Capital Markets & Securities Law
Federal and state securities laws and regulations govern financial instruments such as stocks and bonds, equity and debt, investment funds, investment contracts, and other types of transactions. Our team specializes in the complex and changing laws and regulations that apply to financial investments, helping issuers, companies, and fund managers structure their investment offerings as well as protecting and defending them from investor complaints and SEC investigations.
Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain Tokens and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is quickly becoming more aggressive in its investigation and scrutiny of this new, fast-moving frontier in technology advancement. Blockchain-related investment opportunities abound. Legitimate ICO’s or the cryptocurrency-related offerings that will survive regulatory scrutiny are those who have a solid legal footing rooted in compliance with existing U.S. federal and state securities laws and regulations. Our team continuously monitors the evolving regulatory environment in the cryptocurrency space — both in the U.S. and internationally — to ensure our clients stay on the right side of the cutting edge of the law.
Corporate Law Nationwide
State laws regulate the establishment and structure of corporations, partnerships, and other business entities. Because laws governing these different business types are not the same in every state, working with a knowledgeable firm with expertise in all 50 states is critical.
Hedge Funds & Private Equity
Our hedge funds and private equity team has extensive experience working on commercial finance transactions of all sizes and complexities. From private placements to hedge funds, and from private equity funds to real estate, oil and gas, mining, and other specialized funds, we can help you structure, design, and legally document everything you need as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Whether it’s a large company acquiring a smaller one or two similar size companies merging, working with an experienced attorney is critical to a successful M&A outcome. Luckily we have the depth and breadth of seasoned experience in the due diligence process, building valuation models, reviewing representations and warranties, and completing asset sales.
Foreign Direct Investment (EB5, etc.)
A foreign direct investment (FDI) is made when a company or individual in one country invests in business interests in another by establishing substantial control or influence over the foreign business’ decision making. As in the case of the United States EB5 Immigration Visa program, or similar FDI transactions, structuring an FDI improperly can mean the difference between profit and loss, obtaining an EB5 Visa or not, or compliance or securities law violations. That’s where we come in. We make sure it’s done right.
Initial & Secondary Public Offerings
An initial public offering (IPO) is a company’s first public sale of stock. Before issuing an IPO, the company is considered private and its shareholders are primarily made up of a small number of early and professional investors. By allowing public investors to buy shares of the company, more room is made for the company to increase capital and expand their business. Secondary offerings are also critical for already-public companies to raise capital. Having a seasoned securities firm at the helm can make all the difference.
Sometimes even the most careful company, fund, or issuer can find themselves in the crosshairs of federal or state securities regulators or an investor lawsuit. We have the capacity to handle almost any kind SEC investigation, enforcement action, or litigation matter that may crop up.
Regulatory & Compliance
Companies, funds, and issuers of all kinds must be attentive to ever-changing government regulations, complying quickly and appropriately to correct oversights. We understand these complicated environments and will work with you to identify and alleviate the risks of potential enforcement actions, intercepting compliance problems whenever possible.