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Lori Anne Czepiel

Lori Anne Czepiel

Partner

330 Madison Avenue
27th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Pacific Gateway
19191 South Vermont Avenue
Suite 900
Torrance, CA 90502
lorianne.czepiel@nelsonmullins.com

Lori Anne counsels companies, investors, entrepreneurs, family offices, and funds on corporate, M&A, investment, and finance issues, as well as business, governance, strategy, risk management, compliance, dispute resolution, executive comp, IP, entity structuring, and US expansion matters. She has sophisticated experience in M&A transactions, venture capital and private equity investments, joint ventures, reorganizations, IPOs and...

Lori Anne counsels companies, investors, entrepreneurs, family offices, and funds on corporate, M&A, investment, and finance issues, as well as business, governance, strategy, risk management, compliance, dispute resolution, executive comp, IP, entity structuring, and US expansion matters. She has sophisticated experience in M&A transactions, venture capital and private equity investments, joint ventures, reorganizations, IPOs and other securities and capital raising transactions and has led hundreds of transactions valued at over $125 billion in the aggregate. Lori Anne handles matters from under $1 million to large middle market transactions for early-stage, private and public companies, investors and financial advisors in the technology, financial services/banking, asset management, healthcare, pharmaceutical/medical device and life science, business services, consumer/retail, manufacturing, insurance, media/entertainment, transportation, energy, and real estate industries.

Lori Anne’s practice also involves general business counseling. She acts as outside general counsel to clients, providing practical guidance and solutions on commercial, contract, strategy, compliance, and risk management issues in close collaboration with lawyers from other firm practices (including healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology, banking, IP, tax, and litigation). Her straightforward business-oriented perspective in part derives from prior in-house experience, including as acting General Counsel for a Nasdaq-listed global computer products distributor, and as a member of the boards of directors of international nonprofit businesses.

Lori Anne has deep experience with in-bound, out-bound, and international cross-border transactions and businesses spanning 50 countries throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Canada. 

Lori Anne Czepiel

other securities and capital raising transactions and has led hundreds of transactions valued at over $125 billion in the aggregate. Lori Anne handles matters from under $1 million to large middle market transactions for early-stage, private and public companies, investors and financial advisors in the technology, financial services/banking, asset management, healthcare, pharmaceutical/medical device and life science, business services, consumer/retail, manufacturing, insurance, media/entertainment, transportation, energy, and real estate industries.

Lori Anne’s practice also involves general business counseling. She acts as outside general counsel to clients, providing practical guidance and solutions on commercial, contract, strategy, compliance, and risk management issues in close collaboration with lawyers from other firm practices (including healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology, banking, IP, tax, and litigation). Her straightforward business-oriented perspective in part derives from prior in-house experience, including as acting General Counsel for a Nasdaq-listed global computer products distributor, and as a member of the boards of directors of international nonprofit businesses.

Lori Anne has deep experience with in-bound, out-bound, and international cross-border transactions and businesses spanning 50 countries throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Canada. 

Lori Anne counsels companies, investors, entrepreneurs, family offices, and funds on corporate, M&A, investment, and finance issues, as well as business, governance, strategy, risk management, compliance, dispute resolution, executive comp, IP, entity structuring, and US expansion matters. She has sophisticated experience in M&A transactions, venture capital and private equity investments, joint ventures, reorganizations, IPOs and... other securities and capital raising transactions and has led hundreds of transactions valued at over $125 billion in the aggregate. Lori Anne handles matters from under $1 million to large middle market transactions for early-stage, private and public companies, investors and financial advisors in the technology, financial services/banking, asset management, healthcare, pharmaceutical/medical device and life science, business services, consumer/retail, manufacturing, insurance, media/entertainment, transportation, energy, and real estate industries.

Lori Anne’s practice also involves general business counseling. She acts as outside general counsel to clients, providing practical guidance and solutions on commercial, contract, strategy, compliance, and risk management issues in close collaboration with lawyers from other firm practices (including healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology, banking, IP, tax, and litigation). Her straightforward business-oriented perspective in part derives from prior in-house experience, including as acting General Counsel for a Nasdaq-listed global computer products distributor, and as a member of the boards of directors of international nonprofit businesses.

