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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.

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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.

MI firms deliver ‘great value’ to Stibo Systems

Stibo Systems A/S, a global leader in Master Data Management (MDM) solutions, turned to MI‘s Codex Advokater for international due diligence advice ahead of its plans for a series of major Danish transactions. Codex Advokater commercial partners Jannik Haahr Antonsen and Mikael Grosen Skovbo co-ordinated responses from 12 countries including Denmark , Australia, Japan and Chile and provided a summary legal document outlining all challenges. Working to a strict three-month timetable, the assignment included the development of a detailed questionnaire and ensured Stibo Systems minimised the impact of any acquisitions on branches in other countries.

Jeppe Meulengracht Fogh, Stibo Systems, chief legal officer for Stibo Systems said; “During the process of preparing legal opinions in 12 different countries worldwide, we have benefited a lot from our cooperation with Codex Advokater in Denmark and Codex‘s international network of cooperation partners in Mackrell International. Both in terms of time and economy it was of great value to us to have only one local lawyer as our contact person who was in charge of the overall management. This made it possible to have the assignment completed quickly and at the right price”

Clive Miéville, MI managing director said; “Great value and having a single point of contact for global work are a priority for in-house lawyers and this deal proves that MI can deliver both even with a pressing timetable. MI‘s promise of global knowledge with local contacts is evident here.”

The 12 MI firms were:

  • Codex Advokater (Denmark)
  • Peyer Partner (Switzerland)
  • Gärde Wesslau (Sweden)
  • Ten Holter/Noordam (Holland)
  • SKW Schwarz (Rechtsanwälte)
  • Germany Van Cutsem Wittamer Marnef & Partners (Belgium)
  • Schuppich, Sporn & Winischhofer (Austria)
  • Lander & Rogers (Australia)
  • Kojima Law Office (Japan)
  • Stehlin & Associes (France)
  • Hästö & Salingre (Finland)
  • Prieto y Cia (Chile)

Jannik Haahr Antonsen

Codex Advokater, Advokatpartnerselskab

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