Eric Hellige, head of the corporate and securities practice at Pryor Cashman, has more than 30 years' experience in general corporate representation, with an emphasis on transactional work. His practice concentrates on a wide range of corporate, securities and commercial matters, including federal and state securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate trust and general corporate counseling. He works extensively with both public and private clients and a number of the country's largest financial institutions.
Eric serves as corporate counsel to public and private companies in connection with their general corporate and securities compliance matters. In these engagements, he provides ongoing advice to corporations, partnerships and other entities in connection with operational matters, including venture capital and corporate finance, employment contracts and incentive compensation, transitional planning, shareholder or partnerships arrangements, banking and investor relationships and general business planning and counseling.
He has represented clients in all stages of the corporate growth cycle, including emerging growth and later-stage companies in start-up, early stage and other venture capital financings, private placements and bridge financings, mergers and acquisitions, exchange offers, strategic alliances and other joint venture formations. Eric's background also include the negotiation of technology licensing, consulting, shareholder, executive compensation, confidentiality and non-competition agreements and corporate governance matters.
General Securities Practice
Eric advises public companies, both domestic and international, in a wide variety of issues under the federal and state securities laws, including SEC periodic reporting and proxy requirements, dealing with analysts and the press, Section 16 reporting (short swing profits), Rule 144 sales, and the rules and regulations of the national stock exchanges. Eric also has represented numerous issuers, selling stockholders and underwriters in connection with a variety of public debt and equity financings, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings and selling stockholder shelf registrations.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Eric has represented purchasers and sellers of businesses in many different industries, including both public and private (including family-owned) companies. These transactions have involved the use of secured and unsecured debt as well as public or private equity securities with the attendant tax, corporate and securities considerations.
Eric organized the corporate trust group at Pryor Cashman and has over 20 years experience representing corporate trust departments of major banking institutions in a wide variety of corporate trust transactions, including both corporate and municipal debt (including secured, unsecured, senior, subordinated and convertible), secured and unsecured commercial paper, escrow arrangements, asset and security-backed financings and various types of agency agreements. Eric also works with attorneys in Pryor Cashman's bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights practice in advising indenture trustees in default administration matters and bankruptcy proceedings, including counseling indenture trustees in their fiduciary capacities as creditor committee members.
· Co-Author (with Durre Hanif), Ethical Obligations Regarding Inadvertently Transmitted E-Mail Communications, Inside, Special Issue: "What's New in Ethics and Privilege" published by Corporate Counsel Section of N.Y.S. Bar Association (Spring/Summer 2012)
· Author, Industrial Development Bonds: The Disclosure Dilemma, 6 The Journal of Corporation Law 291 (1981)
· Author, Monell v. Department of Social Services - One Step Forward and a Half Step Back for Municipal Liability Under Section 1983, 7 Hofstra Law Review 893 (1979)
· New York State Bar Association
· American Bar Association
· Named as a "Key Individual" in the areas of Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions by Chambers USA 2010 and 2011
· Named among top M&A lawyers in the U.S. by Legal 500 U.S. 2012
· Named as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of Securities & Corporate Finance by New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition magazine (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions)
Legal 500 US 2012 Names Pryor Cashman One of Top U.S. M&A Firms
35 Pryor Cashman Attorneys Selected as NYC Super Lawyers
Partner Eric Hellige Interviewed About Companies Paid to Monitor College Athletes
Chambers USA Once Again Recognizes Pryor Cashman as One of Top Firms in U.S. in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Media & Entertainment
Pryor Cashman's Eric Hellige and Durre Hanif Author Legal Update About Ethical Obligations Regarding Inadvertently Transmitted E-Mail Communications
Partner Eric Hellige Interviewed About Financing for Brazil's Middle Market
Pryor Cashman Represents Resource Holdings Inc. in Financing to Develop Gold Mine in Brazil
30 Pryor Cashman Attorneys Selected as NYC Super Lawyers
Chambers USA Recognizes Pryor Cashman as One of Top Firms in USA in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Media & Entertainment
Pryor Cashman Client Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution Rings the Bell at NASDAQ
Partner Eric Hellige Speaks to Law 360 About U.S. Companies Eyeing Asia and Latin America For Growth
Pryor Cashman Signs Two Memorandums of Understanding with China's International Cooperation Center of the National Development and Reform Commission (ICC-NDRC) and the Shijiazhuang Municipal Government
Twenty Pryor Cashman Partners Selected as NYC Super Lawyers
Chambers USA Recognizes Pryor Cashman as One of Top Firms in USA in Fields of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Media & Entertainment
Pryor Cashman Client China Green Agriculture Inc. Rings the Bell at New York Stock Exchange
Pryor Cashman Represents Zhongpin Inc. in $60 Million Public Offering of Common Stock
Fourteen Pryor Cashman Partners Selected as 2009 New York Super Lawyers
Pryor Cashman Represents Integrated Drilling Equipment Company in its Proposed Merger with Columbus Acquisition, Corp.
Pryor Cashman Represents Logistics Company in Acquisition and Financing Transactions
Pryor Cashman Represents Coal Mining Company in Second Major Acquisition
Pryor Cashman Client Zhongpin Inc. Rings the Bell at NASDAQ
Pryor Cashman Featured in January 7, 2008 Edition of Forbes Magazine
Pryor Cashman Represents Zhongpin Inc. in $50 Million Private Placement
Pryor Cashman Client Rogar Studios, Inc. Wins 2007 National Parenting Publications Award
Pryor Cashman Represents Aequus Technologies Corp. in $5.575 Million Private Placement
Pryor Cashman Represents Coal Mining Company in Major Acquisition and Financing Transactions
Partner Eric Hellige Makes Presentation to Corporate Trust Professionals in Delaware
Pryor Cashman Is Gold Sponsor of 25th Annual ROTH Conference
Pryor Cashman Sponsors DealFlow Media Beijing Conference
Pryor Cashman Sponsors 2011 Annual Global Investment Conference in NYC