Recent engagement – business acquisition with $43 billion German conglomerate

This complex transaction with a multi-billion dollar company hinged on Zeppos Rautiola’s ability to provide sound and sophisticated legal advice in a multi-faceted international transaction.

ZR represented BTCPower (Broadband TelCom Power, Inc.) in the sale of the company to innogy e-mobility US LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Innogy SE, an energy company based in Essen, Germany.

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Guido Piotti joins Zeppos Rautiola as Senior Associate

Guido I. Piotti, J.D. has joined the firm as a Senior Associate practicing in the areas of Business, Corporate and Real Estate Transactions. Guido’s practice involves the representation of high net worth individuals as well as regional, national, and international entities from a wide array of industries in business, corporate, and real estate matters. Guido’s experience includes representing and counseling clients in mergers and acquisitions; divestures; financings deals; intellectual property licensing; corporate governance and compliance, including corporate clean ups, records maintenance and preparation, and filings; business formations, including the development of real and virtual phantom stock plans; commercial leasing; commercial real estate sales and acquisitions; and the negotiating and drafting of various business, corporate, and commercial agreements, including, but not limited to, partnership, operating, shareholder, stock purchase, stock redemption, buy-sell, joint venture, loan, employment, independent contractor, franchise, central withholding, artist performance, publicity, merchandising, and domestic and international manufacturing, supplier, and distribution agreements to name a few. Guido earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, and B.A. from California State University, Long Beach....

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OCBJ “Law Firms Special Report” features ZR in Q&A

Beth Rautiola and Demo Zeppos were selected to provide their perspective in the Orange County Business Journal’s “Law Firms Special Report” on March 19, 2018. Per the OCBJ, “What’s been new in the legal field in the past year?  The Business Journal’s Peter Brennan asked some of Orange County’s top attorneys for their views.” READ...

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Recent engagement – $11.7 million land acquisition and construction project

Deal summary: Zeppos Rautiola’s ability to provide sound business advice and legal counsel is important in properly structuring transactions and developing effective tax minimization strategies.  This project in the Inland Empire involved a car dealership, where our client acquired the land and built the dealership.  They needed legal assistance not only in the land purchase but also with real estate financing and establishing a new business entity. How ZR helped: Our attorneys negotiated the purchase and sale, construction contract, title review, legal entity structuring for the new real estate acquisition company, and real estate...

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Recent engagement – $10+ million business acquisition

Deal summary: Zeppos Rautiola’s ability to work with investors can be critical in helping middle-market business owners to cash out of their businesses. In this recent matter, we helped the owners to not only successfully sell their business but also to settle existing real estate financing. How ZR helped: Our client was a long-time owner of a commercial dealership, which also had liability for a real estate lease. ZR brought in a business broker and through an angel fund arranged a very attractive stock purchase. ZR also was able to obtain new real estate financing, which allowed the seller to fully divest of the enterprise. The acquisition was mostly cash, allowing our client to move on to other investments and personal...

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Cecily Ginger joins Zeppos Rautiola as Associate

Cecily M. Ginger, J.D. has joined the firm as an Associate practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Business & Corporate Transactions. Cecily Ginger began her legal career working for a reputable business law and estate planning firm where she gained valuable experience in a range of matters. She has strategized with business owners on business entity formation to maximize asset protection, and to secure favorable tax treatment of the entity. Cecily has experience drafting corporate formation documents including operating agreements, bylaws, corporate meeting minutes, and corporate resolutions.  She also counsels business owners on estate planning and asset protection strategies that dovetail with owners’ business entities and plans.  Cecily also has extensive experience drafting complete suites of estate planning documents for clients, which help to insulate clients’ assets from probate and creditors. She earned her J.D from University of San Diego School of Law, and a B.A. in Global Studies and B.A. in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Cecily speaks Spanish....

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