Nazim Zilkha | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Nazim Zilkha
Nazim Zilkha

Nazim Zilkha

Partner, New York

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Naz is regarded as “a true partner to clients, a fantastic attorney who understands what clients are looking to accomplish in each transaction.”

Legal 500 USA 2016

Overview

Naz Zilkha's practice is focused primarily on M&A transactions, capital markets and securities matters.

Working with private equity funds, sponsors and other equity investors, Naz brings clarity to private equity deals, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and restructurings. Clients from a broad range of business sectors benefit from Naz's significant transactional experience.

Although based in New York, Naz supports his clients' cross-border interests in transactions across the globe. He is experienced at using complex tax planning to maximize efficiencies for US-based clients undertaking investments in foreign-based assets and business operations in a variety of industries. Notable deals in this area include Iconix Brand Group's acquisition of the Lee Cooper and Umbro brands, and Pegasus Capital Advisors' acquisition of the management contracts and intellectual property rights related to Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas, a deal that was named "Merger & Acquisition Deal of the Year 2012" by HICAP (Hotel Investment Conference: Asia Pacific).

Naz also regularly represents issuers, underwriters and investors in securities offerings, both public and private, including high-yield debt offerings, convertible note offerings, PIPE transactions, exchange offers, tender offers and other capital markets transactions.

With over twenty years of M&A and capital markets experience, Naz is uniquely positioned to assist clients with a broad range of matters, and his clients value his ability to be involved in all aspects of structuring, negotiation and documentation, and to provide key insights into market trends and practices.

Naz also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance practices, corporate advisory matters and ongoing disclosure requirements under US securities laws.

Bars and Courts

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

  • JD, Duke University School of Law
  • BS/BA, Duke University

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese

Experience

The Carlyle Group, 2016

Naz represented The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of Blyth, Inc. (NYSE: "BTH") and its partnership with Centre Lane Partners, LLC, a New York-based private investment firm, to create Luminex Home Décor & Fragrance Holding Corporation, a global candle and home fragrance company.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc., 2016

Naz represented Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: "ICON"), a leading brand licensing and management company, with its $300 million senior secured term loan credit facility provided by credit funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: "FIG". "Fortress").

Sequential Brands Group Acquisition of GAIAM, Inc., 2016

Naz represented Sequential Brands Group (NASDAQ: "SQBG"), a publicly traded owner and licensor of a diversified global portfolio of prominent consumer brands, including Martha Stewart, Heelys, DVS Action Sports and William Rast, in its US$145.7 million acquisition of the branded consumer product business from GAIAM, Inc. (NASDAQ: "GAIA").

Design Investors WW Acquisition Company, LLC Sale to Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc., 2016

Naz represented Design Investors WW Acquisition Company, LLC, parent of Waterworks, a premier luxury bath and kitchen brand, in its US$117 million sale to Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.

JANUS et Cie Sale to Haworth, Inc., 2016

Naz represented JANUS et Cie, a premium contemporary outdoor and interior furniture company, in connection with its acquisition by Haworth, Inc., a privately held global furniture brand company with several iconic Italian design brands, in its portfolio, including Cassina, Cappellini and Poltrona Frau.

Design Within Reach, Inc. Sale to Herman Miller, Inc., 2014

Naz represented Design Within Reach, Inc., a leading home furnishing and design product retailer, and key members of its senior management, in its acquisition by Herman Miller, Inc. 

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. Acquisition of UMBRO Brand, 2013

Naz represented Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: "ICON"), a leading brand licensing and management company, of its US$225 million acquisition of the UMBRO brand from Nike, Inc.

Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P. Acquisition of Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas , 2012

Naz acted for Iconix Brand Group, Inc. in the issuance of its US$250 million 2.50% convertible subordinated notes due 2016.