Richard Landfield is engaged in corporate, international, and real estate practice. His corporate expertise is applied to financings, mergers and acquisitions, new ventures, inbound investment in U.S. businesses, outbound investment in European businesses, and commercial transactions. His real estate work includes development, investment, financing, workouts, and leasing.
Mr. Landfield has enjoyed a diverse corporate and real estate practice, with a particular emphasis on helping his clients in significant transactions. He has been lead counsel in numerous complex corporate transactions, such as public and private financings and mergers and acquisitions, as well as inbound investment (from Western Europe) and outbound investment (to Central Europe), and the option sale of mineral interests. He is regularly advising on commercial transactions and general counseling on a wide variety of legal problems of corporations, businesses, and owners of businesses. He also represents tenants and landlords in commercial leasing matters. He is an experienced real estate practitioner, with particular expertise in development and finance and representing buyers and sellers of portfolios of properties. His clients have included a French construction company, a French developer of "smart cards," a large Washington, D.C. based commercial printer, a Philippine gold mining company, a major publicly held real estate investment trust, a major U.S. developer of office and commercial buildings, a major professional association, a trade association in the health care field, as well as investment banking firms, new ventures, and individuals.
The kinds of transactions for which he has been lead counsel are diverse and include: sale of an option to acquire rights to explore, develop, and mine a world class gold mine in Davao, Philippines; representing a team of companies in a waste-to-energy project; sale of a major office/research and development park consisting of five properties with ten buildings; acquisition of a construction company, in a work-out reorganization involving the purchase of notes and a new preferred stock, the proceeds of which were paid to two consortia of banks; structuring and implementing a recapitalization of a major printing company, without triggering "dissenters' rights," to prepare it for financing and growth, and subsequently representing the company in a "reverse merger" with a privately held, major printing company. In the "new" economy, Mr. Landfield has written and negotiated contracts for development of a web site, and led a team in negotiations for acquisition by a German company of a publicly traded American software company.
Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe recently portrayed an example of Mr. Landfield's practice in a July 2008 Forbes promotional article, available here as a PDF document.
In addition, Mr. Landfield has been involved in a variety of litigation and regulatory matters. He has argued a federal preemption case in the United States Supreme Court. Representing a foreign government with amicus curiae status, he presented arguments applying a treaty to a commercial dispute. As counsel to a Blue Cross plan, he conducted a trial challenging state legislation regulating hospital rates, successfully argued two appeals to the state's highest court, as well as participated in numerous hospital rate proceedings. He has also handled matters before a variety of federal regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. Landfield is a member of the American Bar Association's Corporation, Banking and Business Law section and its International Law section. In the last half of the 1980's, he was a director of The Carlson Group, Inc. (Delaware), a holding company for a group of construction, design and engineering companies. He has been General Counsel to The European Institute since 1991. During 1990-91 he was a director of the Washington chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. He served as a trustee of The Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland for nine years, and was Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Finance Committee. He has been active in college alumni and class activities.
Mr. Landfield received a B.A. from Amherst College. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Student Advisors. Mr. Landfield served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. A member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of New York, he is listed in Who's Who in American Law.