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Contact

(212) 692-7366

laczepiel@dsllp.com

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Education

    • Boston University School of Law, (J.D. cum laude, 1987)
    • Northwestern University (B.A. Economics, 1984)

Practice Groups

Lori Anne Czepiel

Partner

Lori Anne counsels companies, boards, executives, investors and funds on business, fiduciary, governance, activism, strategy, regulatory compliance, risk management, litigation/dispute resolution, executive compensation, intellectual property, entity formation, US expansion, corporate, securities and SEC issues. She has over 25 years of sophisticated experience leading M&A transactions, private equity investments, joint ventures, reorganizations, financings, initial public offerings, securities and other capital raising transactions.

 

A substantial portion of Lori Anne's practice involves general business counseling. She acts as outside general counsel to clients, providing practical guidance on commercial, compliance, contract and risk management issues in close collaboration with lawyers in other firm practices (including, real estate, litigation and finance). Lori Anne's straightforward business-oriented perspective in part derives from in-house experience as acting General Counsel for a global computer products distribution company, and as a member of the boards of directors of several international nonprofit businesses.

 

Lori Anne also has deep experience with cross border deals and businesses spanning 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Canada.

 

Previously Lori Anne was a partner with an international law firm. She frequently is invited to speak and write about corporate, governance, securities and other topics (PLI, New York City Bar, American Management Association, S&P, ABA, etc.), and was selected to serve on the New York City Bar M&A committee for nine years and currently serves on the Emerging Companies committee. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer.

 

Representative Matters

 

Recent representative recent client engagements include:

  • Representing Controladora Mabe, S.A. de C.V., an international joint venture that manufactures and sells appliances in South America and Canada, and its controlling shareholder group with respect to the sale by its significant minority shareholder General Electric of GE's interest in the JV, in connection with GE's $5.4 billion sale of its appliances business to China's Haier Group

  • Representing ShopKeep.com, a venture-backed mobile payments company, in its acquisition of Ambur POS, a restaurant point of sale system

  • Advising an investor in a consortium to make acquisition proposal to a public company

  • Representing the controlling investor in a joint venture for a block chain loan platform

  • Advising the board of directors of the Insurance Information Network of California, an insurance industry trade association, on strategic matters and the sale of the business to the Insurance Information Institute

  • Representing the controlling party to a proposed international joint venture in structuring and negotiating terms, and the related financing and distribution issues

  • Advising the founders of a private equity fund in connection with fund formation matters

  • Advising an apparel company on intellectual property issues

  • Advising one business partner in a lawsuit against another partner for claims including breach of fiduciary duty and fraud

  • Advising a real estate investor in connection with a restructuring and related corporate finance matters

  • Advising a manager of an LLC on fiduciary duty issues

  • Advising various clients on disputes and related litigation matters involving securities law, disclosure, successor liability, trade secret and public records request issues

  • Representing the CEO (acquiror) in negotiations for a leveraged buyout of an entertainment production company

  • Advising a limited liability company on RULLCA amendments and regulatory issues

  • Advising a Chinese acquiror of a US company on US securities law and employee benefits  issues

  • Advising a company withdrawing from a multiemployer pension plan

  • Advising a start-up marketing/branding company on its consulting agreements with various entertainment and nonprofit organizations

For a list of additional representative transactions, please click here.

 

Bar Admissions

  • New York

  • Washington, D.C.

  • California (inactive)

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