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  • Aug 19, 2019John Lushis a Presenter at CDFA Summer School

    John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Setting the Stage: The Basics of TIF” and “TIF Financing Variation” on August 15 and “Understanding TIF Bond Financing” on August 16 at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Summer School at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.

    “Setting the Stage: The Basics of TIF” focused on a general understanding of what TIF is and why communities use it to achieve economic development objectives. “TIF Financing Variation” covered alternatives to the issuance of bonds in a TIF project, including the use of low-interest loans and a public-private partnership component to reduce project construction costs. “Understanding TIF Bond Financing” covered the components of a bond issuance including the creation of Neighborhood Improvement Districts to levy special tax assessments to secure bonds. The presentations were part of a week-long series of courses sponsored by the CDFA Training Institute August 12-16. For more information, please click here.

    Lushis focuses his practice on real estate, commercial transaction law, and environmental law. He provides counsel on an extensive diversity of transactions including leases, acquisitions and divestitures, tax-exempt and conventional financings, brownfields redevelopment, and an array of commercial agreements. Lushis has worked on multi-million-dollar loans and major tax-exempt financings for businesses and non-profits including Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and St. Luke’s Hospital.  He also has been involved in tax increment financing projects including Hamilton Crossings Retail Complex and West Hills Business Center. Lushis is solicitor for Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority and has been solicitor to Northampton County New Jobs Corp, Northampton County General Purpose Authority, and Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corp.

    In late 2015, Lushis became involved in “P3” projects (public-private partnerships) and is a lead architect of a first-of-its-kind P3 project in Pennsylvania. This project, which includes a novel financing structure, will allow Northampton County to replace or rehabilitate numerous bridges at substantial cost and time savings compared to traditional methods. The project has become a model for other P3 projects and has received statewide and national attention. As an outgrowth of the project, Lushis assisted in drafting legislation signed by Governor Wolfe in October 2017 to allow counties having a certain population, such as Northampton County, to construct a new jail using a P3 transaction structure.

    Lushis is also registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and his knowledge of intellectual property is a valuable resource for clients who have projects and transactions in the area. He received his B.S.M.E., cum laude, from University of Notre Dame in 1977, and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in 1980.

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  • May 08, 2019Three Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    Graham Simmons, III, Saleem M. Mawji, and Julie M. Macomb, Attorneys of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Pennsylvania Rising Stars®. Only two-and-a-half percent of Pennsylvania attorneys are given this honor, which recognizes lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years. No more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

    Pennsylvania Rising Stars®,a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, is published in Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia magazine. The rigorous selection process combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party validation of professional accomplishments. Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the entire list of Super Lawyers and profiles of selected attorneys, is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of the Lehigh Valley and the firm’s Pennsylvania Administrative Partner, Simmons practices primarily in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, banking and financial services, and health care law.  He was recognized as a Rising Star in 2008, and every year since 2013. He was honored in 2013 as one of the Lehigh Valley Business’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons is the Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority. He is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Board of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, the Greater Valley YMCA, and of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, where he is the immediate past Chairman. Simmons earned his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A Lehigh Valley native and Salisbury High School alumni, Co-Chair of Litigation Group, Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations.  He has represented businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from depositions and judicial conferences to trial, using his extensive litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid unnecessary litigation, and frequently negotiates settlements. Mawji’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to assist clients with managing electronic documents and producing them during discovery. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg College, and of the Board of Community Bike Works, and is a Member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce.  He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and of the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Young Lawyer’s Division of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee. He has been recognized as a Rising Star since 2015. Mawji earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Woolsack National Honor Society, Penn State Law Review Comments Editor, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Pi Sigma Alpha, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    A resident of Allentown, Macomb devotes her practice to business law, health care law and real estate law.  She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes.  In her health care practice, Macomb works with hospitals and their affiliated corporations, physician groups, clinical laboratories, medical staffs, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues; leasing; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.  Macomb is President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW), on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and the Board of Directors of Community Music School, and the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2017, Macomb was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman to Watch, an award for someone age 30 or under who is stepping up to help shape tomorrow’s Lehigh Valley. Recently she was honored as one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley names to Lehigh Valley Business 2019 Forty Under 40. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Maryland and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.

