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John L. Babala

601 West Fifth Street
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90071

John Babala is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. John concentrates his practice on public and private company M&A, securities and corporate finance, and workouts and restructuring transactions. He also advises a variety of clients and partners operating in a broad range of corporate environments and industries, ranging from early-stage start-ups to multi-billion dollar public companies, many of which operate in regulated industries, such as alcohol, energy, and healthcare. John handles day-to-day legal corporate and business transactions for clients and regularly advises directors and C-suite executives on complex matters of corporate governance, such as fiduciary duties. He also specializes in strategic business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital and private equity investments, and offerings of debt and equity securities, including SEC compliance. He regularly advises directors and C-suite executives on complex matters of corporate governance, such as fiduciary duties and special committees related to transactions. He publishes and lectures regularly on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities.

Published Works & Lectures
Business Law Society Symposium, Loyola Law School, Panelist, September 2016
Sears Holdings Corporation, Author, "Waterfalls, Allocations & Bad Boy Covenants in Joint Ventures," September 2016
Sears Holdings Corporation, Author, "Anatomy of a Joint Venture," January 2016
M&A Litigation Series: Mitigating Litigation Risk at the Deal Table: Part 1, Presenter, October, 2015
Webcast, Presenter, "Avoiding the Post-Merger Blues: How to Reduce the Risk of Post-Deal Disputes," November 2013
Webcast, Presenter, "Business Succession Planning and Exit Strategies for the Closely Held and Family Owned Business," October 2013
ACG San Diego Conference, Speaker, "Constructing a Great Deal: How to Get the Most Out of Your M&A Transaction," April 2012
8th National Small Business Conference Breakout Sessions, Speaker, "Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions on Small Businesses," June 8, 2011
Professional Memberships & Activities
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, Founding Board Member
Economic Development Corporation
Legal Committee State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Opinions Committee
American Bar Association, Member
Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Smaller Public Companies Task Force
Long Beach Ronald McDonald House Los Angeles County

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John L. Babala

J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1995
B.A., Alma College, 1992; Economics and Political Science
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