Business Transactions

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Strand Theater Project

Assisted A.C.T. in its acquisition and development of the historic Strand Theatre in San Francisco.  We represented A.C.T. in almost all aspects of the project, from property purchase, land use entitlements, financing, including the use of New Markets and Historic Tax Credits, and construction. Read More

Audi Acquisition of Ducati Motor Holding

Acted as local U.S. counsel to Audi AG in its acquisition of motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. Read More

Represent ECOtality, a microcap public broad electrical energy innovation company with several merger and acquisition transactions and corporate and securities. Read More
ECOtality Follow On Public Offering
We assisted Ecotality raise about $20M of funds that the company will use in its mission (aided by a previously received large DOE grant) to become a premiere developer, installer and operator of the electric charging smart grid infrastructure that is key to accelerating the roll-out of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Read More
First Solar - NextLight
Assisted First Solar in acquiring, by merger, NextLight Renewable Power’s extensive solar project pipeline in California, Arizona and Nevada.  Farella attorneys coordinated the environmental, permitting and land use aspects of the transaction for First Solar. Read More
Oliveto Restaurant
We have represented the owners of Oliveto Restaurant, one of the top restaurants in the Bay Area, since its inception, including formation of the partnership that developed the restaurant, advising on the syndication of the equity capital, assisting in negotiation of its lease, and negotiating the admission of current chef, Paul Bertolli, into the ownership entity. Read More
OptiSolar - Corporate work
Provided corporate formation, financing, real estate acquisition and environmental and federal land use permitting representation for major vertically integrated solar energy company that manufactured photovoltaic (PV) modules and produces power from their own large-scale solar farms on federal, state and private property, including the world's largest proposed PV solar farm.  Read More
Rafael Hotels
We represented our long time client, Rafael Hotels, in the sale of its international hotel property portfolio to Mandarin Oriental Hotels for $142.5 million.  The transaction involved hotels located in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Bermuda, Canada and England.  We were able to assist Rafael Hotels in closing the sale despite the difficulties presented by the disparate geographic locations of the hotels and the fact that both the buying and selling ownership groups consisted of non-U.S. investors that were each subject to their own differing sets of corporate and tax laws. Read More
Round Table Pizza Deal
Represented Round Table Pizza, Inc., a leading pizza restaurant franchisor in the Western United States, in its acquisition by Global Franchise Group, LLC (GFG), a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based Levine Leichtman Capital Partners IV, L.P. Read More
Stone & Youngberg Sale to Stifel Financial
Represented Stone & Youngberg LLC, a financial services firm specializing in municipal finance and fixed income securities, in its acquisition by Stifel Financial Corp. Read More
The Doctors Company Acquisition of American Physicians Capital
Advised The Doctors Company, the nation's largest insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability, in its $386 million acquisition of American Physicians Capital, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAP), a major provider of health care liability insurance. Read More
The Doctors Company Acquisition of FPIC Insurance

Represented The Doctors Company in its $362 million purchase of FPIC Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FPIC) as lead counsel on the transactions including a complex corporate tax plan and executive compensation. The completion of this transaction marks the fifth time that The Doctors Company tapped Farella as their outside counsel for acquisition deals valued cumulatively in excess of $1.2 billion. Read More

True-Tech Corporation Sale
Represented True-Tech Corporation, a manufacturing provider specializing in high precision machining, mechanical assembly and clean room assembly for semiconductor and aerospace customers, in its sale to Jabil Inc., a global manufacturing services company.  Read More