Professional Experience in Law and Finance
Jonathan Staebler International Business Law, PC, (1999 – present). Corporate, finance and real estate transactions. General counsel to Kirkman Group, Inc., Purity Laboratories, Inc. and Franklin Asset Group, L.P. Asset-based lending, factoring and other secured lending; private placements; formation and growth of industrial and tech enterprises; real estate development transactions.
Partner in Wilkinson & Staebler LLC, Cumberland, Maryland (October, 1997 – December, 1999). General practice, with emphasis on corporate, finance and real estate development.
Partner in 10 State Street, LLP, Charleston, South Carolina (September, 1996 – October, 1997). The firm acted as general international counsel to an offshore group of family enterprises. Significant transactions including the restructuring of the U.S. and offshore subsidiaries of a U.K. manufacturer and advising an Italian manufacturer in its establishment of a U.S. subsidiary engaged in distribution and assembly. The firm also acted as legal advisor to American Export Partners LLC, established by principals in the firm to facilitate foreign nationals’ investment in
U.S. enterprise, with immigration benefits.
Special Counsel to Nexsen Pruet Jacobs Pollard & Robinson, LLP, Charleston, South Carolina (April, 1990 – September, 1996). Significant transactions: the $300 million restructuring and recapitalization, with Morgan Stanley equity investment, of Kiawah Resort Associates, L.P. counsel to The Beach Company); the divestiture of development tracts by Wild Dunes Associates, L.P. and the subsequent liquidation of the partnership; the acquisition and financing of Wild Dunes Harbor and Links golf courses by Destination Wild Dunes, Inc.; the acquisition of Tenneco Automotive’s brake business by Brake Pro, Inc. with financing by Citicorp venture capital (counsel to the acquiror); the incorporation and the private placement of stock for a U.S. corporation engaged in port infrastructure development on Grand Bahama Island; the acquisition of the Carolina Stingrays ice hockey team by a private investment group (counsel to the acquiror); the acquisition, permitting, bond financing and construction of a new plant for a medical products manufacturer (counsel to the manufacturer and bond counsel); the issuance of hospital revenue bonds for regional medical centers (counsel to the hospital); the refunding of bond issues for three medical office building partnerships (bond counsel).
Counsel to Hoyle, Morris & Kerr, Philadelphia (June, 1988 – November, 1989). Significant transactions: the purchase of the former New York Times cable television system (counsel to the limited partnership purchaser in its $230 million bank financing); a $40 million underwriting of student loan revenue bonds for Volunteer State Student Finance Corporation (counsel to the underwriter, Prudential-Bache Securities); the $20 million disposition of the assets of a nursing home chain, and the renegotiation of bond and bank financing on remaining properties (represented the owners); the $5 million leveraged buyout of a manufacturer (counsel to the investment bank structurer); the negotiation of a $40 million contract for the sale of advanced solid waste incineration technology to the Knox County (Tennessee) Solid Waste Authority (represented the corporate joint venture vendor).
Vice President and Counsel, Citicorp Investment Bank, Public Finance Department, New York (August, 1984 – January, 1988). Counsel to the Public Finance Department of Citicorp Investment Bank. My primary duty was the coordination of transactional work performed by outside counsel in new product development for the securities markets, in challenges to Glass-Steagall barriers to securities industry competition, and in litigation. I had daily interaction with the trading floor. In addition, after August, 1985, I served as a Senior Transactor (investment banker), concentrating in student loan revenue bonds, municipal pools, and general obligations. I developed and executed marketing plans for student loan revenue bond and general obligation bond business. I structured transactions, principally complex student loan and other pool bond issues in which Citibank provided credit enhancement and/or liquidity. I was solely responsible for Citibank’s appointment as Senior Manager of $410 million in bond issues for California Higher Education Loan Authority, Inc. and Volunteer State Student Funding Corporation of Tennessee.
Jones Hall Hill & White, San Francisco (July, 1982 – August, 1984). Recruited from Smith & Schnacke to serve as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel on numerous tax-exempt bond issues in the areas of health care, housing/real estate development, student loans, industrial and economic development, and general obligations.
Smith & Schnacke, Dayton, Ohio (May, 1981 – July, 1982). Recruited from Peck, Shaffer & Williams to head and develop its tax-exempt finance department.
Peck, Shaffer & Williams, Cincinnati, Ohio (February, 1979 – May, 1981). Recruited from Shearman & Sterling to serve as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel in tax-exempt (municipal) finance.
Shearman & Sterling, New York (July, 1974 – February, 1979). Specialized in international bank lending and investment banking, representing major U.S., European and Japanese banks in Europe and South America; and in corporate finance. Bank financings included the Itaipu bi-national hydroelectric dam between Brazil and Paraguay, aircraft leasing, receivables- and asset-based lending, and funding of corporate mergers. Corporate transactions included contract negotiation for a major gas liquifaction and transportation project in North Africa, and securities offerings (private placements and 1933 Act registered offerings).
The Value Line Investment Survey, New York. Associate Editor, Value Line Selection & Opinion (summer, 1972); Securities Analyst (October, 1969 – September, 1971).
Professional Experience in Teaching
The Knox School, St. James, New York (September, 2007 – June, 2010). Teacher of European History, Art History, Comparative Religion, French, Italian and Latin (seventh through eleventh grades).
Columbia University School of Law, J.D. 1974.
Collegio Ghislieri, University of Pavia (Italy). Graduate work in Italian history with the aid of a Fulbright grant and exchange scholarship. 1968-69.
Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, in European history, 1968.
Groton School, diploma, cum laude, 1964.
Admitted to the Bar in Maryland, Ohio (inactive) and Pennsylvania (inactive).
Mother tongue: English; bi-lingual in Italian and fluent in French, with extensive experience teaching and conducting business in all three languages. Excellent reading capability in business Spanish; some conversational Spanish. Two years’ study of Mandarin Chinese.
Author of numerous published and unpublished news and editorial articles on history, law, politics and business, in English and Italian.