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  • Feb 15, 2019Julie Macomb Named in Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40

    Julie M. Macomb, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley named to Lehigh Valley Business 2019 Forty Under 40.

    An independent panel of judges reviewed the nominees and scored them based on their achievements. Macomb was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Greater Lehigh Valley, in both her industry and the community.

    “We are proud that Julie is being honored as one of the 2019 Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40. She is a great asset to the firm and has great determination in everything she does. I look forward to her many future accomplishments,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    Cited for their contributions to their company, industry, and community, the honorees will be recognized at the Forty Under 40 awards reception and ceremony sponsored by DeSales University’s ACCESS and Master of Business Administration programs on Thursday, April 11, at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township. For more information and to obtain tickets for the event, visit here.

    Macomb devotes her practice to business, healthcare, and real estate law. She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes.  In her health care practice, Macomb works with hospitals and their affiliated corporations, physician groups, clinical laboratories, medical staffs, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues; leasing; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.

    Macomb is on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and the Board of Directors of Community Music School, as well as the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2017, Macomb was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman to Watch, an award for someone age 30 or under who is stepping up to help shape tomorrow’s Lehigh Valley. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Maryland and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.

    Posted in: Business Law, Economic Development Law, Health Care & Life Sciences, Julie M. Macomb, Mergers & Acquisitions, Municipal Law, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Oct 24, 2011Peter D. Hutcheon Named Newark Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year

    October 24, 2011

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
    721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 5933
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
    Contact: Edward C. Miller, Jr.
    Chief Marketing Officer
    (908) 722-0700 x4224
    ecmillerjr@nmmlaw.com

    Peter D. Hutcheon Named Newark Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year

     

    Bridgewater, NJ (October 24, 2011) – Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Peter D. Hutcheon, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., the Newark Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year for 2012.

    “We are very proud of Peter and his selection by Best Lawyers for this honor. It is an acknowledgment of the hard-earned respect of his peers and his dedicated work for our clients,” said G. Robert Marcus, Managing Partner.

    After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating Lawyers of the Year in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The lawyers being honored as Lawyers of the Year have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

    Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Peter D. Hutcheon on being selected as the Newark Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year for 2012.”

    A resident of Clayton, Gloucester County, NJ, Hutcheon practices in the areas of corporate governance, commercial transactions, securities, banking, and finance. He represented America’s leading manufacturer of scientific equipment for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for over 25 years, until its acquisition in 2007 by a leading German equipment manufacturer. He also regularly counsels the management of public and private companies on corporate governance matters including the complexities of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

    Hutcheon has particular expertise with respect to indemnification and insurance issues affecting directors and officers. He has regularly represented one of the largest contract sales organizations, negotiating major field force agreements with pharmaceutical companies. He also represents clients seeking investment capital from private placements, venture capital and private equity deals, and firm commitment underwritten offerings of securities. Hutcheon is experienced in securities matters ranging from stock options to dividend reinvestment plans, bank regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry, and corporate and financing transactions. He has represented both buyers and sellers in public and private corporate acquisition transactions in deals involving almost $1.5 billion.

    Hutcheon is a long-time member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Business Law, LLC’s Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations Committee and is the editor of its newsletter, the PUBOGRAM. He is the 2005 recipient of the Martin I. Lubaroff Award for lifelong service to this Committee. He was a director for 22 years (including 2 years as chair) of the New Jersey State Bar, Corporate and Business Law Section. He also chaired the State Bar’s Banking Law Section. He was chairman of the New Jersey Corporate and Business Law Study Commission from its inception in 1989 to 2002, providing reports and suggestions on business law developments to the New Jersey Legislature and the Governor. He is now in his 31st year as Liaison from the American Bar Association’s State Regulation of Securities Committee to the New Jersey Bureau of Securities. Hutcheon chaired the New Jersey Securities Advisory Committee appointed by the Attorney General from 1995 to 2001.

