When the U.S. subsidiary of a foreign corporation acquired more than a dozen fertilizer plants on the West Coast, it involved hundreds of possible complications.
Were the sites in compliance with governmental and environmental regulations? What were the restrictions on their operations? How should the purchase be structured, and how should post-closing liability be managed?
Helping guide his client through the process was Robert Vincze, the newest member of Depew, Gillen, Rathbun & McInteer and an experienced hand at complex financial transactions.
“I’ve been involved in 350 of those kind of corporate or real estate transactions,” Vincze said.
Vincze uses an acronym — “LARGE” — for the type of work he specializes in. It refers to projects that may involve litigation, administrative law, real estate, governmental affairs and environmental law.
A graduate of Duke University, the University of Tulsa College of Law, with a master’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas, Vincze began his career at Mellon Bank before going on to work for large regional and international law firms.
He specializes in acquisitions and divestitures, business, government relations, administrative actions by government agencies, litigation and other legal work in the areas of oil and gas, renewable energy, real estate, chemicals, fertilizers, agribusiness and the environment.
The LARGE projects he works on often involve siting new (or buying existing) commercial or industrial properties while assessing potential environmental, transportation and utility concerns; navigating government at the local, state and federal level on issues such as annexation, zoning, incentives and permitting; advising on financing options; structuring ownership for favorable tax treatment; and negotiating management, supply and sales agreements.
For one manufacturing client, he negotiated construction of a railroad spur capable of holding 100 railcars. For a $200-million-plus office building purchase, he structured multi-million-dollar senior and junior mezzanine loans. He’s worked on the purchase or conversion of real estate developments across the country. He’s currently licensed to practice in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri and New York — the latter handy in international business deals specifying that New York laws will apply.
Vincze, an avid sportsman, likens his approach to serving clients to keeping his eye on the goal line, without losing sight of defenders.
“You try to negotiate from a position of superior knowledge, which requires due diligence, and then you work with your team — and manage the necessary risks — always with the aim of getting the deal done.”