Representative Matters

Developed successful defense for deduction of $4.2 million in civil penalties imposed by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violations stemming from a Consent Decree involving a CERCLA superfund site.

Representation of prime government contractor in Department of Defense rated orders supplying $550 million in military equipment for Operation Iraqi Freedom and general military usage, including drafting and implementing supply agreements through-out the procurement chain to ensure compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations, Executive Order priority status and State Department Regulations (ITAR).

Advised German automotive supplier on complex tax and FAA operational issues involving transfer, importation and usage of its business aircraft in North America.

Representation of foreign corporation in $15.6 million acquisition of U.S. registered aircraft involving complex tax, export and cross-border transactional issues.

Counseled defense contractor on shipping contracts to ensure compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and risk management issues throughout the procurement chain for military supplies to the U.S. Army.

Represented and advised primary defense contractor regarding employment of foreign corporations and employees in connection with military contracts to ensure compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and other U.S. Department of State registration requirements.

Counseled a defense contractor on tax and risk management issues surrounding acquisition and operation of a Gulfstream G200 and the divestiture of a Citation X, involving complex tax and accounting considerations surrounding long-term contract accounting standards under IRC section 460.

Counseled closely held business on reorganization/succession planning and the availability of government contract carve-outs for small and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs).

Representation of a national bank, acting for itself and as agent, for syndicated $195,000,000 secured credit facility to an automotive engineering company involving domestic and international collateral with complex pledge of foreign stock.

Counsel for management in connection with leverage buy-out of $40 million division of privately held plastics company.

Lobbied, along with the Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA), for passage of Michigan House Bill 4454, Airport Safety and Protection Plan (ASAP), to provide issuance of $60 million in bonds to leverage and capture $1 billion in federal matching funds for airport improvements.

Represented lender engaged in secured transactions, foreclosures and private sales, primarily involving business aircraft, to comply with Revised Article 9, Federal Aviation Regulations and applicable state laws.

Representation of a national bank in connection with construction credit facility and end loan for $104,000,000 for retail shopping center secured by leases, stock pledge and guaranties.

Representation of corporate purchaser in the acquisition of $62 million business aircraft, involving complex international, federal, state and local tax issues, as well as operational compliance under Federal Aviation Regulations.