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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, Marty Dunn, 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


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 is a capital markets lawyer and strategic advisor who frequently works on regulatory, structured finance, mergers and acquisitions and FinTech matters, including blockchain.  She currently represents a large bank as it expands its foreign exchange and derivatives business, implements enhanced risk frameworks and expands its Fintech business, including blockchain, as well as considers other business initiatives and deposit growth.  She specializes in GRC – governance, risk and compliance – and in strategic growth advisory work.

Adele’s work involves diverse industries, including: financial institutions; energy and utilities; healthcare (medical devices, biotech and pharmaceuticals), leisure (gaming and hotels); real estate, telecommunications, media and technology; transportation (airlines, automotive, shipping, rail); and retail.

Adele frequently chairs and speaks at national law programs.  She has served as an adjunct law professor at Fordham University School of Law and speaks at Cornell University Law School and the Levin Institute.

Adele worked for over ten years at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, and was a partner at White & Case LLP and Linklaters LLP. Adele most served as Director – Group Audit (Legal and Regulatory) at Deutsche Bank.  Adele has done strategic consulting work (revenue enhancements, deposit growth, FX, derivatives, mergers) for large banks and led anti-financial crimes investigations, risk framework implementations and corporate governance matters.

Involvement

  • New York City Bar Association (Securities Regulation Committee (former Chair), Financial Reporting Committee (former Chair), Banking Law Committee, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee)
  • New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section (Executive Committee), Securities Regulation Committee, Investment Management Committee
  • American Bar Association, Federal Securities Law Committee
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Women in Derivatives (WIND), 100 Women in Finance, Women in Funds
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
  • Society of Corporate Governance Professionals
  • SIFMA (Legal Society and Internal Audit Society)
  • Risk Management Association

Education

  • Cornell University Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts 


Andrew Fabens is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice Group and is a member of the Firm’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, The Legal 500 US and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. 

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 T. Pinedo is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and a member of the Corporate & Securities 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 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.

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 JOBS Act Quick Start, published by International Financial Law Review (2013; updated 2014, 2016); a 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, published by International Financial Law Review (2012; updated 2014, 2016); Liability Management: An Overview (2011, updated 2015), published by International Financial Law Review; 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, updated 2016). Anna is also a contributing author to Broker-Dealer Regulation (2011, second ed. 2012), 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 lnstitute's "BD/IA: Regulation in Focus" blog.


Annemarie Tierney joined Nasdaq Private Market in March 2015 as Vice President – Head of Strategy and New Markets, where she is responsible for identifying and assessing potential new private issuer products and services, including from a legal and regulatory point of view.  From 2010 to March 2015, Ms. Tierney was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of SecondMarket Holdings, Inc. (now Digital Currency Group), a disruptive private financial services company that provided secondary liquidity for unregistered assets (including private company stock and fixed income products) through its registered broker dealer subsidiaries, and also created and launched the first private bitcoin investment vehicle through its asset management subsidiary.

From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Tierney served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to NYFIX, Inc., a Nasdaq listed public company, with responsibility for a wide range of corporate and legal issues.  From 2002 to 2008, Ms. Tierney was Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of NYSE Euronext, where she had primary responsibility for NYSE Euronext’s SEC and AMF reporting function.  Ms. Tierney also acted as counsel to the NYSE Global Listings Group, with particular responsibility for corporate governance and quantitative listing standards.  From 1996 to 2002, Ms. Tierney was a Senior Associate in the corporate finance group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, London and New York.  From 1990 to 1996, Ms. Tierney served as Special Counsel in the Office of International Corporate Finance in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, with responsibility for a wide range of rulemaking and interpretative issues.

In 2016, Ms. Tierney was appointed as a member of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies.  She is a frequent speaker on a range of legal issues impacting private companies and, in 2014, presented testimony to the Capital Markets Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on the importance of facilitating private company secondary liquidity.  Ms. Tierney has also provided support to members of Congress and their staff on a range of legislation impacting private companies, including the JOBS Act of 2012 and the FAST Act of 2015.  She is a member of the Board of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc., a not for profit organization.

Ms. Tierney earned her JD at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, and her BS (Finance) and BA (International Relations) at the University of Delaware.


Brian S. Korn is a partner and co-chair of the financial services group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. He is also a member of the firm's capital markets practice group and chair of the digital finance and marketplace lending practice. His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), early-stage and start-up venture financings, and mature corporate and high-yield debt finance. He also advises clients on SEC compliance, broker-dealer compliance, corporate swap transactions, blockchain technology and initial coin offerings. 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 LendIt Industry Awards. Brian chairs the prestigious Practising Law Institute’s Marketplace Lending and Crowdfunding conference, the leading legal conference of its kind serving the digital finance industry.

Prior to joining Manatt, Brian co-led the crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending practice at a major international law firm. Brian has also previously served as head of Equity Capital Markets and Syndicate Compliance at Barclays Capital and as senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. He has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in investment banking and capital markets transactions, including transactions involving equity, debt, hybrid/convertible and preferred securities, derivatives and foreign exchange. He has executed several IPOs and other equity value monetization transactions, such as spin-offs, split-offs and carveout transactions. He also has extensive experience in sponsor-leveraged buyouts and bank/bond acquisition financing.

Brian has made multiple appearances on Fox Business Television, Bloomberg, CCTV America and National Public Radio commenting on the JOBS Act, including its impact on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, IPOs and market trading dynamics. Brian was recently selected to serve on the advisory board of the Lexis Practice Advisor (LPA), an online product providing legal and market insights and practical guidance for attorneys. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.


