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This Mackrell Network is exceptional in so many ways – you have to read this story!

Scott Tarter, partner in the Business Services Group and Sports, Entertainment and Media Group and chair of the International Group with Bose McKinney & Evans in Indiana recently shared an outstanding story of legal collaboration.

Scott reached out recently to Mackrell International member Kaempfer Crowell of Nevada with an urgent request by a charitable organization for assistance on behalf of an elderly gentleman (battling brain cancer and living on his own), who had been given an (improper) eviction notice and was being forced from his home.

This gentleman had been living in a rented home for the past 15 years and, despite his dire medical condition, his willingness to pay increased rent if necessary, and his not being in default in any way, was the victim of a landlord and property manager wanting to remove him quickly for convenience in order to sell the house. A charity Scott co-founded several years ago (www.droppingdimes.org) had received an urgent request for help from this gentleman.

As a fellow Mackrell International member, Scott reached out to Kaempfer Crowell attorneys Sev Carlson, with a practice in administrative law, regulatory matters, government affairs and related litigation and Josh Corelli, who focuses on business, corporate, real estate, and finance transactions, and asked if they could assist. Scott assured them the charity would foot the bill. When KC found out BME was doing work for the charity on a pro bono basis, and when they listened to the circumstances of this unfortunate man, they immediately offered to take on the representation on a pro bono basis.

Sev and Josh quickly and successfully dealt with the landlord and property manager and obtained much needed relief for the elderly gentleman. Kaempfer Crowell was incredibly helpful and kind in dealing with the gentleman, who was nearly in tears as Scott explained to him that he did not now need to find a way to immediately pack up, move out of his house and find a new place to live. According to Scott, Sev and Josh did some incredible lawyering on a fast-track and pro bono basis - and they made a huge impact on the life of a stranger without any thought about being recognized or compensated.

Scott summarized this exceptional story regarding the quality of Mackrell International Member Firms:

“The above is another reason why Bose McKinney chose Mackrell International and another reason why we value being on the Mackrell International team. It’s great when we get the opportunities to serve our clients on commercial matters, and we’re certainly looking forward to working on the next interesting commercial/legal collaboration with a Mackrell International member firm, but this was an example of how willing members are to also jump in and help do the right charitable thing when needed. I can’t thank Kaempfer Crowell enough and I hope we can return the favor for them or another member someday soon.”

Scott Tarter

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Sev Carlson

Kaempfer Crowell

Bose McKinney & Evans client chooses MI for US $750 million property re-financing deal

Mackrell International (MI) Indiana member, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, completed a US-wide US$750 million property re-financing project for long-standing client Simply Self Storage calling on three MI members. Other firms involved were Baker Donelson in Alabama and Mississippi, Clark Hill in Pennsylvania and Scheef & Stone in Texas. The re-financing covered 102 properties in 20 US states plus Puerto Rico.

Simply Self Storage is one of the largest privately owned self-storage management companies in the US with over 7 million square feet of storage space in 214 locations across the country and Puerto Rico. Bose McKinney & Evans LLP partner Bryan Woodruff has advised the company for nearly 20 years on acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, tax and leases.

Greg Hahn, MI lead for Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, said; “Simply Self Storage had existing counsel in many, but not all, states involved in the refinancing. Being a member of MI means we can call on MI firms in the states not covered by existing relationships to assist in the project, knowing those firms were well-vetted and that individual attorneys were known to provide quality work product and on-time service. The advantage to the client of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP using Mackrell firms is that it is a seamless process.”

The MI firms provided local counsel opinion letters and the practice areas involved were real estate and tax.

Woodruff said; “The major challenge in this project was coordinating the closing in the 21 jurisdictions on time as the opinion letters all had to wait to be issued on the date of closing, which was not determined until less than two days before the actual closing date. All the firms met the deadline and were easy to work with throughout the transaction. In addition to their efficiency and responsiveness, their fees were similar to ours so there was no issue with surprise billings.”

MI has 37 members in 103 offices across Canada, North and South America.

Clive Mieville, managing director for MI, said; “The Simply Self Storage work is an example of what our members do best. The client was able to pick from exactly the right locations and could rely on receiving the same high value quality standard of advice and client service.”

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is a business law firm, serving both publicly held and privately held businesses, governmental entities and high-growth industries. The firm's Indiana offices are in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

For more on Simply Self Storage please visit www.simplyss.com.

Gregory Hahn

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

MI Team advises on Tengram Capital Partners acquisition of This Works

Morrison Cohen LLP New York and Mackrell Turner Garrett London advised Tengram Capital Partners on its acquisition of This Works, an award winning producer of natural health and beauty products.

Tengram Capital Partners created a newly formed holding company, TWP UK Holdings Limited, to acquire the entre issued share capital of This Works Products Limited. Legal work included advising on complex investment issues, extensive due diligence and employment advice. Mackrell Turner Garrett lawyers were corporate partners Keith Provins and Maung Aye, IP partner Rebecca Howlett and employment associate Donna Martin.

Morrison Cohen corporate partner Perry A Pappas leading the deal said: “In this latest joint assignment Mackrell Turner Garrett did an excellent job of demystifying the process of a UK cross border transaction so the client can focus on the key issues to reach a successful closing. Our client is thrilled with the result.”

Clive Mieville, managing director of MI, said: “A great example of MI’s M & A capability. Our firms are chosen for their outstanding corporate credentials. Choosing MI as a legal provider gives clients access to top corporate advice in 60 countries.”

Tengram Capital Partners is a private equity firm that focuses exclusively on leading middle-market consumer and retail companies that own strong recognisable brands.

http://www.tengramcapital.com/pressArticles/fundNews/tengram-capital-partners-press-050615.html

http://www.tengramcapital.com/tengram-capital-partners-this-works-brand.html

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