- Aviation Law
- Construction Law
- Corporate & Commercial Law
- Employment Law
- Energy, Oil and Gas Law
- Estate Planning
- Finance and Banking
- Franchise Law
- Insurance Law
- IT & Communication
- Intellectual Property
- Licensing & Distribution
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Partnerships & Joint Ventures
- Private Equity
- Project & Corporate Finance
- Real Estate Law
- Sports & Entertainment Law
- Startup & Venture Capital
- Tax Law
KFN Legal represents clients across a broad range of industries in antitrust matters including mergers, cartels, counselling and investigations. We have expertise in financial services, energy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and consumer products. Our frontline experience before the agencies and the courts allows us to provide invaluable insight when counseling clients, while standing ready to aggressively defend or quickly resolve antitrust and unfair competition claims.
At KFN Legal, our aviation team is comprised of attorneys who have a deep understanding of the aviation industry and is focused on the particular business goals of our clients. We specialize in the representation of air carriers, drone operators, aviation manufacturers, aviation service providers, aviation trade associations, and other aviation entities in regulatory, legislative, enforcement, transactional and litigation matters. Our interdisciplinary team approach to addressing legal issues facing the aviation industry enables us to identify and efficiently address significant matters impacting our clients.
Our Aviation Law Practice includes the following key areas:
Corporate/Commercial Aviation Issues: We specialize in the operations of corporate flight departments, charter operators (Part 135 and 125), aircraft management companies, fractional ownership programs, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) stations, air tour operators, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), aerial applicators, manufacturers and airports. We advise and assist clients on a wide range of commercial and legal issues associated with the ownership and operation of aircrafts, such as leases and other contracts, passengers and cargo claims, and employee relations, among others.
Aviation Financing and Lien Matters: We have worked extensively with banking institutions in the recovery of distressed aviation assets and obtaining deficiency judgments, with commercial operators in the implementation and enforcement of liens, and with aircraft owners and operators in the resolution of title liens.
Airport and Fixed Based Operator (FBO) Representation: We have represented numerous airports and FBOs on land-use and leasing issues and litigation matters, including defense of claims alleging negligence following mishaps at and near airports, including negotiating through-the-fence operations, hangar condominium developments, airport access issues, and tenant disputes.
Aviation Insurance: Our team handles a wide range of matters involving various aspects of aircraft hull and liability insurance, including coverage analyses and litigation of coverage issues through declaratory judgment actions, trials, and appeals.
At KFN Legal, we have extensive experience advising on corporate compliance matters and address the risks and complexities arising from investigations and enforcement actions, whether in a single jurisdiction or across many, and advise on the application of global sanctions and export controls. Our team assists clients in dealing with regulatory matters, such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) statutes and regulations, and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
We also advise and represent clients on matters related to risk assessments, compliance reviews, compliance programs, investigations, enforcement matters, and civil claims.
Our lawyers have extensive experience advising clients on all aspects of regulatory compliance involving the banking, capital markets, and investment fund sectors. We create complex strategies designed to protect our clients and enable them to pursue their business objectives confidently.
We advise on all sectors of the construction and engineering industry, including turn-key contracts for project infrastructure and development. Our legal support ranges from the drafting of tender and project documents to dispute resolution. We prepare and negotiate all major forms of construction contracts and ancillary documents, such as EPC and other turn-key contracts, financial support arrangements, concession contracts, joint venture agreements, technology supply and licensing agreements, and operation and maintenance contracts.
We have experience advising both owners and contractors. Our clients range in size from large multinational entities to smaller family-owned businesses and are representatives of all major segments of the construction industry, including waste disposal and management, manufacturing, oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, and commercial property.
Corporate & Commercial Law
We advise our clients on various in-bound and out-bound cross border transactions, including agencies and distributorships, marketing agreements, sale and purchase agreements, international tax and tariff, technology licensing and transfer, anti-dumping and subsidies, maritime, INCOTERMS, customs restrictions, and direct foreign investments and corporate structure.
In addition, we can establish, manage and administer various legal entities, such as holding companies, trusts and foundations, to meet our clients’ specific objectives. These include corporate (re)structuring, cross border investments, foreign market entry, tax optimization, and employment and local compliance matters. We provide customized services by following the best practices in direct foreign investment and compliance standards.
At KFN Legal, we advise clients on all employment, compensation and benefits matters, whether advisory or transactional, including executive compensation, employment, incentives and immigration. Our team works closely with in-house legal counsel and the HR departments to draft, implement and enforce best practices policies and procedures.
We also represent clients in employment disputes arising from wrongful termination claims, severance and compensation, penalties, and pensions.
