Merrill Stone’s corporate practice includes finance and securities law, banking, shareholder services and mergers and acquisitions. Merrill represents banks, financial institutions, private equity funds, industrial companies and other entities in licensing and regulatory matters, syndicated and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings and workouts.
Merrill’s transactions range in size and complexity from a few million dollars to more than a billion dollars. For example, Merrill recently represented a major fashion company and its foreign subsidiaries in a $500 million syndicated multicurrency credit facility and numerous other offshore financings. He also advised a publicly held company engaged in the distribution of independent motion pictures and other content and digital cinema projection systems, in several hundred million dollars of financings, including multitier structured financings of bankrupt remote special purpose entities.
Merrill’s more recent M&A transactions have included: the sale for a combination of cash and stock of a leading international provider of lit high-bandwidth networking services over a transatlantic cable system and terrestrial network covering North America, Europe and Asia to a publicly held U.S. company; representing a major European apparel company in a business combination involving the joint global development of the brands and products of a U.S. apparel company that has been in existence for more than a century, in which our client received more than an 80 percent stake in the surviving entity; and the combination of two major wholesale beverage distributors in the greater New York metropolitan area. In addition, for many years Merrill has served as lead outside counsel to a federal governmental agency regarding various bankruptcies, restructurings and other matters pertaining to numerous businesses, including major airlines, the automotive industry, the wholesale food industry and the telecommunications industry.
Merrill’s experience is truly extensive and encompasses a broad range of commercial transactions across many industries. With more than four decades of transactional law practice and multiple state bar admissions (including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida), it is no surprise that Merrill is ranked among Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the East.
Merrill is valued by clients and colleagues alike for his ability to identify what his clients want to accomplish and the risks associated with those objectives. He then develops an approach to risk mitigation, as well as formulating a blend of legal and business solutions geared toward overcoming the obstacles and challenges inherent in such initiatives. An invited guest speaker, at the core of Merrill’s practice is a drive to consistently achieve excellence and innovation, balanced with sheer pragmatism, clear communication and specialized industry savvy.
Represented Ralph Lauren Corporation and its foreign subsidiaries in a $500 million syndicated multicurrency credit facility and numerous other offshore financings.
Represented Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, a publicly held international supplier of insurance and reinsurance solutions, and its subsidiaries in a $450 million syndicated secured credit facility.
Represented Cinedigm Corp., a publicly held company engaged in the distribution of independent motion pictures and other content and the deployment of digital cinema projection systems, in several hundred million dollars of financings, including multitier structured financings of bankrupt remote special purpose entities.
Acted as lead outside counsel for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation with respect to various bankruptcies, restructurings and other matters, including TWA, Northwest, United Air Lines, U.S. Airways, Delta Air Lines, Delphi, Hawker Beechcraft, Baptist Hospital Systems and Supervalu.
Represented a leading international provider of lit high-bandwidth networking services over a transatlantic cable system and terrestrial network covering North America, Europe and Asia in its sale to a public company for a combination of cash and stock.
Represented a major European apparel company in a complex series of transactions involving the joint global development of the brands and products of a U.S. apparel company that has been in existence for more than a century, in which our client received more than an 80 percent stake in the surviving entity.
Represented a regional competitive local exchange telecommunications carrier in the workout, restructuring and eventual payoff of more than $500 million of debt.
Represented a major foreign securities transfer agent in connection with enforcement proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Represented a U.S. subsidiary of a foreign company in a series of divestitures of financial services businesses aggregating in excess of $2 billion.
Represented numerous domestic and foreign banks and financial institutions in connection with bilateral and syndicated credit facilities licensing and regulatory matters and advice on state and federal banking and securities laws.
Represented Tailwind Capital Partners in the financing of the acquisition of numerous portfolio companies including: Aircast, a multinational manufacturer of orthopedic devices; Trover Solutions, Inc., an independent provider of medical claims recovery services to the private health care payer industry; VersaPharm Incorporated, a pharmaceutical developer and marketer of specialty prescription products; Freedom Innovations, a developer of world-class prosthetic lower limb solutions; Nautilus Neurosciences, a specialized pharmaceutical company; and Cumberland Consulting Group, a health care information technology firm.
Represented a major beverage distributor in forming a joint venture with Heineken and MillerCoors with respect to wholesale distribution in the New York metropolitan area.
Merrill was selected for inclusion in the Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the East directories. A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.marquiswhoswho.com/about-us.
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