Corporate Governance and Compliance. An attorney practicing in this area will generally represent public companies because the relevant laws typically only apply to public companies. Representative matters in this practice area include:
- Counseling companies regarding their reporting, disclosure, and shareholder-related requirements under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (‘34 Act);
- Preparing disclosure documents required by the '34 Act, including all periodic disclosure filings and proxy statements;
- Counseling companies regarding compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, including implementing codes of ethics and insider trading programs; and
- Representing company boards of directors regarding fiduciary duty issues.
Mergers and Acquisitions. Mergers and acquisitions attorneys advise both public and private companies regarding the following types of transactions:
- Mergers of public and private companies;
- Purchases of stock and/or assets;
- Divestitures and “spin-offs” of assets;
- Tender offers;
- Leveraged buyouts; and
- Joint ventures.
Securities Attorneys in this practice area advise both public and private companies on capital-raising transactions. Representative transactions in this practice area include:
- Initial public offerings of equity securities;
- Secondary public offerings of equity securities;
- Public offerings of debt securities; and
- Private placements of equity and debt securities.
See the following articles for more information:
- What is it Like Being a Corporate Lawyer: What Do Corporate Lawyers Do?
- Choosing Between Corporate and Litigation Practice Areas: Which is the Better Choice for Your Legal Career?
- What Does It Take to Become a Successful Corporate Attorney?
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- Practice of Business Law
- Becoming a Corporate Attorney
- Corporate Attorney Jobs: A Great Career Option
- How to Become a Corporate Lawyer
- Being a Corporate Attorney
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