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Represent Miller Family on Sale of The Silverado Vineyards

Represented the Miller family on the sale of Napa Valley luxury wine producer The Silverado Vineyards to Foley Family Wines. The sale included a 73,000-square-foot winery and 300 acres of vineyards across Napa’s Stags Leap District, Coombsville, and Yountville wine regions.

ACE Cider Sale to Vintage Wine Estate

Represented ACE Cider, The California Cider Company, the top independently owned hard cider brand in the U.S., in its sale to Vintage Wine Estates, Inc.

Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards

Represented Napa Valley luxury wine producer Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards in its acquisition of the Provenance Vineyards real estate in Rutherford, Calif. from Treasury Wine Estates. Far Niente purchased the property as the new home for its Bella Union brand. Farella also advised Far Niente on the concurrent sale of the Provenance brand and inventory to Lodi, Calif.'s Thomas Allen Vineyard & Wines.

Swinerton Incorporated

Represented Swinerton Incorporated in the sale of its renewable energy division Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) and wholly-owned subsidiary SOLV, Inc. to private equity firm American Securities LLC. The transaction combines Swinerton's existing EPC and O&M service groups together under one company name, SOLV Energy, LLC.

Morphe Holdings

Advised the co-founders of Morphe Holdings, a global beauty company, in its partnership with General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm.

The Doctors Company

Advised The Doctors Company, the nation's largest insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability, in its nationwide roll up of medical malpractice insurers. Most recently, advised The Doctors Company in connection with a $650 million acquisition of New York-based Hospitals Insurance Company and FOJP Service Corporation from Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and Maimonides Medical Center. 

Fetzer Vineyards

Represented Fetzer Vineyards in its acquisition of the Excelsior Wine Company collection. The addition to its portfolio of the Excelsior collection positions Fetzer Vineyards as the nation’s leading supplier of South American wines and as the 12th largest wine marketer in the United States.

Freight & Salvage Performance Venue, Berkeley

Assisted Freight & Salvage with New Markets Tax Credits program in the development of a performance venue run by the Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music.

The Doctors Company Acquisition of FPIC Insurance

Represented The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, 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. 

Berkeley-Albany YMCA Teen Center

Assisted with the acquisition, construction and New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) Program, which permits taxpayers to receive a credit against federal income taxes for making qualified equity investments in designated Community Development Entities (CDEs).

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Financing and tax credit investment for rehabilitation of historic structures at Fort Mason in the San Francisco Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Assisted with the National Parks Service lease. 

Fox Tucson Theatre, Tucson

The $15 million rehabilitation of the Fox Tucson Theatre in Tucson, Arizona involved a tax-exempt sponsor / developer in which we were nevertheless able to syndicate both the Historic and New Markets Tax Credits.

Piers 1.5, 3 & 5, San Francisco

Secured Historic Tax Credit for the $50 million rehabilitation of Piers 1.5, 3 & 5 in San Francisco, California.

One Kearny Office Building, San Francisco

Secured Historic Tax Credit for the $75 million rehabilitation of the One Kearny office building in downtown San Francisco, California.

Cavallo Point, Sausalito

Represented the developers and owners of Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker in Sausalito, CA with the rehabilitation of historic buildings and in securing federal historic tax credits for the project.

Firm Highlights

News

Housing Action Coalition and Farella Braun + Martel File Lawsuit Challenging the City of San Mateo’s Housing Element

Today, the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of San Mateo, challenging its recently adopted Housing Element in order to make the city comply with...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

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City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

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No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

In a 6-3 majority decision in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al. , the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act entitles a copyright owner to recover damages for any...

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San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit.

Farella's Tom Mayhew, CJ Higley, Daniel Contreras, Vanessa Ing, and Alyssa Netto were mentioned in the Daily Journal article "San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit."...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm happy to refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 21, the first of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using the...

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A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for various exempt “white-collar” employee categories beginning on...

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Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth

Farella’s Linda Gilleran and Chris Rendall-Jackson and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Uday Varadarajan are presenting the session “Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth” at the ACG...

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Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in the Law360 Real Estate Authority article "Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions." In the article, Gary noted that there is usually...

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