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Ernie L. Cochran II

Partner
+1.843.579.5630
Fax +1.843.579.5601
Ernie Cochran focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters. He advises Fortune 500 companies as well as middle-market and emerging growth companies in a wide variety of corporate matters. Mr. Cochran regularly represents private equity sponsors, hedge funds, venture capital firms and corporate investors. He also has experience involving real estate development and transactions and represents borrowers and lenders in connection with secured and unsecured credit facilities, asset-based loans and acquisition financing.

Mr. Cochran has worked on transactions involving companies in many industries, including technology, paper and packaging, aerospace, distribution, energy, healthcare and real estate.

He regularly advises clients in the following areas:

  • Stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, mergers and other similar transactions for both public and private companies;
  • Private equity and venture capital financings;
  • Distressed debt acquisitions and dispositions;
  • Joint ventures, partnerships and strategic alliances;
  • Corporate recapitalizations, reorganizations and restructurings;
  • Commercial lending and corporate finance;
  • Real estate acquisition, disposition and development;
  • Technology transactions; and
  • General corporate and commercial matters, including contract negotiation and the formation and capitalization of corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Cochran worked for firms in Atlanta and Charleston.

Achievements

  • Named a 2015 BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2018-2020

Professional/Civic Activities

  • One80 Place, Board Member, 2016 - Present
  • Leadership Charleston, Class of 2012
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute, Member
  • Represented a publicly traded aerospace and industrial distribution company in connection with numerous distributor acquisitions.
  • Represented a publicly traded paper and packaging company in connection with the cross border sale of a packaging business operating in ten countries.
  • Represented a publicly traded aerospace and industrial distribution company in connection with the acquisition of multiple aerospace-related parts companies.
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with multiple acquisitions in a number of industries, including technology, professional services and healthcare.
  • Represented a hedge fund in connection with a number of asset-based loans and finance matters.
  • Represented publicly traded business development company (BDC) in connection with an acquisition and financing of a target in the finance sector.
  • Represented a leading national bank in connection with several senior credit facilities.
  • Represented a publicly traded international apparel design, sourcing and marketing company in the acquisition of a portfolio of stores.
  • Represented a publicly traded paper and packaging company in connection with a $730 million carve-out divestiture of its building products business.
  • Represented an international technology company with a variety of corporate, financing and technology transaction matters in numerous countries.
  • Represented an oil and gas company in connection with numerous asset dispositions.
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with the acquisition of distressed debt.
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with its acquisition of resort and hospitality assets.
  • Represented venture capital firms in connection with preferred investments in a variety of countries.
  • Represented a variety of commercial lenders in connection with various debt financing transactions.
  • Represented a mezzanine lender in connection with large mixed-use real estate development.
  • Represented an underwriter in connection with a public securities offering involving and oil and gas company. 
  • Represented numerous real estate investors with partnership formation and capitalization issues.
  • Represented a real estate developer in connection with its acquisition of several multifamily projects.
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with its acquisition of hotel and resort properties.
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with its acquisition of multiple shopping centers.
  • Represented a real estate development company in connection with its acquisition and development of a large mixed-use project.
  • Represented a real estate development company in connection with its acquisition of numerous commercial development sites.
  • Represented a publicly traded REIT in connection with multiple acquisitions.