Attorney

Steven L. Ziven, Partner

310.255.6137 |   310.255.6237 |   Steven.Ziven@ffslaw.com
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Steven L. ZivenSteven L. Ziven is the Managing Partner of Freeman Freeman & Smiley, a member of the Executive Management Committee, and a member of the Business Transactions and Tax Planning Department.

Business, real estate and finance

Mr. Ziven’s practice focuses primarily on corporate law, business transactions, real estate transactions and financings. He 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 dispute matters.

Sophisticated counseling and advice

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.

Honors

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

Attorney Education

EDUCATION

J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

B.S., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance

Attorney Admited to Practice

California
Wisconsin | Non-resident

Representative Clients and Matters

Represented the owners of a U.S. multi-state logistic company in the sale of the company to an international freight forwarding company.

Represented a limited partnership in the formation and funding of a venture capital fund-of-funds.

Represented a media agency in a merger transaction with a creative agency and branded entertainment company.

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 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 owners of automotive collision repair centers in the sale of the centers to a portfolio company of a private equity company.

Represented the seller’s representative in connection with the sale of a multi-state concrete pumping business to a private equity company.

Represented the owners of a food manufacturing company in the sale of the company to a publicly-owned company.

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 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 the owners of an insurance company in the sale of the company to Wells Fargo.

Represented the owners of an insurance company in the sale of the company to a publicly-owned company.

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 a real estate brokerage company and escrow company in the sale of their interests in the companies to a strategic buyer.

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 a non-profit entity in the sale of a low-income housing project in Northern California.

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.


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Professional & Community Involvement

Los Angeles County Bar Association

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