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Overview

With extensive experience in real estate transactions and fund compliance, Todd has the ability to find the right path forward for clients and keep strategies aligned with business objectives.

He works with real estate fund sponsors and investors at all stages of a deal, including structuring funds and joint ventures, raising capital and acquiring real estate assets. As a former principal in a real estate private equity firm, he has a full understanding of governance, compliance, operations and asset disposition.

Todd regularly advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, federal and state securities law compliance and financing transactions. He is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for AFA Service Corporation, the Arby’s national franchisee association. He also represents one of the largest Arby’s franchisees in corporate, real estate and general business matters.

Todd works with startups to raise funds and complete joint ventures. He helps startup clients understand the market in order to best position themselves for success as they try to raise capital. No matter what his project, Todd is a trusted advisor to clients and works diligently to help them succeed and achieve their broader goals.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers In America, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2006-2020; Omaha Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2016; Omaha Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2017
  • Nebraska Lawyers Foundation Visionary Award, 2019
  • Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow, 2019
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/Commercial Law, 2010, 2015-2019
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2009-2010, 2016
  • Midlands Business Journal, “40 Under 40,” 2003
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Corporate Achievers Award, 2002

Education

  • J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law
    • with highest distinction
    • Order of the Coif
    • Nebraska Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
  • B.S.B.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha
    • magna cum laude
    • Finance

Admissions

  • Nebraska

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
Experience
  • Represent multiple sponsors in private real estate fund offerings to institutional, family office and high net worth investors to fund acquisition and development of real estate projects in all major real estate asset classes, including multifamily, self storage, office, retail, mixed-use and farmland.
  • Negotiated subscription-secured credit facilities to allow fund sponsors to finance investments in portfolio assets.
  • Counseled numerous developers, real estate operators and investors in negotiating terms of joint venture transactions and agreements for acquisition and development of real estate projects in all major real estate asset classes.
  • Represent sponsors, investors and developers in connection with Opportunity Zone investments and fund formation.
  • Represent real estate fund sponsors, developers, real estate operators and business clients in real estate acquisitions, developments, financing transactions, dispositions and real estate strategy analysis.
Case Studies
U.S. Beef & Platform Ventures

When U.S. Beef, formerly the largest franchisee of Arby’s restaurants in the U.S., sought to shift its business focus after selling its restaurant assets in December 2018, it partnered with Platform Ventures, an investment firm, to acquire the Plaza Vista Office Building, located on the west end of Kansas City’s iconic Plaza District, from EverWest Real Estate Investors. The deal proved to be incredibly complex, and U.S. Beef and Platform turned to Husch Blackwell for guidance in turning their plans into reality.

Outside the Office

Todd loves spending time with his wife and their three children.

They enjoy playing golf and traveling together.

Todd has a vast interest in leadership development. He and his wife are very active in their church. They particularly enjoy facilitating marriage ministry and making a difference in people’s lives.

Community Leadership
  • Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • The Startup Collaborative, Advisory Board
  • Omaha Chamber of Commerce Building Business Council, Chair
  • Leadership Omaha Alumni Association
  • Midlands Venture Forum, Co-Founder