Energy, Oil and Gas Law
Our attorneys understand that technology and regulation are major factors in the energy, oil and gas sector. Our knowledge of local jurisdictions combined with our understanding of international best practices allow us to bring you practical solutions to complex problems. We support governments, NOCs, IOCs, oil services companies and manufacturers in all sectors of the industry, including upstream exploration and production; oil and natural gas pipelines (domestic and cross border); liquefied natural gas (LNG), gasification, gas storage, trading, distribution; petrochemical manufacturing; and crude oil refining and trading.
Our strong technical background and experience in the exploration & production sector allows us to develop cutting-edge solutions to complex problems. We have supported clients in matters related to conventional or unconventional activities arising onshore or offshore.
Nearly everyone benefits from having a customized Estate plan, regardless of the amount of assets or number of heirs they have. Estate planning is important to ensure the orderly transfer of family assets, as well as to protect those assets from unnecessary taxation.
KFN Legal can assist with pre-death planning and transfers, as well as carrying out that plan after death. We also engage in planning and document preparation for the management and transfer of wealth of ultra-high-net worth individuals, families and business owners. We diligently counsel business owners and high-net worth executives on the transfer of ownership interests in the business and succession planning
Among the estate planning practice’s areas of expertise are:
- Wealth transfer planning, including a wide variety of trusts, wills, family business issues and disposition of property.
- Planning for business ownership, succession and transfer, including choice of entity, buy-sell agreements, stock bonus and option agreements and tax-free distributions.
- Estate and trust administration, including: post-mortem tax advice to fiduciaries and beneficiaries; and planning for tax-savings elections, credits and disclaimers.
- Islamic estate and will planning in compliance with Sharia law.
Finance & Banking
KFN Legal counsels on a wide array of loan transactions, from acquisition finance to recapitalizations, work-out financings to asset-based lending facilities, municipal lending to project finance, and all manner of other lending arrangements. KFN Legal also assists clients with secured loans, unsecured loans and loan modifications. Our banking and finance attorneys have experience with inter-bank participation transactions and are knowledgeable in the preparation of many essential loan documents, including:
- Leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations
- Workouts, restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings and exit financings
- Bank regulation and compliance
- Commercial Lending and asset-based financing
- Credit agreements
- Interest rate option
- Subordination agreements
- Collateral agreements
- Sale and Purchase agreements
- Letters of credit
- Other financing transactions including asset-based lending transactions, real estate, structured trade, and commodity and investment-grade financing.
At KFN Legal, we understand the complex dynamics associated with establishing international franchising and licensing agreements and work with our clients to insure their understanding of the complexities of franchising.
Our lawyers provide advice to prospective or existing franchisees, multi-unit franchisees, area developers, master or sub-franchisors, and franchisee associations.
Our attorneys advise insurance and non-insurance related companies on industry specific legal matters, including (but not limited to) licensing and continuous filings obligations, review of insurance policies to ensure adherence with the applicable laws and regulations. With these capabilities, we can deliver to directors and senior management of insurance companies legal and compliance training that relate to their ongoing obligations and day-to-day insurance business.
Information Technology & Communication
We advise clients on various aspects of technology development and investment, intellectual property rights, as well as information and communications technology matters. Our attorneys support clients with technology related litigation and provide advice on non-litigious matters, such as Intellectual Property registration and protection, local and international Information and Communications Technology (ICT) regulations and restrictions, and negotiation and preparation of related agreements and transactions.
With an economy that places a higher value on the intellectual assets of companies and the need to address business decisions on a global level, at KFN Legal our Intellectual Property practice stands ready to assist clients in all aspects of development and management of portfolio strategy, commercial exploitation, and the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property. With an emphasis on patents, trademarks and licensing, we have extensive experience assisting Fortune 500 Companies, as well as smaller entities, individuals and foreign counsel in many areas including patent and trademark clearance, prosecution and maintenance.
KFN Legal recognizes the need for client-wide adoption of Intellectual Property protection policies and practices. Thus, we develop attorney trademark training programs as well as counsel marketing departments in all areas of IP (trademark, copyright and patent). We also assist clients with employee non-compete agreement enforcement and trade secret enforcement.
Licensing & Distribution
KFN Legal can help you develop tailored guidelines and specifications dictating how your third-party partners can use your assets such as patents, software, trademarks, copyrights, designs and trade secrets that make sense for your unique business needs.
Our seasoned team of attorneys will help you develop local, regional and international distribution agreements while negotiating exclusivity, supply, territories and all other applicable terms and conditions.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Our team advises and represents a wide range of clients on all types of merger, acquisition and joint venture transactions, ranging from small investments (less than $1 million) to large investments (more than $100 million). These transactions involve various client-types and industries, including technology, energy, infrastructure, banking and finance, insurance, telecommunication, utility, manufacturing, healthcare, sports, and media.
