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Eversheds Sutherland advises Noble Systems on merger

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it represented client Noble Systems, a global leader in omnichannel contact centre technology solutions, in a merger with enterprise contact solutions provider Aspect Software, a portfolio company of Vector Capital. The companies will form Alvaria™, a new global company delivering optimised customer experience and workforce engagement software and cloud services technology solutions.

Abry Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, spearheaded the merger and is now the majority owner of the combined company. Vector Capital, owner of Aspect, will continue as minority equity holder. The total value of the combined transaction is over $1 billion.

Corporate Partner Michael J. Voynich led the Eversheds Sutherland team, which included Partners Michael A. Hepburn, Mark D. Herlach, M. Hill Jeffries, Wes Sheumaker, Jeremy D. Spier, Counsel Jessica A. Rissmiller, Rebecca A. Gelfand, and Associates Amy Chen, Caitlyn G. Naylor, Ellen Roberts, and Laura A. Taylor.

About Eversheds Sutherland’s Corporate Practice

With more than 700 attorneys worldwide, Eversheds Sutherland’s global mergers and acquisitions team provides pragmatic advice and comprehensive support that enables clients to evaluate, structure and complete transactions across a broad spectrum of industries.

The team combines decades of experience with in-depth knowledge of local and cross-border practices. Wherever the transaction is led from, we provide a seamless and integrated worldwide service.

Our attorneys are well versed in the unique requirements of mergers, tender offers, stock and asset acquisitions, corporate restructurings, spin-offs, recapitalisations and other deal structures. We negotiate and establish alliances, joint ventures and other partnering relationships. In addition, we develop innovative approaches to implement other tailored commercial relationships.

Our global M&A team advises clients across a broad range of sectors including financial services, insurance, payment systems, technology, communications, energy, industrials, consumer products, professional services, health care and eCommerce. We understand regulatory frameworks and the impact on transactions of the key issues that affect your business. This in-depth sector knowledge allows us to add real value to the M&A process.

Eversheds Sutherland advises Cox Communications on acquisition

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it represented client Cox Communications, the largest private telecom company in America, in entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Charlotte-based Segra, one of the largest privately held fibre infrastructure providers in the United States.

Under the terms, Cox will acquire Segra’s commercial services segment, which is a leading super-regional, fibre-based provider serving commercial enterprise and carrier customers in nine states in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. The company’s dense metropolitan fibre network provides enhanced technology solutions and a commitment to a superior customer experience.

As part of the transaction, EQT Infrastructure will retain ownership of Segra’s fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) residential and small- to medium-sized business segment in Virginia and North Carolina and accelerate the plan to expand broadband services to neighbourhoods and markets throughout their regions. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.

Corporate Partners David S. Phillips and Matthew Block led the Eversheds Sutherland team, which included Partners Michael A. Hepburn, M. Hill Jeffries, Taylor Kiessig, Meredith O’Leary, Jeremy D. Spier, Kristina Kopf Thomas, Counsel Aaron Moody, Staff Attorney Bonnie R. Burke, and Associates Robert R. Christoffel, Kristin W. Cleare, Jazmen B. Howard, Caitlin G. Naylor, Mary Kate Nicholson, William D. Ponder, Alexander F. L. Sand, and Laura A. Taylor.

About Eversheds Sutherland’s Corporate Practice

With more than 700 attorneys worldwide, Eversheds Sutherland’s global mergers and acquisitions team provides pragmatic advice and comprehensive support that enables clients to evaluate, structure and complete transactions across a broad spectrum of industries.

The team combines decades of experience with in-depth knowledge of local and cross-border practices. Wherever the transaction is led from, we provide a seamless and integrated worldwide service.

Our attorneys are well versed in the unique requirements of mergers, tender offers, stock and asset acquisitions, corporate restructurings, spin-offs, recapitalisations and other deal structures. We negotiate and establish alliances, joint ventures and other partnering relationships. In addition, we develop innovative approaches to implement other tailored commercial relationships.

Our global M&A team advises clients across a broad range of sectors including financial services, insurance, payment systems, technology, communications, energy, industrials, consumer products, professional services, health care and eCommerce. We understand regulatory frameworks and the impact on transactions of the key issues that affect your business. This in-depth sector knowledge allows us to add real value to the M&A process.

