Benjamin F. Gould

Principal, Chicago
Phone: 312.245.7500
bgould@masudafunai.com

Benjamin Gould represents business clients and financial institutions in 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. He has been selected as an Illinois Rising Star every year since 2012, and he is a member of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Representative Matters


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

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

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

  • Represented a multinational auto parts supplier in its investment into a Brazilian auto parts manufacturer.

  • Represented 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.

  • Represented a multinational robotics company in its acquisition of a Canadian oilfield services company.

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

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

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

  • Represented a private equity investor in taking a majority stake in a joint venture in the plastics-injection molding industry.

  • Represented 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.

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

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

  • Represented the senior lender 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.

  • Represented a leading global supplier of automotive seating systems, electrical distribution systems and electronic products during its court-supervised reorganization.

  • Represented a global equipment lessor 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.

  • Represented seller/originator in securitization of locomotive and rolling stock lease receivables.

  • Represented the senior lender 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.

  • "Golden Parachute" tax minimization procedures for corporate take-over targets and their executives.

  • SPEAKING AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

    January 27-29, 2017 – Attend the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' National World Leadership Meeting (WLM) in Washington, DC

    February 24, 2017 – Participate in two panels during the annual MFEM Immigration Seminar in Arlington Heights, IL, namely the Transition from 1. the Obama to the Trump Administration and its Effect on Immigration Policy and Procedures; and 2. Employment Issues Available for F-1 Students

    March 3, 2017 – Invited Panelist on a PERM Processing Trends and Transition Panel during the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) New England Chapter's Annual Immigration Conference in Boston, MA

    March 7, 2017 – As a member of the AILA Department of Labor (DOL) Liaison Committee, participate in the DOL Quarterly Stakeholder's Meeting to discuss PERM and Prevailing Wage (PW) issues in Atlanta, Georgia

    March 13, 2017 – Invited Panelist on an Labor Condition Application (LCA), I-9 and Immigration Verification Panel during the AILA Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago, IL

    April 6, 2017 – Participate in the AILA National Day of Action (Lobby Day) in Washington, DC to visit various Congressional Offices to educate and advocate for business immigration issues.

    April 7, 2017 – Invited Leader on an Immigration Trivia Panel at the International Educators of Illinois (IEI) to teach international educators from numerous colleges and universities throughout Illinois on F-1, J-1 and H-1B issues

    April 12, 2017 – Keynote Lunch Speaker at Chicago International Student Career Fair being held at Devry University Chicago Campus in Chicago, Illinois

    April 20, 2017 – Conducting an Immigration Seminar for the International Students and Faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

    April 28, 2017 – Conducting an Immigration Seminar for the International Students and Faculty of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    April 28, 2017 - Conducting an Immigration Seminar for the International Students and Faculty of the Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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
  • New York State Bar Association

Distinctions

  • Selected as a Super Lawyer, 2012-2017
  • Recognized as an Emerging Lawyer, 2017