Keith A. Krauss, Esq., Partner, handles all aspects of complex business transaction as well as Co-Chairs the Cannabis Law Group. He has an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell , the world’s preeminent attorney rating service, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive from Martindale-Hubbell, for his entire career.

Mr. Krauss is a seasoned professional adept at navigating the intricate landscape of business transactions for companies and startups. His expertise spans a comprehensive array of areas, encompassing the review, negotiation, and preparation of diverse commercial agreements. From managing mergers and acquisitions to facilitating stock and asset purchase agreements, Mr. Krauss excels in delivering strategic guidance and legal support.

In addition to his proficiency in handling transactional intricacies, Mr. Krauss offers invaluable assistance in corporate structuring and dissolution. He is well-versed in guiding clients through the formation, governance and dissolution and liquidation of various business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

Moreover, Mr. Krauss is a trusted advisor in matters of financing, facilitating clients with conventional and specialized funding options. His expertise extends to navigating the complexities of franchising, private placements, and partnership offerings, ensuring clients receive tailored solutions that align with their objectives.

Within the realm of intellectual property, Mr. Krauss demonstrates a nuanced understanding of licensing agreements, covering patent, copyright, trademark, and trade name rights. He adeptly represents clients as both licensors and licensees, facilitating agreements across a spectrum of industries, including software, web design, manufacturing, distributorship and personal endorsements from celebrities.

Beyond transactional matters, Mr. Krauss is equipped to handle commercial and construction disputes with finesse, employing his expertise in court proceedings and arbitration to achieve favorable outcomes for his clients.

Recognized for his expertise, Mr. Krauss frequently shares his insights with professional audiences through lectures and engagements with esteemed organizations such as the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Business Law Institute.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Mr. Krauss finds fulfillment in his role as a devoted father of three and recently welcomed the joys of grandparenthood into his life. He is also committed to fuerthing educational opportunies for the disadvantaged, serving on the Boards of Trustees of 2 non-profits supporting such education.

Matters

  • Sale of the stock of a 326-branch national travel agency to the American Express Company.
  • Installment sale of assets from a multi-branch private technical school to a national education company.
  • Ground and sub-leases with the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and private developers concerning the Liberty State Park Science Center and Liberty State Park Marina.
  • Entertainment contracts with Andrea Bocelli and Cirque Du Soleil as part of the New Jersey millennium celebration at Liberty State Park.
  • Underlying documentation, including offering materials, business plan and operating agreement, in connection with a $250 million private offering to create an intellectual property venture fund.
  • Asset contributions of two $100 million companies, a national trucking company and an international security company into a newly formed entity funded by private equity participants.
  • Formation, structuring, asset acquisition and Regulation D financing, including preparation of subscription and operating agreements, a private placement memorandum and offering statements for an international concierge company.
  • Senior member of a legal team that successfully handled an AAA arbitration on behalf of the New Jersey Devils national hockey team against the City of Newark resulting in an $81 million award for the Devils.
  • Handled personal endorsement license agreements and a merchandise license agreement with Marie Osmond.
  • Handled a merchandise license agreement with Sanrio Global Consumer Products relative to the use of the name and image for Hello Kitty.

Specializations

Corporate Law & Business Transactions, Alcohol & Regulated Products Law, Construction Law & Litigation, Corporate & Business Entity Governance, Ethics & Compliance, Banking & Commercial Lending, Intellectual Property , Corporate & Commercial Transactions, Cannabis Law

Industries

Alcohol, Food & Beverage, Construction & Engineering, Transportation, Trucking & Logistics, Cannabis, India Focus Group

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  • Sale of the stock of a 326-branch national travel agency to the American Express Company.
  • Installment sale of assets from a multi-branch private technical school to a national education company.
  • Ground and sub-leases with the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and private developers concerning the Liberty State Park Science Center and Liberty State Park Marina.
  • Entertainment contracts with Andrea Bocelli and Cirque Du Soleil as part of the New Jersey millennium celebration at Liberty State Park.
  • Underlying documentation, including offering materials, business plan and operating agreement, in connection with a $250 million private offering to create an intellectual property venture fund.
  • Asset contributions of two $100 million companies, a national trucking company and an international security company into a newly formed entity funded by private equity participants.
  • Formation, structuring, asset acquisition and Regulation D financing, including preparation of subscription and operating agreements, a private placement memorandum and offering statements for an international concierge company.
  • Senior member of a legal team that successfully handled an AAA arbitration on behalf of the New Jersey Devils national hockey team against the City of Newark resulting in an $81 million award for the Devils.
  • Handled personal endorsement license agreements and a merchandise license agreement with Marie Osmond.
  • Handled a merchandise license agreement with Sanrio Global Consumer Products relative to the use of the name and image for Hello Kitty.
  • Morris | Essex Health & Life Magazine: Essex County's Top Lawyers, 2022 - 2023
  • One of New Jersey’s top lawyers, New Jersey Monthly Magazine®
  • AV Rated for 28 consecutive years, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Legal Intern with the New Jersey Attorney General
  • Law Secretary to the Hon. Martin J. Kole, Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division, 1978 Court Term

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