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Lauane C. Addis

Lauane Addis helps his clients grow and prosper. For some, it's through mergers and acquisitions that provide access to and exposure in new markets. For others, he provides guidance on raising capital to fund internal expansion through public offerings, private placements, and bank, fund, and private equity financing.

And for all, he provides the practical advice on best practices and regulatory compliance they need to navigate a wide range of operating issues, like employment, taxation, succession planning, real estate, leasing, finance, and more, structure and reorganize their businesses, partnerships, and limited liability companies, and finance operations.

His clients – U.S. companies with operations across the country and the globe, and foreign-based companies active in the United States – rely on Lauane's insightful perspective and broad understanding of the risks, challenges, and obstacles they face because they know he's been in their shoes. He served as general counsel for two startups and in-house counsel and chief financial officer for a small public company prior to joining Stahl Cowen.

Equally important, they know they can count on his leadership and guidance to solve problems when unexpected events put their deals and strategies into jeopardy. In one recent example, Lauane was able to get a nearly broken acquisition back on track in less than 24 hours, allowing his Indian client to gain a critical foothold in the U.S. market and meet their strategic objectives.

Lauane has particular strengths in the real estate industry, advising both purchasers and sellers of commercial properties, including industrial sites, apartments, nightclubs, retail malls, and mixed-use properties. He has negotiated leases for all types of real estate, prepared easement and license agreements, and drafted operating and joint venture agreements, financing documents, and subdividers agreements for residential developments. In a recent transaction, Lauane helped a U.S REIT create a limited partnership with a European pension fund that provided his client with nearly $150 million in new equity capital to be used for expansion of the REIT.

Lauane also advises private and commercial lenders on secured commercial loans, and has negotiated and documented debt financing on behalf of both borrowers and lenders.

In addition to his corporate practice, Lauane guides high net-worth families and individuals through planning and organization designed to maximize wealth and ensure that their future needs are me. He helps them establish family partnerships and limited liability companies, ensure smooth succession using employee and non-employee stock option plans and shareholder agreements, and develop effective retirement, charitable gifting, and disability plans.

Lauane likes to spend his free time golfing, fishing, and traveling.


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois (1984)
  • Colorado (1982)
  • Texas (1981)
  • University of Denver School of Law - LL.M., Taxation, 1982
  • Baylor University - J.D., 1981
  • Andrews University - B.A., History and Business Administration, 1978
  • Northwest Suburban Daycare Center (Not-for-Profit), Director and Officer
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association