    Hutcheon has been selected for inclusion in the Business/Corporate section of New Jersey Super Lawyers® consistently since 2005. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America and New Jersey Super Lawyers, as well as Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.

    Hutcheon has authored numerous articles on business-related law topics including limited liability companies, securities, and directors’ and officers’ liability. He received his J.D. from Harvard University, cum laude, in 1969 and his B.A. from Williams College, magna cum laude, in 1965.

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  • Jun 16, 2011Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Represents Dielmann-Haniel in $61 Million Deal

    June 16, 2011

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
    721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 5933
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
    Contact: Edward C. Miller, Jr.
    Chief Marketing Officer
    (908) 722-0700 x4224
    ecmillerjr@nmmlaw.com

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Represents Dielmann-Haniel in $61 Million Deal

    Bridgewater, NJ (June 16, 2011) – The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. represented Dielmann-Haniel International Mining and Tunneling GMBH (DHI) in its divestiture of Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. (“Frontier-Kemper”), an Indiana-based provider of construction services and related manufactured products to the tunneling and mining industries. Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC), a leading civil and building construction company, acquired 100% of Frontier-Kemper’s stock for approximately $61 million in cash and assumed approximately $52 million of debt, of which $35 million was paid off at closing. Tutor Perini financed the transaction with proceeds from its senior note offering that closed in October 2010.

    John N. Vanarthos and James H. Laskey led the team of attorneys in the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Mergers and Acquisition Group that worked on the deal. The team of attorneys on the deal also included Charles A. Bruder on employee benefits issues and Jeffrey M. Casaletto on environmental issues.

    “Vanarthos and his team impressed us not only with their sound understanding of the economical content of this deal and a thorough, clean, easy-to-follow process, but as well with the indefatigable force to meet the very short deadlines, the availability around the clock and their skill to explain complex legal matters patiently. This was all the more important as DHI is based in Germany and language barriers and the unfamiliar legal system certainly required more explanations as it would have with all parties being US- based. We could not have accomplished this transaction in such a straight-forward, speedy process without their help and recommend John Vanarthos and his team any time,” commended Nina Gnutzmann, LL.M. Eur., Corporate Counsel for ATON, the parent company of DHI.

    Frontier-Kemper builds tunnels for highways, railroads, subways and rapid transit systems. It also constructs tunnels, shafts and other facilities for water supply and wastewater transport and develops and equips underground mines with innovative hoisting, elevator and vertical conveyance systems for the mining industry. Headquartered in Evansville, Ind. with office locations in Pelham, N.Y., and Seattle, Wash., Frontier-Kemper employs over 600 people and has current backlog of approximately $300 million. Revenues in fiscal year 2010 were approximately $148 million.

    During the more than fifty years of the firm’s history, the attorneys of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Mergers & Acquisitions Group have structured, negotiated and closed numerous U.S. and international transactions ranging from small-scale to complex multi-million dollar deals. The NMM attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of such corporate transactions, including asset and stock sales, statutory mergers, tax-structured transactions, corporate reorganizations, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, LLC/Limited Partnership, interest exchanges, financing arrangements, due diligence investigation, and governmental approvals and clearances. The Group is experience in analysis of all merger and acquisition-related tax, securities, labor, employee benefits, antitrust, real estate, intellectual property, and environmental issues.

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. is the exclusive New Jersey member of Meritas, a worldwide affiliation of independent law firms across the United States and in 70 countries. Membership in Meritas enables the firm to effectively coordinate multi-state transactions by providing high-quality legal services outside the State of New Jersey. The members of Meritas are mid-sized firms which must meet the highest standards of competency and service as a condition of membership.

