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Private Placements and Other Financing Alternatives 2013


Speaker(s): Alexander F. Cohen, Andrew L. Fabens, Anna T. Pinedo, Annemarie Tierney, Brian S. Korn, C. Steven Bradford, Catherine T. Dixon, David A. Donohoe, Jr., David B. H. Martin, David B. Harms, David M. Lynn, Deanna L. Kirkpatrick, Gerald J. Laporte, James T. Rothwell, Jeffrey W. Rubin, Keith Canton, N. Adele Hogan, Nicolas Grabar, Priya A. Velamoor, Stanley Keller, Stuart D. Fishman, Taisa Markus, Tymour A. Okasha
Recorded on: Apr. 15, 2013
PLI Program #: 42017

C. STEVEN BRADFORD is the Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. He teaches in the areas of securities regulation, corporate law, and accounting for lawyers. Professor Bradford is the author of numerous articles on securities regulation, including several articles on small business exemptions. He has written two articles on crowdfunding: (1) Crowdfunding and the Federal Securities Laws, 2012 COLUM. BUS. L. REV. 1 (2012), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1916184; and (2) The New Federal Crowdfunding Exemption: Promise Unfulfilled, 40 SEC. REG. L. J. 195 (2012), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2066088. Professor Bradford received his B.S., summa cum laude, from Utah State University, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.


Keith E. Canton is a Managing Director in the Private Capital Markets Group. He has been involved in all phases of private finance including origination, structuring, pricing and distribution, with an emphasis on private equity and PIPE financings across a wide range of industries. 

Mr. Canton joined Barclays Capital from Lehman Brothers in 2008 where he was a member of the Private Capital Markets Group since 2002. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Mr. Canton was an Advertising Pricing Manager at Sports Illustrated.  He has completed more than 70 private placement transactions, raising over US$18 billion of private equity and debt on behalf of corporate clients. 

Mr. Canton received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.


Taisa Markus is a partner in the firm's Latin America and Corporate Finance Practice Groups and serves as Vice Chair of its Corporate Securities Group. Her practice handles cross-border securities offerings, cross-border bank finance and M&A, and general securities law matters. Ms. Markus has significant experience representing both financial institutions and issuers particularly in the Latin American and European capital markets, as well as in-depth knowledge of Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital securities across jurisdictions.

Ms. Markus has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets by Chambers Latin America. She has lectured and published on various securities law topics and issues related to pro bono legal services in emerging markets.

Awards and Recognition

Recognized as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets by Chambers Latin America (2009-2010) and in Latin America Investments in Chambers USA

Education

University of Illinois College of Law, 1986, J.D., cum laude
Loyola University, 1983, B.S., cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York

Languages

Spanish • Portuguese • Italian • French • Ukrainian


Alex Cohen is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and Co- chair of Latham & Watkins' national office, a central resource for clients and Latham lawyers facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws. His practice specializes in capital markets and SEC matters.

Profile

Mr. Cohen is a former senior official of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He joined the SEC staff in 2006 as Deputy General Counsel for Legal Policy and Administrative Practice and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff.

During his time at the SEC, Mr. Cohen advised the SEC Chairman on highly sensitive questions across all aspects of the agency’s work, including the SEC’s response to the 2008 financial crisis. He also worked closely with the Chairman, Commissioners and senior agency staff to develop and implement SEC rulemakings.

Mr. Cohen’s practice covers:

  • Complex securities transactions
  • Registration and reporting with the SEC
  • Accounting restatements
  • Investigations by the SEC 

Mr. Cohen was resident in Latham’s London and Hong Kong offices from 2001-2006, and has particular expertise advising non-US companies on US securities law matters.

