Leech Tishman

1105 N. Market Street, Suite 1050
Wilmington, DE 19899-8985

 

As a client of our firm, your interests are best served through our understanding and appreciation of your goals and challenges, gained through full integration with your business. Our objective is to become a stakeholder in your organization – to provide the level of service of an in-house corporate counsel with the capacity and proficiency of a full-service law firm. Your success is our success.

Our lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience in the industries we serve, and we collaborate – with our clients and with one another – to ensure that our clients are being served in a manner that exceeds expectations and deliver results. We expect a lot from ourselves, and we believe our clients should too.

 

AVRIO REPRESENTATIVES


BRUCE BOWDEN
PARTNER

A. Bruce Bowden focuses his practice in the areas of M&A transactions, international, general corporate and corporate finance law. He is a partner and member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Bruce also serves as Co-Chair of Leech Tishman’s International Practice Group.

Practicing in the international arena since the early 1970s, Bruce has represented both overseas companies acquiring U.S. companies and U.S. investors in sales of U.S. interests to overseas companies. He has also represented U.S. companies in establishing foreign offices, subsidiaries and distribution networks. Bruce’s overseas transactions have involved parties in North, Central and South America, in Europe, in the Middle East and in the Far East.

Bruce has also acted as outside general counsel for a number of companies, including two that produce cutting-edge medical devices.

On the corporate finance side, Bruce has represented corporations in scores of venture capital, public offering and debt financing transactions. He has worked as principal negotiator, as well as legal advisor, on transactions with federal, state and local government agencies.

Bruce regularly lectures on many aspects of corporate and international law. He has presented before the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Legalink.

An active member of the Pittsburgh community, Bruce sits on a number of client and civic boards of directors and holds leadership positions and other offices in several community organizations.

WILLIAM F. BRESEE
PARTNER

William Bresee is a partner in Leech Tishman’s Los Angeles and Pittsburgh offices and possesses a wealth of experience in the area of commercial transactions. He serves as Chair of the firm’s Energy Practice Group as well as Co-Chair of Leech Tishman’s International Practice Group. Bill also practices in the Corporate and Construction Practice Groups.

Bill has advised a wide range of clients, from multinational corporations to entrepreneurial enterprises, on issues such as corporate organization and administration, and legal matters related to electrical power, petroleum, telecommunications, industrial and civil facilities for U.S. and foreign corporations, governmental entities and joint ventures. Bill is also experienced in international sourcing of material, contractor-subcontractor and owner-vendor issues, infrastructure issues, private placements, research and development projects, investments in high technology concerns, “partnering” and other joint venture vehicles, acquisitions, corporate planning and structure, construction, financing, architectural design and engineering issues, equipment leasing, and commercial agreements involving U.S., European, Asian and Middle Eastern business concerns.

Bill’s professional experience includes working in private practice (Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP; the Law Offices of William F. Bresee), as Vice President and General Counsel for Luz Engineering Corporation/Luz Construction, Inc., and as Counsel for the Bechtel Group, Inc. He is also a retired U.S. Navy/Naval Reserve Captain (Supply Corps); having had seven significant commanding assignments.

Bill is known for his successful record in making an immediate impact in reducing inefficiencies and providing revenue growth for his clients. He is a regular speaker on corporate, commercial, and international law issues.


BRETT P. MANKEY
COUNSEL

Brett Mankey is a member of the Corporate and International Practice Groups. Brett focuses his practice in the area of corporate transactions, having spent the past 15 years working as both a lawyer and a businessman in a transaction-driven and technology-focused environment. Brett has a wealth of experience advising clients involved in major commercial/strategic contract negotiations, acquisitions, divestitures and investments, both domestically and abroad. He has represented private equity/venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, venture-backed companies and joint venture clients in a wide range of industries including software, Internet, medical device, telecoms and the media.

During the course of his career, Brett has served as Vice President of Business & Strategic Development of a $950M annual revenue NASDAQ-listed telecommunications company, where he handled negotiating, structuring and due diligence examinations for all acquisitions, divestitures and investments. While employed by this company, Brett also spent time as Acting General Counsel, where he managed strategic relationships, commercial contracts, and litigation, arbitration and compliance matters as well as the oversight of outside counsel. Brett has been personally involved in negotiating over $18B worth of transactions in his career as either a businessman or a lawyer. Most recently, Brett was employed by Ballynahinch Capital Partners, where he served as the Managing Member and was engaged in outsourced corporate/strategic development and legal advisory work. Some of his other career highlights have included serving as:

• Co-founder/CEO/Board of Directors Member of Convergence Mobile Solutions, a nationwide investor-backed wireless services and distribution company focused on selling voice and data solutions to businesses and government agencies.
• CEO/Board of Directors Member of HOSTeu, a London-based venture-capital funded software services company, which he led until the successful sale of the business to a competitor. HOSTeu was one of Microsoft’s six Strategic Partners in the UK and Ireland for software services at the time of the sale.
• Board Member of Iris Wireless, a $30M venture-funded SMS and MMS carrier’s network wireless company with a strong focus on Asia.
• Advisory Board Member of Capital Alliance Partners, a New York and London-based boutique real estate investment bank and fund management company.
• Advisory Board Member of LVV Capital, a London-based boutique technology merchant bank.

Brett’s legal background includes serving as Of Counsel at an AMLaw 100 firm in Washington, D.C., where he represented many software, technology and telecommunications companies and investors. While living overseas, Brett spent time as a corporate transactional associate at a Global 50 law firm in London, England, where he regularly advised blue-chip companies in cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions throughout Europe.


GREGG SHULKLAPPER
COUNSEL

Gregg is a seasoned corporate attorney with over 20 years of experience working with both emerging and established private and public companies as well as their investors and financial advisors. Gregg represents clients in a wide range of domestic and international transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, technology licensing, business formation, corporate governance, restructurings, commercial contracts and executive employment agreements. Gregg regularly works with clients in the technology, telecom and media industries, but also represents businesses and investors in a broad array of industries, including life sciences and real estate.

Prior to launching his corporate practice, Gregg served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel of Iris Wireless, LLC, a technology solutions provider to mobile telecom operators, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s corporate development efforts and legal affairs.

Prior to his tenure with Iris, Gregg spent close to ten years with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he maintained a broad-based corporate and securities practice. At Willkie, Gregg represented clients on organizational and general business matters, venture capital and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, complex joint ventures and alliances, initial and secondary public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, bridge, mezzanine, secured and unsecured bank financings, workouts and restructurings, tender offers and Exchange Act reporting.

 

OUR PRACTICE AREAS
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMMERCIAL COMMERCIAL LITIGATION COMMERCIAL PROPERTY COMPANY EMPLOYMENT ENVIRONMENTAL FINANCIAL AND INVESTMENT SERVICES IMMIGRATION INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY INSURANCE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INTERNATIONAL (NON EU) LANDLORD AND TENANT LICENSING MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT MEDIATION MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS PARTNERSHIP PLANNING PRIVATE CLIENT PROFESSIONAL REGULATION PROJECTS PUBLIC PROCUREMENT REAL ESTATE SPORTS TAX TRUST WILLS AND PROBATE