As a member of Gould & Ratner’s Corporate Practice, Sevan Avakian counsels privately held and family-run entrepreneurial businesses in a variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, private equity and venture capital financings, corporate formations and reorganizations, joint ventures, debt financing transactions and corporate governance.

Sevan’s experience and clients span a variety of industries, including:

  • technology and media
  • high-tech manufacturing
  • transportation
  • automotive sales and distribution
  • consulting and professional services
  • software design and development
  • digital marketing and strategy
  • consumer packaged goods
  • banking and financial services
  • sports and entertainment

During his time at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Sevan served as president of Loyola’s Business Law Society. Additionally, he was the regional champion and national quarterfinalist in the 2014 Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition.

Sevan is involved in a variety of community, charity and professional organizations, including the Assyrian American Bar Association, Assyrian Advisors and the Assyrian American Chamber of Commerce. Sevan also coaches Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Thomas Tang National Moot Court Team, which has won national championships in 2017 and 2018.

Credentials

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2015
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.B.A., Accounting and Economics, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • Assyrian American Chamber of Commerce - Member
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law - Moot Court Coach

Key Cases or Transactions

  • Represented a privately-held company in a $400,000,000.00 lead investment in a private equity fund.
  • Represented a privately-held company in a $211,000,000.00 acquisition of a maritime transportation business which focused on the transportation of agricultural fertilizer.
  • Represented a private insurance company in a $104,000,000.00 sale and transfer of operations of various U.S. and Canadian based subsidiaries to an institutional private equity fund.
  • Represented a privately-held company in a $100,000,000.00 lead investment in a real estate fund.
  • Represented a privately-held esports company in a $25,000,000.00 seed round equity financing.
  • Represented a private equity fund in a $20,000,000.00 asset sale of a turf seed company.
  • Represented a food and beverage company in a spinoff of its winery business to an affiliate entity and a subsequent $16,000,000.00 promissory note offering for its winery business.
  • Represented a publicly traded Canadian company in a $12,000,000.00 stock acquisition of a cannabis dispensary.
  • Represented a manufacturing company with licensing compliance matters across the nation.
  • Represented a privately held international restaurant equipment manufacturing company in a $12,000,000.00 stock acquisition of a French restaurant equipment manufacturing company.
  • Represented a national bank in drafting and negotiating an $8,750,000.00 secured credit facility which was utilized by a private equity fund for the acquisition of a security equipment manufacturing company.
  • Represented a publicly traded Canadian company in a $3,500,000.00 membership interest acquisition of a cannabis dispensary.
  • Represented a privately held masonry supply company in a $3,500,000.00 asset acquisition of a competing business.