From 1989 to 1990, Mr. Cohen served as a law clerk to Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Thought Leadership

  • Edits Latham’s "Words of Wisdom" blog, tackling interesting legal issues in the capital markets in a lively, plain-English manner
  • Taught at Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor
  • Served as a technical advisor to Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (2010)

Education

JD, Yale Law School, 1988 MA,
Yale University, 1985
BA, Yale University, 1982

Bar Qualifications

District of Columbia, New York

Languages

Dutch, English, French, Spanish

Recognition Highlights

Co-chair of Latham's national office, which is "highly commended" as the center of "know-how and expertise on securities law" and recognized as "one of the leading voices on the subject" by Financial Times 2012 US Innovative Lawyers Report

Recommended by Legal 500 US for debt and equity offerings


Ms. Kirkpatrick is a partner in Davis Polk's Corporate Department and serves as Finance Partner as part of the firm's four-member senior leadership team. As Finance Partner she is responsible for overseeing Davis Polk's finances. She is described by Chambers as "a real star," according to market sources and Chambers reports that clients comment that "she has a really good way with clients." Ms. Kirkpatrick was named a New York Law Journal "Distinguished Leader" in 2017, a Law360 "Capital Markets MVP" in 2016 and "Best in Capital Markets" by Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2013.

As a senior member of the firm's Capital Markets Group, her practice includes public equity, equity-linked, debt and other securities offerings. She has regularly worked for both issuers and underwriters in connection with capital markets transactions. Ms. Kirkpatrick has worked on offerings for issuers over a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare, retail, financial institutions, utilities, oil and gas, media and special­ purpose acquisition companies.

Work Highlights

Ms. Kirkpatrick has advised on numerous biotech and life sciences IPOs for the following companies: Stoke Therapeutics, Orchard Therapeutics pie, Aptinyx Inc., Magenta Therapeutics, Inc., Solid Biosciences Inc., lnflaRx N.V., Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dova Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Jounce Therapeutics, Inc., Patheon N.V. and Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc.

Ms. Kirkpatrick has also participated in securities offerings by Fortune 500 companies such as Abbott, DXC, Hess, L Brands, Lockheed Martin, VF Corporation and Walgreen's.

In addition, she has advised the underwriters on offerings by the Toronto Dominion Bank, Export Development Canada, the Government of Canada and various Canadian provinces.

She has also represented virtually all the major investment banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as underwriters' counsel in equity and debt offerings and regularly advises investment banking clients on securities law-related matters.

Recognition

Ms. Kirkpatrick is consistently recognized for her work in the legal industry:

New York Law Journal "Distinguished Leader" in 2017, a Law360 "Capital Markets MVP" in 2016, Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards - "Best in Capital Markets," 2013, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Of Note

Finance Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell, responsible for overseeing the firm's finances as one of four members of the firm's senior leadership team

Regularly participates as a speaker on various PLI panels.

Publications

Co-Author, "Role of the Law Firm" in Nasdaq's Going Public: A Guide for North American Companies to Listing on the U.S. Securities Markets


Gerald J. Laporte has served since 2002 as Chief of the Office of Small Business Policy in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance. The office administers rules relating to limited securities offerings and disclosure to investors in smaller publicly traded companies.

Mr. Laporte has practiced law in Washington, D.C. since 1976. Before rejoining the SEC in 2002, he practiced securities and corporate law with the firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP. He had worked at the SEC from 1982 to 1987 as Senior Special Counsel for Legislation and Investment Management in the Office of the General Counsel and as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Joseph A. Grundfest. In the 1970's, he had worked as Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Congressman and served as Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge John H. Pratt in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Laporte served as Chairman of the Corporation Finance and Securities Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar from 1997 to 1998.

Mr. Laporte holds a law degree, awarded with honors, from the George Washington University Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the law review. He also holds an M.A. degree in Political Science from Georgetown University, and degrees from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and Sacred Heart Seminary College, Detroit. 


Jeffrey Rubin's practice focuses on domestic and international securities transactions, corporate finance transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. In the securities area, Jeffrey has represented issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placement transactions, with an emphasis on international transactions. Over the past few years, he has also represented private equity funds in connection with technology and other portfolio investments.
 
Among the numerous acquisitions in which Jeffrey has been involved are the acquisitions of a movie studio, television network, and publishing house on behalf of an international media and entertainment company. He has assisted clients in the disposition of a wide range of businesses, including technology companies, commercial printing companies, and businesses in the trade show, radio, and publishing industries. Many of the transactions in which he has been involved have required extensive international coordination.

In August 2012, Jeffery was honored by the American Bar Association Business Law Section, and awarded the Section Chair's Award, given annually to the section member who has contributed most significantly to the section and its members.

