Jeffrey W. Letwin

Jeffrey W. Letwin

Counsel

Contact Info

Phone: (412) 209-2540
Fax: (412) 209-2574

Primary Office

Pittsburgh
One PPG Place
Suite 3010
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Jeffrey W. Letwin

Counsel

Jeffrey Letwin counsels businesses in complex matters including corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, securities, franchising, municipal and government services, real estate finance and development. He also advises enterprises in the interface between governmental and economic development agencies and devises financing strategies utilizing both private and public partnerships.  Jeffrey has extensive experience representing franchisors in all aspects of developing and managing a franchise business.

Experience

Corporate and Real Estate Transactions

Jeffrey's transactional experience runs the gamut from mergers and acquisitions to intricate public/private partnerships including energy, infrastructure and transportation deals to counseling emerging growth businesses in planning, startup, financing and related issues in addition to complex real estate acquisitions and divestitures, lease transactions and financings.

Representative transactions include:

Representation of national logistics company in its acquisition strategy which has included six transactions for the acquisition of regional freight companies in various parts of the U.S.
Representation of an international vertically-integrated produce company in the acquisition of a produce distribution company
Representation of a strategic investment company focused on food manufacturers in the acquisition of a specialty meat manufacturer.
Representation of the Allegheny County Airport Authority in a transaction with CNX Gas Company, estimated to be worth $500 million in lease and royalty payments for the oil and gas exploration rights at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Represented an international investment fund in the acquisition and restart of an idled Fortune 100 food manufacturing facility.
Represented a client in negotiation and financing of the acquisition of an idled consumer products manufacturer, including assembling six levels of government/economic development financing.
Represented an international infrastructure fund and parking management company in the negotiation of the acquisition of the parking assets of a major metropolitan municipality, which ultimately decided to maintain its assets.
Representation of the Allegheny County Airport Authority in the acquisition of the assets of Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airport, as well as the formation of the Authority.
Representation of the Allegheny County Airport through the bankruptcies of its hub carrier including the renegotiation of the Airline Operating Agreement and leases for special purpose facilities.
Served as Co-Counsel in the acquisition of a public utility by an international infrastructure fund.
Corporate and Government Finance

Jeffrey has represented the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority in structuring and financing the sale/leaseback of assets and has represented a national "big box" retail chain in financing and developing its corporate headquarters. His other accomplishments include:

Acted as indenture trustee in municipal debt's issuances.
Representation of underwriters and issuers of taxable and tax exempt industrial development and municipal finance.
Formation of 34 Act registered closed-end small business investment fund.
Private placement for numerous small- to mid-sized issuers.
Franchise

Representation of a number of national franchisor "chain" operators from their inception to development of their franchise plans, advising on all documentation and registration matters and on ongoing matters affecting their systems.

Thought Leadership

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Speaking Engagement
October 4, 2015
Speaking Engagement
September 20, 2008
Letwin speaks at 2008 Airports Council International Annual Conference and Exhibition
Speaking Engagement
May 16, 2007
The Road to 2010: Construction in the Tri-State Area
Speaking Engagement
April 25, 2007
Airport Council International Legal Seminar

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of franchise law, 2009-present; municipal law, 2009-present; and real estate law, 2009-present

Named "Pittsburgh Lawyer of the Year for Municipal Law" by The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 , 2017

Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania SuperLawyers for business/corporate law, 2004-2006, 2008-2013

Rated AV® PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell®

Listed in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace ("The Red Book")

Israel Service Award, 1998

Partner with Israel Award/Israel Bonds, 1992

Graduate/Leadership Pittsburgh, 1990

UJF/Stark Young Leadership Award, 1989

Graduate/Leadership Cabinet/UJA, 1988

Young Business & Professional Chair Award/UJF, 1987

Memberships and Affiliations

Democratic appointee to the Film Advisory Board

Member, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf's Transition Team for Public Utility Commission

Airports Council International Legal Committee, vice chair, 2007; chair, 2008

Pittsburgh City Planning Commissioner, 1995-2005

Member of Board of Directors of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, 2000-2004

Board Member, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association,  2010-2016

Allegheny Conference Regional Investor

National Association of Securities Dealers, arbitrator

New York Stock Exchange, arbitrator

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition's Pennsylvania Advisory Committee, Member

VisitPittsburgh, Past Chairman, Ex-Officio Board Member

Port Authority of Allegheny County, Chairman, Current Board Member and Past-Chair of Professional Oversight Committee

Pennsylvania Economy League, Board of Directors

Pittsburgh 250, Commission Member and Co-Chair of Homecoming & Reunion Committee

The Welcome Center for Immigrants and Internationals, Board Member

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Pittsburgh Chapter, Chairman

Jewish Family Children's Services, Board Member

United Jewish Federation, Trustee

Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Past Chair

Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Trustee; Board Member, Government Relations Committee & Pennsylvania Regional Health Care Initiative, 2008-2014

Board Member, KidsVoice

Education

J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 1979

B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1975

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Pennsylvania

Firm Management Positions

Government Involvement Committee, Member

Jeffrey Letwin counsels businesses in complex matters including corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, securities, franchising, municipal and government services, real estate finance and development. He also advises enterprises in the interface between governmental and economic development agencies and devises financing strategies utilizing both private and public partnerships.  Jeffrey has extensive experience representing franchisors in all aspects of developing and managing a franchise business.