Bradley A. Helms

Los Angeles
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA

Brad Helms is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Los Angeles Corporate Department. Mr. Helms' practice focuses on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • REIT transactions
  • Corporate finance
  • Emerging and public company representation

Mr. Helms represents private equity and strategic buyers and sellers in public and private transactions, as well as issuers, institutional investors, and investment banks in public and private debt and equity offerings, restructurings, and other financing transactions. He also regularly advises public and private clients on corporate governance and structure, securities law compliance, and strategic transactions.

Mr. Helms' experience spans a broad range of industries, including internet and digital media, REITs and real estate, retail, investment banking, and sports and entertainment. A list of Mr. Helms' select representations include the following:

M&A Experience Representations 

  • The Walt Disney Company in the acquisition of online multi-channel network Maker Studios and in its acquisition of social game developer Playdom Inc.
  • Farmer Bros. Co. in its successful proxy contest and ongoing corporate governance matters
  • Cerner Corporation in its acquisition of Siemens Health Services
  • ReachLocal, Inc. in its sale to Gannet, and in its acquisitions of Kickserve, DealOn, SMB:Live and its Australian joint venture partner
  • Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear International, Inc. in the negotiation of a strategic relationship with New York Private Bank and Trust
  • Beautycounter in its acquisition of NUDE from LVMH
  • Los Angeles Football Club in stadium debt and equity financings
  • Shamrock Holdings in connection with its bid to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of Park Water Company
  • Knowledge Universe in the sale of its US education business to Partners Group, in the sale of KC Distance Learning, Inc. to K12, Inc. and the sale of Global Scholar to Harland Clarke Holdings
  • Stone Canyon Industries in its acquisition of A. Stucki Company
  • Harlan Laboratories in its sale to Huntingdon Life Sciences
  • Confie Seguros in its sale to an ABRY partners fund
  • California Pizza Kitchen in its sale to Golden Gate Capital
  • Co-founder in the sale of electronic trading company Madison Tyler Holdings to Silver Lake Technology Management and Virtu Financial
  • Moelis & Company in connection with its formation, launch of operations and various advisory and fairness opinion engagements
  • Bradken Ltd. in its acquisition of specialty steel company AmeriCast Technologies Inc.
  • Controlling stockholders in the sale of Vistage International to TowerBrook Capital Partners

REIT Transaction Representations

  • Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. in its acquisition and financing of an industrial property portfolio from CT Realty  
  • Hudson Pacific in its acquisition of a property portfolio from The Blackstone Group
  • Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. in its formation, initial public offering, follow-on offerings and ongoing SEC reporting
  • MPG Office Trust in its formation, initial public offering, follow-on offerings and ultimate sale to an affiliate of Brookfield Office Properties
  • Special Committee of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II in its sale to NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.
  • Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. in its merger with Cole Credit Property Trust II
  • Westwood Financial in a private roll-up, financings and reorganization
  • Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. in its formation, initial public offering, follow-on offerings and ongoing SEC reporting
  • The underwriters in Douglas Emmett, Inc.’s initial public offering
  • Arden Realty, Inc. in its sale to General Electric Capital Corporation and in general SEC reporting

Emerging Companies and Corporate Finance Representations

  • Beautycounter in venture financings and acquisition transactions
  • ZT Systems in strategic investment and commercial transactions
  • ReachLocal, Inc. in its initial public offering and ongoing SEC reporting
  • Ares Management as lead investor in a preferred stock financing by Exco Resources, Inc.
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