Strategic Board Advisory
+ M&A Services
We advise a select group of sophisticated clients on strategic and major corporate decisions including new ventures, mergers, acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, international financial partnerships, as well as important personal decisions.
With more than two decades of experience advising international clients and working at top global investment banking firms — Ryan Nori brings his unparalleled expertise and global reach to each and every transaction. We are defined by our integrity, experienced multi-disciplinary judgement, independent advice and personal availability, allowing us to add exceptional value and build long-term relationships with our clientele.
Corporate Conflict Prevention + Mediation / ADR Advisory
When professional relationships unravel, people naturally want ease and stability returned to their lives and although at times litigation is necessary, many times it might not be.
Although with some proper planning most times business disputes are preventable, unfortunately the legal system — with dueling attorneys trying to persuade a judge — is designed for the opposite: financial and emotional war. Ryan Nori is a veteran business consultant with unique negotiation abilities and financial / legal expertise. He brings all stakeholders together and helps them make difficult corporate decisions, together.
We provide differentiated strategic and tactical advice as well as unparalleled execution to businesses and entrepreneurs involved with both public and private companies across a broad range of industry sectors and geographies.
We help our clients identify and pursue strategic priorities, devise strategies to enhance shareholder value, and develop new ideas and deeper perspective to achieve their goals. We advise boards and management teams on how to successfully develop relationships with and communicate their strategies and M&A transactions to their shareholders or prospective buyer/seller.
In advising companies on a sale, acquisition or merger, we evaluate potential targets and evaluate / propose financial and strategic alternatives. We provide boards and management teams with independent judgment and deep expertise as they navigate their most important transactions and strategic decisions. We also advise as to the timing, structure, and financing of a proposed transaction as well as assist in negotiating and closing the deal.
Our practice is driven by, and exemplifies our overall commitment to independence, discretion, objectivity, and the delivery of unconflicted advice. We have the resources to put together a team comprised of some of the leading and most experienced advisors on Wall Street, each with a long history of providing impartial advice and assisting clients meet fiduciary duties and obligations in significant situations.
We can provide integrated advice in connection with the structuring of private and public transactions – including business sales, purchases, mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, and capital markets offerings – intended to optimize the critical objectives of the deal. Furthermore, we leverage our extensive experience and insights in helping clients prepare for, avoid, and, if required, defend against activist investors and hostile takeover attempts. We work closely with our clients and other advisors to deliver the optimal structuring solutions. Our success begins and ends with an unrelenting commitment to delivering world-class client service.
Whether they are dueling business entities or individuals involved in a joint venture, clients should first try to avoid the pain and cost of litigation via tactical negotiations, ideally concluding the process with enduring legal agreements. But perhaps most important, clients move on in their lives, replacing animus with respect, and often outright warmth. I encourage you to consider resolving your business challenges with tactical negotiations. It’s a decision that will pay benefits for the rest of your life.
When we look carefully at longstanding conflict, we see that both sides are engaged in similar internal processes. First, they are disagreeing about something specific—money, obligations, the ability to control a board of directors, something important to each. Still, they would easily come to resolution if not for the next problem. Second, and most importantly, injury has taken place. They each see the other as having attacked them in some way. The disagreement has become personal. Once trust has deteriorated, they are too suspicious to work closely to generate mutually satisfying alternatives. Their negative views are then reinforced by their inability to solve the problem. And so they fight. And so they hire lawyers and go to court, spend great sums and intensify the distrust.
There is however a way out. Both parties’ impressions of the problem itself will radically change when their experience is realized by the other. My intent is to establish connection between those in dispute. Once achieved, although it does not itself resolve the issues, it lays the foundation for productive problem solving. When people can begin again to see the humanity in each other, solutions naturally emerge. The benefits go well beyond preserving respect and warmth in a relationship. First, the solutions found normally endure because they are designed by the parties themselves, with deep understanding of their own needs and the needs of the other. Second, the expense is almost always a small fraction of the cost of litigation. Third, and perhaps most important, the process frees people from the devastating consequences of anger and resentment. As we all know, the greatest cost to conflict is that we become consumed. Here we can once again enjoy the beauty that awaits us in life.
VC / PE
ADR / Prevention
After years of working at some of the largest global investment banks and advising multinational entities, I was drawn to tactical consulting and coaching as an alternative path for corporate development / dispute resolution and as a way to contribute to the world at large.
Ryan Nori, Esq.
Through success and failure in dispute resolution, I have learned a great deal. What I couldn’t foresee – and what I still don’t fully understand — is the sheer creative magic often produced by this process. When people caught in conflict are brought to the point where they realize their own needs and the other person’s needs — where they hold both sets of needs in their mind simultaneously, without anger or judgment — their minds solve the problems which seemed intractably multi-dimensional and complex. What I have also learned — and this perhaps should have been obvious to me — is that these negotiations are not without their difficulties, and one of the greatest services I can provide is to share with clients when, based on my experience, I believe our dispute resolution negotiations may be in trouble and litigation necessary. This consciousness and unrivaled flexibility has, time and time again, proved to be highly advantegous for my clients — and naturally perilous for our adversaries.