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    Posted in: Charles A. Bruder, James H. Laskey, Jeffrey M. Casaletto, John N. Vanarthos, Mergers & Acquisitions, News |

  • Apr 27, 2011Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Represent Atlantic Health in Acquisition of Newton Memorial Hospital


    April 27, 2011

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
    721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 5933
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
    Contact: Edward C. Miller, Jr.
    Chief Marketing Officer
    (908) 722-0700 x4224
    ecmillerjr@nmmlaw.com

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Represent Atlantic Health in Acquisition of Newton Memorial Hospital

    Bridgewater, NJ (April 27, 2011) – Norris McLaughlin, P.A., led by J. Anthony Manger, represented Morristown-based Atlantic Health, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in New Jersey, in acquisition of Newton Memorial Hospital in Sussex County. Reed Smith LLP represented Newton and its affiliates in the transaction.

    “Since hospitals today typically involve multiple corporations, a hospital merger is really more than a single transaction. In this instance, for example, Newton Memorial’s parent corporation, North Jersey Health Care Corporation, was merged into Atlantic Health System, Inc., the parent corporation in the Atlantic system. Then, virtually simultaneously, Newton Memorial was merged into AHS Hospital Corp., Atlantic’s hospital operating subsidiary,” explained Manger, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Health Care Law Group.

    In addition to representing Atlantic Health in negotiating and implementing the transaction, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. also provided assistance in several necessary regulatory approvals, including the issuance of a Certificate of Need by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, approval of the transaction by the Attorney General of New Jersey and the New Jersey Superior Court pursuant to the Community Health Care Assets Protection Act (“CHAPA”), and approval of the merger under the federal Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. In addition to Manger, who had general responsibility over representation, James Laskey, a Member of the firm, handled federal antitrust aspects of the transaction.

    As head of the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Health Care Law Group, Manger has handled some of the largest and most significant health care mergers and acquisitions in New Jersey. He has assisted health care institutions in the formation of “captive” entities for the provision of liability insurance and health insurance for affiliated physicians and employees. He organized the State’s largest medical malpractice insurer and, for many years, served as counsel to a national association of malpractice insurers. In addition, he has represented various parties in numerous health care capital finance transactions and has vast experience in health care regulatory, corporate and contract matters, patient care and other health care issues.

    Manger has been recognized in the Health Care Law section of The Best Lawyers In America since 1993. He frequently speaks and writes on a variety of health care topics, and appeared on News 12 New Jersey to discuss New Jersey’s medical malpractice crisis. He is a member of the American Bar, American Health Lawyers, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a past Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Malpractice Insurance Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a current Co-Chair of the Meritas Health Law Section Group.

    Manger earned his J.D. from Columbia University in 1972 and his B.A. from Duke University in 1969.

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    Posted in: James H. Laskey, Mergers & Acquisitions, News |

  • Feb 22, 2011Annmarie Simeone Speaks on Labor & Employment Issues Related to Mergers & Acquisitions


    February 22, 2011

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
    721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 5933
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
    Contact: Edward C. Miller, Jr.
    Chief Marketing Officer
    (908) 722-0700 x4224
    ecmillerjr@nmmlaw.com

    Annmarie Simeone Speaks on Labor & Employment Issues Related to Mergers & Acquisitions

    Bridgewater, NJ (February 22, 2011) – Annmarie Simeone, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be on the panel for “Mergers & Acquisitions: A Legal and HR Perspective,” a program hosted by the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) Human Resource Council (HRC). The discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at CIANJ Headquarters at South 61 Paramus Road in Paramus, New Jersey. The other guest speakers are to include, Maria Calabrese, Human Resources Manager at Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa; Geri Kelly, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Columbia Bank; and Janice Torchinsky, Vice President of Human Resources at Mack-Cali Realty Corporation.

    The panel will discuss the participation of Human Resources departments in mergers and acquisitions during negotiations. The topics will include the role of Human Resources in identifying employment issues, transitioning with the “back office,” integration of corporate cultures, and continuing staffing and union implications. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.cianj.org or contact Nicole Harencak by phone at (201) 368-2100 or by email at nharencak@cianj.org.

