Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Steven L. Ziven, Partner

Steven L. Ziven is the Managing Partner of Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP, a member of the Executive Management Committee, and  a member of the Business Transactions and Tax Planning Department.  His practice focuses primarily on corporate law, business transactions, real estate transactions and financings.  Mr. Ziven has extensive experience in buying and selling businesses, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, entity formations and capital transactions, real estate transactions, property tax planning and business succession planning.  He has also handled a number of shareholder disputes matters. 

In addition, Mr. Ziven has substantial business experience, serving as a corporate officer of the subsidiary of a Fortune 500 Company for over five years, and providing sophisticated counseling and advice to business owners, senior management and high net worth individuals.  He has lectured before numerous business and professional groups regarding all aspects of corporate and business law.

Mr. Ziven has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.  

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Representative Clients and Matters

  • Represented the majority owner in the purchase of all of the outstanding interests in an internet media broadcast company and the subsequent sale of the company to a multi-media network providing sports programming and publications.
  • Represented the owners of automotive collision repair centers in the sale of the centers to a portfolio company of a private equity company.
  • Represented the operating owner in the purchase of all the outstanding interests in a post-production company and the subsequent sale of the post-production company to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented the seller’s representative in connection with the sale of a multi-state business to a private equity company.
  • Represented the owners of a real estate brokerage company and escrow company in the sale of their interests in the companies to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented the owners of a food manufacturing company in the sale of the company to a publicly-owned company.
  • Represented the owners of an insurance company in the sale of the company to Wells Fargo.
  • Represented the co-founders in the formation of a private equity fund.
  • Represented one of the co-owners of a gate manufacturing company in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented the owner of a third party administrator in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented one of the owners of a roofing supply company in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented the owners of an insurance company in the sale of the company to a publicly-owned company.
  • Represented the owner in the purchase of a beverage distributor from a private equity company and the subsequent sale of the  distributor in exchange for two other distributing companies.
  • Represented a book store operator in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented the owner of a graphic reproduction company in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented a U.S. distributor of packing products in an exclusive distribution agreement with a United Kingdom company.
  • Represented a food manufacturing company in a number of co-packing, licensing and distribution agreements.
  • Represented a food manufacturing company in the implementation of a successful business succession plan for the company.
  • Represented a residential brokerage company in the initial formation, structuring and funding of the company.
  • Represented two minority owners in the reorganization of a real estate development company.
  • Represented a family office in the consolidation of its business and real estate holdings.
  • Represented the owners of a youth baseball operator in a profit participation arrangement with a real estate development company.
  • Represented a family office in the sale of an apartment complex to a non-profit housing organization.
  • Represented a homeowners association in the sale of an in-fill parcel to a residential home builder.
  • Represented the owner in the sale of a downtown Los Angeles office building.
  • Represented the owner/user in the purchase of an industrial/office building.
  • Representing a family office in the purchase an office building.
  • Represented a closely-held storage company in multiple loan refinancings.
  • Represented a land owner in a successful appeal of a property tax valuation of unimproved property in Riverside county.