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Chip Presten

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Atlanta
T: 404.443.6777
F: 404.238.9660

Chip Presten guides clients through the various legal and regulatory aspects of transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, and securities.

Professional Biography

Overview

Chip represents clients in private equity transactions, acquisition and divestiture of public and private companies, and offerings of debt and equity securities. Chip also represents private equity funds and their investors in connection with fund formation issues, securities law issues and portfolio company transactions, and he has advised companies being acquired by or seeking capital from such funds. In addition, he has represented pension funds and other institutional investors in connection with their ongoing investment management activities.

Chip has experience counseling clients in multiple industries through a wide variety of transactions. His work with energy companies includes the successful completion of acquisitions, project developments, and financings totaling more than $20 billion.  As a former bank regulator, Chip has significant experience in the financial services sector.

Chip also provides his clients with counsel on general corporate matters including fiduciary obligations and duties of directors and officers, preparation of annual and quarterly reports, proxy statements and shareholder meeting materials, Section 16 short-swing trading and insider reporting concerns, and Rule 144 and Rule 145 requirements.

Representative Matters
  • Business Transactions

  • Counsel to a global holding company for its $1.7 billion acquisition of the company that provides premier products and services to financial services marketplace.

  • Counsel to the world's largest telecommunications company for its $67 billion acquisition of another telecommunications company.

  • Counsel to a nuclear waste disposal company for its sale to a company headquartered in Sweden that supplies software and specialized services of the international nuclear industry.

  • Counsel to company that owns and operates motion picture theaters for its purchase of a company that distributes motion pictures.

  • Counsel to Japanese trade, marketing and investment company for the sale of a port facility.

  • Counsel to the UK's largest security businesses for its acquisition of the aviation security and commercial guarding subsidiaries of large contract staffing company.

  • Counsel to a major independent energy company for its $2.65 billion acquisition of an electric power company.

  • Counsel to health care corporation for its merger with one of the U.S.'s leading operators of general acute care hospitals.

  • Counsel to a multinational oil and gas company headquartered in London, in connection with the purchase of two oil tankers and related financing.

  • Counsel to Dutch technology company in connection with its purchase of a U.S. company that designs, manufactures and supports electron microscope technology.

  • Counsel to regional department store chain in connection with its acquisition by Tennessee based department store chain.

  • Counsel to physician services company in connection with its purchase of a software company and its related offering of debentures.

  • Corporate Finance & Securities

  • Counsel to major real estate developer for the formation of a public REIT in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in a landmark office tower for $170 million.

  • Counsel to one of the largest, fully regulated utility companies for the issuance of more than $1 billion of debt securities.

  • Counsel to global agricultural equipment manufacturer for the issuance of $200 million of securities in connection with an acquisition and counsel for its offering of cumulative convertible exchangeable preferred stock.

  • Counsel to a global energy company for its initial public offering of 66,700,000 shares of common stock and 6,900,000 of convertible trust Preferred Securities.

  • Counsel to a major equipment rental company in connection with its debt and equity restructuring.

  • Counsel to the underwriters in connection with the U.S. component of the initial public offering of the H shares of a Chinese energy company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

  • Counsel to an independent energy company for the issuance of more than $6 billion in equity and debt securities.

  • Counsel to several independent energy companies for both domestic and international project development and finance transactions.

  • Counsel to a staffing, outsourcing and professional services corporation for its offering of 2,850,000 shares of common stock.

  • Counsel to an independent electric company based in Chile for its issuance of $90 million of senior notes.

  • Counsel to a U.S. multinational investment bank for the initial public offering of a gold mining company based in Ghana.

  • Counsel to leading British oil and gas exploration and production company for its offering of $300 million of guaranteed notes.

  • Counsel to a major leisure, manufacturing and property conglomerate headquartered in England in connection with various offerings of debt, equity and preferred securities.

  • Counsel to a financial institution in connection with its $75 million offering of senior notes.

  • Counsel to manufacturer of apparel fabrics and home fashion products for its $120 million offering of senior subordinated notes.

  • Counsel to the underwriters in connection with the initial public offering of common stock of a company specializing in the manufacturing of organic fibers.

  • Counsel to the underwriters in connection with the initial public offering of the common stock of for an optical retailer.

  • Counsel to national department store retailer in connection with numerous offerings of debt securities.

  • Private Equity

  • Counsel to several private equity funds in the formation of funds.

  • Counsel to a major energy company for its $75 million strategic investment in a private equity fund making investments in the energy industry.

  • Counsel to mezzanine fund in connection with its formation.

  • Counsel to several institutional investors in connection with their alternative investment activities.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers In America® since 2007 in the area of Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
  • Member – The Society of Corporate Governance Professionals
  • Board of Directors – Business Executives for National Security
  • Member – Association for Corporate Growth
  • Member – British American Business Group

Awards

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1991, magna cum laude
    • Editorial Board – Georgia Law Review
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York Banking School, Winter 1988
  • Washington and Lee University, B.S. in accounting, 1985

Admissions

  • Georgia, 1991

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