Mr. Assor has represented clients in a wide variety of acquisition, sale, public and private securities issuance, loan and other financing transactions and in other corporate, securities and commercial contexts over more than thirty years. His lead and typically hands-on role in structuring, managing, negotiating and closing complex corporate transactions are recognized and valued by his clients as a key reason why GEAB&P is such an attractive alternative to large firms in the middle market corporate and transactional context.
Mr. Assor was trained as a corporate and securities lawyer at his original firm, Kramer Levin, and his emphasis over the past fifteen years has been principally on private equity and middle-market clients and transactions with particular experience in transactions involving print, broadcast, internet and other media enterprises, including magazines, newspapers, educational and other specialty publishing, radio and television stations, cable systems, and conference, database and other business-to-business information and data providers. He has also represented clients in manufacturing, minerals, health and nutrition products, specialty chemicals and software industries in numerous critical “life cycle” transactions. Often his clients have not had extensive in-house legal expertise and his representation has included all manner of outside corporate counsel functions.
His experience in the securities laws has involved initial and secondary public offerings, private placements, Rule 144A financing transactions, and review and advice regarding annual and other periodic filings, compliance advice and other related securities law and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Assor works regularly on structuring, transactions and documentation involving the licensing of intellectual property and technology, employment and executive compensation, and joint ventures, partnerships, limited liability companies and shareholder relationships. In the course of representing private equity clients, he has dealt repeatedly with fund governing documents and matters involving fund investors and managers. He has also handled a variety of transactions involving the sale, purchase and restructuring of troubled companies, both in and outside of bankruptcy, and has advised hedge funds on their strategic alternatives concerning such companies.
Significant Recent Transactions
- “Proposed Rules May Drastically Restrict Valuation Discounts For Gifts And Bequests Of Interests In Family Controlled Entities,” Client Alert, August 25, 2016
- “Estate Planning under the Tax Relief Act of 2012,” Client Alert, January 2013
- “Action Points for the Tax Relief Act of 2010,” Client Alert, February 14, 2011
- “Tax Relief Act of 2010 Estate Planning Opportunities,” Client Alert, December 20, 2010
- “Possible Death Knell for GRATs,” Client Alert, March 23, 2010
- “The Federal Estate Tax Has Been Repealed (at least for now),” Client Alert, January 25, 2010
- “Undisclosed Offshore Accounts: IRS Offers Limited Tax Amnesty But The Window Of Opportunity Is Short,” Client Alert, June 4, 2009
- “Married Couples: Taking advantage of the new $3,500,000 Federal estate tax exemption can significantly increase your New York estate tax bill,” Client Alert, February 2009
- “Low-Interest Rates and Slumping Market, a Powerful Incentive for Creation of Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts,” Client Alert, September 2008
- “Client Alert,” June 2006
- “Computer Conundrums Baffle Executors,” Client Alert, July 1, 2004
- “Language in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) May Impede Implementation of Your Intentions in Your Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney,” Client Alert, March 2004
- “New York’s Failure to Amend Its Estate Tax Law Can Be Very Costly to Non-Residents,” Tax Bulletin, May 2003
- “Save Money and Pay for College by Unlocking the Potential of Section 529,” Client Alert, March 2003
- SEC Publishes Guidance on Regulation FD,” Client Alert, September 1, 2009
- Panel Member, annual Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Seminar, sponsored by The American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Education
- Member, Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Gaming Law Sections, American Bar Association
Past Member, Corporation Law Committee and Computer Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Included among New York Super Lawyers 2020
- “Preeminent A-V” Rated by Martindale Hubbell
- Super Lawyers 2020 – 2022
Education & Honors
- Harvard Law School, J.D. magna cum laude; editor, Harvard Law Review
- Columbia University, B.A. and M.A., in Industrial Engineering, both with honors
Prior Work Experience
- Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
- State of New York