Zachary Detra

Zachary Detra

Partner

P: 303.892.7326

F: 303.893.1379

Location

Denver

Assistant

Sandy Swift

P: 303.892.7579

Admitted In

  • Colorado

Zach Detra represents clients in complex commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and commercial contracts.  While he has transactional experience in a broad range of industries all over the world, Mr. Detra’s practice focuses on transactions involving the purchase, sale, lease, operation, and maintenance of aircraft and helicopters; manufacturing and product distribution, including with respect to the manufacture, supply, and support of major aircraft components; technology and intellectual property; start-up and early stage businesses; private equity and debt financings; and international considerations.  A listing of representative transactions is included under the “Experience” tab above.

Mr. Detra is a 2006 graduate of McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law and a 2005 Graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he served as editor-in-chief of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. Mr. Detra has an undergraduate degree in Political Economy and English. Prior to joining DGS, Mr. Detra practiced corporate and aviation law at another Denver firm. He is currently a member of the American, Canadian American, Colorado, and Denver bar associations and serves on the Corporate Committee of the Colorado Symphony.

Education

McGill University, LL.M., 2006
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2005
Regis University, B.S., B.A., 2002

Mr. Detra has experience representing clients in a wide range of transactions in various industries, some representative examples of which follow: 

Manufacturing & Industrials

  • The Genesee Group, Inc., a manufacturing company specializing in light to medium gauge precision metal components in prototypes, fabrications, short run, medium volume, or mass production quantities, in its acquisition of assets of Best - Foam Fabricators, Inc., including the novation of several government contracts.
  • Intertech Plastics, a leading injection molding business with mechanical, assembly, and fulfilment capabilities, in various business acquisitions and dispositions involving manufacturing assets.
  • ESSMetron, a leading designer and manufacturer of low and medium voltage power distribution products, integrated power distribution centers, custom control products, and modular control buildings, in the sale of its fire pump controls division in the U.S. and U.K. to Hubbell Incorporated.
  • J2 Partners, a Boulder-based private equity firm, in its stock purchase of Instrument Sales & Service, Inc., a diversified manufacturing, re-manufacturing, and distribution company offering turnkey supply chain solutions for the automotive and capital equipment industries, and, more recently, in its acquisition and financing of Craig Energy Holdings LLC (f/k/a Craig’s Roustabout Service, Inc.), a company specializing in oil and gas field construction, blasting, drilling, trucking, roustabout, disposal, and hydro-excavation services.
  • St. Christopher Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation, in its stock purchase of Instrument Sales & Service, Inc., an Oregon corporation, a diversified manufacturing, re-manufacturing and distribution company offering turnkey supply chain solutions for the automotive and capital equipment industries.
  • Mikron Corporation Denver, a leading manufacturer of automated assembly solutions, in various equipment manufacturing agreements.
  • Prairie Disposal Inc., an industry-leading waste management services company, in its sale to R360 Environmental Solutions.
  • The purchaser of Laney Directional Drilling, a specialty drilling company, which services the pipeline industry.
  • Westmoreland Coal Company (NASDAQ: WLB) in its acquisition of the 13,400-acre Kemmerer mine located in Kemmerer, Wyoming from Chevron Mining, Inc.

