BLOCK GARDEN & MCNEILL, LLP
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Dallas, TX 75225
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Representative Transactions


Steven R. Block | Warren W. Garden | Christopher M. McNeill



Steven R. Block


Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Multimillion dollar purchase of US-based assets from a publicly-held Mexican corporation
  • $80 million recapitalization of a franchise company with a large publicly-traded private equity company
  • $60 million sale of a publicly-trade medical waste management company to the largest public company in the industry
  • $25.0 million sale of a Texas-based military contractor
  • $125 million sale of a large publicly-traded New Jersey-based commercial bank to a money-center bank
  • Acquisition of a large Dallas-based dry cleaning company
  • Purchase of a controlling interest in a Modesto, California-based hospital
  • Purchase of one of the largest nationwide home healthcare companies in the Unites States and subsequent $25.0 million sale of such company to a large Savannah, Georgia-based hospital corporation
  • Sale of a pet tracking company to Pfizer, Inc.
  • Reverse mergers into a publicly-traded shell corporations - numerous
  • Hostile Acquisition of a controlling interest in a publicly-traded Miami, Florida-based eyeglass distributor

Securities/Financings

  • Initial capitalization, all rounds of private financings and IPO of broadcast.com
  • Several rounds of financing for a San Antonio-based medical device manufacturer
  • Numerous rounds of financings including public, state-registered and private offerings, mezzanine financings and commercial loan financings for a diverse group of companies including, technology start-ups (broadcast.com), consumer goods, equipment manufacturing, alternative energy, biomedical and biotech products companies, commercial financial institutions, health-care companies, real estate funds, private equity, hedge and venture capital funds

Franchising

  • Mr. Block represents the second largest dry cleaning franchisor in the United States, as well as a franchisor of overnight shipping and freight, a pizza franchisor and has represented a chocolaterie franchisor.

Licensing

  • Mr. Block has represented both licensors and licensees in licenses for inventions in the fields of biotechnology, software, medical devices, materials and equipment. Mr. Block currently represents the Technology Transfer Offices of Emory University and Georgia Tech University in licensing transactions.

Project Finance

  • Mr. Block represented the company that built the first ethanol plant in the State of Texas and negotiated all of the engineering, procurement and construction, financing, off take, hedging and other agreements related thereto.
  • Mr. Block has also represented several companies in other ethanol plant construction projects as well as other alternative energy providers.

Hedge Funds/Private Equity

  • Mr. Block has organized many private equity, venture capital and hedge funds over the past 12 years.

Author

  • Contributing Author of The Practice of Corporate Law, an Inside the Minds book
  • Commentator - Channel 5 NBC News regarding the SBC/AT&T merger
  • "New SEC Regulations Have Large Implications for Hedge Fund Advisors," Corporate Counsel Sections Newsletter
  • "Southwest VC investors choose less risk, fewer startups," Fort Worth Business Press
  • "Nanotechnology-A Good Investment or the Next Biotech Bubble?," Fort Worth Business Press
  • "Valuing the IP of Distressed Companies; What Every Investor Should Know," Seminar for Venture Capitalists
  • "Patriot Act," VC Experts, Inc. and Encyclopedia of Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • "Chapter 5A - Fundamentals of Bank and Savings and Loan Association Acquisitions," Banking Law Manual, Matthew Bender
  • "FDIC Makes it Riskier to Take Over a Failed Bank," Financial Services Law Report
  • "Venture Capitalism Is Alive and Kicking", Texas Lawyer

Instructor

  • Southwest Graduate School of Banking at SMU

Lecturer

  • New Jersey Bankers' Association - Bank Mergers and Acquisitions and holding company formation.
  • Blue Knot Society - "From Startups to Spinoffs, the Life Cycle of a Company"
  • Bio 2004 Annual International Convention, San Francisco, CA - New Developments in Biotech Licensing

Member

  • Dallas Bar Association and State Bar of Texas

Endorsement

  • Endorsed as the Corporate Law expert for the State of Texas by Global Law Experts