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Our Corporate and Securities Practice focuses on the business objectives of our clients. We utilize the depth of our experience and resources to help clients achieve their goals notwithstanding the constantly changing business landscape. We believe that no other law firm offers corporate clients the combined benefits of local presence and global resources. We may be next door, but our reach extends to everywhere our clients want or need to be. From raising capital, to doing deals, to complying with regulations, to managing risk, to implementing best practices, our cumulative experience is extraordinary, and our commitment to service is unmatched.

GT's Corporate and Securities Department is well situated to provide advice and services to companies and entrepreneurs throughout the Americas, in Europe and Asia, in locations where you are already doing business, or where you want to be in the future. Our group of more than 350 corporate and securities lawyers brings together the strategic business, legal and market experience needed to manage and close the most complex transactions as well as provide savvy yet practical counsel on day-to-day operations. We don't only read law journals and advance sheets; we read trade and industry journals.

We recognize that our clients needs often demand work beyond a standard workday. So we make sure that we are accessible to clients, providing the responsiveness of a small, local law firm, together with the resources of a global firm. We stay abreast of evolving laws and regulatory issues and we make sure that our clients are prepared to address them.

We advise public and privately held companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital, underwritten and syndicated offerings, commercial finance and syndicated lending, cross-border transactions and general corporate matters. Our industry experience includes transactions in a wide range of fields, from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and life sciences fields, to representations involving clients in the aviation, banking, energy, health care, manufacturing, technology and telecommunications sectors.

Our practice groups and attorneys have been recognized as No. 1 in their respective geographic regions by The National Law Journal, Chambers & Partners, Corporate Board Member magazine, The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers, Latin Lawyer magazine, and a number of regional and local professional publications. We believe that we add value beyond that customarily afforded by most law firms, and we would welcome the opportunity to partner with you and assist you in addressing the new challenges that you face.

Banking & Finance

Our Banking & Finance group has extensive experience representing clients in many types of financing transactions. We understand the typical objectives of financial institutions’ lending programs and offer an experienced perspective through our lawyers’ knowledge of the financial services industry, market conventions, and business cycles. Our clients include domestic and international banks, finance companies, hedge funds, private equity sponsors, and corporate borrowers.  We represent lead arrangers, agents and lenders in structuring, documenting and closing a variety of complex loan transactions. We also have a strong practice representing borrowers in all types of commercial loans and other financial transactions. Our experience and understanding of market standards and the expectations and concerns of various types of lenders with regard to a variety of financing transactions contribute to our ability to assist borrower clients effectively and efficiently.

Typical transactions include U.S. and international asset-based and cash-flow secured and unsecured credit facilities, acquisition financings and other leveraged buyouts, first and second lien and unitranche credit facilities, and debtor-in-possession financings and exit financings. We have vast experience with complex credit transactions, including multicurrency and cross-border lending arrangements. Our Banking & Finance group attorneys also regularly work on matters involving loan participations, intercreditor agreements, subordinated and mezzanine debt financings, letters of credit, loan workouts and debt restructurings. Transaction sizes range from middle-market single lender and club deals to multibillion-dollar investment-grade widely syndicated credit facilities. Our experience spans a wide variety of industries and types of collateral, including energy, natural resources, health care, food and agribusiness, retail, media/telecom, transportation, fine art, technology, and gaming.

Global Securities

Greenberg Traurig’s global securities attorneys collaborate across office locations and industries to represent U.S., foreign and international issuers, underwriters, placement agents, financial institutions, venture capital funds, hedge funds, private equity firms, broker-dealers, investment companies and private investment firms in all aspects of securities offering transactions in the capital markets, including initial and follow on equity public offerings, registered debt offerings, high yield offerings in the Rule 144A market, private placements and specialized matters such as PIPE, SPAC and REIT transactions.  Our clients include a wide range of companies, from start-ups to multi-billion dollar NYSE listed issuers, across the full spectrum of industries and markets, from high tech and life sciences, to retail and infrastructure.  In addition, we have broad experience with cross-border transactions, leveraging our international talent resident both in our US offices as well as our offices in Mexico, Israel, England, the Netherlands, Poland, China and Korea.

Our attorneys also help a wide variety of enterprises to fulfill their securities reporting and compliance obligations and to cope with constantly emerging regulations and the latest market trends.  In addition, the Global Securities group collaborates with professionals from our litigation and executive compensation practices to advise our clients in all aspects of public company governance structures, policies and procedures, executive compensation, internal investigations, responses to activist shareholders, proxy contests, special committee assignments and other vital corporate governance practices and responsibilities, always with a view to promoting corporate integrity and shareholder value with legal advice grounded in business reality.  We also collaborate with attorneys from our Investment Regulation Group to advise investment companies, investment managers and business development companies with their specialized regulatory needs.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our mergers and acquisitions practice includes negotiated and contested mergers and acquisitions; sales and purchases of assets, subsidiaries and divisions; election contests and dissident shareholder proposals; tender and exchange offers; going-private transactions; MBOs; spin-offs; anti-takeover defenses and initiatives; special committee, fairness opinion and corporate governance matters; and related transactional and M&A advisory engagements.

Our attorneys represent buyers, sellers, investors, shareholders, boards of directors and special committees, financial advisors and investment banks, broker-dealers and lenders in structuring, negotiating and consummating complex international and domestic change-in-control transactions, stock-for-stock exchanges, mergers of equals, cash-out mergers and other methods of business combination for large, mid and small cap companies, as well as privately held businesses.

Private Equity

Greenberg Traurig’s team of private equity lawyers have decades of experience representing private equity funds and other transaction sponsors, portfolio companies, management teams, co-investors and other participants in all aspects of private equity transactions. Based in key private equity markets in the United States, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, our private equity team regularly represents clients in:

  • structuring and organizing investment funds;
  • evaluating, negotiating and consummating acquisition, financing and exit transactions; and
  • providing transactional and general corporate representation to private equity funds and their portfolio companies.

Conflict Minerals Compliance

We have a multi-disciplinary conflict minerals compliance team that helps public companies navigate the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently issued rule requiring U.S. and non-U.S. SEC-reporting companies that manufacture (or contract to manufacture) products using any of the four conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold) and their derivatives. If conflict minerals are used in their products, and if those conflict minerals are sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country, a company will be required to disclose that information and submit their due diligence process to a third-party audit. The rule impacts companies in industries including retail, medical devices, high tech, aerospace, electronics and communications, among others.


Services Available

Group Presentations
  PLI's Project Management for Lawyers 2016, New York, New York, January 21, 2016
Past Seminar Materials
  GT Life Sciences and Medical Technology Reception, San Francisco, California, January 11, 2016
Illinois Venture Capital Association's Annual Awards Dinner, Chicago, Illinois, December 7, 2015
Don't "Sleep" on the Cloud: Enhancing Your Cloud Skills, New York, New York, December 1, 2015
43rd Annual Securities Regulation Institute, Coronado, California, January 25, 2015
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

SEC Adopts Regulation Crowdfunding to Facilitate Early Capital Raises
Barbara A. Jones,Ira N. Rosner,John K. Wells, November 27, 2015
On Oct. 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Regulation Crowdfunding by a 3-1 vote. The rules were adopted despite concerns expressed in comment letters to the SEC that capital raising through crowdfunding could lead to fraudulent activities, and thereby place...

Uncertainty Continues for the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Reporting Regime After D.C. Circuit Confirms First Amendment Violation
Barbara A. Jones, September 01, 2015
On August 18, 2015, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a 2-1 decision upheld its April 2014 ruling in National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), et al., v. Securities and Exchange Commission, et al., that certain portions of the disclosure requirements...