Shant Chalian

Shant H. Chalian

Counsel

Shant H. Chalian

Counsel

  • Overview

    Biography

    Shant Chalian concentrates his practice on fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and securities matters. He assists a range of clients, including private equity and hedge funds and their sponsors, large corporations, middle-market companies, family owned businesses, and venture capital groups. He is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions Group.

    Investment Management

    Shant works with sponsors in connection with the formation and capitalization of private equity and hedge funds of varying sizes and strategies, including buyout funds, co-investment funds, mezzanine funds, real estate funds, and venture capital funds. He helps prepare offering materials and drafts and negotiates partnership and subscription agreements, management agreements, and side letters. Shant also advises sponsors on compliance issues, including with respect to the registration of investment advisers and other ongoing operations issues that arise under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. His experience and contacts in the industry allow him to constantly stay abreast of current market terms in this area. He has represented multiple prominent sponsors in connection with the formation of their funds, including some with commitments in excess of $1 billion.

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    Shant works with financial and strategic buyers and sellers on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, spin-offs, and cross-border transactions. He drafts and negotiates acquisition agreements, senior and mezzanine debt agreements, and equity financing agreements for these transactions. He has guided clients through numerous transactions, many exceeding $100 million in transaction value. Shant has assisted Graycliff Partners and the Camuto Group with their various acquisitions and divestitures. He recently represented Charkit Chemical Company in connection with a substantial equity investment by LeBaronBrown Industries.

    Emerging Companies and Venture Capital

    Shant works with private equity and venture capital groups and smaller private and start-up companies on seed, venture, and other early- to late-stage financings. He drafts and negotiates purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, investors rights agreements, employment agreements, charter documents and option plans. Shant has assisted clients such as the Nielsen Company, a global information and measurement company, and Westport Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm, in connection with their venture and private equity investments.

    Capital Markets and Securities

    Shant works with issuers, underwriters, and selling shareholders with respect to public and private offerings of securities. He works with private and public companies on general corporate matters, including corporate governance matters and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting and disclosure obligations. Shant handled the sale of a $440 million portfolio of securities to one of the largest asset managers in the world. He recently represented Lands’ End Inc., an apparel company, in connection with various SEC filings and general corporate governance matters.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, he was associated with Mayer Brown LLP in New York and was a partner at several highly regarded national and regional firms.
     

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represent sponsor in connection with the formation of an open-ended hedge fund, including parallel offshore vehicles, focused on investments in CLOs. 

      • Represent Oxford Bridge Management in connection with its various fund and internal governance agreements.

      • Represent Graycliff Partners LP in connection with secondary sales of interests in its portfolio companies. 

      • Represent RiverOak Investment Corp. in connection with the formation of a real estate fund focused on residential and mixed use properties in the New York City metropolitan area.

      • Represented Factset, Inc. in connection with its capital commitment in a venture fund.

      • Represent Developing World Markets in connection with its various fund and internal governance agreements. 

      • Represented fund principal in connection with his separation from international infrastructure and energy fund sponsor.

      • Represent Greenwich Investment Management in connection with general matters that arise from time to time, including under the Advisers Act.

      • Represented international reinsurance company in connection with the sale of $440 million portfolio of securities to one of the largest asset managers in the world and the sale of $100 million portfolio of securities to a large energy firm.

      • Represented Plantation Products, LLC in connection with its sale to Freeman Spogli & Co. 

      • Represented Charkit Chemical Corporation in connection with a substantial equity investment by LeBaronBrown Industries.

      • Represented Jansy Packaging, Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of packaging solutions, in connection with its sale to Eureka Capital Partners.

      • Represented Graycliff Partners LP in connection with its acquisition of Harper-Love Adhesives Corporation. 

      • Represented Ed Mitchell Inc., the owner and operator of luxury men’s and women’s clothing stores, in connection with its acquisition of Mario's, Inc.; Mario's of Seattle, Inc.; and Mario's of Bridgeport, Inc., retailers of fine clothing located in the Pacific Northwest.

      • Represented Brightstar Corp, the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor and a provider of diversified wireless services, in connection with its acquisition of Offwire, Inc., a distributor of wireless accessories, and an investment in Harvestar Solutions Limited, a specialist in aggregation, remanufacture and distribution of mobile devices.

      • Represented an affiliate of Metro PCS in connection with the $20 million sale of certain cell towers and related FCC licenses to Tampnet Inc.

      • Represented Alta Equity Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, in connection with an equity investment and recapitalization of a company in the food processing and co-packing industry.

      • Represented Xaar plc, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, in the acquisition of Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, Inc. (d/b/a Engineered Printing Solutions), a leading provider of product printing equipment in North America.

      • Represent the Special Committee of Affiliate of Transactions of Media News Group, Inc. in connection with various corporate governance matters.

      • Represented AnMar International Ltd. in connection with its sale to Cellmark US Holdings, Inc. 

      • Represent Westport Capital Partners in connection with certain equity investments.

      • Represent the Fieber Group in connection with its real estate investments and joint venture agreements. 

      • Represented Lands’ End, Inc. in connection with SEC filings and general corporate governance matters. 

      • Represent Enhanced Capital Connecticut Fund LLC and affiliated funds and Stonehenge Capital Fund Connecticut II, LLC and related funds in connection with Connecticut legal matters related to the sale of state tax credits.

      • Represented Onex Corporation in connection with the formation of its first buyout fund.*

      • Represented The Jordan Company in connection with various acquisitions and dispositions and the formation of its first buyout fund.*

      • Represented Regiment Capital Partners in connection with the formation of its second hedge fund.*

      • Represented RFE Investment Partners in connection with the acquisition of Plantation Products, LLC.*

      • Represented Plantation Products, LLC in connection with the acquisitions of Ferry-Morse Seed Company and A.E. McKenzie Co.*

      • Represented Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and JP Morgan Capital Partners in connection with their various venture investments.*

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      * Atty. Chalian was counsel in these representative matters prior to joining Robinson+Cole. 

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Business Council of Fairfield County

      Connecticut Hedge Fund Association
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • News

      R+C in the News

      • August 13, 2018

        Shant Chalian Quoted in Regulatory Compliance Watch Article on Social Media and the SEC’s Advisers Act

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 28, 2017

        Business Transactions Group Involved in Investment Transaction with Connecticut Specialty Chemical Supplier

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    • Newsletters

      Newsletters

      2018 Investment Adviser Update (5/4/2018)

      SEC Registered Investment Advisers—A Review of 2016 and a Look at What’s Ahead for 2017 (3/22/2017)

      SEC-Registered Investment Advisers – Annual Compliance Requirements (3/14/16)

      Private Equity and Hedge Funds – What's Ahead for 2016? (2/29/16)

      The Business Judgment Rule and the Entire Fairness Doctrine (12/12/13)