Overview

Jeffrey Gardner is special counsel in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Chicago office.

Areas of Practice

Jeffrey concentrates his practice on transactional and securities matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments, financings and Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 compliance. He represents public and private clients based in the basic materials, biotech, finance, hospitality and technology industries.

Jeffrey also advises entrepreneurs and startup ventures in connection with formation and general corporate matters, and he counsels public and private companies in all aspects of corporate governance.

Experience

Experience

Representative Transactions

M&A

  • Represented owner of CauseForce, Inc., in sale of 50% of the company to Bregal Partners
  • Represented OmniForce, LLC, in multiple roll-up acquisitions of race events and a cross-border acquisition of event production company
  • Represented OmniForce, LLC, in sale of for-profit race business
  • Represented Edgewater Growth Capital Partners in acquisition of American Piping Products
  • Represented National Surgical Care in several roll-up acquisitions of majority interests in ambulatory surgery centers
  • Represented Ridge Capital Partners in acquisition of WeCare Organics and WeCare Transportation
  • Represented Solo Cup Company in divestiture of Hoffmaster division to private equity investors
  • Represented StandardVision, LLC, in note purchase financing transaction with Eldridge Capital
  • Represented Parlano, Inc., in sale via merger with Microsoft, Inc.
  • Represented Sarvega, Inc., in sale via merger with Intel
  • Represented SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc., in purchase of IP assets from a privately held South African software company
  • Represented a subsidiary of John Deere in acquisition of GeoVantage
  • Represented BOP, LLC, in sale of shopbop.com to Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Represented Stats, LLC, in acquisition of PA SportsTicker, Inc.
  • Represented Fitch Risk Management in cross-border acquisition of Algorithmics Incorporated
  • Represented Targeted Molecular Diagnostics, LLC, in sale of the company to Quintiles Transnational Holdings, Inc.
  • Represented Nuseed Holding Co. in acquisition of Seeds 2000, Inc.
  • Represented Oxford Capital Partners, LLC, in multiple acquisitions and sales of hotel properties
  • Represented Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC, in acquisition of the assets of the Oklahoma City RedHawks
  • Represented Toter, Incorporated, in sale via merger to Wastequip, Inc.
  • Represented Aligned Equity Partners, LLC, in million acquisition of the assets of American Bin & Conveyor
  • Represented Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc., in acquisition of private financial services company
  • Represented Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc., in going-private transaction
  • Represented HGDS Acquisition LLC in acquisition of certain assets of Hub Group Distribution Services, LLC
  • Represented Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., in acquisition of The Security Professionals, Inc. and Security Services USA, Inc.

IPOs/Venture Capital Transactions

  • Represented shareholders of Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc., in IPO
  • Represented SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc., in Series B and Series C venture financings and related tender offer
  • Represented Chromatin, Inc., in Series B and Series C venture financings
  • Represented Firm58, Inc., in Series B and Series C venture financings

Real Estate/Hospitality Joint Ventures

  • Represented Oxford Capital Partners, LLC, in multiple joint ventures with capital partners for the acquisition, development and operation of U.S. hotel properties
  • Represented Geolo Capital II, L.P., in multiple joint ventures with developers for the acquisition, development and operation of U.S. and foreign hotel properties
  • Represented Quadrum Global in multiple joint ventures with developers for the acquisition, development and operation of multiple properties to be developed into hotels, apartment complexes and mixed-use developments
  • Represented Cachet Hotel Group in master franchising agreement with Wahlburgers Franchising International, Inc.
  • Represented Cachet Hotel Group in venue licensing agreement with Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.

Honors

Honors

Recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers

Insights

Articles

  • Sanctuary Hotels in The Time of Crisis: The Legal Consequences
    Hotel Executive, December 2022 issue

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Venture Law Blog Posts

Memberships

Memberships

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Member, Florida Bar Association

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2003, Journal of Law and Policy in International Business

M.B.A., Ohio State University, 2000

B.S., Ohio State University, 2000, cum laude

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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