Jeffrey has been named in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2006-2012 and New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2011.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Represented a leading international media and entertainment company in a variety of securities transactions, aggregating in excess of $10 billion, including offerings of approximately $2.2 billion of senior and exchangeable debt.
  • Acted as principal securities counsel for a major U.S.-based media and entertainment company in connection with its $2.8 billion initial public offering, and in subsequent securities transactions by this company.
  • Represented a UK-based broadcasting company in connection with its $1 billion initial public offering, and subsequent debt and equity offerings aggregating approximately $2.5 billion.
  • Represented the acquirer in the acquisition of a large television station group for $5.3 billion.


Primary Areas of Practice:  Equity Derivatives

Law School/Graduate School: Harvard Law School

Work History:
As a partner in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, Mr. Rothwell advises dealers, corporations and funds regarding structured equity derivative transactions, equity finance transactions and securities offerings of convertible and equity-linked securities. He has been involved in the original design of many innovative transaction structures that have become staples of the equity derivatives marketplace. Mr. Rothwell is an industry thought leader in the implementation of regulatory reform for derivatives business.


Adele Hogan represents clients in mergers, securities offerings, restructuring, bankruptcies, and projects for early stage and large companies in all industries, including financial institutions (banks, private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital, insurance, alternative assets, broker dealers); TMT (technology, media, and telecom); healthcare (pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, telemedicine); leisure (hotels, gaming); energy & mining; transportation (air, auto, rail, shipping); and FinTech (technology, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, trading platforms, exchanges). Ms. Hogan conducts due diligence, drafts, negotiates, advises on risk, and structures deals.

Ms. Hogan has led the corporate side for either the debtor or a credit committee work for more than 30 bankruptcies. She has also led many restructurings, including public debt consent solicitations, credit agreement amendments, and overseeing portions of restructurings of foreign banks in the areas of capital and liquidity and sales of more than $100 billion of risk weighted assets, representing clients netting derivatives and payment obligations in the Lehman bankruptcy. She drafts prepackaged bankruptcy plans, backstops, DIP documentation, bank/bond/equity financings, and litigation documents and does investigations on preferences, zones of insolvency and asset tracing. She has also led distressed public and private company M&A and 363 sales.

Ms. Hogan has experience leading Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) policies and controls projects, including data privacy, data governance and cybersecurity. She has led anti-money laundering (AML), OFAC, fraud, FCPA, derivatives, foreign exchange and Libor matters. She has closed more than $200 billion in deals. She has served as a partner at several international law firms and in-house.

Cornell University BA, Cornell Law School JD. Admitted in New York, Texas and U.S. Supreme Court. 


Andrew L. Fabens is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  Mr. Fabens is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Capital Markets Practice Group and is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group.

Mr. Fabens advises companies on long-term and strategic capital planning, disclosure and reporting obligations under U.S. federal securities laws, corporate governance issues and stock exchange listing obligations.  He represents issuers and underwriters in public and private corporate finance transactions, both in the United States and internationally.  His experience encompasses initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, investment grade, high-yield and convertible debt offerings and offerings of preferred, hybrid and derivative securities.  In addition, he regularly advises companies and investment banks on corporate and securities law issues, including M&A financing, spinoff transactions and liability management programs.

Mr. Fabens is ranked as a leading Capital Markets lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Global:  The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 US, IFLR1000 and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers.

Mr. Fabens earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 2000.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1989.


Anna Pinedo is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and co-leader of the Global Capital Markets practice. She concentrates her practice on securities and derivatives. Anna represents issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as structured notes and other hybrid and structured products.

She works closely with financial institutions to create and structure innovative financing techniques, including new securities distribution methodologies and financial products. She has particular financing experience in certain industries, including technology, telecommunications, healthcare, financial institutions, REITs and consumer and specialty finance. Anna has worked closely with foreign private issuers in their securities offerings in the United States and in the Euro markets. She also works with financial institutions in connection with international offerings of equity and debt securities, equity- and credit-linked notes, and hybrid and structured products, as well as medium term note and other continuous offering programs.

