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Overview

Bert has significant experience representing clients in all types of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, and managing strategic relationships across local and global enterprises.

Public and private companies in finance, fintech, telecommunications, entertainment, retail, and food & agribusiness trust Bert to grow their domestic and international business. In addition to negotiating strategic joint ventures, acquisitions, restructurings, affiliations and venture investments, Bert counsels clients regarding:

  • Corporate governance matters;
  • Regulatory compliance; and
  • Preparation and review of public securities filings.

Bert has also worked in house as Vice President of Legal for a global retail entertainment company. In that role, he negotiated and structured domestic and international acquisitions and divestitures, strategic investments, joint ventures and a range of financing transactions, including acquisition financing, convertible debt offers, senior secured debt restructuring, subordinated debt and secondary public offerings. Clients value Bert’s broad perspective, and his ability to quickly grasp their strategic business goals, having seen legal demands from both regulatory and business viewpoints.


Industry

Services

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • Saint Louis University Law Journal, Editor in Chief
  • B.A., Saint Louis University
    • Accounting

Admissions

  • Missouri
Experience

Selected Private Practice Representation

  • Represented AMC in $1.1 billion stock and cash acquisition of Carmike Cinemas.
  • Represented AMC in $1.2 billion acquisition of Odeon and UCI Cinemas.
  • Represented Canadian renewable energy and regulated utility company Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp in acquisition of 480 MW of wind generation assets, as part of $888 million transaction.
  • Represented U.S.-based specialty food business in $1.5 billion sale to global company.
  • Represented finance business in $610 million sale of global company.
  • Represented Canadian renewable energy and regulated utility company Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp in the development and project financing of multiple wind, solar and hydroelectric projects.
  • Represented industrial parts manufacturer in $300 million acquisition of U.S.-based transportation corporation and $615 million acquisition of technology components designer and manufacturer serving healthcare, telecommunications and aviation sectors.
  • Represented investment holding company in various acquisitions and exits from industrial parts and manufacturing companies.
  • Represented wireless device retailer in acquisition of various U.S.-based retailers and U.S. elements of ultimate sale to Canadian telecommunications company.
  • Represented growth equity firm in acquisition of various financial technology development companies.

Selected In-House Representation

  • Negotiated all aspects of partnership agreement, entertainment services commercial relationship, and licensing rights for development of cinemas in the Middle East.
  • Advised and managed acquisition of retail entertainment media for SEK 8,250 million ($929 million USD).
  • Negotiated investment in virtual reality startup and associated agreements for licensing and operation at on-location experiences.
  • Managed divestiture of entertainment venues in satisfaction of Department of Justice (DOJ) Final Judgment following acquisition and related antitrust matters.
  • Managed and negotiated divestiture of investment in a global film distribution company.
  • Implemented domestic and international tax-advantageous corporate restructuring.
Outside the Office

Bert enjoys time outdoors with family, especially cycling and coaching youth sports.

He’s an avid reader of major league baseball and baseball history, film and film history, and contemporary literature. Bert is also a supporter of the Kansas City arts community and causes addressing child welfare and education.

Community Leadership
  • Ascension Catholic School Advisory Committee
  • Jackson County CASA, Board of Directors, 2016-2019

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