RIE | Law Group

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Welcome.

RIE Law Group is a modern firm for today's business legal needs.

We are problem solvers with expert legal strategies to orchestrate and protect the success you envision. With a focus on small to medium-sized companies, we serve businesses of all stages of development and in all industries, including entertainment, retail, medical, and real estate.

 

We want to be an invaluable partner to the entrepreneurs, executives, and innovators of tomorrow. 

Quality

Our attorneys graduated from top law schools and previously practiced at large, national law firms. We deliver to each client the class, rigor and attention to detail usually reserved to Big Law, with the added benefit of personalized, attentive care to which each RIE attorney is committed.

Innovation

By leveraging today's technology and modern commercial arrangements, we have streamlined our operations. This means our focus is on you, so your focus can be on your business.

Most importantly, we apply our legal and business creativity to design innovative, customized solutions for your specific business needs.

Savvy

RIE is configured in all aspects to serve entrepreneurs, novice and seasoned. We quickly understand your business aims, adopt your goals as our own, and provide  unparalleled legal services, applying our foundational expertise to almost any business matter imaginable.

 
Can We Help You?

STRATEGIC TRANSACTIONS

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From evaluating a potential sale or acquisition to exploring joint ventures or strategic business combinations, we counsel founders and executives as their businesses undergo key changes. We make your business our business during these transformational moments. With years of experience, we are able to deploy not only our legal expertise but also our personalized touch to help you navigate the labyrinth of concerns and questions smoothly and successfully.

STARTUP AND EARLY STAGE

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As entrepreneurs ourselves, we are strategic partners to founders through all phases of forming a business. We help you select and form the proper legal entity in the most favorable jurisdiction; we work with you to prepare financing and offering documents in connection with your venture capital financing, private offerings and other capital raises; and handle appropriate filings with regulatory authorities.

COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS

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We provide a broad range of a la carte services relating to the review, evaluation, negotiation and preparation of various commercial and business agreements, including confidentiality, escrow, pledge and security agreements, employment, consulting and other service provider agreements, stock incentive plans, equity compensation documents and non-competition and similar restrictive agreements.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

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We advise directors and managers on corporate governance and other business issues that arise arising under Delaware, California and New York corporation and LLC laws, as well as ongoing obligations under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank.

Nice to Meet You.

We are strategic partners to your business and cheerleaders for your success.  We bring to bear in each representation not only two decades of collective legal expertise, but also our savvy as entrepreneurs with backgrounds and degrees in Economics, Accounting, and the Arts. 

 

This means we take the time to understand your business, we relate to the entrepreneurial and creative mindset, and we provide legal advice in a context that resonates with you.

 

We want to be your most valuable partner.

We Are:

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EKONG I. UDOEKWERE

I am an experienced attorney with a passion for helping businesses of all industries and sizes to achieve their goals and to transition through various stages of development. My expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, VC financing, startup counseling, securities offerings, and corporate governance. Prior to founding RIE Law Group, I practiced corporate law at Loeb & Loeb LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP representing executives, artists, innovators, and small to mid-sized companies in a variety of industries. I’ve also taught courses in corporate and transactional law in the UCLA Extension Program.

Whatever stage my client’s business is in—whether a nascent idea that requires creative funding or a long-established company ready to change ownership—I am genuinely pleased and excited to help make my client's goals a reality.

Attorney

EKONG I. UDOEKWERE

Principal Attorney

I am an experienced attorney with a passion for helping businesses of all industries and sizes to achieve their goals and to transition through various stages of development. My expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, VC financing, startup counseling, securities offerings, and corporate governance. Prior to founding RIE Law Group, I practiced corporate law at Loeb & Loeb LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP representing executives, artists, innovators, and small to mid-sized companies in a variety of industries. I’ve also taught courses in corporate and transactional law in the UCLA Extension Program.

Whatever stage my client’s business is in—whether a nascent idea that requires creative funding or a long-established company ready to change ownership—I am genuinely pleased and excited to help make my clients’ goals a reality.

Education

 

  • Harvard Law School, J.D.

 

  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte

    • B.A. Economics

    • B.S. Accounting

Bar Admission

  • State Bar of California, 2004

 

Recognition

  • Named a “Rising Star” in Mergers & Acquisitions by Southern California Super Lawyers (2014).

Publications

  • “California’s Revised LLC Statute . . .” Client Advisory (January 2014).

  • “Bridging the (Working Capital) Gap,” Business Law News, State Bar of California, Issue 3, 2009.

  • “Antitrust and Intellectual Property (A Review of Free the Market!),” Daily Journal (April 17, 2009).

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RAINA S. KIM

Principal Attorney

With my background in the arts and the law, I’m uniquely positioned to appreciate the goals and needs of independent creatives and entrepreneurs in the context of building and protecting their success with sound legal and business perspectives and strategies. Prior to founding RIE Law Group, I practiced at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, I was a freelance artist, I taught privately as well as for post-secondary schools, and I managed grant proposals for CalArts. My diverse legal experience has included counseling non-profit organizations, negotiating sales of cannabis businesses, and advising startup companies.

The through line throughout my experience is my love for creating, building, and growing others’ aspirations, visions and businesses. I love being an integral partner to a client in its evolution, development and successes.

Education

 

  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.

  • California Institute of the Arts, M.F.A.

  • Dartmouth College, B.A.

Bar Admission

  • State Bar of California, 2007

 

 

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The Water Garden

2425 Olympic Blvd, Ste 4000W

Santa Monica, CA 90025

310 862 0107

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