In the derivatives area, Anna counsels a number of major financial institutions acting as dealers and participants in the commodities and derivatives markets. She advises on structuring issues as well as on regulatory issues, including those arising under the Dodd-Frank Act. Her work focuses on foreign exchange, equity and credit derivatives products, and structured derivatives transactions. Anna has experience with a wide range of transactions and structures, including collars, swaps, forward and accelerated repurchases, forward sales, hybrid preferred stock and off-balance sheet structures. She also has advised derivatives dealers regarding their Internet sites and other Internet and electronic signature/delivery issues, as well as on compliance matters.

Anna regularly speaks at conferences and participates in panel discussions addressing securities law issues, as well as the securities issues arising in connection with derivatives and other financial products. She is the co-author of the leading capital markets treatise, Corporate Finance and the Securities Laws, published by Wolters Kluwer (6th Ed., updated 2020); co-author of A Deep Dive Into Capital Raising Transactions, published by the International Financial Law Review (2020); co-author of JOBS Act Quick Start (International Financial Law Review, 2013; updated 2014, 2016); contributor to OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank: A Guide to Registration, Reporting, Business Conduct, and Clearing (Thomson Reuters, first ed. 2014, second ed. 2015, third ed. 2016, fourth ed. 2017); co-author of Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the US (International Financial Law Review, 2012; updated 2014, 2016); co-author of Liability Management: An Overview (International Financial Law Review, 2011, updated 2015); co-author of Structuring Liability Management Transactions (International Financial Law Review, 2018); co-author of Covered Bonds Handbook, published by Practising Law Institute (2010, updated 2012-2014); co-author of the treatise Exempt and Hybrid Securities Offerings, published by Practising Law Institute (2009, second ed. 2011, updated 2014, third ed. 2017); and co-author of BNA Tax and Accounting Portfolio: SEC Reporting Issues for Foreign Private Issuers (BNA Accounting Policy and Practice Series, 2009, second ed. 2012, third ed. 2016, fourth ed. 2020). Anna is also a contributing author to Broker-Dealer Regulation (2011, second ed. 2012, updated 2020), published by Practising Law Institute. She co-authored "The Approaches to Bank Resolution," a chapter in Bank Resolution: The European Regime (Oxford University Press, 2016). Anna contributed to The Future of Bank Funding and Capital: Solutions for Issuers, Opportunities for Investors (IFR Market Intelligence, 2009). Additionally, Anna co-authored "The Ties that Bind: The Prime-Brokerage Regulation," a chapter in Global Financial Crisis (Globe Law and Business, 2009); "The Law: Legal and Regulatory Framework," a chapter in PIPEs: A Guide to Private Investments in Public Equity (Bloomberg, 2006); and "The Impact Security: Reimagining the Nonprofit Capital Market," a chapter in What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, 2017). Anna is a contributor to Practising Law Institute’s "BD/IA: Regulation in Focus" blog.

Anna is a member of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Committee on the Federal Regulation of Securities, a member of the subcommittee on Disclosure and Continuous Reporting, chair of the subcommittee on Securities Registration, chair of the subcommittee on Annual Review, and a member of the task force on the future of securities regulation.

She has participated in the drafting committee for the ABA's comment letters on such topics as securities offering reform, revisions to the definition of accelerated filer and smaller reporting company, amendments to the accredited investor definition; amendments to the exempt offering framework; and various JOBS Act-related and disclosure effectiveness related matters. Anna also is a member of the ABA Committee on the Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments. Anna is a chair of the Structured Products Association Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Executive Committee. She is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association's Mortgage REIT Council and a member of the MBA's Secondary & Capital Markets Committee.

Anna is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law and member of the George Washington University Center for Law, Economics & Finance Advisory Board. She is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Law School of the University of Chicago. Anna was a member of the University of Chicago Legal Forum during her time at the University of Chicago Law School.



Brian S. Korn is a partner in Manatt’s New York office and leads the firm’s fintech and blockchain and cryptocurrency practices. His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions. Over the past five years, Brian has led more than 100 deals, including initial public offerings (IPOs), early-stage and start-up venture financings, fund formations, and high-yield debt financings. He also advises clients on SEC and broker-dealer/investment advisory compliance, corporate swap transactions, and blockchain technology.