    Simeone, a resident of Woodbridge, concentrates her practice on labor & employment litigation. She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues. She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including claims for sexual harassment, race, gender, national origin, and disability discrimination. She also has defended employers in cases alleging constructive discharge, wrongful termination, retaliation, breach of express or implied employment contracts, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and violations of restrictive covenants. Her work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, as well as challenges faced by large public companies.

    In addition, Simeone provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel with respect to a wide range of employment issues, including family and medical leave, employee discipline and terminations, disability accommodations, layoff issues, such as WARN compliance, and the negotiation and design of severance packages. She also drafts employee manuals and employment-related policies and procedures.

    Simeone earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University in 1993 and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990. She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and is a member of the New Jersey State, Middlesex County and Somerset County Bar Associations, as well as the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Resource Center of Somerset.

    Established in 1927, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey has approximately 950 members, from Fortune 500 companies like Hertz Corporation, Ingersoll-Rand, Continental Airlines, Stryker, PSE&G, Sharp, and Sony, to emerging companies and sole proprietorships representing all areas of business and industry. The organization is the leader in free enterprise advocacy for the purpose of providing – through education, legislative vigilance and membership interaction – an economic climate that enhances business potential and makes New Jersey a better state in which to live, work and conduct business.

    The mission of the CIANJ Human Resource Council is to advocate human resources awareness by providing information and resources in various human resources disciplines. The HRC is committed to educating, advising, representing and supporting its most valuable resource – its people. It serves to bring human resource professionals, or those responsible for HR in their respective organizations regardless of size or structure, together to share information and solve common challenges.

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  • Feb 06, 2009Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Advises In Colavita Consolidation of North American Operations

     The Mergers & Acquisition Group of the Bridgewater-based law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., led by Victor S. Elgort, acted as legal advisor to Colavita USA, LLC, in the recent deal, where Colavita S.p.A. acquired a majority interest in Colavita USA. Colavita USA is the exclusive importer, marketer and distributor of Colavita brand oils and other Italian foods in North America. Colavita S.p.A. is a top global manufacturer of Italian olive oils.

    Founded by John Profaci Sr. in 1978, Colavita USA is a leader in the food and hospitality industry. Colavita USA will continue to operate its headquarters in Linden, New Jersey, and its management team will remain in place. Giovanni Colavita, formerly CEO of Colavita S.p.A., will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of Colavita USA, LLC, and Profaci, will become Chairman Emeritus. The transaction unites the interests of the Colavita and Profaci families in a single location, and will facilitate the continued expansion of Colavita brand products in the North American market. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    “The Profaci family has developed Colavita into a formidable brand with a loyal following among a large segment of American and Canadian consumers and foodservice customers,” said Colavita S.p.A.’s president, Enrico Colavita, adding that “the transaction will strengthen our operating flexibility on a global scale and enable us to offer a comprehensive line of high-quality products to the growing North American market.”

    “Colavita now ranks as the top-selling Italian brand in supermarkets, and customers rely on us for the highest-quality service,” noted Profaci. “In the process, we’ve forged a close relationship with the Colavita family, and share their standards for authenticity and quality.”

    Victor S. Elgort, a Senior Member of the firm, concentrates his practice on business law and tax planning, including the structuring of partnerships and joint ventures, tax-saving real estate and business exit strategies, executive compensation, and domestic and international estate planning matters.

    The attorneys in the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Mergers & Acquisitions Group have structured, negotiated and closed numerous U.S. and international transactions ranging from small-scale to complex multi-million dollar deals. The attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of such corporate transactions, including asset and stock sales, statutory mergers, tax-structured transactions, corporate reorganizations, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, LLC and limited partnership interest exchanges, financing arrangements, due diligence investigations, governmental approvals and clearances, analysis of tax, securities, labor, employee benefits, antitrust, real estate, intellectual property, environmental and other transaction-relevant issues.

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