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Justin S. Daniels

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Atlanta
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Mr. Daniels, a shareholder, leads the Atlanta Emerging Companies Group and is a member of the Global Business Team.

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Featured Experience

Represented the European acquirer of a U.S.-based telecom company in an $8 million asset acquisition.

Represented a shareholder in $13 million sale of 15 retail franchise locations to strategic buyer.

Represented a technology company in the exclusive license of its software to a large multinational corporation in Australia.

Professional Biography

Overview

Justin S. Daniels provides corporate and commercial real estate advice to fast growing domestic and international businesses. 

His corporate practice consists of representing businesses and business owners in all aspects of their growth cycle, from structuring new ventures, raising capital and advising on acquisitions and divestitures to reviewing and negotiating key vendor, franchise, employment and customer contracts. He represents international companies based in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Sweden, Israel, Australia and Canada to establish U.S. operations.

Mr. Daniels has taken a leadership role in Georgia's cybersecurity industry. Through the Baker Donelson Cybersecurity Accelerator, he will be facilitating the growth of emerging domestic and international cybersecurity companies. Mr. Daniels shares his insights about Atlanta's cybersecurity ecosystem through articles in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He stays on the forefront of cybersecurity through his diverse network of national and international industry members. In March 2015, he traveled with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and a 36-member delegation on a Georgia cybersecurity mission to the state of Israel.

In 2013, Mr. Daniels co-founded and leads the Baker Donelson Southeastern Capital Connections Conference, an event bringing together 15 selected technology companies to pitch their ideas to investors from across the region. The event has resulted in companies receiving more than $2.5 million in funding.

In 2014, Mr. Daniels became the founder and chair of the Atlanta Tech-Gateway to the Americas program in partnership with Atlanta Metro Chamber, Conexx, Technology Association of Georgia, City of Atlanta and The Indus Entrepreneurs. The Gateway Program assists international technology companies that have success in their home country and wish to enter the North American market through Atlanta.

Mr. Daniels has specific experience representing SaaS-based software companies that license their products on a worldwide basis. He also has experience in negotiating complex business and license agreements with large multinational corporations on behalf of domestic and international software and information technology companies, as well as representing clients in the manufacturing and professional services industries.

Mr. Daniels' commercial real estate practice consists of representing investor syndicates and commercial developers who acquire, develop, finance, lease and sell commercial real estate. He has advised investor syndicates and commercial developers in the retail, industrial, office, apartment building and residential subdivision market segments. Mr. Daniels' corporate and commercial real estate background uniquely positions him to represent companies that wish to acquire the assets and commercial real estate of another company, because he is able to advise the client on all aspects of the transaction.

Representative Matters
  • Represented the European acquirer of a U.S.-based telecom company in an $8 million asset acquisition.
  • Represented a shareholder in $13 million sale of 15 retail franchise locations to strategic buyer.

  • Represented a technology company in the exclusive license of its software to a large multinational corporation in Australia.

