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Theodore Maloney

Theodore Maloney, SMIG Managing Director, has more than 25 years of experience as a partner and senior attorney with major global law firms such as Clifford Chance, Milbank Tweed and Sheppard Mullin and as a senior executive, investment banker and advisor.  


Throughout his career, Mr. Maloney has focused on complex corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings, bankruptcy, debt and equity financings and tax advantaged financings, with particular attention to cross-border transactions.  He 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, expansion and developing 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 more than $1 billion of completed merger and acquisition transactions, with a significant number of these transactions involving the restructuring of the acquired businesses.


As a principal, a business advisor and an attorney, Mr. Maloney has extensive experience in agriculture and food products, renewable and alternative energy, battery technologies, consumer electronic devices, semiconductors, data storage and distribution, health and fitness, mining and licensing for all forms of technology.


Mr. Maloney started his career in 1986 in the corporate and restructuring departments of Clifford Chance LLP (Rogers & Wells), one of the world’s largest law firms.  In 1988, he joined Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, a leading international law firm.  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 LLP in 1994.  That firm focused on venture capital, intellectual property, technology, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions.  Nida & Maloney became the pre-eminent business law firm serving start-ups and emerging growth companies in California’s Central Coast.  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 national full-service law firms based in California. 


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, energy technologies and mining.


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.  Mr. Maloney is a U.S. citizen.