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Kenneth R. Sagan

Member , Lexington KY


Kenneth R. Sagan

Member , Lexington KY

Ken joined Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office as a Member in 2015, bringing to the firm a wealth of legal wins and a long history of civic involvement.

Ken co-chairs SKO’s Business Services practice and serves clients through several other practice groups. He has handled mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and technology industries, among others. He routinely assists technology and early-stage companies in financing transactions, including debt and equity private placements, strategic partnerships, and licensing.

Before joining SKO, Ken served as an executive member and, later, chairman at another Kentucky-based law firm. He was named Lexington Lawyer of the Year for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America® in the corporate law category.

Business Services: Ken leverages his deep and varied experience in corporate law to represent businesses of all types. He touches multiple specialties across the business spectrum, as noted below in specific practice areas.

Mergers & Acquisitions: Ken’s work in this practice area has included transactions involving a publicly traded natural gas company, auto parts manufacturers, highway contractors, plastic products manufacturers, a minor league baseball team, and a biotech company. He has served as the lead deal counsel in the purchase and sale of companies, as well as purchases of business assets and redemptions of company stock.

Corporate Finance & Lending: Focusing primarily on entrepreneurial financing, Ken guides startups and other companies through the complexities of seed capital rounds, private placements, convertible loans, venture financings, and government incentives.

Emerging Business and Venture Capital: Ken helps new businesses raise and structure capital to help grow their fledgling companies and launch their ideas in the marketplace. At every stage of a venture, he provides sound legal advice to help foster success in the turbulent business landscape.

Healthcare: Ken offers counsel to clients throughout the difficult, highly regulated, and ever-changing healthcare industry. He provides representation across a spectrum of matters, for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Real Estate: Drawing on his expertise in financial law, Ken represents lenders and borrowers in real estate transactions that range from producing the documentation for multi-state transactions to advising on the strategies for real estate and commercial financing.

Securities & Corporate Governance: Ken represents startups from formation through initial capital raises. He also assists clients with services ranging from negotiation of buy-sell agreements to compliance with securities.


University of Kentucky College of Law, 1983, J.D., with distinction, Kentucky Law Journal

University of Kentucky, 1980, B.A., with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa


Admitted In

  • Kentucky

Professional & Community Activities

  • Fayette County Bar Association

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Corporate, Banking & Business Law Section

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section

  • UK College of Law Visiting Committee

  • Commerce Lexington, former Executive Board Member and Chair

  • Lexington Strides Ahead Foundation, Board Member

  • Lexington Rotary Club, former Board Member

  • Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund, former Board Member

  • Girl Scouts USA—Wilderness Road Council, former Board Member

  • Catholic Diocese of Lexington Cross Roads, former Editorial Board Member


  • Best Lawyers® 2013 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Lexington

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, 2007 – present

  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honoree, 2011 – 2017

Work Highlights

  • Merger of Publicly Held Utility

    Ken and Katharine represented Delta Natural Gas Company in its merger with an affiliate of Pennsylvania-based Peoples Natural Gas. Prior to merger, Delta’s enterprise value was approximately $270 million. Representation in the merger from inception through closing included:

    • Advising Delta’s Board of Directors on its fiduciary duties in the merger
    • Assisting in the engagement of investment bankers
    • Advising on a bid process as a market check
    • Preparing confidentiality and standstill agreements with bidders
    • Evaluating bids
    • Preparing and negotiating the definitive merger agreement
    • Preparing Delta’s proxy statement, shareholder materials, SEC filings and Forms 8k
    • Negotiating settlements of shareholder putative class action lawsuits filed after the merger was announced
  • Private Healthcare Company Change of Control

    Ken represented a private healthcare company in the sale of a controlling interest to an investment fund. The company’s enterprise value at the time of the transaction was approximately $610 million.

  • Sale of Insurance Company

    Ken represented a privately-held insurance company in a change of control transaction with a public company buyer.

  • University Public-Private Partnership

    Ken represented a public university in a public-private partnership transaction for $150 million of student housing.


    • Point/Counterpoint: Majority v. Minority Owner Provisions in LLC Operating Agreements, Biennial Business Association’s Law Institute, Speaker, 2019
      Crowdfunding, Kentucky Angel Investor Summit, 2016
    • P3 Financing, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Public-Private Partnerships Conference, 2016
    • Exit Strategies for the Closely-Held Business, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention CLE, 2015
    • Selected Merger & Acquisition Considerations, 13th Biennial Business Association Law Institute, University of Kentucky CLE, 2011
    • Common Mistakes in Drafting LLC Operation Agreements, 12th Biennial Business Association Law Institute, University of Kentucky CLE, 2009
    • Top Ten Kentucky Business Law Oddities, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention CLE, 2007
    • Discussion and Analysis of Funding Available to Kentucky Businesses, 9th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, University of Kentucky/CLE
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