My areas of specialty include international and domestic business and real estate transactions and complex business litigation.  I have worked on numerous mergers and acquisitions in over twenty years of practice, helping fortune 500 companies and entrepenuers create new business opportunities throughout the United States and internationally.  I have litigated cases throughout California and in Federal Courts throughout the United States as well as in the Admiralty Courts in London, England.

During my legal career I have dedicated myself to the traditional values of integrity and legal excellence while employing the most modern technology to deliver prompt and efficient legal services of the highest quality.

During the mid-80’s I worked on the following significant projects: 

  • SAFEWAY STORES, INC. -- Oakland, California.  Reviewed over 3,500 leases for over 2,500 parcels of real estate nationally and internationally; headed United Kingdom review team; co-developed property analysis forms; produced a property summary report for the United Kingdom; transferred licenses, permits and contracts for the $4.6 billion acquisition and corporate realignment of Safeway by Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. ("KKR").
  • OWENS-ILLINOIS, INC. -- Toledo, Ohio.  Prepared documentation transferring foreign debt guarantees in excess of $100 million, securing foreign government approval from over 100 countries, and headed team for assignment of over 350 trademarks and over 3,800 patents, both foreign and domestic, for the $3.6 billion acquisition and restructuring of Owens— Illinois, Inc. by KKR.
  • HOLIDAY INNS, INC. -- Memphis, Tennessee.  Analyzed and valued corporate assets in a $2 billion recapitalization with Citibank.

Bar Membership and Affiliations
State Bar of California - Licensed to practice in California State Bar #126222
Member of ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel)

University of California at Los Angeles - Bachelor of Arts - Communication Studies 1976
Southwestern University School of Law - Los Angeles, California - Juris Doctor 1981


Dieter Karl Rapp, APLC
Attorney at Law
6789 Mallee Street
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Phone: (949) 309-0333
Fax: (760) 448-6171

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