Cynthia M. Krus: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Cynthia M. Krus

Cynthia Krus
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Capital Markets & Investments
  • Business Development Companies
  • Corporate
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Crisis Management
  • Private Capital
  • Private Equity
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Venture Capital & Early Stage Finance
  • Insurance
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0218
Fax: 202-637-3593
University Emory University, B.A.
Law SchoolTulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude
Admitted1989, Maryland; 1999, District of Columbia
BornChicago, Illinois, 1962

Cynthia Krus counsels companies and alternative investment funds in their quest to grow their businesses, especially in the crucial area of raising capital. Cynthia works with management teams and boards of directors to develop strategic plans and timing for critical decisions in all aspects of their businesses, including mergers and acquisitions; proxy contests; going-private transactions; reorganizations; debt, equity and rights offerings; and other securities and capital markets transactions. She is recognized as a leading adviser to business development companies (BDCs) and small business investment companies (SBICs).

With more than 20 years working in this specialized area, Cynthia brings deep, hands-on experience to the complex issues-both legal and strategic-faced by companies. She counsels public companies in a broad range of corporate and securities matters, such as corporate governance, crisis management, whistleblower response, disclosure, executive compensation and shareholder matters.

Cynthia is the author of the Corporate Secretary's Answer Book, which is updated annually, and frequently speaks at industry conferences on regulatory, corporate governance, and capital raising issues.

Selected Experience

Sutherland guides publicly traded private equity fund through leveraged buyout and strategic roll-up transaction.
Sutherland advised a publicly traded BDC in its simultaneous acquisition and roll-up of 23 regional consumer products brokerage businesses, including 14 through simultaneous reverse-triangular mergers.

Sutherland represents a large BDC in shelf registration offerings.
Sutherland, as outside general counsel and securities counsel, advised Allied Capital Corporation (now part of Ares Capital Corporation), in developing a shelf registration statement that was used to raise more than $1 billion in capital over several years.

Sutherland counsels Allied Capital throughout its merger with Ares Capital.
In 2009, Allied Capital Corporation and Ares Capital Corporation-both BDCs-entered into a merger agreement, with Ares acquiring Allied. Sutherland advised Allied Capital on every aspect of the transaction, which closed in April 2010.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Washington, D.C. nonprofit Bread for the City as "Community Leader of the Year" (2011)

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions and private equity (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of corporate mergers and acquisitions (2010) and mergers and acquisitions: middle-market (2011)

Professional Activities

Member, Advisory Board,

Former Instructor, Georgetown University Law School

Former Adjunct Professor, George Washington University

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Crisis Management


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SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Warns Companies and Inside Counsel Against Using Employment Incentives to Deter External Whistleblowing
Thomas R. Bundy,Peter N. Farley,Patricia A. Gorham,Cheryl L. Haas,Cynthia M. Krus, March 21, 2014
During a recent panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center’s 18th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, warned companies and their in-house counsel against drafting...

Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Contractors of Public Companies
Peter J. Anderson,Thomas R. Bundy,Peter N. Farley,Patricia A. Gorham,Cynthia M. Krus, March 10, 2014
In the first SOX whistleblower case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court held on March 4 that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) prohibits private contractors of publicly traded companies from retaliating against their employees for engaging in protected whistleblowing activities. As...

The Volcker Rule: The Rising Appeal of Registered Investment Companies and BDCs
Brian Barrett,Steven B. Boehm,Cynthia M. Krus,John J. Mahon,Harry S. Pangas, January 16, 2014
On December 10, 2013, the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission issued final rules implementing Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...

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Cynthia M. Krus

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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