Through years of consulting, my learnings have been too great to catalog, my belief in negotiation as a tool toward resolution has matured and deepened, and my hope that I can help people avoid tragedy in their professional and personal lives has proven for many a reality. I step into my client's shoes and show up to each client matter as myself, without formality or pretense, and I attempt to offer all the tools and presence available to me, tirelessly.
Our model started with the conviction that the standard client billing system as practiced is dysfunctional and has become mired in cynicism. The principal evil is the business of charging for services on the basis of the time spent doing it. We will charge you a fixed fee covering your work, without carve-outs or exclusions, calculated on a value-added basis and designed so as to smooth out the peaks and troughs and give you budgeting certainty.
Our packaged fees provide deep discounts to our standard $1,875.00 hourly rate because time costing makes no sense – there is no connection whatever between the fees charged and the value of the work done. It rewards inefficiency and tempts consultants to behave badly. From the client's perspective, it is uncontrollable and does nothing more efficiently than generate unpleasant surprises at the end of the relationship.
Consultant costs are a business risk like any other. Our business is management of that risk. We give our clients certainty as to their spending and we approach the question of pricing with the client's specific needs and constraints in mind. We believe that our clients would like to pay us fairly for what we do and that a fair sharing of risk and reward is conducive to a strong long-term relationship.
As part of all of our packages, we absorb all routine costs that consultants traditionally charge including emails, faxing, telephone calls, secretarial overtime, tax, and the like. We believe in total transparency – our clients know exactly what services they will receive and the exact costs, with no surprises.
We are proud of the fact that clients have consistently rated us as highly responsive thanks to a formal client feedback program, which fosters productive personal relationships, face-to-face meetings and open communications.
Finally, we are sincerely passionate about what we do and truly enjoy our work. We work with clients we enjoy, hang out with colleagues we like and go home each day with a sense of genuine satisfaction and reward – sometimes while it's still even light outside! If that sounds exciting to you, we would love to work with you.
STAR RATING BASED ON
“I was incredibly impressed with Ryan -- his response time and quality of work were incredibly good. I'd highly recommend him…”
– David Schappell, Director; Amazon, Inc. (San Francisco, CA / London, UK)
“Ryan was incredibly responsive and helpful. He gave me exactly the counsel I needed... Thank you!”
– Angela Nibbs, Vice-President; DKC Public Relations (San Francisco, CA)
“Ryan was very helpful and I appreciated his advise… Thank you, Ryan for being so understanding...”
– Nancy Colt, Executive Director; American Cancer Society (New York City, NY)
“Ryan is exceptionally knowledgeable in his field. He has an amazing work ethic, a great heart, and an invaluable amount of experience. Working with Ryan has been a great experience. Nothing is quite like working with knowledgeable people. Ryan is an exceptional asset to his field and community.”
– Attorney Christina Nguyen, Apple, Inc. (Dallas , TX)
TESTIMONIALS & ENDORSEMENTS.
“An exceptional attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer.”
– Attorney Somair Alam, Founder; ALG (New York City, NY)
“Ryan is a brilliant individual with a world of talent... I highly recommend him to everyone…”
– Brian H. Robb, Vice President; CBRE Group (West Palm Beach, FL)
“I endorse Ryan… has an outstanding background.”
– Wayne Goralski, Captain; Houston Police Dept. (Houston, TX)
“My experience with Ryan Nori was excellent...”
– Catherine Reynolds, Founder & Chair; Mult. Nonprofit Foundations (Los Angeles, CA)
“Mr. Nori... Thank you so much for making this happen! ...this really exceeds my expectations.”
– Emilio P. Yourno, Founder; UN Bank (New York City, NY)
“I can not thank you enough for all your time and help during this time consuming / frustrating case. I will always remember your genuine kindness. Thank you... Your very grateful client.”
– Ricardo Gonzalez, Executive Movie Producer (Los Angeles, CA)
“Ryan, I much appreciate your time and thank you for your generous offer… I truly believe that your help could get things resolved. …you better at understanding me than any other advisor. Thank you !”
– Yousef Al'Muzaini, Al Muzaini Exchange Co. (Los Angeles, CA / Kuwait City, Kuwait)
“Ryan, thank you so much for the information and for speaking to me so candidly…”
– Chris Lim, Founder; ff wd / Match.com, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)
“Thank you so much as I really needed an expert that could give me solid advice on how to deal with a complicated situation that was not black and white...”
– Sharon Wang, Founder; Mult. Co. (Delaware, USA)
“I endorse Ryan… if I ever have a business or merger question I definitely call for his input.”
– Fran Brochstein, Founder; Family Law 4 U (Houston, TX)
“Ryan, thank you so much for looking into this for me... Thank you so much for your help.”
– Tri Huynh, Senior Business Development Manager; NVIDIA (San Diego, CA)
“Thank you so so much …since you’ve been helping me, I can’t thank you enough.”
– Jessica Fleming, Operations Manager; Jenni Kayne (Beverly Hills, CA)
“Mr. Nori is a cut throat lawyer. You need him on your team.”
