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Michael Clark

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-5277
Fax: (310) 201-5219
San Francisco
Direct: (415) 732-1192
Fax: (415) 397-8549
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Michael Clark is a partner in the Corporate department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Mr. Clark has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions transactions, both domestically and internationally.  For almost 20 years, he has represented both buyers and sellers and, in particular, companies in the security, energy, technology and aerospace industries.  Mr. Clark also represents both private and public companies in corporate and securities law matters.

Mr. Clark is a co-chair of the firm’s EB-5 Immigrant Investment Specialty Team.  Mr. Clark serves as corporate securities counsel to developers and regional centers and is frequently involved in the structuring of various EB-5 financing transactions and ensuring compliance with the securities laws.  He is also a frequent author and lecturer in this practice area.

Lastly, Mr. Clark serves in the capacity of outside general corporate legal counsel to a number of the firm’s clients assisting on general commercial transactions and issues of corporate governance.

Michael Clark is a partner in the Corporate department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Mr. Clark has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions transactions, both domestically and internationally.  For almost 20 years, he has represented both buyers and sellers and, in particular, companies in the security, energy, technology and aerospace industries.  Mr. Clark also represents both private and public companies in corporate and securities law matters.

Mr. Clark is a co-chair of the firm’s EB-5 Immigrant Investment Specialty Team.  Mr. Clark serves as corporate securities counsel to developers and regional centers and is frequently involved in the structuring of various EB-5 financing transactions and ensuring compliance with the securities laws.  He is also a frequent author and lecturer in this practice area.

Lastly, Mr. Clark serves in the capacity of outside general corporate legal counsel to a number of the firm’s clients assisting on general commercial transactions and issues of corporate governance.

Education

  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law (1998)
  • B.A., The Master's College (1994)

Admissions

  • California

Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Bar Association - Business & Corporations Law Section, Executive Committee (2005 - 2010)
  • IIUSA Banking Committee

Representative Engagements

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Representation of a major international security company in more than 25 acquisitions and divestitures of security guard, armored car and security alarm companies
  • Representation of major international oil company in the sale of its equity interest in the largest corporation in the Baltic states, a refinery, pipelines and a port, in a transaction valued in excess of $1.5 billion
  • Representation of a U.S. subsidiary of a Taiwanese company, operating under a courtappointed receiver, in a competitive auction process for the sale of one of the nation's leading furniture retailers for approximately $100 million
  • Representation of the shareholders of a garbage collection and processing company in connection with the sale of the company in a transaction valued at $100 million
  • Representation of the sole shareholder of a company specializing in the production of highly engineered components for aerospace, turbine engine, industrial gas turbine, and general industrial markets in a competitive auction process for the of the company for approximately $85 million
  • Representation of a leader in the field of advanced composite materials in the acquisitions of (1) a manufacturer of high quality thermosetting advanced composite materials in a transaction valued at approximately $32 million and (2) a manufacturer of advanced armor solutions for the protection of vehicles (e.g., Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles), aircraft, ships/watercraft and military personnel in a transaction valued at approximately $68 million

Securities Offerings/Financings

  • Representation of a leading manufacturer of surface-mounted artificial lift systems for the oil and gas industry in the sale of its Series B Preferred Stock, the sale of its Series C Preferred Stock and related bridge financings
  • Representation of a company focused on marketing and manufacturing flywheel energy storage systems in the sale of its Series A Preferred Stock in two separate rounds
  • Representation of an Internet marketing company in the sale of its Class C Preferred Stock
  • Representation of a leading supplier of optical microsystems solutions in two bridge financings and the sale of its Series D preferred stock

General Corporate

  • Representation of an accounting and consulting firm in resolving a dispute regarding the exclusive right to use the name of one of the world's largest professional service organizations in the State of California
  • Analysis of a complex reorganization using Delaware Series LLCs for a large, privately owned, independent insurance broker
  • Representation of the acquirer in responding to an informal antitrust investigation by the California Attorney General's office in connection with a proposed transaction involving the combination of two California ski resorts
  • Representation of a company specializing in developing and manufacturing high speed electric motors and generators in connection with its corporate reorganization involving the spin-off of two separate business divisions to its shareholders

Presentations

  • Panelist, “EB-5 Immigration, Business and Securities Issues, Challenges & Trends,” EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers, ILW.COM, Los Angeles, CA (February 24, 2017)
  • Panelist, “EB-5 Best Practices and Compliance Strategies,” EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers, ILW.COM, Los Angeles, CA (February 24, 2017)
  • Panelist, "Ethics and Risk Management,” “EB-5 Practice, Ethics, and Decoding the IPO” CLE Program, LACBA, Los Angeles, CA (December 14, 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “The Indemnity Package: A Recap of Key Deal Terms in Today’s Middle-Market M&A Environment,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 15, 2016)

Publications

Accolades

  • Recognized Attorney, M&A/Corporate & Commercial: M&A Middle Market (U.S), Legal 500 USA (2015–2017)
  • "Southern California Rising Star” (2006–2009)