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Fishman Haygood LLP

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Managing Partner: James R Swanson
Number of partners: 16
Number of other lawyers: 18

Firm Overview:
The firm was founded in the mid-1990s by leading business and litigation lawyers from three of the largest firms in Louisiana. National and regional publications have repeatedly recognized the firm’s lawyers as among the best.

Corporate, Securities & M&A:
■ Ongoing representation of Sanderson Farms, Inc. in financing and securities matters
■ Representation of sellers in $125,000,000 sale of private manufacturing company
■ Ongoing representation of SMG, manager of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Arena, Baton Rouge Centroplex and other sports and entertainment facilities in Louisiana and Alabama
■ $150,000,000 sale of assets and private equity offering for oil and gas exploration and production company
■ Representation of Rouses Supermarkets in its acquisition of 21 stores from A&P and continued representation in Rouses’ ongoing expansion to over 50 stores in 3 states
Key Clients: Sanderson Farms, Inc., SMG, Rouses Supermarkets, LLC, Chaffe & Associates, Swire Oilfield Services, LLC, Chaffe Securities, Inc., Laitram LLC, Capital One Securities, TurboSquid, Inc., New Orleans Startup Fund, Inc., LongueVue Capital, Danos and Curole Marine Contractors, LLC, Spark Energy, Inc., Jefferson Capital Partners, Bollinger Private Equity,, Inc., Robinson Lumber Company, Total Life Care RX Pharmacy LLC, BlackBay Energy Capital, Bernhard Capital Partners

Real Estate:
■ CMBS cross-collaterized refinancings of retail shopping centers located in Louisiana
■ Ongoing representation of Slidell Development Company LLC, developer and owner of Fremaux Town Center in Slidell, Louisiana
■ Acquisition and development by Stirling Properties and CBL Properties of Ambassador Town Center in Lafayette, Louisiana
■ Representation of Baton Rouge Foundation in connection with the development of the Baton Rouge water campus with a projected buildout of over $1 billion
■ Ongoing representation of Engquist Level Development in connection with over 5,000 single family residential lots in Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida
■ Representation of Group 7 Holdings in its acquisition of 7 commercial properties in the US
■ Representation of Commercial Properties Realty Trust in the acquisition and development of $60,000,000 IBM mixed use project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, involving office, retail, residential and parking
Key Clients: Stirling Properties, LLC, Rouses Supermarkets, Commerical Properties Realty Trust, Engquist Level Development, LLC, Provident Resources, Inc., Executive Affiliates, Inc., Biltmore Property Group, LLC, Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Banking & Finance:
■ Representation of Borrower in $235,000,000 syndicated credit facility
■ $37,000,000 financing of a mixed-use residential and commercial building, the first in the country to combine federal and state new markets and historic tax credits with an FHA-insured loan
■ $53,000,000 financing of the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, including new markets, federal, and state historic tax credits, Louisiana musical and theatrical production tax credits, community development grants, and bridge financing
■ Ongoing representation of the State of Louisiana in its investment of over $75,000,000 of Community Development Block Grants in real estate financings, including a $78,000,000 hospital and medical office complex in St. Bernard Parish
Key Clients: IberiaBank, Whitney Bank, State of Louisiana, Capital One, National Association, Capital One Municipal Funding, Inc., AMCREF Community Capital, LLC, Jefferson Capital Partners

Litigation & Arbitration:
Securities Arbitration & Litigation:
■ Representation of municipal bond issuers against investment banks and underwriters that misrepresented and omitted material facts about the auction rate securities market
■ Defense of public companies, including US Unwired and Amedisys, in securities class actions
■ Representation of municipal pension funds and retirees in multi-million dollar action against hedge fund manager and others who concealed investment losses through a fraudulent collateral debt obligation
■ Representation of hundreds of individual investors against their brokers or investment advisors (the firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars for these clients)
First Amendment & Media Law:
■ Representation of media outlets and individuals in defamation cases and public record and access disputes, including cases for The Times-Picayune, Cable News Network, Viacom, The New York Times, ProPublica, Wick Communications, The Nation Institute, The Daily, and GateHouse Media
Tax Litigation:
■ Representation of the Louisiana Department of Revenue to recover corporate and franchise taxes from corporate taxpayers (the firm has recovered tens of millions of tax dollars, including a $26,000,000 jury award believed to be the largest award of taxes and penalties in Louisiana history)
■ Representation of Orleans Parish School Board against property insurers for damages arising out of Hurricane Katrina (school board recovered in excess of $100 million)
■ General commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes of various kinds such as options, purchase agreements, leases, employment agreements, and insurance policies
Key Clients: Baylor College of Medicine, The Times Picayune, LLC, Berk-Cohen Associates, LLC, Wampold Companies, SMG, ASCO Group, Ltd., Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, Louisiana Firefighters’ Retirement System, Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, Louisiana Department of Revenue, Wallace C. Drennan, Inc., JMH Realty, LLC

Land Use & Economic Development Projects:
■ Significant and extensive complex land use and Economic Development Projects representation of numerous developers throughout the State of Louisiana including the cities of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette and Shreveport Representation of multiple developers in connection with Burbank Planned United Development, a 500 acre mixed use project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
■ Representation of Americana Development Company, LLC in connection with a 400 acre mixed use traditional neighbourhood development in Zachary, Louisiana
■ Representation of Women’s Hospital in connection with the development of a 100 acre traditional neighbourhood development which is a component of the hospital campus