M&A: Adishian Law Advises on Sale of De Forest Search Partners to Talento, Inc.


“Chris and his team did a great job making sure were protected on all deal points and all on the same page.  He made the process very smooth, expeditious and drama-free! We trusted him as our legal advisor 100%.”
— Jill De Forest, Founder & CEO, De Forest Search Partners

Transaction Overview:  Our firm served as exclusive sell-side legal counsel to the owners of De Forest Search Partners in its exit sale to Talento, Inc.  

Documents and Work: On behalf of our clients, our firm led the legal work on this sale transaction from post LOI and Due Diligence through Closing.  Our work included negotiating, overseeing, reviewing or drafting the following:

  • Deal Structure and timeline
  • Stock Purchase Agreement
  • Consulting Agreement
  • Transition Services Agreement
  • Security Agreement and UCC filing  
  • Corporate Resolutions
  • Stock Power and 
  • other ancillary agreements

A Word About Our Clients.  We feel it is important spotlight the vision and drive required to build an organization to the point where it is ready for exit.  Our clients had the vision, persistence and creative problem solving to build De Forest Search.  That is a remarkable effort.  Overnight success doesn’t happen overnight.  Without the client’s dream, there is no transaction to report. Here, founder Jill De Forest says it best: 

“I started De Forest Search over 25 years ago with a simple mission — to connect employers with the best possible candidates without the burden of expensive retainers and long hiring cycles.  On this premise, we’ve placed thousands of leaders across every conceivable industry.  While the hiring landscape is ever-changing, we remain a constant in our client’s search strategy.  We’re excited to become part of yours.”  

Choice of Legal Counsel.  Every time a client has a choice to retain legal counsel for an M&A transaction it is often a competitive situation.  With reports showing that entrepreneurs have up to 95% of their net worth tied up in their business, it is easy to understand why these transactions have such critical importance to wealth planning, retirement and legacy.  When clients place their faith in us to assist them with accomplishing their major goals it means a lot to us.  We’re grateful for their trust and confidence, and for the privilege to contribute our skills to their success.  

De Forest Search (www.deforestsearch.com) is focused on working with clients to meet their hiring objectives.  Whether working on a C-level search for a global Fortune 200 company or assisting a venture-backed startup in their recruitment strategy, we approach every engagement with attention, urgency and confidentiality.  It is this approach along with an impressive track record that establishes us as a preeminent global search firm.

At Talento (www.TalentoHC.com) our team blends the career expertise of in-house HR Executives alongside proven innovative processional services leadership to deliver world-class human capital solutions to organizations in any state of their business life cycle. This expertise spans continents, functions and industries, bringing broad business acumen and depth to delivery unparalleled customer experiences and results. 


Adishian Law Group is a California law firm with a statewide M&A practice led by Chris Adishian. To see other transactions, please view our Case Studies and review other Press Releases.

For more information about this transaction, or if you need help with your sale or acquisition, please contact Chris Adishian:

Telephone: 310.726.0888 | 650.955.0888 | 415.955.0888
Email: askalg@adishianlaw.com
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