A seasoned international business executive with experience working in more than 50 countries, I have lived in Miami, Brazil, Hong Kong, the UAE and New York City working as a restructuring and distressed business advisor, a partner in global law firms and a business consultant and investor in developed and frontier locations. I have significant experience in the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, throughout the Middle East and in Asia in areas of defense & security, life support contracts, transportation-asset financing, and infrastructure development. I have been the lead advisor on restructurings and liquidations and transactions valued at many billions of dollars involving aircraft and vessel financing, leases & sales, airport construction, transportation projects and port development, re-developments, and concessions. As a team leader, I have developed millions of dollars of business in multiple industries and countries, including the defense, private security, aviation, shipping, logistics and infrastructure sectors. I have developed, trained, and managed cross-cultural teams spread out over multiple offices and jurisdictions.
Current Business Experience
U.S. Legal Advisors, PLLC. Hessel, MI
Since 2020: Owner and Managing Partner. Providing business and transaction legal advice in the United States and globally in the security, transportation, and infrastructure sectors, including space law. See www.USLegalAdvisors.com.
Rebelyon Development Group, LLC. Hessel, MI
Since 1997: Owner and Managing Director. Developing and managing projects in the security, transportation, and infrastructure sectors, including space investments and projects. See www.rebelyon.com.
mDASA - Michigan Defense, Aerospace & Space Association, Inc. Hessel, MI
Since 2021: President and Head of Legal Advisory Committee. mDASA is an independent 501(c)(6) organization promoting the growth of the defense, aerospace and space sectors in the State of Michigan, including the goals of the bi-partisan Defense & Aerospace Caucus of the Michigan legislature.
CHAMP Team Command & Control Center. Chippewa County International Airport (CIU), Kinross, MI
Since 2020; Legal Counsel and Security Partner. Providing legal support and security and cyber security support to the Command & Control Center for the Michigan Launch Initiative's vertical and horizontal rocket launches for the deployment of Low Earth Orbit Satellites.
Contributing Articles and Opinion Writer. Hessel, MI
Since 2019; Freeland Writer. Written more than 30 articles and opinion pieces about economics, business and government policy, published in various newspapers.
Prior Business Experience
Miller Canfield Paddock Stone P.L.C. Ann Arbor, MI/New York, NY
2018-2020; Senior Counsel at International Law Firm. Providing representation on global defense, transportation and infrastructure projects; member of M&A, Defense, Middle East and China Teams. See www.millercanfield.com.
JetSmarter, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL
2017-2019: Advisory Board Member. Providing advice to the CEO regarding strategy matters and new business opportunities. See www.jetsmarter.com.
Reed Smith LLP. New York, NY/Abu Dhabi, UAE
2011-2017; Corporate and Finance Partner at 1,800-attorney, International Law Firm. See www.reedsmith.com.
Sector Expertise. Aviation, vessel and asset financing, banking, cross-border investments and transactions, defense and security industry, energy and natural resources, life sciences, media & entertainment, mergers & acquisitions, ports, private military companies, real estate, shipping, transportation and infrastructure and workouts and restructurings.
Geographic Experience. Cross-border investments and transactions involving the Afghanistan, Africa, Asia, Brazil, the Middle East and the United States.
Clients. Royal family offices and leading family groups in Abu Dhabi, transportation companies in the United States and Europe, media, entertainment and technology companies in Asia and the United Arab Emirates, life sciences companies in the United States and the Middle East and financial institutions in the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.
Holland & Knight LLP. Abu Dhabi, UAE
2005-2011; Executive Partner of Abu Dhabi Office of 1,100-Attorney, International Law Firm. Founding and Executive partner of Abu Dhabi, UAE office. Developed strategy for Middle East and Central Asia expansion, recruited and hired all lawyers and staff and developed local and regional clients while serving international clients in the region. See www.hklaw.com.
North Bay Equity Partners, LLC. Miami, FL
2001-2011: Principal. Boutique investment bank focused on raising private equity and debt for businesses located in or doing business in Latin America.
Zi Corporation. Calgary, AB
2004-2009: Member of the Board of Directors; Member of the Compensation Committee; Member of the Audit Committee; Member of the Strategy Committee; Member of Special Committee. Publicly traded (NASDAQ: ZICA) developer and licensor of software for mobile and consumer-electronic devices. Emphasis on corporate governance, compensation and audit matters. Key board member involved with resolution of conflict with largest shareholder and reconstituting board of directors. Co-lead director of independent directors. Was a key board member in negotiations and transactions for sale of company to Nuance Communications, Inc. on 9 April 2009.
Fundamental Management Corporation/Active Investors Funds. Miami, FL
2003-2007: Principal and Member of the Board of Directors. Fundamental Management Corporation is a general partner of Active Investors II and Active Investors III, equity investment funds that invest in under-valued and under-performing publicly traded companies. Through its board members, Fundamental Management Corporation plays an active role in several of its portfolio companies, including serving on the board of directors, as interim management, consultants, etc.
Ryder System, Inc. Miami, FL
1992-1997: In-house counsel; Senior Manager, Market Planning & Analysis; and International Transaction Consultant. Multiple roles in a leading transportation and logistics company. See www.ryder.com.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Miami, FL
1989-1992: Associate, Corporate Securities Department. Primary practice areas included SEC compliance, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, joint ventures, limited partnerships, shareholder agreements and general corporate legal advice. See www.weil.com.
University of Michigan Law School. Ann Arbor, MI
Adjunct Assistant Professor, International Transactions Clinic, since 2016. See https://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/internationaltransactionclinic/Pages/Faculty.aspx.
Faculty Advisor, Society For Space Law and Law of the Sea, since 2020. See https://www.law.umich.edu/journalsandorgs/Pages/SpaceSeaLaw.aspx
Hong Kong Association of New York (New York, NY): Chairman and Board Member.
University of Michigan Alumni Association of New York (New York, NY): Former Board Member.
Great Lakes Boat Building School (Cedarville, MI): Vice Chairman; Board Member; Head of Audit Committee
Michilimackinac Historical Society (St. Ignace, MI): Board Member.
Hessel Presbyterian Church (Hessel, MI): Member, Ordained Elder and Session Member.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Leading Professional Service Firms, Executive Education Program, 2010.
University of Miami, School of Business Administration, Coral Gables, FL
Master of Business Administration in International Business, Class Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude, 1995. G.P.A.: 4.0.
University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 1988.
University of Michigan, School of Literature, Science and the Arts, Ann Arbor, MI
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), With Distinction, 1985.
Law Licensed Jurisdictions
U.S. States of Florida, Michigan and New York and District of Columbia Bar Associations.
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