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Joshua Schneiderman

Joshua Schneiderman

Partner| Los Angeles


Josh Schneiderman is a member of the firm’s corporate and securities group. He advises clients on a wide range of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. In addition, Josh advises clients on matters related to franchising, including the establishment of new franchise systems and the expansion of existing franchise systems nationally and internationally. He also advises public and private companies on corporate governance matters, and serves as outside general counsel to many of his clients.

Josh also advises clients in the cannabis industry. He is familiar with the unique needs of industry clients in light of the present conflict between federal and state laws and local regulations in the space, and he and others in the firm help clients navigate the challenges that arise in that context whether their needs relate to licensing and registration, general corporate matters (including financings, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions), branding, tax, banking and finance, real estate and employment.

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Securities Offerings and Related Transactions
  • Representation of underwriters and multiple publicly and privately held companies in public offerings and private placements of several billion dollars of secured debt, senior debt and subordinated debt
  • Representation of underwriters and multiple publicly held companies in public offerings of common stock
  • Representation of a REIT in its initial public offering
  • Representation of a public corporation in connection with a tender offer and consent solicitation for several hundred million dollars of its outstanding senior notes
  • Representation of multiple public corporations in connection with the issuance of warrants to purchase significant minority stakes in the corporations’ outstanding stock in connection with private financings
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Representation of an online retailer in purchase of the assets of another online retailer in a foreclosure sale under Article 9 of the UCC
  • Representation of a craft brewery in its sale to a private equity buyer
  • Representation of a national trade show in its sale to a European public company
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the acquisition of two regional private companies in the natural gas pipe line construction industry
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the acquisition of a manufacturer and distributor of security seals
  • Representation of multiple public companies in their respective sales to private equity buyers
  • Representation of a public corporation in its merger of equals with another public corporation
  • Representation of a franchisor in the home improvement industry in its acquisition of another franchisor in the home improvement industry
  • Representation of a digital marketing agency in its acquisition by a conglomerate of digital marketing services
Franchising
  • Representation of franchisee of 80+ restaurant concept units in the sale of an approximately 45% preferred equity stake to affiliates of three private equity funds
  • Representation of a large franchisee in the restaurant space in the redemption of equity interests from certain of its shareholders and a amendments to its credit facility to facilitate additional restaurant acquisitions
  • Representation of a children’s art studio in structuring strategic alliances to fit within exemptions to U.S. franchising regulations
  • Representation of an international restaurant concept in connection with registration and franchise agreements in multiple international jurisdictions
  • Representation of children’s learning center in the establishment of a franchise system, including drafting its franchise disclosure document and franchise agreement
  • Representation of franchisor in the transportation industry in connection with inquiries by the California Department of Corporations into certain of its franchise practices and disclosures
  • Representation of U.S.-based franchisor in the mobile-gaming industry in the expansion of its franchise system in Canada
  • Representation of multiple franchisors in connection with annual updates to their system documentation and registration filings
Other
  • Representation of multiple startups in formation and financing matters
  • Representation of a dissident shareholder in proxy contests to secure representation on the board of directors of a publicly traded corporation and to prevent the sale of the corporation
  • Representation of a private investor in the negotiation of a limited liability company agreement governing a venture for the development of visual effects technology
Pro Bono
  • Representation of various nonprofits in matters relating to entity formation, securing federal and state tax exempt status and corporate governance matters
  • Representation of Hurricane Katrina survivors in securing federal and state emergency relief benefits
  • Representation of Holocaust survivors to secure benefits from the German government under various reparations programs
  • UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2005)
  • Cornell University (B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, 2002)
    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Member
    • Dean’s List
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Business and Corporations Law Section
      • Executive Committee (2012-present), Chair (2014)
      • Secretary (2013-2014)
  • Steering Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association's 2015 California and Delaware Law Symposium
  • Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award, Burton Award for the Finest Law Firm Writers of 2018
  • M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award, M&A Advisor (2016)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Mergers & Acquisitions (2015-2018)
  • 2014 Top Attorney, Pasadena Magazine (2014)
  • 40 Under 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Award Finalist - West Region, M&A Advisor (2012)
  • Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, Development Committee Member
  • Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County, Mentor (2013-present)
  • Bruin Professionals
    • Glendale Chapter, Chapter Leader (2014)
    • Los Angeles Chapter (2011-present), Chapter Representative (2013-present)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Associate (2005-2011)
  • California
  • Supreme Court of California