Public Companies

"this is a team that places a real emphasis on relationships; clients of all sizes enthused about the attention they received and likened the relationships to those with in-house counsel"

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Sophisticated, Comprehensive Public Company Practice

Comprehensive and sophisticated public company practice delivering targeted and practical advice that complements in-house resources and takes into account big-picture business goals.

Seasoned Public Company Guidance

Decades representing issuers from small-cap companies to seasoned NYSE listed issuers to underwriters, investors and selling securities holders:

  • Achieve objectives cost-effectively and on-time
  • Resolve problems early
  • Guide negotiations
  • Effectively interface with SEC
  • Avoid pitfalls
  • Know what’s market
  • Mitigate risk

Special Counsel to Boards of Directors & Special Committees

Business-oriented, trusted and independent corporate governance advice to public companies and their boards, sensitive to company and industry specifics.  Address difficult issues in constructive and efficient manner. 

Transactional Expertise

Experts in public company offerings and transactions:

  • 144A offerings
  • Cross-border offerings
  • Equity and debt securities offerings
  • Exchange offerings
  • Follow-on public securities offerings
  • Going private transactions
  • Initial public offerings
  • M&A and other transactional work
  • Open market share repurchases
  • PIPE transactions
  • Registered direct offerings
  • Tender offers
  • Universal shelf offerings

ERISA & Executive Compensation

Regularly advise senior management, compensation committees and boards on all aspects of executive compensation:

  • Formulating equity- and cash-based plans
  • Preparing SEC disclosures
  • Optimizing tax benefits
  • Crafting arrangements – severance, retention, change in control, deferred compensation
  • Troubleshooting ESPP administration problems
  • Implementing cutting-edge performance-based compensation programs

Blue Chip Clients

Transactional, regulatory compliance and corporate governance advice to
public companies, boards of directors and special committees, including:

  • Agenus
  • Alkermes
  • Avid Technology
  • Avis/Budget Group
  • Bio-Key International
  • Datawatch Corporation
  • Forrester Research
  • Haemonetics Corporation
  • Independant Bank Corp               
  • Nevada Power Company
  • NV Energy
  • Parametric Technology Corp
  • Pegasystems
  • Research in Motion
  • SeaChange International
  • Sierra Pacific Power Company
  • Teradyne


SEC Reporting & Compliance

Counsel clients on compliance and reporting obligations, including:

  • ‘34 Act reporting
  • Shareholder activism
  • Proxy statements
  • Disclosure issues
  • Shareholder communications

Capital Markets Leader

Our capital markets team has represented blue chip underwriters in debt and equity, including:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch      
  • Barclays
  • Canaccord Genuity
  • Citigroup Global Markets
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Needham & Co.
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • SG Cowen Securities
  • Stifel Nicolaus Weisel
  • UBS Securities
  • William Blair

Leading Securities Litigation Practice

Leading securities litigation practice representing public companies and directors and officers in securities fraud cases across US, including:

  • Internal investigations
  • SEC and FINRA investigations
  • Class actions
  • Derivative suits
  • Financial fraud
  • FCPA compliance
  • Criminal investigations

Industry Breadth

Industry experts in:

  • Clean-Tech
  • Consumer Products
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Devices
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

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