Prosecuted claims on behalf of a large home-furnishings company and national franchisor for fraud, breach of contract, intentional interference, and unlawful business practices against private equity funds and their principals, ultimately resulting in the elimination of the entire preferred return (in excess of $49 million) associated with stock issued to the private equity funds. The case also resulted in the surrender of the preferred shares to the company for less than half of the amount of the original principal investment of the private equity funds.
Represented a hotel land developer and its principals in litigation against one of the largest private equity firms on the West Coast. Chris alleged claims related to underfunding of the project and fraud and also successfully defended the clients against breach of contract and alter ego claims asserted by the private equity firm.
Defended the directors and officers of a large privately held corporation in litigation brought by a minority private equity investor alleging various claims, including breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud. The case resulted in a complete dismissal.
Defended at trial a loan acquisition company against claims brought by a borrower who claimed that he had formed a joint venture with the client to obtain a loan pool from the FDIC and alleged claims including breach of a joint venture agreement, promissory estoppel, and wrongful foreclosure resulting in a judgment for the client.
Obtained a judgment (including damages and injunctive relief) on behalf of national franchisor against a franchisee who abandoned its franchise and attempted to sell the franchisor's intellectual property and other assets to a third party.
Successfully prosecuted at trial claims for breach of a construction loan agreement on behalf of a multi-unit residential developer against a large international bank and subsequent acquirer of the loan for failure to timely and completely fund the loan resulting in a favorable settlement in the middle of trial.
Obtained the dismissal, on a motion to dismiss, of a case brought by a franchisee association against a national franchisor, resulting in the validation of numerous business practices as well as a finding that the franchisee association lacked standing, thus preventing future litigation.
Obtained a judgment at trial on behalf of a loan investor against a lender arising out of defaulted loans on various real estate projects due to inadequate due diligence performed by the lender prior to funding the loan, inappropriate construction draw approvals, and disregard of the investor’s instructions during the foreclosure process.
Represented the founder and owner of a twenty-five-year-old world famous nightclub against his prior institutional partner, resulting in an advantageous buy-out that restored full ownership to the client.
Represented a world-renowned music recording and performing artist in surcharge litigation brought by the California Attorney General, including allegations of breach of fiduciary duty arising out of a charitable trust and probate estate of the artist’s world-famous mother. The case resulted in a settlement involving no out-of-pocket payment from the client.
Represented a client in an investigation by the Los Angeles District Attorney arising out of a tax assessor scandal resulting in no charges being brought against the client.
Served as General Counsel in the refinancing of a senior debt facility on behalf of a large home-furnishings company and national franchisor, the acquisition and re-branding of several competing companies, and the negotiation of a new form franchise agreement with its franchisee association.
Served as General Counsel to a hospitality company in an $11.9 million financing package for a nightclub and restaurant, the acquisition and re-branding of a competing nightclub, and an investment in a high-end restaurant.
Represented numerous high level executives in litigation or negotiations against former employers, including the editor of an internationally circulated magazine, the editor of a major internet portal, and a recording industry executive.
Represented a large construction company in several wage and hour class actions and discrimination cases.
Represented and counseled a large aerospace company in a reduction in force and amendment of its employment policies and procedures.