Gary S. Rovner

Partner

Overview

Gary S. Rovner is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of environmental law, including related litigation and regulatory compliance. Mr. Rovner’s client services combine a thorough, substantive knowledge of federal and state environmental regulatory schemes with extensive experience in general and environmental litigation. He is a member of the firm’s Environmental Regulation Practice and the Automotive Industry Team.

Mr. Rovner has extensive experience defending environmental and toxic tort litigation matters before administrative bodies and state and federal courts. He has played a key role in the successful defense and settlement of a number of groundwater contamination cases, including wrongful death and multi-party and class action lawsuits involving questions of causation and damages alleged to result from contaminant exposure.

Mr. Rovner also assists clients in assessing and negotiating a wide range of environmental risk and regulatory issues as part of larger corporate mergers, acquisitions, real estate transfers, and bankruptcy workouts.

Affiliations

Mr. Rovner serves as an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law where he teaches “Structuring Transactions -- Environmental Law.”

Education

Mr. Rovner graduated from the George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1995). He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (B.A., government, 1992).

Admissions

Mr. Rovner is admitted to practice in Illinois and the District of Columbia.

Representative Matters

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Represented Hall Equities Group (HEG) in connection with the acquisition of 29 hotels and the corporate assets of ZMC Hotels, which employs more than 1,000 people. The aggregate purchase price was approximately $225,226,000. ZMC Hotels owns and operates both private label boutique hotels, as well as those licensed by many prominent brands, including Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Wyndham, and others. Hotels are disbursed across the country from Duluth, Minnesota, to Phoenix, Arizona, to Sebring, Florida, and many locations in between. Five hotels are clustered in Scottsdale, Arizona. All of the hotels, along with other select quality properties, were master leased to and are being managed by Zenith Asset Company, an affiliate of HEG. Equity financing for the transaction was derived from a variety of sources, including the sale of three quality properties by the Hall Equities Group sponsored investment groups, cash on hand, and the refinancing of two multi-family apartment buildings. As part of the equity raise, one of HEG's investment groups sold a shopping center to Excel Trust, Inc. This shopping center was originally developed by HEG and owned since 2000. The aggregate purchase price was approximately $131,000,000. This super-regional center is known as Monte Vista Crossings and is located in Turlock, California. Monte Vista Crossings is one of the largest open-air regional shopping centers in the western United States, and is home to national retailers such as Home Depot, Target, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Safeway, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ross Dress for Less, Bed Bath & Beyond, T.J. Maxx, Old Navy, Office Max, Petco, In-Shape Fitness, Gap, Pier One Imports, and more than fifty additional well known shops and restaurants. The seller retained HEG to handle the ongoing leasing and construction of the next phase of Monte Vista Crossings. Another HEG sponsored investment group sold a luxury apartment project in downtown Walnut Creek, California. This six-story, 100-unit Class “A” building of concrete construction is known as The Arroyo. The project was sold to a major US-based Life Insurance Company, which has retained HEG as both the General Contractor to complete construction of the project, and as the Property Manager for the project going forward. An additional HEG sponsored investment group sold the 41,000 square foot 2890 North Main Street office building in Walnut Creek. Proceeds from all three sales were used by the investor groups to generate equity capital for the hotel portfolio acquisition. The balance of the proceeds were derived from an acquisition loan from Bank of America.
Foley attorneys represented Amcor's U.S. subsidiary, Amcor Rigid Plastics, in its purchase of (1) the manufacturing assets and intellectual property of Eco-Groupe, Inc., a privately held preform manufacturing operation with four manufacturing sites in the United States; and (2) a minority equity interest in EnKon, LLC, a woman-owned business enterprise affiliate of Eco-Groupe, Inc.
Foley served as health care and insurance regulatory counsel to Consonance Capital Partners, a leading healthcare private equity fund, in connection with the acquisition of APS Healthcare by KEPRO, Inc., a Consonance portfolio company and leading quality improvement and care management organization.

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