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Kenneth A. Schlesinger

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  • Ken has been consistently named to the New York Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service, since 2010.

Education

J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 1987

B.A., with honors, University of Chicago, 1984

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York, 1988
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As a Corporate attorney with Olshan, Kenneth A. Schlesinger is highly knowledgeable in the area of SEC reporting requirements and regulations.

Leveraging his extensive experience in securities law, Ken assists clients in fulfilling their SEC reporting requirements (including those falling under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 144 of the Securities Act of 1933) and other public company obligations. He also represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, and in asset purchase and stock purchase transactions.

Ken has substantial general corporate experience as well, including the negotiation and drafting of employment, stockholder, partnership, and operating agreements.

Additionally, Ken has represented underwriters and placement agents in connection with public and private offerings, and public companies in connection with initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, regulatory compliance, corporate governance and securities law issues.

Professional & Community Affiliations

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of NTS, Inc., a leading regional provider of integrated communications, in its negotiation of a definitive merger agreement with affiliates of Tower Three Partners LLC, a private equity firm. Upon completion of the transaction, valued at approximately $155 million, NTS will become a privately held company.
  • Represented GenCorp Inc., a leading technology-based designer, developer and manufacturer of aerospace and defense products, in the successful completion of the $550 million acquisition of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne business from United Technologies in part with the proceeds from a $460 million bond offering. The acquisition will nearly double the size of GenCorp and help ensure that it continues to be a leader in the next space age.
  • Represented CERTPOINT Systems Inc. in a merger with Infor Inc.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed hospitality company in a $800 million merger with a private equity firm.
  • Represented a NASDAQ-listed restaurant company in a $600 million merger with a private equity firm.
  • Represented a NASDAQ-listed insurance company in a $220 million merger with a NYSE-listed company.
  • Represented a NASDAQ-listed sporting goods company in a $185 million merger with a British public company.
  • Represented a NASDAQ-listed technology company in the sale of all of its operating assets to a NYSE-listed company.
  • Represented a technology company, whose shareholders included several leading venture capital funds and a NASDAQ-listed technology company, in the sale of the company to a publicly traded Canadian corporation.
  • Represented a publicly held corporation in the purchase and subsequent sale of a manufacturing company.
  • Represented a publicly held company in its acquisition of an oil rig business.
  • Represented a construction company in its merger with a publicly held shell corporation.
  • Represented a publicly held shell corporation in the sale of its stock to a leading entertainment entrepreneur.
  • Represented a specified acquisition company in a proposed acquisition of a bank holding company.
  • Represented a paper company in its merger with a publicly held shell corporation.
Securities
  • Represents underwriters in public offering of Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc., which intends to use the proceeds to repay its outstanding borrowings and to fund acquisitions and working capital.
  • Represented numerous listed companies in self tenders of shares of their common stock.
  • Represented numerous issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and secondary public offerings.
  • Represented numerous public and private companies in private placement financings.
  • Represented a private investor in its debt and equity investment in a publicly traded pharmaceutical company.
Restructurings/Debt Financing
  • Represented GenCorp. Inc., a leading technology-based designer, developer and manufacturer of aerospace and defense products, in a $460 million financing consisting of 7.125% Second Priority Senior Secured Notes, which will be used for the acquisition of  United Technologies Corporation’s Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne business, the largest liquid rocket propulsion designer, developer, and manufacturer in the United States.
  • Represented a former NASDAQ-listed company in the sale of various assets through bankruptcy auctions.
  • Represented numerous companies in connection with their bank credit facilities.
  • Represented a publicly traded technology company in a restructuring and re-capitalization, which enabled the company to avoid bankruptcy.
  • Represented a publicly traded furniture company in its reemergence as a public reporting company following its bankruptcy.

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Speaking Engagements

Keeping your SPAC Alive in the Current Market by Following Proven Examples
The Future of the SPAC Market Conference, Fall 2008