Hamed Meshki, P.C. - Partner

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Los Angeles
Phone: +1 213-680-8360
Fax: +1 213-808-8145
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Professional Profile

Hamed Meshki is a partner in Kirkland’s Los Angeles corporate group. His practice focuses on highly structured and complex business transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, recapitalizations and financings.

Hamed has structured, negotiated and completed transactions in a wide variety of industries, including apparel, broadcast media, consumer products, energy and oilfield services, gaming and lodging, healthcare, industrials and manufacturing, publishing, software and technology, sports and entertainment, and transportation and shipping.

Chambers USA has recognized Hamed in each of the 2015–2018 editions with clients commenting that he “excels at strategic thinking,” is “incredibly smart” and has “a very strong business sense” and with one client reporting that he is a true partner whose input they trust and value.

In 2018, the Daily Journal recognized Hamed in its “Top 40 Under 40” list of lawyers in California, and in 2017, Private Funds Management recognized him in its “30 Under 40” list, describing him as “a natural problem solver.” 

In its 2017 Global Awards, Finance Monthly named Hamed the USA Private Equity Lawyer of the Year, and in its 2016 edition, The Legal 500 U.S. recognized Hamed and described him as “creative” and “commercially minded.” In 2013, The Recorder, a leading California legal publication, selected Hamed as one of “50 California Lawyers on the Fast Track.”

Transactions on which he has acted as lead counsel have been profiled by such leading media outlets as The Deal, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Reuters, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The American Lawyer and the Daily Journal.


Representative Matters

Private Equity

Hamed regularly represents a number of private equity firms and their portfolio companies in their most significant M&A and investment matters. Clients include Brentwood Associates, Clearlake Capital Group, Industrial Growth Partners, Lovell Minnick Partners, Oaktree Capital Management and Sycamore Partners. Some of Hamed’s recent representative transactions include: Brentwood Associates’ investment in Blaze Pizza; Clearlake Capital Group’s acquisition of LANDesk Software, Inc., and its concurrent contribution of its portfolio company HEAT Software to the new platform; Lovell Minnick’s acquisition of Tortoise Investments, a leader in essential assets and essential income investing; Sycamore Partners’ $3 billion take-private acquisition of Belk, Inc., the nation’s largest family-owned-and-operated department store chain; and Oaktree Capital’s acquisition of Fidelity Engineering and its $85 million PIPE investment in Sunopta, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLK; TSE: SOY).

Mergers & Acquisitions

Representative company and strategic M&A representations include Anastasia Beverly Hills in its strategic minority investment by TPG Capital; Shermco Industries in its sale to Gryphon Investors; Cyanco, the largest global producer of sodium cyanide, in its sale to Cerberus Capital Management; Futuris Group, in its $360 million sale to Adient PLC (NYSE: ADNT); IOTA Engineering in its sale to Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI); Cambridge International in its $210 million sale to Rexnord (NYSE: RXN); Tecta America Corp. in its $280 million sale to ONCAP; Dial Global, Inc. in a stock-for-stock merger of equals with Westwood One, Inc. (NASDAQ: WWON), and its subsequent acquisition by Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS); Triton Media Group in a number of acquisitions and financings, and in its sale to Vector Capital; Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. in its $1.27 billion acquisition of VISX, Incorporated and its $450 million acquisition of Pfizer’s surgical ophthalmic business; Caesar’s Entertainment, Inc., in its $10.28 billion acquisition by Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.; Florida Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates in its sale to TeamHealth Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TMH); Roberts & Schaefer in its $280 million sale to KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR); and J Brand, Inc., a leading contemporary fashion brand, in its sale to Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (TYO: 9983).

Restructuring

Hamed has represented sponsors and creditor committees in a number of in and out of court restructuring matters, including in connection with the out-of-court financial restructuring of ProServ, the going private acquisition and related rights offering of Dayton Superior Corp. pursuant to a contested Chapter 11 plan; the acquisition of Light Tower Rentals, Inc. pursuant to a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan; the acquisition of Tecta America Corp. pursuant to an out-of-court restructuring; and the acquisition of the assets of Universal Building Products pursuant to a strict foreclosure and subsequent Section 363 acquisition.

Entrepreneurial Transactions

Hamed represented a consortium of investors led by Stephen A. Kaplan, as part of Robert J. Pera’s acquisition of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA franchise; and Jeffrey Rudes, the founder of J Brand, Inc., in connection with the start-up and financing of luxury men’s wear brand, Jeffrey Rüdes.

Corporate and Acquisition Finance

Hamed has represented issuers in a number of initial and secondary public offerings and listings, including on the NASDAQ and the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.  He has also represented issuers, underwriters and initial purchasers in connection with several primary and secondary equity and high yield debt issuances and redemption transactions. Clients include UBS Securities, Goldman Sachs & Co., Banc of America Securities, Lehman Brothers, CIBC World Markets Corp., Think Equity Partners LLC and Merriman Curhan Ford & Co, as well as Advanced Medical Optics and UnionBanCal Corporation (Union Bank of California).

Corporate Strategy and Governance

Hamed regularly provides strategic advice and general counseling to the boards of directors of public and private companies.


Memberships & Affiliations

Chairman, Los Angeles Recruiting Committee

Member, Firmwide Recruiting Committee

Member, Associate Review Committee


Other Distinctions

Daily Journal “Top 40 Under 40” (2018)

"USA Private Equity Lawyer of the Year" Finance Monthly Global Awards (2017)

Private Funds Management “30 Under 40” (2017)

Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2015–2018)

Recognized for Private Equity Buyouts in The Legal 500 U.S. (2016)

"Rising Star" Southern California Super Lawyers (2013–2018)

"50 California Lawyers on the Fast Track" The Recorder (2013)


Publications

"Why You Need M&A Reps and Warranties Insurance," Law360, July 2013, with Brandon Vongsawad.

"Tags and drags: the ties that bind," Private Equity Manager, March 2011, with Damon Fisher.

"Trends in Private Equity Exits," Practical Law Company, September 2010, with Eva Davis.

Press Mentions

"5 Ways A PE Firm Can Win A Packed Auction," Law360, April 11, 2014

"M&A Insurance Helps Bidders Stand Out In Packed Market," Law360, February 5, 2014

"M&A Insurance Picking Up Steam As Policy Prices Sink," Law360, October 31, 2013


Seminars

"Hot Topics in M&A Today,” USC Gould School of Law, Institute for Corporate Counsel, December 2013
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