Patrick Ragan Richard Partner

Ragan Richard practices in the area of corporate transactions, business, real estate and finance, focusing on business and finance transactions ranging from acquisitions, divestitures and mergers to corporate governance and organization for large and small companies. He represents clients across diverse industries, including agricultural cooperatives, real estate investors and franchisees, learning about their businesses and assisting with their growth, planning and progress. His background in biomedical engineering informs his understanding of business challenges and couples with his aptitude to promote creative solutions through problem-solving strategies. Ragan considers the friendships developed with clients one of his practices’ greatest rewards.

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Ragan Richard practices in the area of corporate transactions, business, real estate and finance, focusing on business and finance transactions ranging from acquisitions, divestitures and mergers to corporate governance and organization for large and small companies. He represents clients across diverse industries, including agricultural cooperatives, real estate investors and franchisees, learning about their businesses and assisting with their growth, planning and progress. His background in biomedical engineering informs his understanding of business challenges and couples with his aptitude to promote creative solutions through problem-solving strategies. Ragan considers the friendships developed with clients one of his practices’ greatest rewards.

Ragan’s practice includes representing both banking and lending institutions and borrowers in financing transactions; restructuring debt and equity financing; drafting and negotiating contracts, leases, and servitude agreements; acquiring and developing real estate and commercial business establishments; representing owners of large franchise chains; representing owners of multifamily apartment complexes and hotels; representing utilities, agriculture marketing cooperatives, and trade associations; representing industrial clients in all phases of project development, construction and operations; drafting and enforcing subdivision and condominium restrictions for highly regulated developments; forming and structuring joint ventures; and general counseling of both established and emerging businesses; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Ragan serves as general counsel to many of his clients and assists them in developing and executing their business strategies. Additionally, he serves as the firm’s managing partner of the Baton Rouge office and finds ways to positively and progressively influence the firm as a member of its Policy and Planning Committee and as chair of its Operations Committee.

Experience

  • Representation of an agricultural marketing cooperative composed of sugar cane growers, landowners and mills in its vertical integration into sugar refining through the formation, negotiation and development of Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC, an entity owned by a large segment of the Louisiana sugar industry and Cargill, Incorporated.
  • Representation of Popeyes largest franchisee in the acquisition, development, financing and operation of over 160 quick service restaurants.
  • Representation of a public utility provider in the development, engineering, procurement and construction of numerous substations and switching stations throughout the southern region.
  • Representation of a nonprofit organization in its public private partnership with Louisiana State University in the transformative development of over 28 acres on the LSU campus known as the Nicholson Gateway Project.
  • Representation of multiple clients in the acquisition, development, financing and operation of over 2 billion dollars’ worth of multifamily apartment complexes, hotels and condominiums throughout the southeast region.
  • Lead counsel to large industrial clients in all phases of project inception, development, economic benefits, financing, construction and operation.
  • Representation of multiple clients in the organization, acquisition, financing and sale of large corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.
  • Representation of multiple developers in the acquisition, development and financing of large tracts of land for retail, commercial, agricultural, industrial, residential and mixed use developments.
  • General counseling to franchisees of large restaurant chains, marketing cooperatives, trade associations, developers and small and large business owners alike.
  • General counsel to the American Sugar Cane League of the USA, Inc.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana Land Title Association
  • Baton Rouge Property Lawyers Association
  • Louisiana Bankers Association
  • Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation (Corporate Campaign Committee)
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber (Board of Directors)
  • Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge (Member, Finance Committee)
  • Baton Rouge City Club (Former Member, Board of Directors)
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church (past president of School Board and Parish Council)
  • St. Joseph’s Academy (Facilities Committee)
  • Legatus Member

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Banking and Finance Law, Franchise Law, Real Estate Law (Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year: Banking and Finance Law, 2017)

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center
    J.D., 1993
  • Vanderbilt University
    B.S., cum laude, in Biomedical Engineering, 1990

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • Representation of an agricultural marketing cooperative composed of sugar cane growers, landowners and mills in its vertical integration into sugar refining through the formation, negotiation and development of Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC, an entity owned by a large segment of the Louisiana sugar industry and Cargill, Incorporated.
  • Representation of Popeyes largest franchisee in the acquisition, development, financing and operation of over 160 quick service restaurants.
  • Representation of a public utility provider in the development, engineering, procurement and construction of numerous substations and switching stations throughout the southern region.
  • Representation of a nonprofit organization in its public private partnership with Louisiana State University in the transformative development of over 28 acres on the LSU campus known as the Nicholson Gateway Project.
  • Representation of multiple clients in the acquisition, development, financing and operation of over 2 billion dollars’ worth of multifamily apartment complexes, hotels and condominiums throughout the southeast region.
  • Lead counsel to large industrial clients in all phases of project inception, development, economic benefits, financing, construction and operation.
  • Representation of multiple clients in the organization, acquisition, financing and sale of large corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.
  • Representation of multiple developers in the acquisition, development and financing of large tracts of land for retail, commercial, agricultural, industrial, residential and mixed use developments.
  • General counseling to franchisees of large restaurant chains, marketing cooperatives, trade associations, developers and small and large business owners alike.
  • General counsel to the American Sugar Cane League of the USA, Inc.
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana Land Title Association
  • Baton Rouge Property Lawyers Association
  • Louisiana Bankers Association
  • Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation (Corporate Campaign Committee)
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber (Board of Directors)
  • Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge (Member, Finance Committee)
  • Baton Rouge City Club (Former Member, Board of Directors)
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church (past president of School Board and Parish Council)
  • St. Joseph’s Academy (Facilities Committee)
  • Legatus Member
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Banking and Finance Law, Franchise Law, Real Estate Law (Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year: Banking and Finance Law, 2017)