Leslie Steinau has a unique practice combining both corporate and publishing law. His clients include book and magazine publishers, authors and agents, bank and insurance companies, and general corporate enterprises. He has extensive experience in representing privately held companies in all types of business, media, and commercial transactions and in all stages of development. In the intellectual property area, his experience includes preparing purchase and sale agreements for book and magazine publishers, working with authors and agents on publishing, collaboration, licensing and related agreements, pre-publication manuscript vettings, trademark and copyright registrations, and resolving domain name disputes. In the banking and finance areas, he has handled numerous reinsurance, derivatives, swaps, repurchase, and loan transactions, as well as industrial development bond financings.

Leslie has assisted on the formation of numerous enterprises and their related shareholder, governance, and operating agreements. He has negotiated and prepared employment, consulting, sales, licensing, distribution, and other commercial contracts. He has advised equity owners on purchases and sales, business succession, buy-sell agreements, estate planning, and exit strategies. In the corporate transactional area, his experience includes mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, and stock and asset purchases and sales. Above all, Leslie views the attorney-client relationship as paramount. Many of his clients have been with him for over 20 years.

  • Has prepared over 60 author, illustrator, work-for-hire, collaboration, and related agreements during the past six years, many of which involved books that have become bestsellers. One current project involves the publication of a biography of a mid-20th century broadcast journalism pioneer. On behalf of the family of the late journalist, Leslie is assembling the team to produce the biography, including finding a professor of journalism to write the book and a well-known literary agent to present the project to book publishers, and negotiating and preparing a writer’s agreement with the prospective author to prepare the manuscript.
  • Has negotiated some 20 derivatives, repurchase, securities forward, and securities lending master agreements over the past 18 months on behalf of both borrowers and the capital markets group of a New York financial institution. In one transaction involving the refinancing of a $56 million office building mortgage, Leslie helped the borrower lock in a fixed interest rate by entering into an interest rate swap transaction.
  • Has represented a seller of extended automobile service contracts in setting up a multi-million-dollar producer-owned reinsurance program for the retention and investment of premium reserves.

Overview

Leslie Steinau has a unique practice combining both corporate and publishing law. His clients include book and magazine publishers, authors and agents, bank and insurance companies, and general corporate enterprises. He has extensive experience in representing privately held companies in all types of business, media, and commercial transactions and in all stages of development. In the intellectual property area, his experience includes preparing purchase and sale agreements for book and magazine publishers, working with authors and agents on publishing, collaboration, licensing and related agreements, pre-publication manuscript vettings, trademark and copyright registrations, and resolving domain name disputes. In the banking and finance areas, he has handled numerous reinsurance, derivatives, swaps, repurchase, and loan transactions, as well as industrial development bond financings.

Leslie has assisted on the formation of numerous enterprises and their related shareholder, governance, and operating agreements. He has negotiated and prepared employment, consulting, sales, licensing, distribution, and other commercial contracts. He has advised equity owners on purchases and sales, business succession, buy-sell agreements, estate planning, and exit strategies. In the corporate transactional area, his experience includes mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, and stock and asset purchases and sales. Above all, Leslie views the attorney-client relationship as paramount. Many of his clients have been with him for over 20 years.

Representative Matters

  • Has prepared over 60 author, illustrator, work-for-hire, collaboration, and related agreements during the past six years, many of which involved books that have become bestsellers. One current project involves the publication of a biography of a mid-20th century broadcast journalism pioneer. On behalf of the family of the late journalist, Leslie is assembling the team to produce the biography, including finding a professor of journalism to write the book and a well-known literary agent to present the project to book publishers, and negotiating and preparing a writer’s agreement with the prospective author to prepare the manuscript.
  • Has negotiated some 20 derivatives, repurchase, securities forward, and securities lending master agreements over the past 18 months on behalf of both borrowers and the capital markets group of a New York financial institution. In one transaction involving the refinancing of a $56 million office building mortgage, Leslie helped the borrower lock in a fixed interest rate by entering into an interest rate swap transaction.
  • Has represented a seller of extended automobile service contracts in setting up a multi-million-dollar producer-owned reinsurance program for the retention and investment of premium reserves.