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 Board of Trustees of the Colorado Symphony.
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:
The American Bar Association recently published its 2015 Private Target Deal Points Study, a survey of publicly available M&A transactions involving private target companies that closed in 2014. While each and every deal is unique with its own dynamics, this study is commonly used to inform "what's market" in negotiations involving acquisitions of private companies. Below are selected highlights regarding key economic-centric transaction terms that are often considered by parties in negotiating acquisition documents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.