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Bio

Chris S. Jacobsen is a partner in the corporate transactions and business law department at Poole & Shaffery, LLP.

Mr. Jacobsen’s extensive experience encompasses all legal aspects of the business life cycle, including: entity formation (corporations—for profit and non-profit, limited liability companies and partnerships); buy-sell arrangements and shareholders agreements; debt and equity financings; issuance, transfer and redemption of private company securities; real property purchase and development transactions; retail, commercial and office leases; equipment leasing; licensing (trademarks and software); distribution, supply, joint venture and other business operational agreements; private company purchase, sale and merger transactions; franchise matters; and entity dissolutions. In addition, Mr. Jacobsen has assisted business owners and executives with estate planning.

He has worked with clients in a wide variety of businesses and industries, including: aviation (brokerage, charter and maintenance); machine tools distribution; specialty manufacturing; mutual water companies; real estate (brokerage, management and development); veterinary practice; software development; health supplements; apparel (manufacturing and retail); printing; licensed contractors; food service; private schools; charitable and non-profit organizations; and equipment leasing operations.

Mr. Jacobsen maintains memberships in the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association. Mr. Jacobsen is active in the community and has served multiple terms on the Boards of Directors of the Valley Industry Association and the VIA Education Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors for Trinity Classical Academy, a private preparatory school in the Santa Clarita Valley, from 2003 to 2007.

Mr. Jacobsen has also done a wide variety of presentations:

  • i3 Advanced Technology Incubator Executive Forum Leadership Series: Best Practices for Accessing Capital, February 20, 2008
  • Small Business Development Center Entrepreneurs Conference, SpeedBIZ, October 2, 2007 and October 7, 2008
  • City of Santa Clarita Small Business Seminar, April 19, 2007

Prior to joining Poole & Shaffery, LLP, Mr. Jacobsen was of counsel to a large California corporate transactional law firm, and also served as general counsel to a private investment fund.

Education
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Loyola Marymount University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude
Contact Info

Email: cjacobsen@pooleshaffery.com

Locations
Awards
  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court (Central District)
Results
  • Advised buyers and sellers in business sale transactions in various industries including: aviation, contracting, education, landscape maintenance, manufacturing, retail, specialty equipment, transportation, and veterinary.
  • Advised regarding sale of service company and seller’s investment in platform company for roll-up.
  • Corporate restructuring of a property management company.
  • Stock redemption transactions for merchant services company, food service company, veterinary practice, and real estate services company.
  • Settlement and unwinding of ill-fated merger of logistics companies.
  • Negotiated purchases and sales of commercial real property and partially improved residential property development.
  • Advised regarding development and leasing of office and industrial buildings.
  • Negotiated clients’ financing arrangements with institutional lenders and finance company.
  • Representation of institutional lender providing franchise financing.
  • Formation of nonprofit corporations and prosecution of related applications for tax exempt status.
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