Lori Anne has deep experience with in-bound, out-bound, and international cross-border transactions and businesses spanning 50 countries throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Canada. 

Experience

The following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representative Matters

Selected FinTech, Healthtech, and Other Technology M&A, Investment, and Other Transactions and Matters

  • Leading sales process for international digital translation company
  • Leading representation of global AI company in contract matters
  • Leading representation of LaunchTN, a $70m SSBCI fund, in technology, fund-of-fund, and other investments in start-up companies and outside general counsel matters
  • Advising founders of early-stage digital payments platform on international expansion, capital raise, and restructure
  • Leading representation of health/insurtech company and founders on restructure, investments, license agreements, IP, executive comp, outside general counsel matters
  • Led representation of Series C stage retail tech platform company for retailers in its acquisition of a digital rebate platform company
  • Led representation of early-stage medical device development company in sale to international MedTech contract research organization (CRO) for the management of clinical studies for medical technology, IVDs, biologics, and device-drug combination products
  • Led representation of spacetech company in auction for $100m sale
  • Led representation of insurtech/AI early stage company and founder in sale to NYSE company
  • Representation of global FinTech and ETF company in re-IPO and uplist
  • Led representation of Asian medical device manufacturer on US distribution arrangements, outside general counsel matters
  • Led representation of VC investor in healthtech start-up in an initial investment and license and follow-on financing from strategic customer and restructure of investment
  • Representation of Web3/blockchain security company in complex $150m international Series A round, comprised of Series A Preferred Stock financing, secondary offering and conversion of SAFEs, with lead investors including SoftBank Vision Fund and Pantera Capital 
  • Led representation of non-US SaaS logistics company on US securities and expansion issues
  • Led representation of venture-backed mobile payment systems company in agreements to acquire assets of various mobile app and software companies
  • Led representation of PE-owned FinTech company as the controlling partner in joint venture to develop a blockchain loan trading and settlement platform and management and IP arrangements
  • Led seed investment by real estate fund in real estate tech company
  • Led representation of investor in Singapore-based global company developing next-gen loyalty program solutions
  • Led representation of cybersecurity firm on sale to global firm
  • Representation of company developing SaaS-based predictive analytics products for property/casualty insurers in merger with NYSE-listed competitor
  • Representation of company developing digital and software solutions for restaurants in acquisition by EU-based global technology company
  • Led representation of UK health software company on US expansion
  • Led representation of start-up and founders on joint venture with education technology company, IP, and outside general counsel matters
  • Advised Japanese technology company on US structuring and securities issues
  • Led representation of controlling partner and lead investor in structuring joint venture with defense contractor for final development and commercialization of aircraft, distribution, and financing matters
  • Led representation of management team of company developing motion capture technology for entertainment, gaming and commercial uses, in management buyout from public UK parent
  • Led representation of investor in digital marketing and entertainment platform
  • Led representation of venture-backed manufacturer of RF semiconductors for the wireless industry in the company’s auction
  • Led representation of hedge fund in successfully seeking representation on the board of public medical device company
  • Led representation of EU payments company on cross-border matters
  • Led representation of start-up renewable energy fund and founders on investment and structuring issues
  • Led representation of interactive digital media, app, and gaming company on restructuring
  • Representation of sustainable design e-commerce company in sale to PE-backed software company
  • Representation of B2B retail e-database company in restructure, investments
  • Led representation of renewable energy company acquiring carbon emissions reductions under California Air Resources Board forest protocols
  • Led representation of PE-backed network infrastructure, security, and convergence solutions company with operations in US, India, Singapore, and Japan and senior management in acquisition by a global consulting firm
  • Led representation of Hong Kong majority owner of US public consumer electronics manufacturer in strategic transaction with public subsidiary
  • Led representation of EU-based navigation software company in acquisition of US competitor
  • Led representation of controlling shareholder of company developing online platform for employee administration outsourcing services to small and medium-sized businesses in sale to public financial software company
  • Led representation of global consumer tech company, founders, and senior management in PE-sponsored leveraged recap, and rollover