Brian has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in investment banking and capital markets transactions, including special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), spin-offs, split-offs and carveout/tracking stock transactions. He also has extensive experience in sponsor-leveraged buyouts and bank/bond acquisition financing.

His deep technical knowledge of the fintech space has contributed to the Manatt fintech team’s track record of success in advising cutting-edge fintech startups. He was recognized by The Legal 500 in 2021 for being “very active in the fintech platform and Regulation A space. He has good visibility with the SEC and is willing to push through novel concepts and issues.” Under his leadership, the firm was nominated as “Professional Services Firm of the Year” at the 2018 LendIt Industry Awards and “Law Firm of the Year” at the 2017 and 2019 LendIt Industry Awards. The firm also achieved a Chambers Global Fintech rating, and Brian was recognized as a “Notable Practitioner.”

Brian has had multiple media interviews with Billboard Magazine, Bloomberg, American Banker and Law360, commenting on blockchain and cryptocurrency, including the impact on nonfungible tokens (NFTs), decentralized finance (DeFi), marketplace lending and market trading dynamics.


Catherine Dixon is a partner in Weil’s Washington, D.C. office and a recognized authority on the federal securities laws, as amended over the past decade by the JOBS Act of 2012, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Her practice encompasses public and private company disclosure advice, capital markets transactions (including public and private offerings), mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance-related matters. Ms. Dixon is a member of Weil’s Public Company Advisory Group.

Prior to joining Weil, Ms. Dixon was Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She previously served as Chief of that Division’s Offices of Mergers & Acquisitions and Disclosure Policy (rulemaking), respectively, and as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Steven M.H. Wallman. She also served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (through the Department’s Honors Program), before joining the SEC in the appellate litigation section of the Office of the General Counsel.

Ms. Dixon frequently speaks and writes on various federal securities laws topics. She is co-author of a well-known treatise on the federal proxy rules, Aranow and Einhorn on Proxy Contests for Corporate Control (3d ed., with Randall Thomas). Ms. Dixon also has taught a course on mergers & acquisitions at Georgetown University Law School, as an adjunct faculty member. She is the immediate former Chair, and a current member, of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section’s Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, after serving successive terms as Committee Vice-Chair, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee’s Securities Registration Subcommittee and Co-Chair of this Committee’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions. Ms. Dixon is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is a member of the ABA Business Law Section’s Publication Board.

Ms. Dixon has been recognized in such publications as Who’s Who Legal (2013 – 2018, Corporate – M&A and Governance), Best Lawyers in America (2007-2019, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law), The Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C. (2018, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Compliance Law and Securities / Capital Markets Law) and Washington DC Super Lawyers (2013 – 2015, Securities and Corporate Finance).

Ms. Dixon received her J.D., magna cum laude, and her B.S., cum laude, from Creighton University. After law school, Ms. Dixon clerked for the Honorable William C. Stuart, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and the Honorable Henry A. Politz, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Iowa Bar Associations.


David M. Lynn is a partner in the Washington, D.C. Office of Morrison & Foerster LLP and is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice. He served as Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Lynn who provides guidance to companies, underwriters, boards of directors and other market participants on corporate finance matters, corporate governance and best practices for disclosure and compliance. In addition to being a leading authority on securities and governance issues, Mr. Lynn is particularly well known in the area of executive compensation disclosure, having co-authored “The Executive Compensation Disclosure Treatise and Reporting Guide.”

While serving as Chief Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, Mr. Lynn led the rulemaking team that drafted significant revisions to the SEC's executive compensation and related party disclosure rules. Mr. Lynn re-joined the SEC as Chief Counsel shortly after adoption of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and served in that position until 2007. Mr. Lynn initially served on the SEC staff from 1995-2000 as an Attorney-Advisor and subsequently a Special Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance. While in private practice from 2000-2003, he advised clients on SEC investigations, securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Mr. Lynn is co-editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net, The Corporate Counsel, CompensationStandards.com and The Corporate Executive, which are widely read sources on securities, governance, executive compensation and corporate law matters. Mr. Lynn also has served as chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.

Mr. Lynn received his law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he serves as a member of the Board of Visitors, and his undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and finance from Loyola University Maryland.