Aviation

  • Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ: AIRM), a leading air medical transport company, in the following acquisitions:
    • Sundance Helicopters, Inc., a helicopter tour operator with 20 aircraft based in Las Vegas, Nevada, which focuses primarily on Grand Canyon helicopter tours, but also helicopter services to support fire fighting, natural resource agency operations, vertical lifts, aerial photography/motion pictures, news gathering, and aerial surveying.
    • American Jets, Inc., a fixed-wing air ambulance provider based in Fort Peirce Florida, which operates a fleet of Learjet aircraft and provides worldwide air ambulance transport services.
    • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Inc., a helicopter tour operator with 24 aircraft based in Hawaii, which is one of the world’s largest aerial tour operators and is the premier helicopter tour company in the state of Hawaii, offering a diverse portfolio of 12 scheduled tours on five of Hawaii’s six tourist islands.
  • Mindoro Investments Limited (Cyprus) in its sale to ASL Aviation Group Limited (Ireland) of the FARNAIR Group of companies, which, based in Switzerland, consists of four airlines - FARNAIR Switzerland and FARNAIR Hungary, Quikjet India, and K-Mile (a joint venture in Southeast Asia), and provides a wide range of air cargo and aviation services across the world.
  • FARNAIR Switzerland and FARNAIR Hungary in their acquisition and lease of Boeing 737-400 aircraft, including the conversions of those aircraft into freighter configurations, and then export to Hungary where they entered commercial service.
  • U.A.E.-based cargo airline in acquisition of B1900 freighters and negotiation of a fleet maintenance program agreement with the European affiliate of a Canadian aircraft engine manufacturer.
  • The NORDAM Group, Inc., a leading aircraft repair and component manufacturing company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma with operations in Singapore and the United Kingdom, in a wide range of repair agreements with airlines around the world, and long term, life-of-program, supply agreements with aircraft and engine manufacturers.
  • Various purchasers, borrowers, and taxpayers in all aspects of the purchase, sale, lease, financing, and 1031 exchange of aircraft covered by the Cape Town Convention and requiring International Registry filings, including developing solutions to complex, cross-border problems involving letters of credit, conversion of financing leases to operating leases, airworthiness directives, insurance requirements, and aircraft registration and de-registration in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.
  • Lead lender in loans to leveraged company engaged in the business of leasing wide body aircraft around the world, including strategic planning to protect lender from insolvency and bankruptcy risks.

Technology & Professional Services

  • EKS&H, the region’s largest CPA firm, in its acquisition of Infolink Consulting.
  • NDP LLC, an engineering services, systems integration and technology development outsourcing services company, in its sale to Braxton Holdings, LLC.
  • Texas E.R. Medical Billing, Inc. (TERM), a Texas corporation, in its sale of assets to Medical Consultants, Inc., an Oklahoma corporation. TERM provides revenue cycle management services for hospital based emergency physicians, as well as coding, billing, and reimbursement services.
  • Channel Intelligence, Inc., a shopping engine optimization company, in its acquisition of ClickEquations, Inc., a leading-edge paid search platform serving large advertisers and search agencies.
  • Various early stage and startup technology companies in their formation, structuring, and initial and follow-on capital raises.

Retail & Consumer Products

  • The seller of one of the largest single-location retail liquor stores in the U.S. to a Denver-based private equity firm.
  • The seller of a fine wine retail liquor store in downtown Denver, Colorado to a strategic buyer.
  • Kay Jan, Inc., an operator of John Deere dealerships in Eastern Colorado, in its merger with and into 21st Century Equipment.
December 2014

DGS Names Three New Partners

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has elected three new partners. Mark Bussey, Zachary Detra, and Eric Waeckerlin will become partners of the firm effective January 1, 2015.

Mr. Bussey and Mr. Detra have practiced in the firm's Finance & Acquisitions Department since joining DGS in 2010 and 2008, respectively. Mr. Waeckerlin is a member of the Natural Resources Department and has practiced at DGS since 2012.

June 2014

Calling All Angels: Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit Incentivizes Early Stage Investment in Innovative Start-Up & Emerging Companies

On May 30, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law HB14-1012, creating an exciting new state income tax credit to incentivize investment in Colorado's advanced industry companies. Subject to certain limitations discussed below, qualified investors will receive a tax credit of 25 percent of their qualified investments in qualified small businesses in advanced industries. If the company is located in a rural or economically distressed area in Colorado, the tax credit is 30 percent of the qualified investment. 

March 2014

Energy Industry Faces Increased Exposure to Claims by Patent Trolls

A patent-assertion entity (PAE) or non-practicing entity (NPE) is an entity that enforces patent rights against others, but does not itself use the patents for any productive purpose. A perennial adversary of high-tech companies and startups, recent studies looking at the rise in patent litigation reveal that these "patent trolls" are turning their sights increasingly on less traditional technology innovators – including those in the energy industry.

September 2013

USPTO Launches IP Awareness Assessment Tool

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has rolled out a so-called "IP Awareness Assessment," which is a free, web-based tool designed to help users identify and provide information regarding the users’ intellectual property rights.

April 2013

Trademark Clearinghouse Goes Live

In anticipation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) allowing private ownership of a significantly broadened scope of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), ICANN, on March 26, 2013, launched the Trademark Clearinghouse, which gives holders of verified trademark rights an opportunity to register their marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse before new gTLDs are allowed. Among others, nationally and regionally registered marks from any jurisdiction are eligible for registration with the Trademark Clearinghouse.