Theodore Maloney

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Theodore Maloney, chairman of SML LLP, has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney focused on complex corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings, bankruptcy, debt and equity financings, tax advantaged financings and corporate governance. He also has extensive experience as an executive and a consultant instrumental in advising and managing growing and troubled companies and financial institutions through capital formation, corporate operations and expansion and business restructurings.

Mr. Maloney was a pioneer in developing the templates for expedited prepackaged bankruptcies, representing both debtors and creditors in control-transfer transactions. He was primary or lead counsel for over $1 billion of merger and acquisition transactions, with a significant number of these transactions involving the restructuring of the acquired businesses.

Mr. Maloney is a founder of SML LLP, a Beverly Hills-based law firm specializing in corporate, entertainment and real estate transactions, securities, litigation and bankruptcy for both U.S. and international clients. Mr. Maloney advises SML’s clients regarding complex transactions, securities and bankruptcy matters.

Mr. Maloney started his career in 1986 in the corporate and restructuring departments of Clifford Chance (Rogers & Wells), one of the world’s largest law firms. In 1988, he joined Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, one of the leading international law firms. While at Clifford Chance and Milbank Tweed, Mr. Maloney participated in developing structured finance, including real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs), pooled loans and receivables, other pooled investment vehicles and leveraged lease aircraft financing. Mr. Maloney represented lenders, investors and debtors in public offerings, private placements and restructurings, including free-fall, prepackaged and prearranged bankruptcies.

After six years with Milbank Tweed, Mr. Maloney co-founded Nida & Maloney in 1994. That firm focused on business law, including corporate finance and securities, venture capital, intellectual property, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. Nida & Maloney grew to 14 business lawyers and became the pre-eminent business law firm serving the Central Coast area of Southern California. While at Nida & Maloney, Mr. Maloney co-founded the Santa Barbara Technology Incubator and the California Coast Venture Forum. In 2001, Nida & Maloney was acquired by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, one of the largest full-service law firms in California. Following the merger, Mr. Maloney was a partner in Sheppard Mullin’s corporate practice group until 2003.

Commencing in the 1980s, Mr. Maloney began his involvement in direct management of businesses, working first with international enterprises focused on the emerging renewable energy industry. From the 1980s and continuing presently, Mr. Maloney has served at the request of owners and other entrepreneurs as a director, executive, advisor and consultant to growing and troubled public and private companies in numerous additional industries, including agriculture, commodity merchanting, financial services, medical devices, and mining. Mr. Maloney focused on helping these companies and their investors navigate through capital formation, acquisitions, project development, business contractions and restructurings, management overhauls, asset dispositions and other financial reorganizations, including bankruptcies.

Commencing in 2009 and until the formation of SML, Mr. Maloney also served as Of Counsel to Case Knowlson & Jordan LLP in Los Angeles.

Mr. Maloney received an A.B. in Economics (cum laude and with departmental distinction) from Occidental College and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Thurston Society and an editor of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review.

University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1986); Occidental College (A.B. 1983)

Bar Admissions

California, U.S. District Court for Central District of California

Areas of Focus

Business Transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions
Corporate & Securities
Restructurings & Reorganizations
Commercial and Secured Transactions

Honors & Distinctions

University of California, Hastings College of the Law – Order of the Coif, Member, Thurston Society, Hastings International & Comparative Law Review, Member 1984-85, Editor 1985-86

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