Ronald Frank concentrates his corporate practice on managing large, complicated financial projects for his clients. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and international transactions, and has advised domestic and international clients on the structuring and financing of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, privatization transactions, the development of distribution networks, and the negotiation of sales agency, distribution, and licensing agreements.
With regard to his international practice, he has developed strong relationships with foreign counsel in many countries, and frequently assists clients in gaining effective local representation.
Ron has represented clients in internal investigations of employee crimes, and with respect to investigating SEC compliance matters. He has structured general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies. In the energy area, he has:
- served as the general partner of oil and gas drilling programs, all of which were successfully funded, completed, and operated
- served as counsel to the organizers of numerous oil and gas drilling programs throughout the United States, assisting in the structuring of the investing partnerships and the negotiation of the transaction documents
- represented buyers and sellers of oil and gas interests in equity and cash roll-up transactions
- represented a large gas utility in the bidding for gas local distribution companies being privatized in Argentina, and represented such utility's energy subsidiary in gas exploration and development transactions in Europe
In connection with his energy practice, Ron has also prepared standard form agreements for the purchase and sale of natural gas and electric energy for a large energy trading company.
Ron served as the founder and managing director of Morgan Franklin & Co. and B. I. Europa, GmbH, investment banking and consulting firms located in Pittsburgh and Frankfurt, Germany, respectively. He also served from 1993 until 2013 as corporate secretary of Akers National Roll Company, and as a director of SinterMet LLC (a subsidiary of Hitachi Metals America).
During law school, Ron served on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal.
Ron served as president of the CMU Student Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Outside the Firm
Ron is a trustee of the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and a member of the Stewardship Committee of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church.