Daily News: January 16, 2019

Blank Rome Recruits Third New Corporate, M&A & Securities Partner


Robert L. Kahan joined Blank Rome as a partner in the Corporate, M&A, and Securities group in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Kahan focuses his practice counseling middle-market companies in the lifestyle industries, including restaurants, entertainers, marketers, and merchandisers, across a variety of corporate transactions. His clients include entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals, private equity firms and other mid-market companies. He also represents franchisors and franchisees, licensing companies, entertainers and athletes in connection with licensing and endorsement transactions.

“We’re thrilled to have a veteran attorney like Bob join our growing corporate team,” said Grant S. Palmer, Blank Rome managing partner and CEO. “Bob is well known for his negotiation skills, having represented buyers, sellers and investors over the course of his career. We look forward to the contributions that he’ll make to the Corporate group as well as our growing Los Angeles office.”

Kahan’s career spans more than four decades, where he has counseled clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities, franchising and licensing and tax and governance issues that arise during significant transactions.

Kahan joins Blank Rome from a leading Am Law 100 firm in Los Angeles.

“Bob is well suited to counsel our clients with corporate needs in Los Angeles and beyond,” said Louis M. Rappaport, co-chair of the firm’s Corporate, M&A, and Securities practice group. “He’s carved out a niche practice for himself over the years, advising clients in the lifestyle industry on their most important transactions. From the conception of a venture to the dissolution of a business, and everything in between, Bob is a go-to attorney in his industry segment.”

“Blank Rome is a great match for my unique practice and I look forward to reconnecting with former colleagues and friends like Frank Kaplan, Kevin Martin, Pauline Martin, Jason Kim, and Stacy Phillips,” said Kahan. “I’m really energized by the opportunity to help the firm expand.”

Kahan is the third partner recently recruited for the Corporate, M&A, and Securities group. Terrence Everett and Jeffrey Cohen had previously been hired for the Los Angeles and New York offices, respectively.