Mr. Babala concentrates his diverse corporate practice on public and private company M&A, buyouts, joint ventures, strategic alliances, securities and corporate finance, workouts, and restructuring transactions.

He advises companies that are early-stage start-ups, closely held, family-owned businesses, multi-billion dollar public companies, and international investment and trading firms, many of which operate in regulated industries, such as alcohol, energy, and healthcare. Mr. Babala serves as outside general counsel, handling day-to-day legal corporate and business transactions for his clients and regularly advises directors and C-suite executives on complex matters of corporate governance, such as fiduciary duties and special committees related to transactions. He publishes and lectures regularly on corporate law, M&A, and securities.

Mr. Babala received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995 and his B.A. from Alma college in 1995. He is licensed to practice in the states of California, Illinois, and Ohio.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • University of Michigan Law School, 1995
      • J.D.
    • Alma College, 1995
      • B.A.
  • Admissions

    • California
    • Illinois
    • Ohio
  • Memberships

    • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California
      • Long Beach House, Founding Board Member
    • Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
    • State Bar of California
      • Business Law Section
      • Opinions Committee
    • American Bar Association
    • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
      • Smaller Public Companies Task Force
  • Representative Matters

    • Formation and ongoing representation of Samson & Surrey Holdings Luxembourg, S.à.r.l., an artisinal spirits producer, including acquisitions of Few Spirits, Blue Coat Gin, Brenne Whisky, Widow Jane Whiskey, and Mezcal Vago.
    • Represented BAMKO, Inc., in its sale to Superior Uniform Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:  SGC).
    • Represented bankruptcy trustee in sale of assets of Penthouse Global Media, Inc. to WCGZ Ltd., from the Czech Republic.
    • Represented Sole Technology Inc. (Altamont, etnies, thirtytwo, Emerica brands) in connection with growth capital investment by First Capital and Karlin.

John L. Babala

Century Plaza Towers, Suite 330
2049 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067-3105
Office: (424) 303-7777
Cell: (424) 603-7010
Fax: (424) 274-3202