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Ronald Skloss concentrates on private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other strategic business transactions in the middle market. Ronnie has led numerous domestic and cross-border transactions representing publicly-traded and privately-held issuers, institutional and individual investors, and entrepreneurs in industry sectors that include software, business and technology-enabled services, health care, government contracting, franchised businesses, oilfield services, and consulting services. He has advised on numerous private equity and venture capital investments and M&A transactions with individual transaction values ranging from less than $10 million to more than $9 billion.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Representation of a Canadian private equity investment firm in non-control, dividend-paying, perpetual preferred equity investments and the negotiation of governing agreements containing dividend payment obligations, distribution waterfall and tax matters allocation provisions, and investor protective provisions, including investor consent rights, obligations and restrictions on management, equity transfer restrictions, noncompetition and other restrictive covenants, events of default, and remedies for breaches and defaults, including board replacement, super-majority voting, and optional and mandatory repurchase provisions:
    • $70 million equity investment in the believed largest independent direct-to-consumer provider of vehicle sourcing and leasing services in the United States, to finance a contemporaneous dividend recapitalization.
    • $30 million equity investment in a natural gas utility service contractor operating in several Southeastern and Midwestern states, to finance a contemporaneous equity and debt recapitalization.
    • $66 million combined equity and subordinated debt investment in a large-parcel site development contractor, to finance a contemporaneous dividend recapitalization.
    • $40 million equity investment in a full-service real estate title and settlement company, to finance a contemporaneous dividend recapitalization.
    • $34 million equity investment in a professional and technical services firm primarily supporting the United States Department of Energy, the commercial nuclear industry, and private sector businesses involved in nuclear operations, to finance a contemporaneous dividend recapitalization.
    • $17 million equity investment in an industrial, commercial and residential electrical contracting services business, to finance a contemporaneous dividend recapitalization.
    • $60 million equity investment and recapitalization of existing equity in a multi-state franchisee of a national fitness gym franchise business.
    • $46 million combined equity and subordinated debt investment in in a global provider of digital marketing solutions for advertisers, to finance a contemporaneous management buyout of a private equity buy-out fund.
    • $85 million equity investment in a sales and marketing-focused management consulting firm, to finance a contemporaneous management buyout.
    • $73 million equity investment in a leading national provider of diversified behavioral and emotional health and physical disability mentoring, education and living support services, to finance a contemporaneous management buyout of a private equity buy-out fund.
    • $70 million equity investment in a regional excavation, grading, paving and wet and dry utility construction company, to finance a contemporaneous management buyout.
    • $47 million combined equity and subordinated debt investment in a U.S. government contracting business providing marine, defense, homeland security, first responder and related products and services, to finance a contemporaneous management buyout of a private equity buy-out fund.
    • $35 million equity investment in a multi-state franchisee of a national fitness gym franchise business.
    • $34 million equity investment in a national hospitality services provider, to finance a contemporaneous management buyout.
    • $30 million equity investment in an international provider of garment design, engineering, development, manufacturing and sourcing services, to finance a dividend recapitalization.
    • $27 million equity investment in a regional operator of skilled nursing facilities, to finance a contemporaneous reorganization and senior debt restructuring.
    • $21 million equity investment in a provider of physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation services, speech pathology services and clinical management software.
    • $20 million equity investment in the U.S. business of an international provider of strategy, advertising, marketing, communications, data analytics and public relations services, to finance a contemporaneous equity and debt recapitalization.
    • $20 million equity investment in a designer, developer and provider of information technology (IT) staffing and consulting services, to finance a contemporaneous equity and debt recapitalization.
  • $25 million cash sale of preferred equity of a multi-state franchisee of a national fitness gym franchise business and contemporaneous senior debt restructuring.
  • $96 million cash sale (via merger) to a private equity buy-out fund of a leading national provider of diversified behavioral and emotional health and physical disability mentoring, education and living support services.
  • $60 million sale (for cash) to a private equity buy-out fund of the stock of the operating subsidiaries of an international provider of strategy, advertising, marketing, communications, data analytics and public relations services.
  • $25 million stock sale (for cash) to a strategic buyer of a distressed provider of physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation services, speech pathology services and clinical management software.
  • $35 million stock sale (for cash) to a Swiss fluid engineering and application technology company of a provider of process technologies, engineering services, process equipment solutions, chemicals and catalysts to the chemical, petrochemical, refining and gas processing markets.
  • $182 million stock sale (for cash) of a Mexican petroleum lubricants subsidiary (with approximately 100 minority shareholders) of a Fortune 30 global energy company to a NYSE-listed strategic buyer.
  • $70 million cash sale of a regional real estate title insurance agency to a publicly-traded national title insurance underwriter.
  • Representation of a NASDAQ-100 listed supply chain management software development company:
    • $9.3 billion acquisition via stock-for-stock merger of another NASDAQ-listed business-to-business e-commerce software development company.
    • $114 million acquisition via stock-for-stock merger of a business-to-business e-commerce software development company.
    • $380 million acquisition via stock-for-stock merger in a Section 3(a)(10) exempt transaction of a supply chain management software development company.
    • $100 million dual contemporaneous acquisitions via stock-for-stock and cash mergers of a database publisher of maintenance, repair and operations transactional content software and a maintenance, repair and operations content, management and maintenance software development company.
    • $97 million cross-border acquisition via stock-for-stock exchange of a Canadian transportation and logistics management software development company.
    • $68 million acquisition via stock-for-stock merger of an enterprise relationship management software development company.
    • $201 million dual contemporaneous acquisitions via stock-for-stock mergers of a developer of demand chain management software for sales, marketing and logistics and a developer of supply chain management software for manufacturing.
  • Representation of a NASDAQ-listed semiconductor photomask manufacturer:
    • $42 million cash sale of a photoblank production facility and business unit to a German buyer.
    • Acquisition of the German photomask manufacturing assets of a global semiconductor manufacturer.
  • Representation of a privately-held artificial intelligence technology company in the negotiation of a joint venture with one of the world's largest aerospace companies to develop unmanned aircraft system traffic management solutions.
  • Representation of a privately-held oilfield services company with operations in several Western, Southwestern, Midwestern and East Coast states in the negotiation of a Canadian joint venture with an international oilfield services company to deliver frac fluid heating services to customers in Western Canada.
  • Representation of a NASDAQ-listed semiconductor photomask manufacturer:
    • Lithographic semiconductor photomask development and pilot-manufacturing joint venture in Germany with two global semiconductor manufacturers.
    • Strategic alliance with a German glass conglomerate to jointly develop advanced semiconductor photomask blanks.
    • Supply agreement with a German glass conglomerate relating to the manufacture and supply of commercial semiconductor photomask blanks and associated patent and related intellectual property licensing agreements.
  • Representation of a NASDAQ-listed telecommunications network management software company in the spin-off of its wireless modem product division.

°Certain of the above representations were handled by Mr. Skloss prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Ronnie is co-founder and co-owner of a 1,200-acre commercial watermelon farming business which he transformed into a regional leader in developing and utilizing sustainable and biological growing techniques to better utilize natural processes to improve soil structure and natural fertility thereby reducing reliance on pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increasing internal drainage and reducing erosion, resulting in increased plant and fruit quality and yields.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Winning Team, ACG New York Champion’s Award, "M&A Deal of the Year (over $200mm to $500mm)" for Martin Resource Management Corporation ESOP, 2013
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Advisory Board Member, Pease Park Conservancy

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
  • B.B.A., Finance, The University of Texas at Austin
Admissions
  • Texas
Languages
  • Spanish, Conversational