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Eric A. Vendt
Partner
3190 Fairview Park Drive
Suite 800
Falls Church, VA 22042-4510
Phone: 703.280.9261
Fax: 703.280.8940
evendt@wtplaw.com
Awards

Eric Vendt is Co-Chair of the firm’s Business and Corporate Law Section.  He advises middle market and start-up companies on a broad range of commercial and corporate finance issues, including formation, infrastructure, financing, negotiating and consummating mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, business combinations, distribution and license agreements, partnership and LLC agreements and shareholder agreements.  He also advises business owners and wealthy individuals in connection with structuring tax-efficient transfers of business interests and other property.

Business and Corporate, Private Equity and M&A

  • Represents small and middle market companies with respect to a broad range of commercial issues including entity formation and planning, corporate governance issues, joint ventures and investments, employee compensation plans and equity arrangements, ownership structures and exit strategies
  • Represents companies with respect to structuring financing, negotiating and consummating mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business combinations, distribution and license agreements, partnership and LLC agreements, and shareholder agreements
  • Represented community hospital in merger with large-scale health care provider system
  • Currently involved in a task force of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association to develop a form model shareholders' agreement
  • Negotiated the $250MM sale to a private equity buyer of a large state government contractor engaged in IT solutions for Medicare/Medicaid systems
  • Negotiated the $180MM sale to a private equity buyer of a large federal government contractor engaged in the intelligence and defense space
  • Representation of environmental nonprofit association in acquisition of Canadian company with mission oriented technology
  • Representation of owners of enterprise cloud computing and data infrastructure technology company in sale to a large, private-equity financed IT and infrastructure technology company in equity transaction valued at $28.5MM
  • Representation of owner in $8MM sale to tribal owned buyer of business providing initial outfitting of furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF&E), equipment planning, space planning, transition planning, move management, interior design, and procurement to healthcare and government clients
  • Negotiated the sale of a community nonprofit hospital to a large regional nonprofit healthcare provider.  The transaction involved the merger of a 149 bed hospital facility providing inpatient, outpatient, surgical, diagnostic and emergency care into a larger nonprofit health system headquartered in Maryland. The transaction involved capital commitments by the acquirer of approximately $100,000,000.
  • Negotiated the sale of two after-hours pediatric and adult urgent medical care facilities to a community hospital

Private Capital

  • Represents companies with respect to corporate finance, including secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities as well as venture capital financing
  • Advises technology start-ups and middle market companies on venture capital and other equity financing strategies
  • Assisted nonprofit promoting music education in its private investment in technology company furthering portion of its charitable purpose
  • Represent venture debt fund in numerous investments in bio medical start-up entities

Business Succession Planning

  • Represent business owners in planning and effectuating succession plans through tax-efficient family transfers, sales to key management or other insiders or M&A transactions, drawing on corporate, tax and estate planning strategies to accomplish client oriented objectives
  • Frequently lectures on topics related to business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and partnership and corporate taxation
  • Advises business owners and wealthy individuals in connection with structuring tax-efficient transfers of business interests and other property

Government Contracts

  • Negotiated the $100 million sale of government contractor to a leading provider of technology services
  • Represented government contractor seller in the $100 million dollar sale of company equity to public company
  • Represented public company purchaser of government contractor in $8 million merger acquisition
  • Negotiated the sale of two affiliated companies for $48.5 million in cash and stock, to a so called "blank check" firm targeting the homeland security sector

Taxation & Corporate, Partnership, and Transactions

  • In conjunction with business and corporate work, provides tax counsel to clients concerning entity and joint venture structures, operational and transactional planning, company restructurings, equity issuances and exit strategies
  • Provides tax advice to business owners and wealthy individuals in connection with structuring tax-efficient transfers of business interests and other property
  • Regularly advises clients on the taxation of pass-through entities such as S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Advises clients on the taxation of equity compensation arrangements for key employees, including option, units, phantom stock and "profits" interests in both the corporate and LLC context

Cyber Security / Clean Energy

  • Member of the Clean Energy and Cyber Security industry groups
  • Representation of cyber security companies in connection with corporate governance and transactional matters
  • Advises solar energy start-up in connection with business plan and transactional matters
  • Represent clients in the acquisition of cyber security companies

Publications & Presentations

“Business Divorce From Prenup to Breakup” – Panel Presenter, ABA Annual Meeting (August 10, 2013)

“Advanced Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning Techniques” – Greater Washington Society of CPAs (November 15, 2012)

“You Can’t Fly Under the Radar:  Why Small and Mid-Sized Companies Need to Worry about Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws” – Panel Moderator, ABA Fall Meeting (November 18, 2011)

“Business Succession Planning and Estate Planning for the Family Vacation Home” – National Business Institute (August 2011)

"Succession Planning & Retirement Plans For Business: Exit Strategies and other Risk Considerations" (September 9, 2010, March 2010)

"Government Contracting M&A: 2009 in Review and Trends Going Forward" (December 2, 2009)

"Tax & Succession Planning" - Alexandria Dental Society - (November 12, 2009)

Memberships & Activities

Member: American Bar Association, Member, Business Law Section, Committee of Middle Market and Small Business

Vice Chair: Middle Market and Small Business Committee of the Business Law Section of ABA (2014 - 2017)

Member: Board of Directors, Dominion Christian School (2006 - 2011)

Membership Committee Member: Small Emerging Construction Advisory Forum (2018)

Certified Public Accountant: Maryland, 1992 (Inactive)

Elder: Fourth Presbyterian Church

Recognitions

Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017 - present

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1995)
  • Bucknell University (B.S. 1991)