Robinson Bradshaw Elects Six New Shareholders



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Jan. 16, 2024

Robinson Bradshaw is pleased to announce six new shareholders: Demi Lorant Bostian, Scott Cogar, Kevin R. Crandall, Bernard C. Funk, Alexis M. Iffert and Lauren M. Talboom.

Demi Bostian counsels corporations and individuals in complex civil and business disputes, litigating matters ranging from commercial fraud, breach of contract and unfair trade practices to nationwide class action cases. Bostian advises clients through all stages of litigation, from factual development to appeals, in both state and federal court and in industries including health care and banking and finance. She has advocated for survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, underserved students and schools, and the LGBTQ+ community as part of her pro bono practice.

Bostian earned her law degree from Columbia University as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and her bachelor’s degree with honors and highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Scott Cogar practices in the areas of fund formation and investment management, finance, private equity and general corporate law. He represents fund managers in fund offerings, independent sponsors in their capital raising and investment structuring efforts, and institutional investors in their diligence and decisions with respect to fund and direct investment opportunities. Cogar also assists clients on compliance matters and with regulatory guidance under U.S. federal and state securities laws, and he advises on a range of general corporate matters, including business formations, significant commercial contracts, and mergers and acquisitions.

Cogar holds a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Alabama and two bachelor’s degrees magna cum laude from the University of Georgia.

Kevin Crandall represents clients involved in significant business disputes, with extensive experience in matters involving antitrust law, mass tort litigation, product liability and unfair trade practices. He advises companies on antitrust compliance and assists them in complying with the federal Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and obtaining antitrust clearance for significant mergers and acquisitions.

Crandall received his law degree cum laude from Harvard University, his master’s degree from the University of Alabama and his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Clemson University.

Bern Funk represents both banks and non-bank lenders, including business development companies, small business investment companies and private credit funds, in a variety of debt finance transactions. In addition, he represents corporate and private equity portfolio company clients from the borrower side in connection with their debt financings.

Funk holds a law degree and a master’s degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree with departmental honors and distinction from Stanford University.

Alexis Iffert focuses her transactional practice on mergers and acquisitions, employment and labor issues, health care law and general corporate law. She represents clients in many different industries and has experience negotiating and drafting a variety of contractual arrangements, including purchase agreements, employment agreements, service and operating agreements, and related documentation.

Iffert received her law degree magna cum laude from Wake Forest University, her master’s degree from the University of Florida and her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Millikin University. She has a background in student personnel in higher education.

Lauren Talboom focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions, representing developers and owners of commercial real estate in the development, acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial real estate projects, with particular emphasis on retail and hospitality properties. She also has broad experience representing institutional lenders in a variety of single-property and portfolio loan originations and modifications, as well as representing landlords and tenants in commercial, retail and office leasing transactions.

Talboom received her law degree with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Clemson University.

Cogar, Crandall, Funk, Iffert and Talboom practice out of Robinson Bradshaw’s Charlotte office; Bostian is based in the firm’s Research Triangle office.

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