H. Watt Gregory, III: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

H. Watt Gregory, III

Partner
Little Rock,  AR  U.S.A.
Phone(501) 975-3102

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 5.0/5.0
AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Private Equity and Hedge Transactions
  • Business and Corporate
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Banking -- Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Structural/Corporate Regulatory
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Securities Regulation
  • Commercial Lending and Structured Finance
  • Commercial and Asset-Based Lending
  • Government Relations
  • Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology Transactions
  • Licensing and Procurement
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Fund Capital Raising
  • Fund Structuring
  • Private Equity -- Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Portfolio Company Representation
  • Representation of Limited Partners and Other Investors
 
University Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1963
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1966
 
Admitted1966, Arkansas, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
 
Memberships 

Memberships and Affiliations

American Bar Association (Member, Negotiated Acquisitions Committee of the Section of Business Law); Arkansas Bar Association (Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section, 2002); Pulaski County (Ark.) Bar Association

Other Distinctions

•Named the Best Lawyers 2014 Little Rock Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year.
•Recipient, Fribourgh Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
•Named the Best Lawyers 2012 Little Rock Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year.
•Named the Best Lawyers 2013 Little Rock Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year.
•Recognized for many years in the annual The Best Lawyers in America publication as one of the best lawyers in Arkansas in his areas of expertise.
•Recognized in Super Lawyers 2007-2011, 2013.
•Has received a number 1 ranking for several years in Chambers USA.

Community Involvement

Accelerate Arkansas; Arkansas Venture Forum

 
BornPine Bluff, Arkansas, January 16, 1942
 
Biography

Mr. Gregory is a partner in the firm's Little Rock office. Since 1969, his practice has been concentrated in business development and finance, including handling initial public offerings and issuance of other equity and debt securities in the public markets. He also provides lead counsel services in mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, and in handling private equity and venture capital-related financings involved in business formation and development. He provides corporate governance and securities guidance to public and private companies in the financial services, information technology, health care, biotechnology and nanotechnology sectors. He has served as lead counsel in acquisitions and dispositions of publicly owned health care companies, as well as in private transactions involving health care providers, including skilled nursing facilities, transitional hospitals, hospice and home health care agencies, institutional pharmacies and outpatient and rehabilitation therapy centers.

In the life sciences industry, Mr. Gregory's practice has included representation of emerging technology companies as well as institutional private equity funding sources in fields such as cancer, osteoporosis and infectious disease diagnostics and therapeutics.

Mr. Gregory also has represented issuers and broker-dealers in numerous private placements and initial public and secondary offerings of securities in many other industries, including medical technology, power electronics, other manufacturing industries and banking, specialty insurance and related financial fields. He has been recognized for many years in the annual The Best Lawyers in America publication as one of the best lawyers in Arkansas in his areas of expertise. Recently Mr. Gregory was named the Best Lawyers 2014 Little Rock Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year. He also was named the Best Lawyers 2012 Little Rock Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year, and Best Lawyers 2013 Little Rock Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year. He also has received a number 1 ranking for several years among corporate and securities lawyers in Arkansas in the peer-reviewed international publication Chambers USA law list recognizing America's leading lawyers for business.

Mr. Gregory served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Arts Center from 1990-1998, and he was Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association in 2002. He served as Co-Chair of the 2004 Arkansas Venture Conference. In 2005 he was the recipient of the organization's first Forum Award for Leadership and Support for Entrepreneurship in Arkansas. He served as Chair of Accelerate Arkansas from 2008-2010 and is a member of its board of directors. Accelerate Arkansas is a statewide non-profit initiative of business, professional and educational leaders in Arkansas seeking to accelerate the growth of knowledge-based industries and infrastructure support in the state. He is the 2012 recipient of the Fribourgh Award, given by the College of Science and Mathematics of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This annual award is given in recognition of an individual's extraordinary contributions to Arkansas in the fields of health, mathematics, and science.

News

August 18, 2014 2015 Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 56 Kutak Rock Attorneys
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce that 56 of its attorneys are included in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America publication.

May 23, 2014 Kutak Rock Recognized by Chambers USA
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce its Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska offices and attorneys are honored in the 2014 Chambers USA guide to the best law firms and lawyers.

August 28, 2013 Eight Named to Best Lawyer Lawyer of the Year List
Eight Kutak Rock attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year in their respective regions and practice areas in the newly released Best Lawyers 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

August 15, 2013 Record Number of Kutak Rock Attorneys Named Best Lawyers Forty-seven Kutak Rock attorneys reprenting 10 of the firm's 16 offices have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

September 7, 2012 Best Lawyers Increase by 50% to 45 attorneys Forty-five Kutak Rock lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

October 4, 2011 Six Named Lawyer Of The Year
Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named six Kutak Rock attorneys as Lawyers of the Year for 2012.

August 30, 2011 29 Kutak Rock Attorneys Are 'Best Lawyers'
Twenty-nine Kutak Rock lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

August 3, 2011 Chambers: 24 Midwest 'Leading Business Lawyers'
Firm Applauded by Clients, Peers for Attorney Abilities and Conduct

July 22, 2011 CFPB Goes Live; Rulemakings Continue at Fast Pace
The first three weeks of July 2011 saw a flurry of reports, federal rulemaking and other activities all related to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This client alert highlights a few of the recent actions by banking regulatory agencies.

April 26, 2011 The Heart of the Matter: Federal Reserve Board Proposes Ability-to-Repay Rules for Consumer Mortgages
On April 19, 2011, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System proposed a rule to implement the ability-to-repay requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Publications

July 11, 2013 SEC Adopts General Solicitation and Bad Actor Rules for Private Offerings
Client Alert

April 10, 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act
On April 5, 2012 President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act or the JOBS Act.

Client Alert

July 22, 2011 CFPB Goes Live; Rulemakings Continue at Fast Pace The first three weeks of July 2011 saw a flurry of reports, federal rulemaking and other activities all related to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In this client alert we highlight a few of the recent actions by banking regulatory agencies, including:
•the CFPB going live,
•interchange fees,
•the payment of interest on business demand deposits,
•credit scores and risk-based pricing notices,
•credit scores and adverse adction notices, and
•additional protections for servicemembers.

Client Alert

January 27, 2010 Federal Reserve Board Activates Electronic Filing System On January 25, 2010, the Federal Reserve Board (the Board) fully activated its Electronic Applications or E-Apps system.

Client Alert

January 13, 2010 Banking Regulators Target Risk and Incentive Compensation Arrangements Federal banking regulators' heightened focus on the perceived relationship between excessive risk and incentive compensation

Client Alert

 
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H. Watt Gregory, III

124 West Capitol Avenue
Little RockAR 72201-3706




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