Selected Additional Private Equity Transactions

  • Leading representation of Mexico’s largest distributor of machinery and equipment in $100m private notes offering to major US private capital provider
  • Leading sale by founders of developer of software platform for test automation to PE firm
  • Led representation of minority investors in CPG platform partnership with Chicago-based PE firm in restructuring and investment for bolt-on acquisition
  • Led representation of founder in sale of insurance brokerage in to PE-backed buyer, and rollover
  • Led representation of Latin American-based consumer food company and founders in sale to US PE buyer, and rollover
  • Led representation of health practice management services company and its board of directors as significant shareholder in the acquisition of its PE-owned parent by a consortium of PE funds and rollover
  • Led real estate private equity firm in joint venture for commercial real estate development, investments, and securities offering
  • Led representation of PE-backed consumer company in auction bid for competitor
  • Led representation of the proprietary investment group of international investment bank in a private equity investment in a pharmaceutical distributor with global operations
  • Led representation of the global special situations group of a major investment bank in a minority private equity investment in a Latin American asset-based lending and project finance company
  • Led representation of publicly traded US retailer and board of directors in competing offers by PE funds and ultimate acquisition
  • Led representation of management shareholders of PE-owned consumer services company in auction and ultimate sale to NYSE-listed company
  • Led representation of major investment bank as a minority co-investor with PE funds in acquisition of a controlling interest in publicly traded Korean financial institution

Selected Additional M&A Transactions

  • Leading representation of wholesaler of valves and related automation products in sale auction process
  • Representing e-commerce company with operations in Asia-Pacific, UK and US, in public merger
  • Led representation of regional pharmacy chain in sale to major US pharmacy company
  • Led healthcare company in sale to regional healthcare system
  • Led representation of Latin America-based consulting firm in strategic transaction with global advisory firm
  • Led representation of healthcare fund and principals in consortium investment led by a global PE firm to pursue a proposed acquisition from a public company, including commitment and structuring of related entity
  • Led representation of international manufacturing joint venture among Latin American family office and major US appliance manufacturer in auction of partner’s appliance business and sale to Chinese competitor
  • Led representation of joint venture of several insurance companies and the board of directors in evaluating strategic options and the ultimate sale
  • Led representation of UK-based worldwide logistics company in its acquisition of a UK company with US operations
  • Led representation of financial advisor to company developing energy conserving technologies in tender offer by NYSE company
  • Led representation of US-based energy company in auctions of certain of its non-US operations, including natural gas pipeline and power plant businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Led representation of US-based energy company and its electric and gas subsidiary in a dual-track transaction with a proposed IPO of its Brazilian operations and the ultimate sale
  • Led representation of NYSE-listed SPAC and founders in evaluating several potential acquisitions and the ultimate agreement to acquire one of the largest managing general insurance agencies in the US
  • Led representation of US-based financial services company in acquisition of Korean bank
  • Led representation of telecom company and its board of directors in sale of public subsidiary with Latin American telecom operations, including auction and ultimate sale to competitor and related bankruptcy matters
  • Led representation of public Mexican financial services company and its controlling shareholders in acquisition by public UK-based financial services company
  • Led representation of NYSE-listed retailer of gas and electricity in auction and ultimate agreement to be acquired by a publicly traded UK competitor and outside general counsel matters.
  • Led representation of international investment bank as controlling partner in international joint venture to pursue M&A opportunities in Japan and throughout Asia

 

Previous Professional Experience

  • Partner, New York office of international law firm
  • Partner, California office of international law firm
  • Acting General Counsel for a Nasdaq-listed global computer products distributor
  • General Counsel, M&A and Corporate, for a global consulting firm

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, JD, cum laude
    • G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar
    • Editor, Annual Review of Banking Law
  • Northwestern University, BA, Economics
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management Executive Education

Admissions

  • New York
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Practice Areas

Industries

  • New York City Bar Association - selected to:
    • Emerging Companies (Venture Capital/Start-up) Committee
    • Special Committee on M&A and Corporate Control Contests
  • American Bar Association:
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
    • Acquisitions of Public Companies Task Force
  • 100 Women in Finance
  • Private Directors Association
  • Association of Corporate Governance
  • Springboard Enterprises, global network of entrepreneurs, investors, and advisors accelerating entrepreneurs in technology and life sciences
  • Innovate@BU, Boston University
  • Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee, Board Member and Recording Secretary
  • The Joyce Theater Foundation, former Board Member
  • Midori & Friends Foundation, former Board Member
  • Northwestern University Alumni Association, former Regent, Board Member, and Executive Officer