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, and is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice. Mr. Lynn is a highly respected securities advisory counsel who provides guidance to Fortune 100 corporations, small public companies, underwriters and other market participants on corporate finance matters and best practices for disclosures and compliance. In addition to being a leading authority on SEC 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 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. As a result, he was intimately involved in implementing and interpreting the SEC rulemaking that occurred in the wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. 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 and The Corporate Counsel, which are widely read sources on securities, governance and corporate law matters. Mr. Lynn serves as co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation and is a former chair of the Board of Trustees of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society and the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee.


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


Martin Dunn is senior of counsel based in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to his career in private law, Mr. Dunn spent 20 years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, having served as Chief Counsel, Deputy Director and Acting Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, as a highly respected counselor to public companies. Mr. Dunn “is an immensely respected regulatory expert… He provides high-end securities counseling on regulatory compliance and transactional matters.” as noted in Chambers USA.

Fortune 500 clients turn to Mr. Dunn for his skillful counsel on critical issues they face. He offers a unique insider's perspective and clients admire his ability to apply practical guidance to situations that they face every day. He provides guidance on corporate governance and securities laws to newly formed publicly traded companies as well as to established ones. Mr. Dunn counsels companies through the public offering process, including compliance with the SEC requirements and responses to SEC comments.

In his role with the SEC, Mr. Dunn supervised the Corporation Finance Division’s Offices of Chief Counsel, Chief Accountant, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Corporate Finance, Rulemaking, Small Business and Enforcement Liaison. He oversaw many of the SEC’s most significant initiatives on disclosure, governance and capital-raising, including reforming the securities offering process, updating Rule 144, implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, adopting the plain English requirements for prospectuses, implementing electronic proxy delivery, and easing exempt and registered capital formation for small businesses.

Mr. Dunn is top ranked by Chambers USA in the area of Securities Regulation: Advisory, noting that he is a “‘preeminent securities lawyer’ and a ‘true expert’ in the field when it comes to advising on SEC regulation and corporate governance issues” (Chambers USA 2016). He has also been named a recommended lawyer by Legal 500 US for Capital Markets in Debt Offerings, Equity Offerings and High-Yield Offerings and is recognized by Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2016 as a Corporate Governance Lawyer. During his career at the SEC, he was the recipient of numerous awards, such as the SEC Capital Markets Award, SEC Regulatory Award, SEC Law and Policy Award, SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence, and the Federal Bar Association’s Philip A. Loomis, Jr. Award.

Mr. Dunn is frequently sought after to speak, write and comment on securities law topics. He is co-editor of the widely read newsletter, The Corporate Counsel a premier publication in the field. He is on the Executive Committee of the Northwestern University School of Law’s Securities Regulation Institute, a past Chair of the Northwestern University School of Law’s Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, and the University of Texas School of Law’s Conference on Securities Regulation and Corporate Law, and has been on the faculty of the ALI CLE’s Regulation D and Private Placements Conference for more than 20 years. Mr. Dunn also speaks frequently as a member of the faculty of the Practising Law Institute.

Mr. Dunn served as Co-Chair of the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council and he has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland School of Law.

 


Nicolas Grabar is a partner based in the New York office. His practice focuses on securities regulation and on the representation of large reporting companies, as well as international capital markets. He plays a primary role in the firm’s work for clients including leading Mexican and Brazilian companies, several Fortune 100 companies and global investment banks.

Mr. Grabar 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. He has also specialized in the telecommunications and natural resources sectors, and has advised on acquisitions, joint ventures, privatizations and debt restructurings.

Mr. Grabar’s broad expertise includes dealing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with Exchange Act reporting, shareholder proposals, securities offerings, financial restatements and investigations. Over the past year, Mr. Grabar has been one of the lead partners representing longstanding client Petrobras in various matters, including in significant SEC reporting, corporate governance and financing matters.

Mr. Grabar was honored in 2011 as a "Dealmaker of the Year" and in 2010 as a "Dealmaker in the Spotlight" by The American Lawyer. IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 U.S., The Legal 500 Latin AmericaLatin Lawyer 250: Latin America's Leading Business Law Firms, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America repeatedly recognize him as one of the world's best capital markets lawyers.

From 2002 to 2010 Mr. Grabar chaired the annual Practicing Law Institute program on foreign issuers and U.S. securities regulation, and he has served on the securities regulation committees of several bar associations. He is the chair of the Financial Reporting Committee of the New York City Bar Association and a member of the TriBar Committee on Legal Opinions. He has spoken and published on legal opinion practice, securities regulation, international securities offerings, privatizations and securitizations of financial assets. He is a co-author of U.S. Regulation of the International Securities and Derivatives Markets (published by Wolters Kluwer, 10th edition 2011) and is a consulting editor and contributor to The New York Stock Exchange IPO Guide (2nd edition, 2013).

Mr. Grabar joined the firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1991. From 1985 to 1989, he was resident in the Paris office. Mr. Grabar received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1982 and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1978. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Grabar is a member of the Bar in New York and has been admitted to practice in France. His native language is English, and he is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and Portuguese.


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.


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 September 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.


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.


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.


Ms. Kirkpatrick is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and the firm’s Finance Partner, responsible for overseeing Davis Polk’s finances. As a senior member of the firm’s Capital Markets Group, her practice includes public equity, equity-linked, debt and other securities offerings for both issuers and underwriters.   Ms. Kirkpatrick has worked on offerings for issuers over a broad spectrum of industries, including financial institutions, utilities, health care, oil and gas, retail, media and special-purpose acquisition companies.

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.

Work Highlights

Ms. Kirkpatrick has participated in offerings by companies such as Abbott, Lockheed Martin, Walgreen’s, PDC Energy, Black Hills, Hess and Re/Max.

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 represented issuers such as Bats Global Markets, L Brands, VF Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation in securities offerings and corporate governance matters.

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

Regularly participates as a speaker on various PLI panels

Memberships

Committee on Financial Reporting, New York City Bar

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


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.