Asim Grabowski-Shaikh

Counsel

New York
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Overview

Asim Grabowski-Shaikh represents public and private companies in corporate transactions, with an emphasis on securities offerings (including IPOs), mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Viewed by his clients as an integral member of their team, Asim has helped issuers access more than $1 billion through public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. He offers clients practical, goal-oriented counsel, leveraging the skills developed and knowledge gained through his representation of issuers, underwriters, placement agents, major financial institutions, funds and registered investment advisors in a variety of transactions across many sectors. Asim also has particular experience in transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), and the renewable energy and life sciences industries.

Asim’s understanding of corporate and securities laws enables him to provide bespoke and creative solutions to difficult problems. He provides boards of directors and executives with advice on corporate governance and compliance matters, and also represents public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, as well as other strategic commercial transactions. Additionally, Asim has advised registered investment advisors in connection with securities laws compliance and mergers and acquisitions, as well as major financial institutions and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including privately placed bonds, acquisition financing and project financing.

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  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed global developer and manufacturer of specialty, commercial stage pharmaceutical products and medical devices, headquartered in Ireland and with operations in the U.S., Germany and Ireland, in a $40 million public offering of ordinary shares, underwritten by Morgan Stanley.
  • Represented a global solar development firm in a joint venture with an Israeli public company for the development and operation of approximately one gigawatt of solar power, having an aggregate value of more than $1 billion.
  • Represented a leading investment bank focused on digital media and marketing in its role as financial advisor to a NYSE-listed public company providing a leading end-to-end mobile platform, with respect to the fairness of AOL’s $280 million cash tender offer, and also in connection with related shareholder litigation.
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Experience

  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed global developer and manufacturer of specialty, commercial stage pharmaceutical products and medical devices, headquartered in Ireland and with operations in the U.S., Germany and Ireland, in a $40 million public offering of ordinary shares, underwritten by Morgan Stanley.
  • Represented a global solar development firm in a joint venture with an Israeli public company for the development and operation of approximately one gigawatt of solar power, having an aggregate value of more than $1 billion.
  • Represented a leading investment bank focused on digital media and marketing in its role as financial advisor to a NYSE-listed public company providing a leading end-to-end mobile platform, with respect to the fairness of AOL’s $280 million cash tender offer, and also in connection with related shareholder litigation.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed company in all stock change-of-control merger with a private pharmaceutical company.
  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed company with a platform to support personalized care for mental health patients in a series of debt and equity offerings, including an At-The-Market offering with Aspire Capital, in the aggregate amount of approximately $50 million.
  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed global developer and manufacturer of specialty, commercial stage pharmaceutical products and medical devices, headquartered in Germany and with operations in the U.S., Germany and Ireland, in a $30 million public offering of ADSs, underwritten by Piper Jaffray.
  • Represented an issuer in the oil and gas refinery sector in its $450 million IPO, underwritten by Deutsche Bank.
  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed issuer in its $100 million IPO, underwritten by Deutsche Bank.
  • Represented an issuer focused on the media and technology sectors in its $80 million IPO, underwritten by Citi and Deutsche Bank Securities.
  • Represented an issuer in its $80.4 million public offering, underwritten by Deutsche Bank.
  • Represented a company focused on the defense, security and government services sector in its $75 million IPO, underwritten by Deutsche Bank Securities & Cowen and Company.
  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed issuer in the maritime sector in its self-tender offer for shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $43 million, and in connection with its simultaneous acquisition (valued at approximately $94 million) of a foreign entity owning a fleet of platform supply vessels and oil spill response vessels under time charters with a major Brazilian petroleum company.
  • Represented an issuer in the retail sector in its self-tender offer for shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $18 million, and in connection with its simultaneous business combination (valued at approximately $63 million) with the holding company of a New York City-based bake shop, resulting in the holding company becoming publicly held.
  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of human plasma and plasma derived therapeutics in connection with its $14.1 million public offering of common stock, underwritten by Raymond James.
  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed biotechnology company in connection with its $11.3 million public offering of common stock
  • Represented a Registered Investment Advisor with over $1 billion in assets in connection with securities laws compliance, including Form ADV and Form 13H filings.
  • Represented a private leading independent provider of products and services for finance professionals, as well as its shareholders, in a sale for $201 million in cash.
  • Represented a private clean-tech entity in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in a solar renewable holding company and its portfolios, and subsequent sale of certain portfolio projects, to a third-party purchaser.
  • Represented an endowment fund in connection with the creation of multiple joint venture funds organized for various purposes, including acquiring and disposing of distressed assets, and investing in crowd-funding opportunities.
  • Represented a major financial institution as lead bond purchaser in its direct purchase of $50 million of $96 million of tax-exempt bonds issued by an out-of-state issuer, the proceeds of which were used to refinance existing tax-exempt debt and finance, through a draw down structure, the construction and renovation of several healthcare facilities.
  • Represented a major financial institution in connection with an $80 million credit facility to a joint venture consisting of two major regional real estate developers for the refinance of a 267,000 square foot retail complex in Washington, D.C., leased to more than 20 national and regional tenants.
  • Represented a leading New York-based grocery chain in connection with its $23.5 million revolving credit facility and $5 million term loan with a leading bank.
  • Represented a public, United Kingdom-based pharmaceutical company in connection with its €14,000,000 secured loan facility with a major international financial institution, as U.S. counsel.
  • Represented a specialty gourmet foods business in connection with their $6.5 million revolving credit facility, $2.5 million term loan for acquisition financing, and $2.5 million term loan, as well as in connection with the company's simultaneous approximate $4 million cash acquisition of a private label food manufacturing business.
  • Represented a prestigious, top-tier New York City private school in connection with its $6.8 million tax-exempt loan through a $17.5 million refunding note, made available by Build NYC Resource Corporation, the proceeds of which were provided to it by as leading bank and used by the school to defease previously existing tax exempt debt. representation also included a $10 million non-revolving line of credit, provided by bank.

Recognitions and Memberships

Community

  • Rutgers University CX Program: Advisory Board (2017 to present)
  • Park Children's Day School (formerly Park Avenue Christian Church Day School): Board of Trustees (2015 to present)

Prior Positions

  • Brooklyn Law School Legal Services, Federal Litigation Clinic: Legal Intern (2001)

Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2002
  • B.A., Rutgers College, 1999