Joshua A. Lusk

Associate

Cleveland
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Overview

Joshua Lusk represents clients in a broad range of transactions and corporate matters, providing counsel to public and privately held middle-market companies throughout the U.S. In developing his emerging practice, Josh places emphasis on his ability to obtain a complete and accurate understanding of his client's objectives, which enables him to develop a precise, creative and pragmatic approach to achieving effective results.

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  • Represented an international tire and automotive components manufacturer and supplier in multiple strategic acquisitions, including its acquisition of a national industrial conveyor belt manufacturer, a portfolio of regional tire distribution and retreading companies, and a nationally recognized automotive parts distributor. Served as the lead associate in each transaction, managing legal due diligence and drafting, reviewing, and negotiating ancillary purchase agreement documents and closing deliveries.
  • Represented a leading industrial chemical products manufacturer in the sale of its water treatment, dust control and freeze conditioning division. Served as the lead associate, managing legal due diligence and drafting, reviewing and negotiating disclosure schedules and ancillary closing documents, and obtaining required third-party consents and approvals.
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Experience

  • Represented an international tire and automotive components manufacturer and supplier in multiple strategic acquisitions, including its acquisition of a national industrial conveyor belt manufacturer, a portfolio of regional tire distribution and retreading companies, and a nationally recognized automotive parts distributor. Served as the lead associate in each transaction, managing legal due diligence and drafting, reviewing, and negotiating ancillary purchase agreement documents and closing deliveries.
  • Represented a leading industrial chemical products manufacturer in the sale of its water treatment, dust control and freeze conditioning division. Served as the lead associate, managing legal due diligence and drafting, reviewing and negotiating disclosure schedules and ancillary closing documents, and obtaining required third-party consents and approvals.
  • Represented a private equity client in the sale of a major national U.S. food service juice manufacturer to a prominent Japanese joint venture. Served as the legal point of contact to each of the client's operating portfolio companies. Managed due diligence production, coordinating with the client's investment banker, and drafted, reviewed and negotiated the company disclosure letter and ancillary closing deliveries, and obtained required third-party consents and approvals. 
  • Represented a family-owned entertainment company in its strategic acquisition of multiple gaming operations. Served as lead associate, managing due diligence and drafting, reviewing and negotiating ancillary purchase agreement documents, and assisting in the resolution of several complex regulatory hurdles, including licensure, zoning and environmental issues.
  • Represented a media company in multiple acquisitions of alternative newspaper businesses located in cities throughout the United States. 
  • Represented a private holding company in the sale of its wholly owned U.S.-based telecommunications company to a Caribbean telecommunications service provider.
  • Represented shareholders in the sale of an industry-leading company specializing in international location-based services to an international wireless data solutions company operating in more than 60 countries.
  • Represented a lender in connection with the refinancing of one of its Regional 166 Direct Loans, which involved negotiating and drafting complex claw-back and conditional forgiveness provisions. Served as lead associate, managing due diligence and drafting, reviewing and negotiating ancillary loan agreement documents, and securing terminations and subordinations in order to secure the client's desired priority position with respect to the loan collateral.
  • Represented a leading Cleveland cultural institution in connection with its purchase of another cultural institution's bank debt as part of a larger combination of the two organizations. Served as lead associate, assisting with drafting the loan sale agreement, bailment agreement, allonges and various other ancillary documents, and managed complex issues related to the loan collateral.
  • Represented a borrower in connection with multiple financing arrangements, including amendments to its existing $40 million syndicated credit facility and private placements through its $150 million private shelf facility. Served as lead associate in each transaction, negotiating and drafting key provisions to the amendments; updating the representations, warranties and covenants; and drafting, reviewing and negotiating updated disclosure schedules and closing deliveries.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • United Way Young Leaders: Cabinet Member
  • American Cancer Society, Cuyahoga County: Board Member
  • Cleveland Leadership Center – Civic Leadership Institute (2014)

Pro Bono

  • Represented a religious organization in negotiations and coming to an offer-in-compromise with the Ohio Department of Taxation for liability associated with payroll withholdings.

Prior Positions

  • Deloitte Tax, LLP: Business Tax Consultant (2012)

Admissions

  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2012, cum laude
  • B.A., Accounting, Palm Beach Atlantic University, 2009, cum laude