Having worked elbow to elbow with businesspeople for decades, both as general counsel to public companies and outside counsel to private companies, I understand that clients want quick and affordable solutions, in plain English, and not the legal, Latin name for what ails them. They are concerned about dollars and cents, not legal intricacies. As a transactional lawyer and former litigator with over 30 years’ experience, I sift the relevant from the irrelevant to clear a rapid path to the core of the matter at hand.
Representing non-U.S. companies and individuals in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, banking and commercial matters, Raphael “Rafe” Grunfeld helps his international clientele feel at home when doing business in the United States. Born and raised in England, with an LLM from London University and LLB from Tel Aviv University, Rafe draws upon his rich international background and decades of U.S. practice, to explain U.S. laws and customs in his clients’ own language and to point them to equivalent concepts in their own legal systems, giving them peace of mind when navigating unchartered waters.
Rafe advises his clients in a wide range of matters from cross border M&A or IPO exits, private placements, third-party equity or debt financing, credit facilities and reorganizations down to commercial agreements and the incorporation of U.S. subsidiaries. He also provides on-going legal services relating to real estate leases, employment and separation agreements, and equity compensation plans. His clients include manufacturing, media, pharmaceutical, education and human resources businesses from the U.K., Europe, Australia, Israel and Singapore conducting operations in the U.S., as well as technology and software companies from those countries that service a multitude of sectors.
U.K.-based companies with shareholders in the U.S. rely on Rafe’s counsel in schemes of arrangements, rights issues, tender offers, and U.S. private placements alongside main market or AIM listings on the London Stock Exchange.
He also provides guidance to both U.S. accounting firms and U.K. accounting firms with U.S. clients.
Using skills acquired over eight years of serving as general counsel to two U.S. public companies, Rafe also project-manages matters which require the expertise of other lawyers at the firm, such as hedge fund, investment adviser, broker dealer, litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, IP, tax and trust & estates matters.