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JEFFREY H. LABARGE

Jeff LaBarge’s practice concentrates on business transactions and corporate law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and commercial transactions.

What do you focus on?

My practice is focused on helping clients to structure and document their business transactions so that they receive the intended benefits of their deal.

Mergers and Acquisitions

I advise companies on both buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions. My clients are in a wide variety of industries, from a leading wine, beer and spirits company, to a well-known consumer goods manufacturer to a computer software design company.

Venture Capital

I work with venture funds and angel investors as well as companies trying to attract investment (including start-ups). I assist them with structuring, diligencing, negotiating and documenting their transactions.

General Business Advice and Commercial Transactions

For many clients I act as outside general counsel, working with executives on various legal issues as they impact their business, ranging from employment issues to regulatory matters to tax and business strategy. In that role I often act as “quarterback” to direct, organize and deliver the extensive experience that Nixon Peabody has to offer. In addition, I counsel clients on a wide variety of commercial transactions including joint venture agreements, license agreements, procurement and supply agreements, employment and consulting agreements, research and development agreements, outsourcing agreements, manufacturing and design agreements, distribution and re-seller agreements, service agreements, OEM contracts, confidentiality agreements, letters of intent and financing and loan agreements.

What do you see on the horizon?

I have noticed an increasing interest in addressing risk in M&A transactions through products such as representation and warranty insurance. I think that trend will continue, especially as the market becomes more familiar with those products.

Media Clips

  • Keep Your Company's Trade Secrets from Walking Out Your Door
    Rochester Business Journal | November 21, 2014
    Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Commercial Litigation associate Terence Robinson collaborated on this column discussing 10 practical ideas to safeguard trade secrets.
  • Case Leaves Open Questions on Affirmative Action at Public Colleges
    Rochester Business Journal | August 15, 2014
    This guest column authored by Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge, Rochester Commercial Litigation partner David Tennant and Commercial Litigation associate Brian Jacek focuses on the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case and how it could affect colleges and universities in the Rochester area.
  • Medical Marijuana Statute Creates Awkward Situation for Employers
    Rochester Business Journal | July 18, 2014
    Rochester Business Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Labor & Employment associate Joe Carello co-authored this column discussing what New York State’s medical marijuana law will mean for employers.
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  • Law: Preparation, prompt response limit impact of disputes
    Rochester Business Journal | June 13, 2014
    Rochester Business Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester office managing partner Carolyn Nussbaum authored this column on preparation for business disputes.
  • Is Your Estate Plan as Out-of-Date as the Eight-Track Tape?
    Rochester Business Journal | May 9, 2014
    This contributed article co-authored by Rochester Business Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Private Clients counsel Stephanie Seiffert focuses on including your digital assets (such as online accounts) when putting together your estate plan.
  • Are Student-Athletes Employees? A lot of money is at stake
    Rochester Business Journal | April 11, 2014
    Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge developed this column with Long Island Labor & Employment partner Dan Rizzi and associate Alex Gallin discussing the National Labor Relations Board decision over whether student athletes are “employees.”
  • Startups Must Carefully Evaluate New Crowdfunding Options
    Rochester Business Journal | December 20, 2013
    In this monthly Rochester Business Journal law column, Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester law clerk Brian Mahoney focus on crowdfunding opportunities.
  • Good Privacy Practices Help Your Firm Survive and Thrive
    Rochester Business Journal | November 8, 2013
    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Buffalo Products: Class Action, Industry & Trade Representation counsel Jacob Herstek discuss why and how companies should have a strong compliance plan in the event of a data breach.
  • Your Email Can Be a Contract; Think Before You Click ‘Send'
    Rochester Business Journal | October 18, 2013
    In this column, Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge discusses how e-mail can amount to a contract if the sender is not careful.
  • Can Your Supply Chain Meet the Requirements of Regulators?
    Rochester Business Journal | August 16, 2013

    In this column, Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge discusses the regulatory requirements associated with supply chain management.

  • The Binding Nature of a Term Sheet Should Not Be Underestimated
    Rochester Business Journal | July 12, 2013

    The importance of a term sheet should not be underestimated by deal makers according to Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge.

  • Law Column: The JOBS Act
    Rochester Business Journal | May 24, 2013

    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Washington, DC, Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Doug Dziak co-authored this column providing an update on the JOBS Act.

  • What to Look for in Health Care Reform Mandates Next January
    Rochester Business Journal | March 15, 2013

    Rochester Corporate partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Labor & Employment counsel Kate Saracene co-authored this column discussing the next wave of health care reform compliance mandates.

  • Federal Regulations Proposed for Updated Food Safety System
    Rochester Business Journal | February 15, 2013

    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge, a member of the Food, Beverage and Agriculture team, authored this column. Click here to read the full article.

  • New ‘Green Guides' Set Rules for Environmental Marketing
    Rochester Business Journal | November 23, 2012

    This column, co-authored by partner Jeff LaBarge, Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan, and associate Alison Torbitt, discusses new “Green Guides” from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • At the Bottom of the Fiscal Cliff: A long list of federal tax increases
    Rochester Business Journal | October 26, 2012

    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge authored this monthly “Law” column.

  • NLRB Limits Restrictions on Workers' Social Media Use
    Rochester Business Journal | September 14, 2012

    This column, coauthored by Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Kent Jonas and associate Renée Jackson, addresses the limitations on employees’ social media use.

  • If You Have Clients in Canada, Its Privacy Law Applies to You
    Rochester Business Journal | July 20, 2012

    This “Law” column discusses how local organizations need to keep in mind Canada’s privacy law. Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Buffalo Products counsel Ben Dwyer and Jacob Herstek authored the piece.

  • JOBS Act May Help Startups to Access the Capital They Need
    Rochester Business Journal | June 8, 2012

    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Public Company Transactions associate John Moragne discuss the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

  • Report Likely to Bring Major Changes in How Non-Profits Run
    Rochester Business Journal | May 11, 2012

    This column, authored by Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and partner and leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations practice Mike Cooney, focuses on the recommendations of the New York Attorney General’s Leadership Committee on Nonprofit Revitalization.

  • For Efficiency, Systematize Your Negotiation of Contracts
    Rochester Business Journal | April 20, 2012

    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge discusses the contract management process in this “Law” column.

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