FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, New York – CRONE LAW GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE IN BEIJING AND THE ADDITION OF JOHN O’LEARY & MICHAEL SHAFF, OF COUNSEL
Crone Law Group is pleased to announce our new office in Beijing! With the increase of workflow, we have scaled with our clients’ demand.
Additionally, we are pleased to announce the addition of Ron Levy, John O’Leary & Michael Shaff, of counsel, to our growing team of professionals.
MEET RON LEVY
Ron Levy is a Partner of the firm, with 20+ years of business and legal experience representing investors and companies on a broad range of M&A, Finance, Corporate Governance and Securities regulatory matters on domestic and cross-border transactions as well as certain tax planning matters.
Mr. Levy also has a unique background representing investment banks in connection with financings, FINRA arbitrations and FINRA/SEC regulatory compliance matters, as well as advising fund managers on fund formation, capital raising and ongoing 40 Act and certain tax compliance issues. While Mr. Levy has represented international clients in a wide array of industries, a significant amount of his experience has been in managing, structuring and completing transactions involving companies with international interests, energy, and new energy companies, as well as technology transactions and intellectual property licensing.
Mr. Levy regularly advises clients on transactions to or from the US, U.K., Israel, and Asia and assists these companies on accessing capital, providing resources and bypassing obstacles to growth, while providing tax solutions to investors and companies alike.
During Mr. Levy’s career, he has represented institutional and individual clients from around the world, on hundreds of private finance, PIPE, and registered public offering transactions, as well as divestitures and going private transactions. Some of Mr. Levy’s representative transactions include a $250 Million UK based SPAC IPO in the metals industry, an $80 million buyout of manufacturing facilities in southern Europe, a US IPO and various financings and restructurings of an Australian based energy storage technology company, representation of a Japanese based AMEX listed company in connection with its US and UK divestitures and going private transaction, various financings and NASDAQ listings of Asia based companies, representation of a nanotechnology company in connection with ongoing reporting and financing activities and, the tax restructuring and sale of a major mid-western US asphalt manufacturer and government contractor to a private equity fund.
Mr. Levy is a former partner in the Corporate, Securities and Asia Business Practice groups of Hodgson Russ, LLP.
MEET JOHN O’LEARY
John O’Leary serves as Of Counsel for Crone Law Group. Mr. O’Leary provides legal guidance to private companies going public through the registration of equity securities pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933 through underwritten initial public offerings and direct public offerings. Mr. O’Leary also advises public companies on reverse merger transactions, debt and equity financing, PIPE transactions, equity line funding, and other various corporate finance transactions. . Mr. O’Leary also advises public companies on change of control transactions, general corporate governance and compliance with stock exchange listings. Mr. O’Leary also prepares reports required to be filed by public companies pursuant to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including the preparation of Form 14-A proxy statements, annual (Form 10-K), quarterly (Form 10-Q) and current (Form 8-K) reports.
Prior to joining Crone Law Group, Mr. O’Leary was associated with a New Jersey law firm that specialized in securities and corporate related matters.
Mr. O’Leary’s previous experience also includes service as in-house counsel for a full service broker/ dealer and a nationally recognized securities clearing firm, where he provided legal and regulatory advice to senior management, and responded to state and federal regulatory inquires pursuant to the self-regulatory rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. O’Leary received his Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
MEET MICHAEL SHAFF
Mr. Shaff will be joining our Los Angeles office. His practice includes all aspects of federal and state taxation, both on the planning and structuring of financing transactions and debt and equity offerings and in controversy matters with the IRS and FTB. Mr. Shaff practiced tax law for five years in New York City and for three years in another California law firm.
Mr. Shaff also served as a trial attorney with the office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service for three years. Mr. Shaff is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a specialist in tax law.
He is a member of the California Lawyers Association (Trusts and Estates Section), and the Massachusetts and New York bars. Mr. Shaff is the past chair of the Tax Section of the Orange County Bar Association.