K&L Gates’ Orange County lawyers serve a wide range of major industries, including life sciences and technology, local and global investment companies and investment banks, service organizations, aviation leasing companies and financial institutions, as well as other entrepreneurial and public enterprises located in this fast-growing and highly diversified area of Southern California. Our office has a full-service practice and is composed of seasoned lawyers who have deep roots in the legal and business communities.
Our Orange County corporate and securities lawyers represent companies from inception through maturity. We have significant experience in representing publicly traded and privately held companies in complex securities engagements including private and public equity and debt financings (including initial public and follow on offerings as well as alternative public offerings), joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and corporate governance. Our lawyers also regularly represent leading investment banking firms in their capacities as underwriters and placement agents in securities offerings and as financial advisors in connection with acquisitions and dispositions. Our lawyers have developed a substantial number of longstanding relationships with leading private equity and venture capital firms. Our lawyers also have broad experience in handling complex corporate restructuring, and insolvency matters including loan work-outs, debt restructuring transactions, foreclosures and receiverships, and insolvency litigation. Our lawyers are well-versed in structuring cross-border acquisitions and navigating the regulatory landscape to handle foreign investment projects. We have had much experience and success conducting cross border transactions in the Korean market, including acquisitions, auction sales, joint ventures, and reverse triangle mergers. Our attorneys have represented Korean companies on the establishment and dissolution of subsidiaries in North America and beyond. Specifically, our attorneys recently completed a significant deal within the media broadcast industry that was the first transaction to be consummated after Korea abolished the 49% shareholding limitation on indirect investments by American companies in Korean channel operators on March 15, 2015 pursuant to the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (direct investments are still prohibited). K&L Gates is well-positioned to serve both Korean clients seeking to expand outwardly, as well as non-Korean clients entering or expanding their business in the Korean market.
The Orange County office has one of the leading capital markets practices in the region. Our attorneys were recently recognized for their work in connection with a $235 million biotech IPO, the largest in 2014. In addition, our capital markets lawyers have established themselves as key players in handling equity, debt, and public offerings for leading corporations located in our region. We routinely represent buyers, sellers, investment banks, strategic partners and investors in capital markets transactions involving both private and public companies, including initial public offerings (IPOs), follow-on capital raisings, and Private Investments in Public Equity (PIPEs). Our capital markets lawyers work collaboratively with our preeminent IP group to help clients acquire intellectual property from third parties, including necessary due diligence and IP valuation. Both practice groups are active in helping clients identify potential issues that might significantly affect their ability to acquire sufficient rights or to market its products.
Our Orange County intellectual property practice is composed of lawyers and other professionals having significant industry with advanced scientific degrees and bench experience. In addition to assisting clients in the protection of trade secrets and other intellectual property through the procurement of patents, copyrights, and trademarks, our professionals assist clients in enhancing and protecting the value of their IP portfolios through efforts such as enforcement and licensing. Additionally, our lawyers have specialized licensing experience in entertainment law, including broadcast format licensing and program licensing for entertainment companies and option deals for film and television. Our IP professionals are fluent in Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Our Orange County patent litigators have substantial trial experience in patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition disputes, including Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation arising under the U.S. Hatch-Waxman Act. Our lawyers are focused on the defense and enforcement of intellectual property rights across a broad spectrum of technologies and related business litigation in federal and state courts, including complex regulatory challenges.
Our Orange County product liability group has broad trial experience in defense of complex civil actions in state and federal courts. The practice includes product liability litigation involving pharmaceutical, medical device, food, cosmetics, and other products. Our Orange County group consistently defends prominent national and international life sciences companies and has in depth experience working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in relation to labeling, warning letters, adverse events, and product counterfeiting.
Our Orange County commercial litigation lawyers have been involved in a variety of complex matters at both the federal and state level and provide client support for our corporate, investment management and IP practices. Our lawyers have experience in a wide and diverse set of engagements, including corporate governance and fiduciary duty claims, financial services, and distressed asset litigation and a comprehensive range of real estate and environmental matters.