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Jeff Craven

Overview

Jeff Craven advises entrepreneurs, CEOs and general counsel on corporate structuring, the formation and financing of domestic and international transactions, mergers and acquisitions, FCC licensing and regulatory matters, and government contracting.

Recent engagements include:

  • Served as Interim Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) for start-up client in the medical device industry. Led completion of Seed Capital Round; recruit and manage Board of Advisors; handled US and International regulatory approvals, Insurance, Real Estate and Corporate Governance issues; established Budget and prioritized spending; managed patent and trademark filings at USPTO; engaged C-Level team to complete manufacturing of devices in China; collaborated on recruitment of key employees and leveraged service units to hire Marketing/Sales leadership.
  • Represented a founder and 37% owner of a government contractor that qualified as a service disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), managing the “corporate divorce” when the owners’ vision for the future diverged. Negotiated attractive payment terms; built-in upside adjustments, tied to future events; limited buyer’s rights to increase debt while the note remained outstanding; and securitized the note with a lien on the repurchased stock. Also negotiated seller’s departure from the Board and his employment transition, crafting narrow non-compete provisions.

  • Represented US seller negotiating a stock purchase agreement involving international assets with complex intellectual property elements; employee retention challenges; asset assignment complications and heavily negotiated tax positions.

Over his 34-year career, Jeff has been a business owner, general counsel, and outside legal advisor. In his various roles he has developed and implemented business plans, raised capital, and hired outside counsel. Jeff has extensive experience in the technology, telecom, and satellite sectors and regularly advises on transactions that contribute to his clients' growth, including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and technology licensing.

Jeff serves not only as legal counsel but also as a business advisor to his clients. He helps them establish effective business structures as well as strategic partnerships that further the organizational goals of both parties, therefore by devising "win-win" outcomes.

For example, upon hearing a friend’s aspirations to start his own company, Jeff suggested that he leverage his service-disabled veteran status to start his own government contracting business. In a matter of days, Jeff helped him define his mission, develop a business plan, arrange funding, and incorporate his new business entity. The business was launched months later, and within nine years, it became a $250 million company and remains a current client.

An advocate for children, Jeff is on the Board of Second Story (formerly Alternative House), which provides shelter, counseling, and crisis intervention for at-risk youth and was a founding member of the Fairfax Partnership for Youth as well as the LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children.

Awards & Accolades

Super Lawyers, Washington, DC (2014-2021)

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

2014 Top Rated Washington D.C. and Baltimore Lawyers

2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Technology American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell

Northern Virginia Human Services Council, Community Partner Award for Outstanding Individual

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1987

A.B., Georgetown University, 1981

Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Supreme Court

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Facilitated a joint venture partnership with three spectrum holders/operators—when a Finnish national telephone company struggled to find a joint venture partner for the US wireless market—resulting in a JV with Ariel/US Cellular which led to a roll-up of all of the US GSM carriers, ultimately resulting in a sale to Deutsche Telecom, now T-Mobile.
  • Represented US broadband satellite and terrestrial communications service provider in acquisition of international assets, including ground stations, leases, IP and employees. Counseling included advice on Export Control and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance, as well as tax planning.
  • Lead counsel to nuclear energy trade association in negotiation with the FCC and broadcasters over use of communications devices operating on broadcast spectrum, resulting in FCC and NTIA approval for FCC Special Temporary Authority (STA) and Experimental Licenses.
  • Represented leading government IT/communications provider in the acquisition of major video teleconferencing service provider, including negotiations with lenders, vendors and government contracting officers, regarding the novation of the government contracts.
  • Represented a major US energy company in the completion of a $105M Central Utility Plant ("CUP") to provide power, steam and chilled water, with guarantees of 99.99% availability, meeting the recognized power quality of the Information Technology Industry Council. This public-private partnership transaction involved a 36.5 year Enhanced Use Lease and secured power for the US Army and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Represented privately held US manufacturer/distributor of tools and household products in the acquisition of U.K.-based competitor, including all IP assets and manufacturing/distribution channels. Also negotiated an employment agreement that included revenue and production incentives.
  • Represented leading provider of satellite ground systems worldwide, including the negotiation of Service Distribution Agreements, Hosting Agreements, Master Services Agreements and Antenna Services Agreements, as well as Export Control and FCPA compliance.
  • Provide strategic advice and counsel on government contracting and immigration matters as well as potential acquisition structures for leading European fixed satellite service provider.
  • Qualified and served as an Expert Witness in United States District Court for FCC regulatory and transactional matters as well as for the financing of wireless telecommunications networks.
  • Provided FCC regulatory, licensing, and transactional advice to competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), offering dial-up and broadband Internet service, as well as local and long-distance telephone service. Also counseled on successful Rural Utilities Service ("RUS") grant application.
  • Represented trustee in the disposition of non-wireline MSA and Rural Service Area (RSA) cellular systems in three states, via an FCC-approved Divestiture Trust Agreement, including demonstration of competitive marketplace for wireless services.
  • Lead counsel representing Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) team on several Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Enhanced Use Lease projects, valued at over $400 million.

News & Insights

News & Insights

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • "Webinar: Continuity for US Businesses During & After COVID-19," April 2020
  • "Webinar: SBA Loan Programs Under the CARES Act," April 2020

Selected Publications

  • Is Immigrant Investment Right for Your Project?, Law360 Private Equity
  • “Summary: SBA Financial Assistance Under the CARES Act," Client Alert, April 2020
  • "Is Immigrant Investment Right for Your Project?," Law360 Private Equity
  • "Getting More and Better Telecoms/Data/Broadband Services, For Less"
  • 'Who, Me Worry?' The Long Arm of the Recovery Act's Reporting Requirements and Other"
  • "Compliance Obligations Under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supreme Court's Allison Engine Decision Derailed by Changes to the False Claims Act Under the Fraud"
  • 'Who, Me Worry?' The Long Arm of the Recovery Act's Reporting Requirements and Other"
  • "Could the FCC Disrupt Your Next Transaction?"

Community & Professional

Community and Professional Activities

Federal Communications Bar Association

Georgetown University’s George F. Baker Trust, Board of Trustees

Second Story (formerly Alternative House), Board of Directors

Fairfax Partnership for Youth, Founding Member, Past President

Fairfax County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Past Board Member, Past Chairman

LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children, Board Member, Past Chairman

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