We also advise on several structures, including mergers, stock and asset backed purchases, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, restructurings and recapitalizations, and takeovers.
Partnerships & Joint Ventures
KFN Legal provides comprehensive legal assistance with respect to the structuring and negotiation of equity and contractual joint ventures, partnership arrangements and on other strategic alliances structures, whether local or cross-border, from straightforward structures to the most complex.
We work closely with our clients in devising and implementing structures that are designed to meet expectations, facilitate the smooth running of alliances and provide a clear path for solutions if issues arise. Our years of experience enables us to undertake a comprehensive view of the intended relationship allowing us to identify and implement the optimum structures to set the path for successful strategic alliances.
A contractual joint venture/strategic alliance may involve requirements contracts, joint product development agreements, long-term management arrangements, licensing arrangements and other contractual mechanisms pursuant to which two separate businesses forge a relationship that is stronger than an ordinary vendor/purchaser relationship. We have the capabilities and experience to help our clients in all of these areas.
Our equity and contractual joint venture clients cover a broad spectrum of industries and include energy, health care, maritime, private equity, sports and entertainment, hospitality and real estate.
KFN Legal represents a wide range of private equity firms, funds and portfolio companies operating across varied industries. We routinely advise funds on acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings of their portfolio companies including specialized experts in fund formation and investment management, buyouts and other equity and debt investments, finance, securities and capital markets, tax, and management compensation and employee benefits.
With extensive experience in the transactional, regulatory and business climate for private equity, our lawyers are well positioned to help formulate strategies, deal structures and terms designed to ensure optimal solutions.
Project & Corporate Finance
In our role as project counsel, we work with all the participants necessary to the development, construction, financing and operation of a project financed facility. In other situations, we act for other project participants. For example, we represent developers in establishing projects and arranging for the participation of others essential to the project.
We represent senior lenders and subordinated lenders; commercial banks, industrial development agencies and banks, insurance companies and other types of institutional, non-bank lenders; vendors who have provided equity and subordinated financing in the context of their supply arrangements; and true equity participants. We have structured the participation of private investment funds as holders of debt and equity.
KFN Legal is one of the few international law firms with a Middle East presence, which has a wholly integrated corporate financing practice. The experience and diversity of our team makes us more cognizant of the relationship of construction to financing projects. Our attorneys and other professionals, including Certified Accountants, work side-by-side to ensure a comprehensive offering.
Real Estate Law
KFN Legal represents developers, owners, equity investors, home builders, lenders, governments and other real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate ownership, finance, development, management and disposition. Our clients range from individual owners and investors to publicly traded companies to real estate investment trusts (REITs). We provide general outside counsel to a number of privately held development companies in our region. We also represent privately held and publicly traded corporations in the purchase, development, management, leasing and disposition of their extensive real estate holdings working in tandem with in-house counsel and client real estate teams. Our lawyers represent numerous banks and insurance companies in closing construction, permanent and mezzanine loans.
Sports & Entertainment Law
KFN Legal has extensive experience representing clients doing business in sports, entertainment and new media. Our expertise encompasses all aspects of the sports and entertainment industry, including programming for distribution for network television, syndication, cable, digital platforms, public television, animation, children’s programming, format sales, international production and distribution, and advertiser and brand integration in the production, broadcast, and promotion of programming. We have experience advising major players in professional sports – including football, basketball, soccer, cricket, baseball and golf in contract negotiations.
Startup & Venture Capital
We represent start-ups through every stage of their lifecycle. Our team provides clients with ongoing day-to-day legal advice, as well as transactional services in connection with financing (formation, seed, convertible note, preferred equity), complex strategic transactions, and exits.
While we are primarily focused on working with founders, we have worked with venture capital groups and represent a number of top “angels”, which has allowed us to implement an investor’s perspective when advising both start-ups and investor clients.
One of the most valued aspects of our practice continues to be our dedication to focusing on tax issues at the earliest possible stage of each transaction. At KFN Legal, we endeavor to find ways to add value by exploring innovative approaches to reduce the client’s tax burden and increase the overall economic benefits of the deal, while still complying with all applicable tax laws.
Our attorneys and CPA’s understand that tax planning must be balanced with challenges arising from operational, accounting, regulatory and financial considerations. Our detailed approach allows us to identify obscure but potentially costly tax issues and offer solutions with the highest level of expertise. We have a special team dedicated to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Tax Exchange of Information.
We have also developed a special practice devoted to assisting binational individuals, corporate entities and financial institutions with international tax structure and compliance, including FATCA, Report of Foreign Banks and Financial Accounts (FBAR), the Global Account Tax Compliance Act (GATCA), the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEI) and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) developed by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and other transnational tax and accounting matters. We also provide US sanctions compliance advisory and licensing services.