About Leo

U.S. and cross-border transactions, seasoned counsel

Leo Loo is an experienced transactional lawyer, strategic legal advisor, negotiator and team leader who represents businesses in a variety of industries in middle-market transactions. His work includes:

  • Complex mergers and acquisitions
  • Commercial financing
  • International transactions
  • Securities
  • Regulatory compliance
  • General corporate law

Assessing risks, opportunities and the specific needs of each client, he works with executives and legal departments to negotiate, structure and close deals that advance a client’s long-range business objectives. Leo is a member of the firm's governing executive committee.

Experience in Action

  • Representing businesses in a variety of industries in mergers, acquisitions, stock and asset purchases and sales.
  • Representing corporations in the construction industry in their sale to leading publicly traded companies.
  • Representing major lending institutions and publicly traded borrowers in connection with commercial and real estate finance transactions.
  • Advising on federal and state regulatory compliance issues for commercial and consumer lending institutions, mortgage bankers and brokers.
  • Representing clients in private placement financing transactions in a variety of industries.
  • Advising on international transactions, involving companies based in and/or acquiring or selling assets in Asia, the Middle East, Israel, Mexico, Canada and Australia.

Successes

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented large state university system in its acquisition of a global management learning institution.
  • Represented a medical laboratory in its sale to a publicly traded S&P 500 company in the diagnostics industry.
  • Represented a franchisor of large format printing services, with over 100-plus franchise units, in its sale to an entrepreneurial investment firm.

Financing, Regulatory

  • Represented a leading franchise finance lender in connection with a variety of loans for the acquisition, refinancing and expansion of hotel projects.

International

  • Represented a health industry company in its expansion efforts across Asia, the Middle East and the United States.
  • Represented a U.S.-based company in its restructuring of subsidiaries in Mexico and across Asia.
  • Represented a buyer group in its purchase of a technology company based in Israel.
  • Represented a U.S.-based freight company in joint venture projects in Canada.

Health Care

  • Represented a medical practice in its purchase and sale to a publicly traded oncology services company.
  • Counseled a network of health clinics in connection with insurance-related regulatory issues.
  • Counseled a medical services management company in connection with compliance matters and in structuring its management services.

Professional Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" (2021, 2023: Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law)
  • AZ Big Media "Angel of the Year" (2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2020-present)
  • AZ Business Magazine "AzBusiness Leaders" (2020, 2022)
  • Lawyers of Color  "Power List" (2020)
  • AZ Business Magazine "Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona" (2019, 2022)
  • AZ Business Magazine "Arizona Business Leaders to Watch" (2019) 
  • Arizona Business Magazine "Most Influential Minority Business Leaders" (2016) 
  • AZ Big Media "Arizona Business Leader – Diversity Leader" (2016)
  • Phoenix Business Journal "Most Admired Leader" (2015)
  • AZ Business Leaders Magazine "Arizona Business Leader" (2015)
  • Black Chamber of Arizona "Chairperson’s Award" (2015)
  • AZ Big Media "Minority Business Leader" (2015)
  • The National Association of Asian American Professionals "Community Leader of the Year" (2013)
  •  Aguila Youth Leadership Institute "Hispanic Hero" (2008)
  • Corporate Counsel Black Book (2008)
  • "Forty Under 40" The Business Journal (2005)
  • AZ Big Media "Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona" (2022)
  • Chambers USA® (2022-present: Corporate/M&A)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona, member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, former member, board of directors
  • State Bar of Arizona, former secretary, Business Law Section
  • Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., former chairman, board of directors
  • Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, general counsel, board of directors
  • Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, former general counsel
  • Arizona Asian American Bar Association, former member, board of directors
  • Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation, former member
  • National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association, former Alternate Southwest Regional Governor
  • Maricopa County Colleges Foundation, former member, board of directors
  • The Victoria Foundation, former member, board of directors
  • Diversity Advisory Council for Maricopa Integrated Health System, former member
  • University of Chicago Alumni Schools Committee, member
  • HALO/Helping Animals Live On, Inc., former member, board of directors
  • Governor Napolitano's Asian American Advisory Council, former member
  • City of Phoenix Pacific Rim Advisory Council, former chairperson
  • City of Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, former member, board of directors

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