David Martin advises corporations and other entities, directors, financial professionals, investors and other clients in corporate, corporate governance, securities regulation and transactional matters. He has led teams of lawyers in corporate finance, business combination and other change of control transactions, including public offerings, spin-offs, proxy contests, and tender offers. He counsels boards, senior executives, and investors in a range of governance policies and procedures. His practice also includes enforcement cases before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), internal investigations and corporate compliance issues.

Mr. Martin's career includes seven years of service with the SEC, where, prior to joining Covington, he was the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance. In this position, he was the senior executive officer for the agency's program for review of reports of public companies to securities markets and investors. Previously at the SEC, Mr. Martin served as special counsel to the Chairman.

Mr. Martin is a frequent lecturer and author of articles. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Corporate Laws Committee, serves on the Board of the SEC Historical Society, having previously been its Chairman and President, and had four years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
    • Virginia Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Yale University, B.A.

Honors and Rankings

  • Chambers USA, Nationwide Leading Individual, Securities: Regulation: Advisory (2006-2015); Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (2007-2015)
  • Legal 500 US (2011-2014)
  • The BTI Client Service All-Star Team (2006, 2010, 2013, 2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Washington Corporate Compliance Lawyer of the Year (2013-2014) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2005-2014)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers (2010-2015) 
  • Washingtonian, Best Lawyers (2009, 2011, 2013)
  • Who's Who Legal 
    • Capital Markets (2015) 
    • The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers (2013-2015)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association’s Corporate Laws Committee (Section of Business Law)
  • Fellow, American College of Governance Counsel
  • Member, Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board
  • Member, Board of Trustees, SEC Historical Society
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Arena Stage


Nicolas Grabar’s practice focuses on international capital markets and securities regulation and on the representation of large reporting companies. He plays a primary role in the firm’s work for public company clients, including leading Mexican and Brazilian businesses, sovereigns, and global investment banks, on their biggest and most complex capital markets and financing matters.

Nick is known for creating durable relationships with his clients—including representing the Mexican government for more than 30 years—and is regarded as one of the premier authorities on SEC disclosure and securities reporting matters.

He has extensive experience in international financings in public and private markets, in U.S. securities law and regulations applicable to foreign issuers, and in the regulation of financial reporting. Nick also has experience in the telecommunications and natural resources sectors, and has advised on acquisitions, joint ventures, privatizations, and debt restructuring.

Nick repeatedly has been recognized for his work on behalf of clients, including by The American Lawyer, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 Latin America, and IFLR1000, among others. In 2016, Latin Lawyer named Nick its “International Lawyer of the Year,” describing him as “an elite dealmaker with a reputation for assisting on novel financing structures that set precedents for others to follow.”

Nick joined the firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1991. From 1985 to 1989, he was resident in the Paris office.

Nick received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

 


Priya Velamoor is a Director and Associate General Counsel in the Equity Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ms. Velamoor has been with the bank since 2005 and focuses on equity capital markets transactions, as well as U.S. and international regulatory and policy matters affecting the securities industry. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ms. Velamoor practiced law with the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.


Stan Keller, Of Counsel in Locke Lord's Boston office, has extensive experience in corporate and securities law matters, and has worked on regulatory developments with officials at all levels in the SEC. He advises both public and private companies on a wide range of issues and transactions.

Stan chaired the American Bar Association's Federal Regulation of Securities Committee during the height of the Sarbanes-Oxley era, and in that capacity had responsibility for interacting on behalf of the private bar with the SEC, other governmental officials and the stock exchanges. He was actively involved with the ABA's Task Force dealing with the SEC's attorney conduct rules, with the ABA Task Force on Corporate Responsibility and with the ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege. He also was chair of the ABA Legal Opinions Committee and Audit Responses Committee, and he has been actively involved in the ABA's Corporate Laws Committee as a member, special adviser and special reporter for the 2016 Revision of the Model Business Corporation Act.

Stan is a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee and was the reporter for its Remedies Opinion Report and its Report on Preferred Stock Opinions. He is co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Revision of the Massachusetts Business Corporation Law, which drafted the current Massachusetts corporation statute (Chapter 156D), and chaired the BBA's Business Law Section, Corporation Law Committee, and Legal Opinions Committee, as well as the Massachusetts Bar Association's Business Law Section and Corporation Law Committee.