– Michael Busby, Founder; Busby & Associates (Houston, TX)
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“…Great advice and Great Lawyer!!!! Thank you so much!”
– Jim Losinsky, Senior Eng. Director; AT&T Telecommunications (San Francisco, CA)
“Thank you so much for your thorough response! I really appreciate it sounds great and makes it very easy for me.”
– Sarah Moors, Head Writer; New Frontier Productions. (New York City, NY)
“Ryan laid things out and gave me reassurance and good ideas on how to protect what is in the best interest of me and my family...”
– John Hodson, Design Director; 99 Cents Only Stores. (Los Angeles, CA)
“Mr. Nori did an excellent job breaking down the important steps we really need to take and how best to do them... I absolutely recommend.”
– Bashar Ewaida, Engineering & IT Dept.; Break the Cycle. (Los Angeles, CA)
“Ryan, I’m so appreciative of your help and how thoroughly and thoughtfully you put together a strategy… I appreciate all of your time and insight.”
– Leigh Daniels TBWA\Media Arts Lab (Los Angeles, CA)
“Definitely 5 stars for us... My business partner and I approached Mr. Nori thinking we had the right understanding but we soon found out we did not. After working with Mr. Nori we thought about the situation quit differently and definitely had like an “AHA” moment. We really appreciated that and would totally recommend Mr. Nori.”
– James Norton, Founder; The Green Steam Cleaners. (Los Angeles, CA)
“Mr. Nori is just real honest and real good.”
– Colton K. Smith, Professional Mixed Martial Artist (Montgomery, AL)
“... Absolutely recommend and happy to do so.”
– Greyden Hedberg, Company Confidential (Salt Lake City, UT)
“I was very impressed with Mr. Nori... His breadth of knowledge, his ability to analyze and share his knowledge/solution, and the overall way in which he delivers is great...”
– Charlie Gomez, Founder; First Biometrics. (New Port Beach, CA)
“Excellent advisor! …helped me a lot!”
– Abed Joud, Careworks Technologies (San Francisco, CA)
“Very adept and caring professional…”
– Noah J. Frochtzwajg, PGA; Professional Golfers’ Association of America (Los Angeles, CA)
“Excellent... Ryan was polite, intelligent and thorough. Ryan helped me and gave me sound advice. ”
– Dante Hawkins, Regional Executive; Comcast Communications (San Francisco, CA)
“… Ryan's work was never anything less than first class and I highly recommend working with him if given the opportunity.”
– Peter Tarr, Chief Executive Officer; CPALead (Austin, TX)
"Thank you so much Ryan. I appreciate you..."
– Stephanie Bracey, Human Resources; Sephora, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)
“Mr. Nori is a beacon of professionalism and experience in the community. He not only gets the best for his client, but fights tirelessly on every case. Mr. Nori is the type of attorney that younger lawyers go to when they need advice. He is a credit to the profession, and I highly recommend.”
– Jason Rowe Managing partner; Cain Rowe Law (Houston, TX)
“His knowledge and broad understanding were excellent! I would recommend his services.”
– Jocelyn Esguerra, Producer / Manager; Sony Pictures (Los Angeles, CA)
“I was very impressed with Mr. Nori and I recommend... thank you!”
– Jessica Giovanazzi, Company Confidential (Los Angeles, CA)
“Ryan was great as he answered all our questions exactly and cleared up the confusion. He made us much better prepared to handle the situation... It was great and I recommend absolutely.”
– Jeanette Kollmann, Assistant V.P.; JPMorgan Chase (Campbell, CA)
“Oh goodness definitely recommended... I was very impressed with just how much critical information Mr. Nori shared and how helpful he was.”
– Kelley M. Rose, Company Confidential (Sacramento, CA)
“Dr. Nori thank you so very much. I am immensely grateful to you for your advice and great expertise...”
– Dr. Amy H. Tang, Department of Cancer Biology; Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA)
Testimonials, endorsements, or recommendations do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your matter. Sample individuals, companies, logos or images included are a non-exhaustive list of current/previous clients, adversaries, colleagues, prospects or affiliates and are intended for illustrative purposes only. See Legal Notices page.
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Our shared ambition, experience, independence, and unique multidisciplinary judgment allows us to objectively pursue your goals with a single-minded focus, relentlessly.
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Frequently asked questions
What types of business advisory does Ryan Nori offer?
Tactical board advisory during complex corporate transactions involving growth strategies, M&A, VC, PE, IPO, stakeholder disputes, etc.
How much does Ryan Nori's services cost?
Ryan Nori's typical hourly rate is $1,875.00 per hour. In certain scenarios a percentage of equity participation (or a hybrid of hourly/equity) may be more appropriate depending on timelines, complexities, location, etc.
Can Ryan Nori assist me if my company is in a different country?
Ryan Nori assists with matters in all 50 States and internationally in Canada, Europe, Asia and Middle East.
Where is Ryan Nori located?
Ryan Nori is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California with regional offices in San Francisco, New York City and Houston, Texas.