Robert W. Blanchard, is an attorney and former financial executive with more than thirty-five years of experience in real estate and corporate finance. His areas of practice include complex real estate acquisitions, dispositions and exchanges, corporate mergers and acquisitions, asset and mortgage securitization, business and real estate lending, tax credit financing, and the regulation of financial institutions and securities markets. Bob is widely published and a frequent speaker on numerous topics, including “The Evolving Worldwide Legal and Regulatory Climate for Securitization,” for a meeting of the American Bar Association held in Brussels, Belgium; he is a contributing author of Commercial Real Estate Finance: A Current Guide to Representing Lenders and Borrowers, ABA.
Advising individual investors, investment companies and funds with complex real estate transactions including acquisitions, sales, tax-deferred exchanges, financing, leasing and development.
Advising management and owners on corporate, limited liability company, and partnership matters including formation, maintenance, financing, IP licensing, product distribution arrangements, business succession, mergers & acquisitions, dissolution, shareholder agreements, reorganizations, and disputes between owners.
Advising management and employees on various employment matters including executive employment agreements, employee benefit plans, wage disputes, harassment, and personnel policies and procedures.
Real Estate purchase, sale, exchange, and financing transactions include shopping centers, hotels, NNN Single-Tenant, and land in CA, CO, FL, IL, LA, OK, TX, and other states.
Mergers and acquisitions include the acquisition of Valley Insurance Company by Qualitas Financial Services, Inc.; the sale of assets of Conception Technologies to Vitrolife, Inc.; the merger of Bank of Southern California and First National Bank; the acquisition of assets and intellectual property of Graviton, Inc., by Xsilogy, Inc.; the sale of stock of In House Pharmacies, Inc. to Omnicare, Inc., among many others.
Securities transactions include $100 million unsecured bond issuance by Insurance Company of the West; $180 million collateralized bond issuance by Globimex, SA de CV; and $20 million Secured Short Term Note Facility for Southwest Trade Services, LLC.
IP licensing includes software licensing for Klatu Networks, Inc. and Vigor Systems Inc.
Co-Author: “Preferential Portfolios – Tax efficiency in international real estate investment,” IR Global Virtual Round Table Series, Real Estate Working Group
Author: “Introduction to Asset Securitization,” American Bar Association (course materials)
Author: “Money Laundering and the Transactional Lawyer,” Probate & Property Magazine (professional article)
Author: “FIRREA — Putting Bankers On Ice,” California Bankers Associations (professional article)
Contrib-Author: “Commercial Real Estate Finance: A Current Guide to Representing Lenders and Borrowers,” American Bar Association (legal reference book)
Co-Author: “Cleaning the Environment in the Money Laundry,” American Banker (professional article)
Co-Author: “FSB Guidance on Client-Related Financial Reporting: Game-Changer For Voluntary Sustainability Reporting?,” ABA Section of International Law (professional article)
Speaker: “Subchapter S Corporations,” CalCPA Education Foundation 13th Annual San Diego Tax and Accounting Institute
Speaker: “Fundamentals of Acquisition Transactions,” Lorman Education Services
Speaker: “A Boost from the IRS: Section 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges and Tenancy in Common,” ABA BLT Teleconference
Speaker: “Mexican Housing Finance and Capital Markets Workshop,” Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University, Mexico D.F., Mexico
Speaker: “Prospects for Establishing Secondary Mortgage Facility in Indonesia,” Ministry of Finance, Jakarta, Indonesia
Speaker: “The Evolving Worldwide Legal and Regulatory Climate for Securitization,” American Bar Association, Brussels, Belgium
Speaker: “Beware – Dirty Money,” IBC USA Conferences, New York, NY
Speaker: “Doing Business in Mexico,” United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, La Jolla, CA
Speaker: “Developments In Securitization,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA
Speaker: “Regulation of Financial Institutions,” University of Southern California, Graduate School of Business, Los Angeles, CA
Speaker: “Money Laundering Minefield,” California Bankers Association, San Francisco, CA
Prior to founding Blanchard, Krasner & French, Bob was partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and prior to that, a partner in the law firm of Seltzer, Caplan, Wilkins and McMahon, now known as Seltzer, Caplan, McMahon and Vitek, based in San Diego. From 1986 to 1989. Bob was Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Imperial Corporation of America, a NYSE listed financial services holding company with assets in excess of $10 billion. Bob managed the company’s corporate equity investment portfolio, which included private equity investments totaling approximately $80 million, and was responsible for regulatory and securities compliance. Bob has served as a director for both non-profit and for profit corporations.
Likes mountain climbing, sailing and fishing.