CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Luca + Danni

Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        James H. Hahn

        Jim advises regulated and unregulated businesses in connection with their general corporate matters, corporate finance and structuring, stock and asset acquisition and sale transactions, business financings, and private placements. Jim provides counsel on regulatory and licensing concerns, compliance matters, general contract matters, employment relationships, franchising and licensing of intellectual property, and integration of business ownership and succession planning.

        He advises clients regarding shareholder agreements, insurance arrangements, business valuations, deferred compensation, retirement benefits and related issues. His clients include financial institutions, credit unions, hospitals, and privately-held manufacturers, distribution companies and service organizations, including medical device manufacturers and independent power producers.

        Jim is a frequent speaker on topics related to regulation of financial institutions and their mortgage banking subsidiaries, and structuring business organizations.

        Education

        • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1978
        • Brown University, A.B., 1973

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Rhode Island, 1978
        • Massachusetts, 1978
        • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

        Practice Areas

        Honors

        • Chambers USA – Band 1 Corporate/Commercial Law (2018)
        • Recognized in Best Lawyer in America 2018 in the area of corporate law
        • Named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Providence Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year
        • AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges
        • Recognized by his peers in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2005 for his ability to combine corporate and securities law with a detailed knowledge of tax

        Professional Affiliations

        • Rhode Island Bar Association
          • Immediate Past Chair, Business Organizations Committee
        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association
          • Director and Secretary
        • Mortgage Bankers Association of America
          • Legal Issues Committee

        Community Activities

        • Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council
          • Director and Secretary
        • In-Sight
          • Director and Treasurer
        • Brown Club of Rhode Island
          • Trustee and past President

        Representative Transactions

        • Advised a Rhode Island hospital regarding its affiliation with a hospital system, including negotiation of terms of affiliation agreement, putting in place retention agreements for key executives, obtaining early termination notice under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and pursuing other regulatory approvals.
        • Represented Rhode Island cooperative bank in connection with its conversion and sale to a bank holding company.
        • Advised Rhode Island credit union in multi-million dollar outsourcing agreement for account processing and related services.
        • Represented purchaser of 160 unit convenience store and gasoline station chain in four New England States.
        • Structured senior and subordinated debt financings in numerous transactions.
        • Advised sellers in connection with stock sale of multimillion dollar advertising specialty business.
        • Represented majority sellers in sale of stock, including sale of interests held by ESOP.
        • Advised sellers of two privately-held home heating and distribution businesses.
        • Represented clients concerning contracts and commercial transactions including leasing, licensing and regulatory compliance relating to federal and state statutes.
        • Organized SPEs and related financing transactions.