Jennifer Wolff, business law attorney, Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
Name: Jennifer Wolff
Title: Business Law Attorney
Company: Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
City of Residence: Wauwatosa
How does the market look to you? "There are still a number of private equity funds looking for good acquisition opportunities. Lenders are more reluctant to lend to less profitable companies if the assets aren’t there to support the loan. However, profitable companies may be able to take advantage of the competition between the banks for these opportunities. Also, we may see an increase in the capital gains rate in the near future, which is an incentive for some business owners to sell now."
What are you working on now? "Right now I am working on a number of leveraged buy-outs of companies by minority shareholders or members of management."
What was the best deal you’ve been involved in? "One of the most interesting deals I worked on was the acquisition and redevelopment by Marcus Corporation of a historic hotel in Oklahoma City. It involved issues regarding the acquisition of the property, historic and rehabilitation tax credits and financing. In the end the hotel turned out to be a huge benefit for the city."
What was the funniest or most interesting moment of your career? "One of the most interesting moments of my career was the first pro bono project that I worked on for a community organization. Although I only helped them clean up some corporate and administrative matters, they were so appreciative to have someone there to answer their questions. It was very rewarding."