Kelley Drye

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Joseph B. Hoffman

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Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 342-8857
Fax: (202) 342-8451

Joe Hoffman is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the D.C. Business Group. His commercial practice focuses on business transactions cutting across a wide range of industries.

Mr. Hoffman's experience includes the purchase and sale of assets and companies as well as venture capital, equipment leasing and institutional financing transactions. He represents telecommunications companies, real estate developers, lenders, venture capital funds, emerging growth companies, thoroughbred horse industry interests and high-net-worth individuals.

Representative Experience

Represented telecommunications clients in the acquisition of approximately 400,000 Lifeline subscribers from two other companies exiting the Lifeline business, which required navigating various regulatory issues surrounding the acquisitions.

Represented a lab testing company in the purchase of substantially all the assets of an independent food testing laboratory.

Represented an NYSE-listed company in the acquisition of a laboratory testing and consulting company, and its two operating subsidiaries, expanding the client’s range of food, beverage and nutrition testing services.

Represented an NYSE-listed company in the acquisition of a technology group that provides specialized forensic DNA analysis, proprietary DNA collection products, and relationship testing to an international market.

Represented a NYSE national laboratory testing company in acquisition of forensics company with significant government contracts.

Counseled a software company in its sale to a NYSE-listed company.

Served as company counsel for a services and software venture in a recapitalization funded by a private equity fund.

Counseled a Fortune 10 company in a multi-state real estate disposition program involving hundreds of sites and related operating businesses.

Counseled publicly traded and privately held telecommunications concerns in merger and private placement transactions.

Represented the purchaser of a seven-property shopping center portfolio from a national publicly traded REIT involving two joint ventures, four loan assumptions and three new loans.

Served as counsel for the sellers of interests in a closely held wholesale jewelry business.

Handled senior secured, asset-based debt financings and subordinated registered debt offerings.

Represented venture funds and portfolio companies in the software, professional services, hardware, telecommunications and other industries in connection with venture capital investments.

Represented an international telecommunications company in multiple, staged sales of interests to a venture capital concern.

Represented a private equity-owned provider of weight loss, exercise and diet plans and products, including dietary supplements, in an asset acquisition.

Represented a leading provider of predictive data analytics and reconciliation solutions focused primarily in the telecom and media sector in stock sale to a portfolio company of a private equity fund.

Represented a telecommunications company in asset acquisitions.

Served as bank counsel in various loan transactions.

Served as borrower's and lender's counsel in real estate financings, including conduit loan transactions.

Counseled the majority stockholders of a racetrack venture in the sale of the business to a NASDAQ-listed company.

Counseled a closely held thoroughbred racetrack venture in the sale of an ownership interest to a NYSE-listed company.

Served as Maryland corporate counsel for one of the largest complexes of investment companies sponsored by a Fortune 100 company in connection with securities registrations and issuances, corporate and shareholder governance, capital transactions and other corporate matters.

Handled real estate assemblages, acquisitions, dispositions, related financings, like-kind exchanges and leases.

Handled purchase of industrial equipment assets and related operations.

Counseled a closely held printing company in the sale of assets to a NASDAQ-listed company in a "pooling" transaction, as well as the sale of real estate held by a related joint venture. Transaction involved minority stockholder litigation and buy-out of minority partners in real estate.

Structured and negotiated an investment manager's carried interest and employment relationship with a Far East investment fund.

Represented a closely held clinical research organization in the sale of stock to a NASDAQ-listed company in a "pooling" transaction.

Handled the sale of a minority interest's stock in a telecommunications hardware company.

Represented a NYSE-listed company in the purchase of an infomercial business together with the related manufacturing element and intellectual property.

Represented a Korean conglomerate in a venture capital investment in a strategically situated, high-tech Silicon Valley company.

Represented a NYSE-listed company in the sale of an airline fleet.

Handled employment and severance agreements for executives and employers.

Represented real estate concerns and other operating businesses in financing transactions involving related borrowers and cross-collateralized security.

Represented a master franchisee for Israel in contract negotiations with respect to a NASDAQ-listed company's educational learning center and computer-based testing franchise.

Community Activities

Charles E. Smith Life Communities, chair and board member
Beth El Synagogue, treasurer and board member

Honors & Awards

2013 SmartCEO Power Player Award

Ranked as a leading practitioner in the Corporate/M&A area by Chambers USA, 2008 and 2009.

Honored as one of Washington's leading lawyers, SmartCEO magazine, 2006 and 2008.

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