Three of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale’s franchise attorneys have moved over to Lathrop & Gage, Lathrop announced in a press release Friday afternoon.
Partners Christopher Feldmeir and Eric Riess and Of Counsel Marilyn Nathanson joined Lathrop’s business division in the firm’s St. Louis office, the release said.
Feldmeir’s practice focuses on franchise, distribution, supply, corporate and tax matters. He advises clients “in various aspects of mergers and acquisitions, raising capital through private offerings, traditional credit facilities and bond financing,” the release said.
Riess, who has 31 years of business and legal experience, counsels clients on “the purchase and sale of brands, businesses and business units and has extensive franchise, distribution, supply, corporate and national and international brand and brand development experience,” according to the press release.
He is the co-founder of the Franchise Brokers Association, one of the world’s largest networks of franchise brokers, and serves on the group’s board.
Nathanson has 25 years of representing clients in franchise and distribution and corporate law, the release said. She is the assistant editor for the “Business Franchises” chapter of Rabkin Johnson’s Current Legal Forms and contributes to other publications as well.
The press release calls the three a nationally recognized group and said the acquisition “bolsters the firm’s franchise and brand Development practice team.”
“Chris, Eric and Marilyn have broad experience in franchise, brand development, corporate, supply and distribution, and will add to the breadth of client services we offer,” Scott Malin, partner in charge of Lathrop & Gage’s St. Louis office, said in a statement. “These attorneys are well-respected in the legal community and they have significant national and international experience that will position us well for growth in these areas.”