Ballard Spahr has represented numerous manufacturers in a wide range of legal issues. A sampling of our recent experience includes the following matters:

  • We serve as outside counsel to a global manufacturer of aerospace structures, systems, and components. The team provides ongoing representation on general business; antitrust; environmental issues; IP; labor and employment; M&A; securities; and real estate issues. Recently, we helped the company negotiate third-party purchases and long-term leases involving multiple California properties containing manufacturing, industrial, and office space.
  • We represent a leading manufacturer on the environmental aspects of site acquisition. A typical representation: the client purchased a manufacturing operation and was indemnified by the seller for environmental conditions that originated before purchase. Our litigators represent the company in developing environmental claims against the seller and in ongoing negotiations to resolve them.
  • We are primary outside IP counsel for a manufacturer of high-tech performance safety apparel. Our work includes managing worldwide patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, IP strategy, and trade secrets. We are currently helping the company protect battlefield-born technology used in industries including power generation, petrochemical, and INDYCAR racing.
  • We represented a leading organic meat company in its $775 million acquisition by a global food giant. The transaction made our client an independently operated subsidiary of a $10 billion global food corporation, allowing it to leverage the vast resources of its parent company while continuing the mission of its founders.
  • We successfully defended a Fortune 50 company against alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving its operations in Africa. We led an internal investigation, represented the company before the DOJ, SEC, and U.K. authorities, and persuaded both the U.S. and U.K. governments to end their investigations without bringing charges. We also helped the company develop enhanced compliance procedures and train key personnel.
  • We represented an international chemical corporation in the $25 million divestiture of a defunct manufacturing plant site in southern New Jersey to an investment group developing a private port and rail terminal.
  • We advised a major industrial and wastewater treatment technologies company in closing a series of financing transactions following shareholder approval to increase the number of authorized shares.
  • We advised the U.S. subsidiary of a South Korean parent company in the $270 million construction financing of a manufacturing facility in Georgia. The financing consisted of bonds and syndicated facilities by Korean Development Bank, Korea Import Export Bank, Korean Trade Insurance Corporation, and other foreign lenders. It also involved secured lending of various properties and entities, parent guaranty, intercreditor issues, and a U.S. securities offering.
  • We defended a global packaging company against natural resource damage claims at multiple New Jersey locations brought by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
  • We are the longtime patent counsel for a U.S.-based international manufacturer of fluid control equipment, including pipe couplings, valves, pipe processing equipment, and fire suppression sprinkler and control systems. We have prepared and prosecuted patent applications and handled quasi-judicial matters before the Patent Office, including appeals, reexaminations, ex parte reexaminations and related oral arguments, and inter partes reviews. We also manage the client's international patent portfolio and supervise associated patent firms in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.