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 $211,000,000 acquisition of a maritime transportation company with the primary focus of transporting agricultural fertilizer.
  • Represented a maritime transportation company in obtaining a $115,000,000 secured credit facility to refinance existing indebtedness.
  • Represented a road-side assistance insurance company in a $104,000,000 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 lead investment in a real estate fund.
  • Represented a majority member in a $43,000,000 membership interest acquisition of a privately-held ski resort company.
  • Represented a private equity fund in a $20,000,000 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 promissory note offering for the winery business.
  • Represented a publicly traded Canadian company in a $12,000,000 stock acquisition of a cannabis dispensary.
  • Represented a trailer manufacturing company with dealer and manufacturer license compliance matters across the nation.
  • Represented a privately held international restaurant equipment manufacturing company in a $12,000,000 stock acquisition of a French restaurant equipment manufacturing company.
  • Represented a national bank in drafting and negotiating an $8,750,000 secured credit facility which was utilized by a private equity fund for the acquisition of a security equipment manufacturing company.
  • Represented a privately-held esports company in a $5,000,000 seed round equity financing.
  • Represented a publicly traded Canadian company in a $3,500,000 membership interest acquisition of a cannabis dispensary.
  • Represented a privately held masonry supply company in a $3,500,000 asset acquisition of a competing business.