Eversheds Sutherland Strengthens International Tax Practice

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that Jonathan A. Sambur has joined the Tax Practice Group as a partner, expanding the firm’s tax practice with a focus on advising global financial institutions. Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland, Mr. Sambur served as a partner in Mayer Brown’s tax transaction practice.

Based in the firm’s Washington DC office, Mr. Sambur helps financial institutions, investment funds and multinational companies achieve success in their cross-border activities by providing comprehensive United States tax and regulatory advice. He regularly counsels clients with respect to United States information reporting and withholding tax obligations, United States federal tax issues affecting foreign businesses and individuals operating in the United States, as well as, United States federal tax issues affecting United States businesses operating outside the United States.

“I am excited to welcome Jon to Eversheds Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group,” said Mark D. Wasserman, Co-CEO of Eversheds Sutherland. “Jon has exceptional experience practicing international and federal tax law. His arrival will provide our clients with expanded service offerings, deepen our ability to support global financial services companies on international tax matters, and continue the expansion of our tier-one tax practice.”

Exceeding 150 tax practitioners in more than 20 countries, the firm’s international tax team is devoted to the increasingly complicated field of international tax. Mr. Sambur’s arrival to the United States-based team signals another step in the firm’s efforts to provide clients with the most comprehensive international tax guidance on a global scale.

“Jon is a perfect fit with Eversheds Sutherland and our global client base,” said Jeffrey A. Friedman, Partner and Head of Eversheds Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group. “With his focus on multinational financial service clients, Jon’s addition to the firm will help strengthen our tax practice and service offerings to global banks, insurance companies and corporations working through complex multi-jurisdictional tax transactions, audits and controversy.”

Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Sambur began his career serving as an attorney at the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International). During his time with the IRS, Mr. Sambur was the principal author of several Treasury regulations and other international tax guidance, and managed a diverse caseload involving international, corporate and partnership tax issues.

Mr. Sambur is the third lateral partner added to Eversheds Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group in the last six months, following the recent additions of SALT-focused Partners Breen Schiller and Nikki Dobay. This continued growth underscores the firm’s goal to provide clients with the most skilled and talented practitioners across the tax field.

BTI Consulting Group Recognises Eversheds for Superior Client Service

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it has been named to the elite 2021 BTI Client Service 30, a list of law firms recognised for delivering superior client service. The rankings are based on unprompted client feedback from general counsel at some of the world’s largest organisations.

The BTI Client Service 30 is a subset of the organisation’s larger client survey, The BTI Client Service A-Team 2021: The Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance, which evaluates individual law firm performance through thousands of client interviews conducted over the span of 20 years.

This year’s analysis is a result of 350 independent, candid, one-on-one interviews with corporate counsel; firms cannot lobby or self-nominate to be added to the list. Of the 282 law firms recognised in The BTI Client Service A-Team 2021, Eversheds Sutherland ranked among the top 30.

Additionally, Eversheds Sutherland was recognised as a “Leader” in unprompted communication, anticipating client needs, commitment to help, client focus, understanding business, value for the dollar and quality products. The firm also achieved recognition in all three of BTI’s newest categories in the 2021 report: mobilising resources, fielding the absolute best team and quickly assessing the client’s situation.

“We greatly appreciate the confidence of our clients and peers, and are very grateful that they continuously entrust us with some of their most important matters and objectives,” said Eversheds Sutherland Co-CEO Mark D. Wasserman. “We take great pride in meeting the highest standards of service, and it is extremely rewarding to be singled out for this honour.”

About BTI Consulting Group

The Boston-based consulting group is the leading provider of strategic market research to law firms and professional services firms. BTI conducts the only continuous benchmarking market study in the legal services industry based on independent interviews with general counsel and key decision makers who hire law firms.

About Eversheds Sutherland

As a global top 10 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal services to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals, acting for 70 of the Fortune 100, 61 of the FTSE 100 and 128 of the Fortune 200.

With more than 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 69 offices in 32 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In addition, a network of more than 200 related law firms, including formalised alliances in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, provide support around the globe.

Eversheds Sutherland provides the full range of legal services, including corporate and M&A; dispute resolution and litigation; energy and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labour law; intellectual property; real estate and construction; and tax.

Eversheds Sutherland comprises two separate legal entities: Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (headquartered in the UK) and Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (headquartered in the US), and their respective controlled, managed, affiliated and member firms.

