Benjamin F. Gould

Principal, Chicago
Phone: 312.245.7500
bgould@masudafunai.com

Benjamin Gould represents business clients and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions and corporate law matters, with extensive experience in cross-border transactions. His experience includes representing public and private companies in domestic and international acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, joint ventures, inbound and outbound investments, and financing matters. Mr. Gould prepares and negotiates acquisition documents, joint venture agreements, investment documents, financing agreements, letter of credit documents, intercreditor agreements and security documents. He handles transactions in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, financial services, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, technology services, distribution and other general services.

Mr. Gould joined Masuda Funai after practicing corporate and finance law for eight years at several large international law firms.

Representative Matters


  • Counseled a Japanese-based global tool manufacturer in its acquisition of a tool making company in South Carolina producing custom tools for the aerospace and defense industries

  • Assisted a multi-billion dollar asset backed commercial paper issuer supported by automotive retail installment sales contracts, automotive leases, and automotive dealer loans

  • Italian multinational conglomerate representation in its acquisition of a U.S.-based wine distribution company

  • Guided a Japanese multinational conglomerate in its entry into a worldwide supply and technology licensing arrangement with a global manufacturer of construction equipment

  • Multinational auto parts supplier representation in its investment into a Brazilian auto parts manufacturer

  • Counseled a German company in its acquisition of a U.S. plasma technology company

  • Represented a Japanese company in its investment into a Hong Kong RFID company

  • Multinational robotics company representation in its acquisition of a Canadian oilfield services company

  • Counseled a leading global supplier of hydraulic components, based in Denmark, in the restructuring of its joint venture company in Japan

  • Japanese multinational representation in creating a joint venture with a German auto parts manufacturer in the People's Republic of China

  • Guided a Japanese company in its purchase of a U.S. commercial printing supply company

  • Private equity investor representation in taking a majority stake in a joint venture in the plastics-injection molding industry

  • Assisted a Japanese food company in the creation of a joint venture involving a U.S. organic foods company and including a management buyout

  • Represented one of the world's largest logistics companies, based in Asia, in several leveraged leasing transactions of gantry cranes for port terminal operations

  • Japanese multinational company representation in making a venture capital investment in a technology company producing plastic fiber-optic cables for international sales

  • Japanese bank representation in the restructuring of its senior secured credit facility being provided to the owner of one of Chicago's largest hotels

  • Senior lender representation in its extension of a senior secured credit facility to a global leader in the design and construction of sulfuric acid plants and technologies for the phosphate fertilizer, oil refining and metal smelting industries; The proceeds were used to spin-off the company from its corporate parent in a purchase by management 

  • Leading global supplier representation of automotive seating systems, electrical distribution systems and electronic products during its court-supervised reorganization

  • Global equipment lessor representation during the reorganization of its customer, a Tier-1 auto supplier in the business of designing and supplying of metal-formed components for the automotive industry

  • Seller/originator representation in securitization of locomotive and rolling stock lease receivables

  • Senior lender representation in a refinancing of a U.S. subsidiary of an international steel company

  • Represented the administrative agent in a senior secured credit facility provided to a company that produces fabricated structural steel for large bridge construction projects; the proceeds were used to refinance debt and fund the acquisition of the company by a private equity sponsor

Practice Areas

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2002, with honors
  • University of Kansas, B.S., 1998

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • New York State Bar Association

Distinctions

  • Selected as an Illinois Rising Star, 2012-2017
  • Recognized as an Emerging Lawyer, 2017