Gary Apfel is partner in charge of the Los Angeles office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Practice Group.
Since the mid-1970s, Mr. Apfel has advised numerous clients in the United States and internationally on the full range of opportunities and challenges that a company faces. Mr. Apfel’s experience includes advising on compliance matters, corporate governance issues, reorganizations and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings and commercial transactions. He also advises boards of directors regarding their fiduciary duties and other responsibilities.
Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Apfel was co-chair of the Consumer Financial Services Group at Dewey & LeBoeuf. Before that, he served for two years on the Vorstand (management board) of ELSA AG, a German high tech company, and as chairman of its U.S. subsidiary, ELSA, Inc.
Mr. Apfel has written and lectured extensively on compliance. He is the co-author of “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reporter,” a four volume treatise published by CCH/Wolters Kluwer on Titles X and XIV of the Dodd-Frank Act and the regulatory framework they establish.
Mr. Apfel’s representative engagements include:
Compliance and Corporate Governance
Reorganizations and Restructuring
- served as special counsel to the corporate advisor and monitor of a leading global pharmaceutical manufacturer pursuant to an SEC Consent Decree and a U.S. Department of Justice Deferred Prosecution Agreement; the representation focused on compliance and corporate governance
- advised the board of directors of a major oilfield services company on matters involving corporate governance, compliance and fiduciary duties
- advised the board of directors of a major networking hardware and software company on matters involving corporate governance, compliance and fiduciary duties.
Mergers and Acquisitions
- represented one of the world’s largest motor vehicle manufacturers in the planning and implementation of its successful restructuring under Chapter 11, which allowed the company to emerge from bankruptcy only 40 days after its initial filing
- represented a Japanese trading company in connection with the company’s worldwide reorganization
- represented a major German company in the restructuring of its oil and gas business in the United States.
- represented the management of a public U.S. corporation in connection with the leveraged buyout of that company
- represented a U.S. insurance company in the acquisition of the group health and life insurance operations of a major life insurance company
- represented a utility holding company in the acquisition of a Florida utility
- represented the developers of a major Beverly Hills, California, high-end retail shopping mall in connection with the sale of the mall to Japanese investors.
Mr. Apfel has spoken at programs presented by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, the Institute for Corporate Counsel, the Practicing Law Institute, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- represented a Bermuda insurance company in its initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
- represented a German high-tech company in its IPO and listing on the NYSE
- represented a German high-tech company in a private U.S. offering of its common stock as part of a global IPO.
Mr. Apfel is a member of the American Bar Association and its Consumer Financial Services Committee and Special Task Force on Public Company Acquisitions. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was selected for inclusion on the 2005-2014 Southern California Super Lawyers lists.
Mr. Apfel earned his law degree in 1976 from Columbia Law School where he was a James Cook Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 1973. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.