Eversheds Successfully Defends Representative in SEC Appeal

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that the firm successfully defended registered representative David Tysk in an appeal to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of a disciplinary proceeding brought by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

In 2013, the firm was hired to defend Mr. Tysk against FINRA’s charges that he acted unethically and violated arbitration procedures. Before this successful appeal, FINRA had ordered him to pay a $50,000 fine and suspended him from the securities industry for one-year, essentially ending his career in the securities industry.

After several years of appeals, including two appeals to the SEC, the SEC found in favour of Mr. Tysk, overturning FINRA’s findings.

Eversheds Sutherland Partner Brian Rubin led the team with support from Litigation Partner Lee Peifer.

Mr. Rubin said, “This is the first time in at least five years that the SEC has completely ruled against FINRA in an appeal of a disciplinary hearing. This case is a great example of how and when to push back against regulators.”

The SEC’s decision can be found here.

About Eversheds Sutherland’s Securities and Enforcement Litigation team

Eversheds Sutherland defends broker-dealers, investment advisers, public companies, accounting firms and individuals in securities exams, investigations, enforcement actions, arbitrations and related securities litigation, including class actions. With a comprehensive understanding of the financial regulatory landscape and an appreciation of our clients’ business needs, we know what it takes to make cases go away—whether that means shutting cases down early, negotiating reasonable settlements or litigating.

About Eversheds Sutherland

As a global top 10 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal services to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals, acting for 70 of the Fortune 100, 61 of the FTSE 100 and 128 of the Fortune 200.

With more than 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 68 offices in 32 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In addition, a network of more than 200 related law firms, including formalised alliances in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, provide support around the globe.

Eversheds Sutherland provides the full range of legal services, including corporate and M&A; dispute resolution and litigation; energy and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labor law; intellectual property; real estate and construction; and tax.

Eversheds Sutherland is a global legal practice and comprises two separate legal entities: Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (headquartered in the UK) and Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (headquartered in the US), and their respective controlled, managed, affiliated and member firms. The use of the name Eversheds Sutherland is for description purposes only and does not imply that the member firms or their controlled, managed or affiliated entities are in a partnership or are part of a global LLP. For more information, visit eversheds-sutherland.com.

Eversheds Represents CCI in Sale of NorTex Midstream Partners

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it is representing client Castleton Commodities International LLC (CCI) in its sale of NorTex Midstream Partners (NorTex or the Company), a Houston-based natural gas storage and transportation company, to private equity firm Tailwater Capital (Tailwater).

Founded in 2007, NorTex provides revenue optimisation and asset reliability solutions for utilities and power generation facilities in North Texas through strategically located natural gas storage and transmission. The Company operates the largest portfolio of non-utility gas storage facilities in North Texas. NorTex’s asset base includes 36 Bcf of depleted reservoir working gas capacity, 83 total miles of natural gas transportation pipelines, as well as the Tolar Hub – the largest natural gas hub in North Texas. NorTex’s storage facilities have operated consistently for nearly 60 years, serving as critical infrastructure for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth market.

CCI is a global energy commodity merchant with integrated businesses focused on marketing, merchandising, and trading commodities, and the ownership, operation and development of commodities-related infrastructure and upstream assets.

Partner Ram C. Sunkara led the Eversheds Sutherland team in this transaction, with assistance from Partners M. Hill Jeffries, Meredith O’Leary, Lance J. Phillips, Amish M. Shah, Michael J. Voynich, Counsel Ronnie Dabbasi, Graham R. Green, Kyle E. Wamstad and Associates Katherine E. Dugat, Kyle J. Hayes, Michael M. Petrov, Alyssa N. Walker and Kathryn V. Wymer.

About Eversheds Sutherland

As a global top 10 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal services to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals, acting for 75 of the Fortune 100, 68 of the FTSE 100 and 113 of the Fortune 200.

With more than 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 68 offices in 32 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In addition, a network of more than 200 related law firms, including formalised alliances in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, provide support around the globe.

Eversheds Sutherland provides the full range of legal services, including corporate and M&A; dispute resolution and litigation; energy and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labour law; intellectual property; real estate and construction; and tax.

Eversheds Sutherland is a global legal practice and comprises two separate legal entities: Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (headquartered in the United Kingdom) and Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (headquartered in the United States), and their respective controlled, managed, affiliated and member firms. The use of the name Eversheds Sutherland is for description purposes only and does not imply that the member firms or their controlled, managed or affiliated entities are in a partnership or are part of a global LLP.