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Michael Woronoff is head of the firm's Los Angeles office and its West Coast corporate and securities practice, and is co-head of Proskauer's global Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Groups. He represents:

  • purchasers, sellers and financial advisors in public and private merger and acquisition transactions;
  • underwriters, issuers, selling security holders, and private investment funds and other investors, in public and private debt and equity financings;
  • debtors, creditors, other stakeholders and financial advisors in in-court and out-of-court restructuring transactions; and
  • public and private entities and individuals with respect to various corporate and securities law matters, including SEC reporting obligations, corporate governance, and strategic alliances

Prior to joining Proskauer, Michael was a principal of Shelter Capital Partners, a Southern California-based private equity fund that invests in technology and technology-enabled businesses at all stages of development. Prior to co-founding Shelter, he was a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, where he practiced for 15 years.

Chambers USA refers to Michael as "100% focused on providing exceptional service," and a client interviewed by US Legal 500 refers to him as "literally one of the best attorneys with whom I have ever worked." Of the more than 2,000 lawyers ranked by Chambers USA, Michael is the only practicing corporate lawyer who is acknowledged as a leader in five separate categories. LawDragon notes that "… there are few deals Woronoff can't do." In 2010, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Michael one of the top 10 corporate lawyers in Los Angeles. In 2011, he was named AmLaw Daily’s “Dealmaker of the Week” as a result of his lead role representing Ares Management in the $1.6 billion acquisition of 99 Cents Only Stores.

Michael has served on the Board of Directors of several private companies, including AccessDNA, Inc., TransDimension, Inc. and u-Nav Microelectronics, Inc. He is an Adjunct Professor at U.C.L.A. School of Law, where he developed and teaches “Venture Capital and the Start-up Company.”

Representative transactions include:

  • Public and private debt offerings by Altra Industrial Motion, AmeriQual Group LLC, Apparel Ventures, Atlantic Express, Barris Industries, Clark Material Handling Company, Family Restaurants, General Nutrition Centers, Harbor Freight, Hard Rock Hotel, Idleaire Corporation, Jackson Products, Jordan Industries, Jordan Telecommunications Products, Key Plastics L.L.C., Mastro’s Restaurants, LLC, Neways International, Northern Pacific Corporation, Occidental Petroleum, Peninsula Gaming, Rentech, Terex Corporation, and Turner Broadcasting
  • Equity PIPEs in Allied Waste, Hanger Orthopedic Group, SEMCO Energy, Terex Corporation, and Turner Broadcasting
  • IPOs and other public equity offerings by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Ares Capital Corporation, Ares Management L.P., General Nutrition Centers, Hamburger Hamlet, Maidenform Brands, Occidental Petroleum, Rentech, RockShox, SEMCO Energy, and West Coast Video
  • Acquisitions and dispositions by numerous private equity funds including funds managed by Apollo, Ares, The Gores Group, Great Hill, Leonard Green, Merrill Lynch, Occidental Petroleum and Parthenon Capital
  • The sale of Chanin Capital Partners to Duff & Phelps
  • Several acquisitions and dispositions by Family Restaurants, including its merger with Koo Koo Roo and its disposition of several restaurant chains
  • The formation of Frank Sinatra Enterprises, LLC, a joint venture between entities owned by the family of Frank Sinatra and Warner Music Group, through which Warner acquired 50 percent interest in the legendary entertainer's estate
  • J Brand, Inc., in the sale of a majority interest in the fashion apparel company to a group of investors led by Star Avenue Capital
  • Occidental Petroleum’s acquisition of Diamond Shamrock Chemicals Company and the spin-off of Occidental’s interest in The Southland Corporation
  • The Promenade Trust’s sale of the Elvis Presley estate to CKx, Inc. (Nasdaq: CKXE)
  • Turner Broadcasting’s acquisition of several businesses, including MGM and Hanna-Barbera
  • The sale of u-Nav Microelectronics, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, to Atheros Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR)