Shant Chalian is chair of the firm's Investment Management practice. His overall practice is focused on fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and securities. He assists a range of clients, including private equity and hedge funds and their sponsors, large corporations, middle-market companies, family-owned businesses, and venture capital groups.
Shant works with sponsors in connection with the formation and capitalization of private equity and hedge funds of varying sizes and strategies, including buyout funds, co-investment funds, mezzanine funds, real estate funds, and venture capital funds. He helps prepare offering materials and drafts and negotiates partnership and subscription agreements, management agreements, and side letters. Shant also advises sponsors on compliance issues, including with respect to the registration of investment advisers and other ongoing operations issues that arise under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. His experience and contacts in the industry allow him to constantly stay abreast of current market terms in this area. He has represented multiple prominent sponsors in connection with the formation of their funds, some with LP commitments in excess of $1 billion.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Shant works with financial and strategic buyers and sellers on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, spin-offs, and cross-border transactions. He drafts and negotiates acquisition agreements, senior and mezzanine debt agreements, and equity financing agreements for these transactions. He has guided clients through numerous transactions, many exceeding $100 million in transaction value. Shant has assisted Graycliff Partners and the Camuto Group with their various acquisitions and divestitures. He recently represented Charkit Chemical Company in connection with a substantial equity investment by LeBaronBrown Industries.
Emerging Companies and Venture Capital
Shant works with private equity and venture capital groups and smaller private and start-up companies on seed, venture, and other early- to late-stage financings. He drafts and negotiates purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, investors rights agreements, employment agreements, charter documents and option plans. Shant has assisted clients such as the Nielsen Company, a global information and measurement company, and Westport Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm, in connection with their venture and private equity investments.
Capital Markets and Securities
Shant works with issuers, underwriters, and selling shareholders with respect to public and private offerings of securities. He works with private and public companies on general corporate matters, including corporate governance matters and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and disclosure obligations. Shant handled the sale of a $440 million portfolio of securities to one of the largest asset managers in the world. He recently represented Lands’ End Inc., an apparel company, in connection with various SEC filings and general corporate governance matters.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, he was associated with Mayer Brown LLP in New York and was a partner at several highly regarded national and regional firms.