  • Represented a shareholder in the $110 million sale of a management software company to strategic buyer in a cross border transaction.
  • Represented a shareholder in the $50 million sale of health care business to a private equity fund.
  • Represented the seller in a $10 million sale of a large concrete plant and real estate to international buyer.
  • Represented a technology company in the licensing its software on a worldwide basis.
  • Represented an international parent company's U.S. subsidiary acquiring an interest in a U.S. technology company in exchange for its intellectual property.
  • Negotiated, structured and documented a health care company's reorganization from one company into four companies, including an investment bank.
  • Served as general counsel to national technology, manufacturing and professional service firms.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Named a Georgia Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010)
  • Named as one of Georgia's Legal Elite in Corporate Law, by Georgia Trend Magazine (2013)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker – 2017 TEDxPeachtree: Beneath the Surface, Ninth Annual TEDxPeachtree, Atlanta, Georgia (October 6, 2017)
  • "Cybercon 2017" (October 4, 2017)
  • "Southeastern Regional Capital Connections 2017" (May 2017)
  • Featured – "Tech Tuesday: Baker Donelson, Georgia Department of Economic Development," radio interview, The Dana Barrett Show (January 2016)
  • Moderator – "Strengthening the U.S.-Israeli Partnership through Binational Investment in Cybersecurity Technology," Securing Your Future: Staying Ahead of Developments in Cybersecurity and its Impact on Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics, Health Care and Energy, Atlanta, Georgia, (August 2015)
  • Moderator – "The Future of Southeast U.S. Cybersecurity Eco-System," Securing Your Future: Staying Ahead of Developments in Cybersecurity and its Impact on Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics, Health Care and Energy, Atlanta, Georgia (August 2015)
  • Moderator – "CIO Product Pitch," Securing Your Future: Staying Ahead of Developments in Cybersecurity and its Impact on Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics, Health Care and Energy, Atlanta, Georgia, (August 2015)
  • "Anatomy of the Economics of a Series A Term Sheet," Atlanta Technology Village, Atlanta, Georgia (July 2015)
  • Guest Lecturer – "Anatomy of a Series A Term Sheet," Emory University MBA Program, Atlanta, Georgia (March 2015)
  • "Negotiating a Mock Series A Term Sheet" (January 2015)
  • Moderator – "Latest Developments in Cyber Security: Assessing the Current Threat and Response," Baker Donelson and BDO USA, LLP seminar (November 2014)
  • "The Impact of Cyber Security and EU Privacy Rules in Expanding to International Markets" (November 2014)
  • Guest Lecturer – "Anatomy of a Series A Term Sheet," Emory University MBA Program, Atlanta, Georgia (November 2014)
  • "Understanding and Negotiating a Series A Term Sheet and Investor Panel: How to Court and Interact with Investors" (September 2014)
  • Panelist – "Drafting IP Indemnities and Protections Against Online Infringement Claims," National Legal Teleconference, Legal Seminars International (July 2014)
  • Featured Speaker – "Risk Management Considerations for Cross Border Technology Transactions," Legal Seminars International, Navigating Risk in Data & Technology Transactions Conference, Atlanta Georgia (March 2014)
  • Guest Lecturer – "Entrepreneurship: From Idea to Exit," Emory University MBA Program, Atlanta, Georgia (September 2013)
  • "Southeastern Emerging Companies Capital Conference" (May 2013)
  • Featured Speaker – "Anatomy of an Operating Agreement," Aarons Grant & Habif, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (May 2013)
  • Featured Speaker – "Decoding the Asset Purchase Agreement," Atlanta Chapter, Georgia Society Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Atlanta, Georgia (April 2013)
  • Featured – "Nuts & Bolts M&A: Understanding the Asset Purchase Agreement," legal seminar, Global Capital Connection (April 2013)
  • Featured – "Understanding the Asset Purchase Agreement," National Business Institute (December 2012)
  • "Emerging Companies Boot Camp" (December 2012)
  • "International Business Transaction Considerations," legal seminar for Gross Collins, P.C. (November 2012)
  • Featured – "Nuts and Bolts M&A," Dekalb County Chapter, Georgia Society Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Atlanta, Georgia (July 2012)
  • Featured – "Anatomy of an Operating Agreement," Dekalb County Chapter, Georgia Society Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Atlanta, Georgia (July 2012)
  • "Selected LLC Operating Agreement Topics," Cherry Deckert & Holland (June 2012)
  • Panelist – "M&A Experts Panel – Selling Your Business: the Process, the Pitfalls, What Really Matters," Technology Association of Georgia (April 2012)
  • "LLC Operating Agreement Waterfalls," Gross Collins, P.C. (April 2012)
  • "Practical M&A," Cobb County Chapter, Georgia Society Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Atlanta, Georgia (November 2011)
  • "LLC versus the S-Corp," teleconference for the National Business Institute (October 2011)
  • Panelist – "Technology M&A – Identify Your Goal then Prepare and Execute," Technology Association of Georgia (August 2011)
  • Featured – "Protecting your IP," Television interview on Malcom Out Loud television show (August 2011)
  • "Practical Considerations in M&A Transactions," Atlanta Chapter, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Atlanta, Georgia (June 2011)
  • Featured – "Choosing the Right Legal Counsel," Television interview on Malcom Out Loud television show (June 2011)
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Education

  • Duquesne University, J.D. and M.B.A., 1998
  • Virginia Tech University, B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 1993 

Admissions

  • Georgia, 1999
  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

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