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  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2003, cum laude
  • Indiana University, B.A., 1999
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  • Texas, 2011
  • Louisiana, 2003
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Asher Friend
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201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8362 tel
713.437.1813 tel
504.589.8362 fax

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Asher J. Friend is a partner in Jones Walker's Corporate & Securities Practice Group, and a member of its Private Equity and Venture Capital Team, practicing from the firm’s New Orleans and Houston offices. His practice is exclusively transactional, concentrating principally on the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and general corporate law.

Throughout the course of his professional career, Mr. Friend has represented clients at each stage of the growth cycle; from emerging, start-up, privately owned companies to mature publicly-traded companies.  He has extensive experience in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, M&A transactions, as well as advising and assisting clients through the entire spectrum of related corporate and securities matters.

He frequently partners with several local and national organizations to speak on a variety of topics ranging from recently passed legislation, to the growth and development of businesses, to the promotion and enhancement of the New Orleans entrepreneurial community. 

Mr. Friend is a native of Rockville Centre, New York.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Indiana University in 1999, and received his juris doctor degree from Tulane University Law School, graduating cum laude in 2003.

Noteworthy

  • Named a "Rising Star" in the area of Business & Corporate in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers (listed annually since 2016)

Representative Matters

M&A Transactions:

  • Represented a privately held food product and service company in the sale of tangible and intangible assets of its water bottling and distribution business
  • Represented a privately held food product and service company in the acquisition of tangible and intangible assets related to the production and distribution of selected business segments from affiliates of a publicly traded food and beverage company
  • Represented selling stockholders in a stock sale to a publicly traded electric distribution and transmission services company
  • Represented a privately held surgical suite directed sales company in a stock sale to a Japan-based international product distribution company
  • Represented the existing management of an energy investment boutique in the acquisition of its common stock from a publicly traded diversified global financial services holding company
  • Represented privately held technology company in the sale of its satellite and radio frequency-based assets to strategic publicly traded purchaser
  • Represented publicly traded national provider of home health and hospice services in multiple acquisitions of privately held home health and hospice organizations throughout North America

Securities Offerings:

  • Represented a publicly traded offshore exploration and production company in the simultaneous public offerings of common stock, preferred stock, and senior notes
  • Represented a publicly traded oilfield services company in a public offering of common stock and the simultaneous repurchase of common stock
  • Represented a publicly traded oilfield services company in a tender offer for outstanding senior notes and the follow-on issuance and exchange of senior notes
  • Represented a publicly traded death care service provider in a tender offer for outstanding senior subordinated notes and the follow-on issuance and exchange of senior notes
  • Represented a publicly traded community bank holding company in a private placement of common stock
  • Represented a publicly traded marine construction services company in a private placement of common stock and a public offering of common stock
  • Represented publicly traded diving and offshore construction company in secondary offerings of common stock owned by its former parent corporation

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Memberships

  • Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (Member, Board of Directors; Lemann-Stern Young Leadership Program; 2015–2017 Selection Committee Chair for the Lemann-Stern Leadership Development Program Class)
  • Anti-Defamation League (Advisory Board, South Central Regional Office)
  • Association for Corporate Growth Louisiana
  • Choice Foundation (Board of Directors; Athletic Director)
  • Crescent City Squash Foundation (a Louisiana non-profit corporation), Founder, President & Chairman
  • Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association (Member, Executive Board)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (Member, Board of Directors, 2014 to date)
  • Texas State Bar Association