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Business Law

      Alicia M. Bendana, Chair          John Mark Fezio, Vice-Chair

Upcoming Events:

Buying and Selling Businesses CLE



Wednesday, October 5, 2016     

12:30-1:30 - “Business Sale Agreements and the Closing”
with Albert J. Derbes, IV & Melanie M. Mulcahy, Derbes Law Firm, LLC
A discussion of agreements utilized in the acquisition and sale of businesses, closing tips & practices, and post-closing matters.

1:30-2:30 – “Buying and Selling Distressed Businesses and Assets of Distressed Businesses”
with Alicia Bendana, Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver, L.L.P; and Lisa Hedrick, Adams and Reese LLP
A discussion of the role of creditors in the negotiation process, appropriate mechanisms for the sale within or outside of a bankruptcy proceeding and risks and advantages of each, sequence of events for bankruptcy acquisitions and issues for purchasers.

2:30-2:40 – break

2:40 – 3:40 – “Business Value and Deal Value”
with Michele Avery, LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors
A discussion of how business value is determined, how business value is impacted by other deal factors and how to determine the reasonableness of final deal value.

3:40-4:40 – “Private Equity Capital - Buyers and Financing Sources”
with Lester F. Alexander, III, Jefferson Capital Partners
A review the current state of the private equity market and an exploration of private equity as both a potential buyer for a business as well as a source of capital for financing acquisitions.

NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505

4 hours of CLE credit

NOBA Member Discount: $80
Non-Member Price: $110
*If non-members join for the 2016-17 fiscal year (beginning on December 1st), they will receive the member price for this program and the next 3 months of membership free (September, October & November).


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  2. Email Morgan Ellis.
  3. Mail payment to the NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130

Please note: Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund less an administrative fee. No refunds for no shows. 

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The Business Law Committee was newly formed in 2016. For those interested in joining please contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453. For questions about the committee please email Alicia Bendana.