dozen
trials, A graduate of both the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA
Anderson School of Management, Mr. Reich emphasizes practical,
business based solutions for staying out of, and getting out of,
litigation and other disputes.
10960 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Robert Dalie is an Executive Director – Investments, Oppenheimer &
Co. Inc.. He joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in 2000, and is responsible for
providing wealth management advice to individuals, families and their
fiduciaries across all asset classes. He also oversees the team’s capabilities,
which include creating custom solutions that incorporate insurance, tax
planning strategies, retirement cash flows, and estate planning strategies.
Robert began his career working for an institutional trading team at
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. In this capacity, Robert’s role included completing
trades, conducting quantitative research, and constructing Excel-based
Robert is a member of the Los Angeles Financial Planning Association
(FPA), and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP) designation from
the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.
Robert graduated from Pepperdine University with BA in business
administration and a BS in sports medicine. He holds the General Securities
Representative License (Series 7), the Investment Company Products/
Variable Life Contracts (Series 6), the Uniform Securities Agent State Law
Examination (Series 63) and the Uniform Investment Adviser Law
Examination (Series 65). He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and four
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• Proper planning and assembling a team of advisors
• Specifics of family owned businesses
• Global economic and investment outlook
• Current deal environment and outlook for the future
• Goals of the founding owners
• Exit and /or succession planning strategies
• Management team considerations
• Value maximization
• Transaction structures
• Financial v. strategic v. “hybrid” investors
• Minority shareholder issues
• Estate and tax planning: pre- and post-transaction
• Post-transaction wealth and lifestyle planning
• Real estate
• Avoiding inter-family disputes and other landmines
PRIVATE COMPANY EXIT STRATEGIES
NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
Tim C. Bruinsma, Esq.
Partner, Los Angeles
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I. FORMING THE PROFESSIONAL TEAM
A. It is never too early to develop an exit strategy.
B. It starts with a team of professionals. Typically, these
! Corporate attorney
! Investment banker and valuation expert
! Tax advisor (income and estate)
! Wealth advisor
! Possible others: commercial real estate advisor (if
there is a real property--owned or leased--involved)
C. Consider personal objectives and estate planning,
market and economic factors.
II. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COMPANY
AND THE TRANSACTION
A. Numerous subjective facts and circumstances will
shape the exit strategy:
! A partnership, a limited liability company or a
! A sale of all or only some ownership; control (?)
! Existing shareholder or buy-sell agreements
B. Special S corporation considerations.
! Impact on valuation
! Distributable cash
C. Related real estate transactions: are they an integral
part of the transaction?
! Current lease or ownership of company facilities
! Proposed sale, leaseback in company sale
II. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COMPANY
AND THE TRANSACTION
D. Required consents–landlord, lenders; acceleration of
loan commitments, change of control provisions.
E. Regulatory considerations: licensing, filings.
F. Special employee circumstances.
! Family members
! Legacy employees
! WARN Act
III. FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
A. Transaction structure: sale of assets or sale of equity?
B. Cash-out vs. deferred compensation, earn-outs, etc.
C. Income tax consequences.
D. Risks: representations, warranties, indemnities,
holdbacks, escrows, etc.
E. Receiving stock as consideration, perhaps in a public
corporation –restrictions, illiquidity and other risks.
F. Dealing with outstanding personal guaranties.
G. Employment or Consulting Agreement, Non-Compete
IV. OWNER’S PERSONAL CONSIDERATIONS
A. Continue to be active in the company?
! What role; a fiduciary position?
! Employment Agreement terms and conditions.
B. Continue to be active in the industry? – Non-compete
C. Protecting children and loyal employees in the
D. What to do with the sale proceeds--save, spend,
V. POSSIBLE PROBLEMS TO HEAD OFF
A. Role of key management personnel going forward;
B. Outstanding stock options, bonuses.
C. Landlord issues; environmental problems.
D. Pending or threatened lawsuits.
E. Unfunded employee or pension obligations.
F. “Personal” commitments to children and long-time
G. Historical problems that could surface:
! An incomplete or untidy buy-out of a former partner
! A disgruntled employee or former spouse
Gather a good team of professional advisors
and plan well ahead.
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THE PAINFUL RESULT OF FAILING TO PLAN
Failing to plan drastically increases the probability of:
• Lack of leadership and/or control in operating and maintaining the family
business, either on an interim basis or long term.
• Family/Partner disagreements and infighting.
• Protracted delays in dealing with real time business issues/problems during
• Solutions/decisions are influenced/controlled by Courts and lawyers and not
necessarily based on sound business judgment.
All of which results in:
• Lack of direction/leadership for the ongoing business.
• An inability to attain maximum ongoing profitability.
• An inability to obtain the maximum value for the family business if it is to be
• Substantially increased costs of administration.
The Summa Group of Oppenheimer
The Planning Process
! Key Planning Considerations:
" 30 year accumulation phase converting to a 30 (or longer), inflation adjusted,
distribution phase. Build the balance sheet & cash flow projections.
" Based on some basic assumptions we create a comprehensive road map.
" Goal based planning, as life changes so does your plan.
! Potential Risks & Opportunities
" Save 4,00,000 by age 65, out of funds at age 85.
" Solutions, increase return, save more or spend less.
" Run multiple scenarios and create optimized situation.
" Strategies that left a legacy at age 82, creates poverty with a life span of 90+.
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