Stan lectures widely for continuing legal education organizations, and has written and edited many articles and treatises on corporate, securities law and professional responsibility matters.


Tymour Okasha is an associate general counsel in the Equity Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He focuses on advising investment bankers on all aspects of deal execution for equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs, follow-ons, private placements and convertible debt issuances. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Okasha was an attorney in the corporate finance group at Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.


Annemarie Tierney is the Founder and Principal of Liquid Advisors, a consulting firm offering strategic advisory services around private placements and secondary liquidity structuring and regulatory requirements, including for digital or token-based securities.  Previously, Annemarie was the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel of Templum, Inc., a registered broker dealer/alternative trading system approved to conduct primary offerings and secondary trading in unregistered digital securities.  Annemarie is a seasoned financial services lawyer/strategist with substantial SEC, law firm, and in-house legal experience, as well as experienced in broker dealer regulation, blockchain legal and regulatory issues, securities transactional work, SEC rules and regulations, corporate governance, and international expansion.  Annemarie has led a broad range of regulatory and legislative thought leadership initiatives in the private issuer space and is a frequent speaker on a range of private market topics.  Annemarie previously served as Head of Strategy at Nasdaq Private Market and as the General Counsel of SecondMarket, Inc., now Digital Currency Group.  Annemarie has also worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, the NYSE and NYFIX.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of SEC Alumni and a former member of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies.   She earned her BA/BS in Finance and International Relations from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware and her JD from the Catholic University of America.  Annemarie is also FINRA series 7 and 24 licensed.


Mr. Donohoe is President of Donohoe Advisory Associates LLC, which specializes in advising public and private companies and law firms on stock exchange listing matters and related corporate governance issues.  Since founding Donohoe Advisory in July 2004, Mr. Donohoe has represented hundreds of companies in stock exchange listing hearings.  He has also assisted many dozens of other issuers and law firms in connection with the structuring of financing and merger and acquisition transactions so as to comply with applicable stock exchange rules.  Additionally, he has been instrumental in procuring stock exchange listings for a large number of companies and has assisted with the consummation of nearly one hundred reverse mergers involving Nasdaq-listed companies.

Mr. Donohoe also currently serves as Managing Director – Investment Banking for ROTH Capital Partners, LLC  (a FINRA member firm: www.ROTH.com), where he assists issuers in connection with  equity and debt offerings and advises on merger and acquisition transactions and restructurings. 

Prior to forming Donohoe Advisory, Mr. Donohoe served as Chief Counsel for the Listing Qualifications Department of The Nasdaq Stock Market.  Over his nine year tenure, Mr. Donohoe successfully worked with hundreds of companies to resolve listing issues related to initial public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, financings, debt conversions and other corporate restructuring transactions.  Mr. Donohoe joined Nasdaq in 1995 as Counsel for the Hearings Group and subsequently held several positions of increasing responsibility. From 1996 until his departure in June 2004, he was responsible for overseeing all Nasdaq delisting and initial listing hearings, during which time he personally conducted more than 1,500 hearings and oversaw a docket in excess of 4,000 companies.

Additionally, Mr. Donohoe served as liaison to the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, a standing committee comprised of members of the business community, where he was responsible for developing and promulgating listing standards and associated policies.

Mr. Donohoe was employed by two New York Stock Exchange member firms from 1991 until 1995. From 1988 to 1990, he was engaged in the private practice of law. Mr. Donohoe graduated from The University of Texas, Austin in 1985 with a B.A. in Economics and received a J.D. in 1988 from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


Stuart D. Fishman is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel for the Corporate & Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.  He is the senior Debt Capital Markets lawyer and is involved in a variety of public, private and Rule 144A offerings of debt securities for investment grade and non-investment grade issuers.

In 2011, he was named by International Financial Law Review as one of the “21 Most Influential Bankers’ Counsel” in the world.

 He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Emory University. 


David Harms advises clients on securities and corporate law matters, including capital markets transactions, SEC requirements, corporate governance and broker-dealer regulation.  He is a partner in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP.