Jeffrey K. Helfrich
Jeff is a business attorney with over 30 years’ experience whose practice includes mergers and acquisitions, real estate, commercial finance, business organizations, and healthcare law. Jeff has represented clients in the purchase and sale of businesses locally and on a nation-wide basis. Jeff has represented banks as well as commercial borrowers in the negotiation, preparation, and review of loan documentation. Jeff represents business owners in a variety of general business matters, including the formation of new businesses, the negotiation of business and real estate contracts, and resolving shareholder disputes.
- 1982: Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., B.S., Accounting
- 1985: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Ind., J.D. cum laude
- Mergers and Acquisitions: Advises sellers of businesses on pre-sale strategies to maximize sale price and minimize obstacles to a successful transaction. Advises purchasers on legal due diligence and other matters necessary to evaluate a target business. Advises both purchasers and sellers of businesses on alternate ways of structuring transactions, including asset sales, stock sales, and mergers. Negotiates terms and conditions of purchase and sale documents to protect his client’s interests, using a practical and cost-effective approach to achieve the client’s business objectives and to consummate the transaction in a timely basis.
- Real Estate Transactions: Represents clients in both commercial and residential real estate transactions, including the purchase and sale of real estate, negotiation and drafting of lease agreements and construction agreements, and resolving disputes in real estate transactions. Jeff has taught real estate licensing courses as an instructor for the Real Estate Certification Program and the Indiana Association of Realtors since 1989.
- Business Entities: Advises clients in selecting the proper choice of business entity, including limited liability companies, Sub Chapter S corporations, limited partnerships, joint ventures, not-for-profit corporations, and other business organizations. Represents clients in all phases of structuring their business organization, including the negotiation and drafting of stock restriction agreements, shareholder buy-sell agreements, articles of incorporation, articles of organization, by-laws, and operating agreements.
- Business Contracts: Represents clients in the negotiation, review and drafting of business contracts of all types, including franchise agreements, supplier agreements, independent contractor agreements, employment agreements, and non-competition and confidentiality agreements.
- Commercial Loan Transactions: Represents banks and commercial lenders in the negotiation, drafting, and review of complex loan transactions and documentation, including credit agreements, promissory notes, mortgages, security agreements, stock pledge agreements, subordination agreements, personal guaranties, estoppels and consent, and non-disturbance and attornment agreements.
- Banking and Financial Services
Publications and Presentations
- “Successor Liability in the Purchase of a Business: Statutory Liability (Part 8 of 8),” Article Posted on KDDK.com, Author (November 2015)
- “Successor Liability in the Purchase of a Business: Duty to Warn (Part 7 of 8),” Article Posted on KDDK.com, Author (October 2015)
- “Successor Liability in the Purchase of a Business: Product Line (Part 6 of 8),” Article Posted on KDDK.com, Author (September 2015)
- “Successor Liability in the Purchase of a Business: Fraudulent Transfer of Assets (Part 5 of 8),” Article Posted on KDDK.com, Author (August 2015)
- “Successor Liability in the Purchase of a Business: Continuity of Enterprise (Part 4 of 8),” Article Posted on KDDK.com, Author (July 2015)
- “Successor Liability in the Purchase of a Business: Mere Continuation of Predecessor (Part 3 of 8),” Article Posted on KDDK.com, Author (June 2015)
- “Successor Liability in the Purchase of a Business: De Facto Merger (Part 2 of 8),” Article Posted on KDDK.com, Author (June 2015)
- “Legal Updates Regarding Land Development” and “Commercial Property Purchase and Lease,” Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn Seminar, Presenter (May 2015)
- “Successor Liability in the Purchase of a Business: Express or Implied Assumption of Obligations (Part 1 of 8),” Article Posted on KDDK.com, Author (May 2015)
- “Supply Contracts and Purchase Orders: Why the Boilerplate Really Matters,” KDDK Seminar, Presenter (May 2014)
- “Lease-Related Naming Rights: That Which is Not Forbidden…,” Article Posted on KDDK.com, Author (October 2013)
- “Buying and Selling the Small Business”
- “Business Acquisitions”
- “Update on Environmental Law – Pre-Acquisition Assessment”
- “Laws Restricting Hospital/Physician Business Relationships”
- “Basics of Contracts and Negotiations”
- “The Devil is in the Documents: Building Environmental Protection into Leases, Purchase Agreements and Financial Instruments”
- “Acquisition and Financing Issues: Where Should You Focus As Your Business Grows?”
- “Pre-Acquisition Assessments and Audit Privilege – How Can I Meet Due Diligence Standards and Avoid Creating or Inheriting Clean Up Liability?”
- “Recent Changes in Indiana Real Estate Agency Laws”
- “Red Flags in Residential Real Estate Financing”
- Indiana State Bar Association
- Evansville Bar Association
- Indiana Licensed Real Estate Instructor
- Indiana Association of Realtors: Licensing Instructor
- Easterseals Rehabilitation Center: Board of Directors, Member
- Evansville Chapter Institute of Management Accountants Educational Foundation, Inc.: Former Director and Secretary
- Evansville Chapter of Sertoma: Former Director and President
- Mater Dei Friends and Alumni Association: Former Director
- Selected, The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law
- Selected, The Best Lawyers in America©, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
- Selected, The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law
- Rated, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell®
- State of Indiana
- Commonwealth of Kentucky
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana