John D. Tishler: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

John D. Tishler


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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets
  • Emerging Growth Venture Capital
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public Company Corporate Governance and Compliance
  • Immigration
  • Social Media
  • The EB 5 Program = Low Cost Capital
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Energy
  • Hospitality
  • Life Sciences and FDA
  • Retail
University Cornell University, B.A., with distinction in all subjects, 1989
Law SchoolYale Law School, J.D., 1992
Admitted1992, Illinois (inactive); 1993, Colorado (inactive); 1998, California


•Chapter Chairman, The Aerospace & Defense Forum - San Diego Chapter
•Adjunct professor, University of San Diego School of Law, teaching advanced deal structures, and he regularly lectures on corporate law, strategic partnering, and executive compensation
•Member, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
•Member, American Bar Association


Mr. Tishler is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office and is the Co-Team Leader of the firm's Capital Market/Public Companies team.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Tishler's practice encompasses domestic and international capital markets, corporate finance, corporate governance, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions and technology. He advises established NYSE, NASDAQ and international exchange issuers and smaller high-growth clients on capital structures, equity and debt offerings, EB-5 investment programs, securities compliance, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. Mr. Tishler regularly speaks and writes on corporate governance, capital markets transactions, EB-5 investment programs, emerging growth company issues and uncommon interpretations and approaches to transactional lawyering.


•Top Attorney 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, Corporate Transactional, San Diego Daily Transcript
•San Diego Super Lawyer, 2015
•Southern California Super Lawyer, 2010-2014


Representative Engagements

Represented Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) on $625 million high-yield debt offering

Represented utility-scale alternative energy projects for EB-5 financing

Represented major developer for EB-5 luxury boutique hotel

Represented BACTES Imaging Solutions and related companies in sale to Sharecare, Inc.

Represents Websense, Inc. for corporate matters

Represented (NASDAQ:TREE) in sale of Home Loan Center to affiliate of Discover Financial Services

Represented Sagient Research Systems in sale to Informa Business Information

Represented CACI International Inc (NYSE:CACI) in acquisition of Paradigm Solutions, Inc.

Represented Rizvi Traverse Management for going private of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in $1.5 billion registered debt offering

Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in $1.9 billion tender offer of outstanding debt

Represents (NASDAQ:TREE) for corporate governance and public reporting

Represents Lenovo for corporate governance and Level 1 ADR program

Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation for corporate governance and public reporting

Represented Lenovo on sale of interest in AsiaInfo

Represented Overland Storage, Inc. in secondary public offering

Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in $850 Million registered debt offering

Represented Carolina Precision Plastics L.L.C. in purchase of ATP Plastics

Represented Special Committee of Pomeroy IT Solutions in going private transaction

Represented SiliconSystems, Inc. in sale to Western Digital Corporation

Represented ZMC Hotels in restructure and refinance of debt

Represented Xerox Corporation for exchange of employee equity for PARC subsidiary

Represented RF Magic, Inc. in merger with Entropic Communications, Inc.

Represented SiliconSystems, Inc. in Series C Preferred Stock Financing by Samsung Ventures

Represented Carolina Precision Plastics, L.L.C., in acquisition of Augros, Inc.

Represented SpaceDev, Inc. in $34 million acquisition of Starsys, Inc.

Represented Axesstel, Inc. in $38 million secondary public offering

Represented SiliconSystems, Inc. in Series B Preferred Stock Financing by Rustic Canyon Partners, Shepherd Ventures and Miramar Venture Partners

Represented GE Capital in venture investments in life sciences companies

Represented Interplan Corporation in acquisition by Schroder Ventures and Pouschine Cook

Publications & News


•Using EB-5 Capital in the Capital Stack for New Hotel Developments, National Real Estate Investor, March 4, 2015
•Small Ventures Struggle for EB-5 Investment, Daily Journal, September 13, 2013
•JOBS Act Eases IPOs, The Recorder, February 7, 2013
•Revised Section 500 of the California Corporations Code: Easing Restrictions on Distributions, California Business Law Practitioner, December 2012
•The March Toward Reform For Emerging Growth Cos., Law360, March 21, 2012
•Poison Pills With A Twist, The Recorder, January 10, 2011
•A Guide to Poison Pills, The Recorder, December 31, 2010
•SEC Action under Regulation FD for Implicit Communications, Insights, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2010
•The Return of the Poison Pill - Lessons Learned in 2010 from the Selectica and Barnes & Noble Cases, Insights, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2010
•SEC Enforcement Action Under Regulation FD for Implicit Communications to Selected Analysts, Corporate Board Member, November 24, 2010
•Proxy Access Rules Create M&A Uncertainty, Mergers & Acquisitions, October 1, 2010
•Getting Active, The Deal, September 30, 2010
•Proxy Access' Effect on Management, The Recorder, September 20, 2010
•The Nuts and Bolts of Proxy Access: A Guide to the SEC's New Regulations on Board Member Nominations, The Recorder, September 13, 2010
•Use of Credit Ratings Information After Passage of Dodd-Frank Act, San Francisco Daily Journal, August 23, 2010
•Using Credit Ratings in Public Debt Offerings, Law360, August 19, 2010
•Top Attorneys 2010, San Diego Daily Transcript, July 21, 2010
•Top Attorneys 2009, San Diego Daily Transcript, July 8, 2009
•Court Rulings Give Cos. Reason to Review Bylaws, Compliance Week, November 4, 2008
•Top Attorneys 2008, San Diego Daily Transcript, July 16, 2008
•Are Your Bylaws Ready for E-Proxy?, Corporate Governance Advisor, March/April 2008
•National Firm Grows San Diego Corporate Practice, May 3, 2004

• The EB-5 Handbook: A Guide for Investors and Developers (Co-Author), & EB-5 Investors Magazine, 2014
• Fundamental Strategies to Cope with the Changing World of Corporate Governance and Securities Compliance, Inside the Minds: SEC Compliance Best Practices, 2010 Edition, Aspatore, March 2010

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts
• SEC Staff To Express No Views On Conflicting Shareholder Proposals Under Rule 14a-8(i)(9), January 29, 2015
• NASDAQ Proposes The Adoption Of A New All-Inclusive Annual Listing Fee, September 9, 2014
• Client Alert - Considerations for 2014 Proxy Season and Beyond, December 17, 2013
• Rules Eliminating the Prohibition on General Solicitation for Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings Become Effective September 23, 2013, August 1, 2013
• SEC Eliminates the Prohibition on General Solicitation for Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings, July 12, 2013
• SEC Adopts Rules to Remove Ban on General Solicitation for Rule 506 Offerings, July 10, 2013
• SEC Freezes Assets and Brings Civil Charges against EB-5 Investor Visa Project, February 11, 2013
• Delaware Has No Per Se Rule Against Don't Ask, Don't Waive Standstill Provisions, But Boards Must be Careful in Using Them, January 4, 2012
• Public Companies Should Immediately Review Their Peer Groups Used in Executive Compensation Decisions Based on ISS's New Peer Group Selection Guidance and Notify ISS of Any Changes by December 21, December 18, 2012
• Navigating the SEC's Recent Conflict Minerals Rules: Threading the Needle Through Complex Controls and Procedures and Complying with New Disclosure Requirements, September 21, 2012
• At Long Last, A Divided SEC Publishes Proposals To Enable General Solicitation And Advertising For Regulation D And Rule 144A, But Further Delays Effectiveness, September 5, 2012
• SEC Adopts Dodd-Frank Rules Regarding Conflict Minerals and Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers and Defers Rules for Implementation of JOBS Act Elimination of Ban on General Solicitation until August 29, August 22, 2012
• Update on Timeline for SEC Rulemaking to Implement the JOBS Act and Dodd-Frank Act, July 25, 2012
• President Obama Signs JOBS Act: Landmark Reform for Small and Emerging Growth Companies Now Law, April 5, 2012
• Senate Passes Modified JOBS Act - Regulatory Reform for Small and Emerging Growth Companies Speeds Closer to Fruition, March 26, 2012
• The March Towards Meaningful Reform for Small and Emerging Growth Companies Moves Forward - House Passes Measures to Open Private Capital Raising and Facilitate an On-Ramp of New IPOs, March 12, 2012
• SEC Rulemaking: Guide to Newly Effective Eligibility Criteria to Replace Credit Ratings in Public Offerings, September 26, 2011
• Amendments to SEC Rule 14a-8 Allowing Shareholder Proposals for Proxy Access Regimes to Come into Effect, September 12, 2011
• California Corporations Code Amended to Simplify Restrictions on Distributions and Permit Waivers of Application of Section 500 to Preferences of Preferred Stock, September 6, 2011
• D.C. Circuit Invalidates SEC's Proxy Access Rules, July 22, 2011
• SEC Considering New Regulations Governing Capital Formation for Smaller Companies, Crowdfunding, Social and Other New Media, April 21, 2011
• SPACs 2.0: New SPAC Rules Changes Approved by NASDAQ and NYSE AMEX and New Market Features Make SPACs a More Attractive Investment Vehicle in 2011, March 21, 2011
• New SEC Proposal To Modify Short Form Registration Statement Eligibility Requirements And Repeal Credit Rating-Based Eligibility For Public Offerings Of Non-Convertible Debt Securities, February 17, 2011
• SEC Stays New Proxy Access Rules, October 5, 2010
• Senate Passes Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, July 16, 2010
• First SEC enforcement action under Regulation G for Misleading Non-GAAP Financial Measures, November 24, 2009
• Delaware Chancery Court Questions Good Faith of Directors in Sale of Company to Unrelated Party at a Premium, August 26, 2008
• SEC Adopts Major Changes to Executive Compensation and Related Party Disclosure Requirements, August 15, 2006

EB-5 Capital Markets Blog Posts
• Thoughts on recent SEC activity in EB-5, October 15, 2013
• EB-5 Questions and Answers Series - What is the EB-5 Program? September 25, 2013
• Affiliating with a Broker-Dealer, June 25, 2013
• SEC to Return Escrowed EB-5 Investment Funds to Immigrant Investors of Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago, April 23, 2013
• USCIS EB-5 Engagement with Securities and Exchange Commission, April 3, 2013

Financial Institutions Law Blog Posts
• Capital Purchase Program - Publicly Traded Financial Institutions, November 21, 2008

Venture Law Blog Posts
• Setting The Record Straight On The New General Solicitation Rules, November 8, 2013

Media Mentions

•Investor visa fixes are needed, lawyers say

Daily Journal, November 3, 2014
•Sheppard Mullin Represents Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.

San Diego Business Journal, May 26, 2014
•Sheppard Mullin Advises Kratos In $625 Million Note Offering

Daily Journal, May 13, 2014
•Top Attorneys 2010

San Diego Daily Transcript, July 21, 2010

Speaking Engagements

• Mezzanine Financing at Single Digit Interest Rates: Is EB-5 for Real? CFO Study Group, July 29, 2014
• Does My Project Work with EB-5?, Southern California EB-5 Conference, July 21, 2014
• How to Finance a New Development, Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), Summer Update Webinar, July 8, 2014
• EB-5 Securities - The Rise of Broker-Dealers,, Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, March 8, 2014
• Securities Laws & EB-5 - Broker/Dealer Business Model & JOBS Act Update, IIUSA EB-5 Webinar, February 27, 2014
• How to Finance a New Development, Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), January 28, 2014
• Securities Considerations for EB-5 Issuers in light of SEC and FINRA Actions, USAdvisors Conference, October 30, 2013
• Understanding the Interplay of USCIS EB-5 Requirements and SEC Regulations,'s Annual SoCal EB-5 Conference, July 15, 2013
• Orange County Capital Markets Program on EB5, Urban Land Institute's Capital Markets Initiative Council Meeting, April 10, 2013
• Real Estate and EB-5 Financing for Solar, Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit 2013, March 20, 2013
• JOBS Act and Beyond, 5th Annual Hot Topics Seminar, October 16, 2012
•Panelist, AICPA National Audit Committee Forum, July 30-31, 2012
• Dodd-Frank Act in 20 Minutes, 3rd Annual Hot Topics Seminar, October 12, 2010
• New Financial Regulations to Increase Transparency Costs, Daily Transcript Executive Roundtable, October 1, 2010
• Seed and Angel Capital: The Case for Convertible Notes, Sheppard Mullin Emerging Growth Webinar, May 20, 2010
• Governance 2009: Watching the World Wake Up from History, 2nd Annual Hot Topics Seminar, October 16, 2009
• Preparing For IPO: How To Be Ready When The Window Opens, CONNECT Frameworks Workshop, June 16, 2009 (Moderator)
• Fundamentals of Transactional Lawyering - Anticipating and Avoiding Breakdowns in Commitments, San Diego Aji Network Collegians, May 27, 2009
• XBRL and IDEA: The Future of Financial Reporting and Information Retrieval, November 4, 2008
• Design of an Offer, The Aji Network Conference, June 2008
• Conduct of the Annual Meeting, webcast, April 2, 2008
• Exploiting IP Through Strategic Partnerships: Making it Work, University of California, San Diego - Rady School of Management, July 23, 2005
• The Other Sarbanes-Oxley Act San Diego Chapter of California Society of CPAs, June 8, 2005
• Knock Knock: What to do When the Government Calls, Sheppard Mullin Breakfast Seminar Program, February 4, 2005
• Protecting Interests and Ensuring Performance Under a Strategic Partnering Agreement presented to the San Diego Software Industry Council's Entrepreneur's Forum, November 30, 2004


•4th Annual Hot Topics Seminar

Presented by Swenson Advisors and Sponsored by Sheppard Mullin

October 4, 2011
•Aerospace/Defense/Government M&A, Current Trends and Outlook

San Diego, CA, September 20, 2011
•Delaware Counsel Speaks - Navigating Delaware Corporate Law

September 15, 2011

•Chapter Chairman, The Aerospace & Defense Forum - San Diego Chapter
•Adjunct professor, University of San Diego School of Law, teaching advanced deal structures, and he regularly lectures on corporate law, strategic partnering, and executive compensation
•Member, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
•Member, American Bar Association


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SEC Staff To Express No Views On Conflicting Shareholder Proposals Under Rule 14a-8(i)(9) 
Andrew S. Kreider,Jason R. Schendel,John D. Tishler, March 24, 2015
On January 16, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White issued a directive that the staff of the SEC review its position on Rule 14a-8(i)(9) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). Concurrent with SEC Chair White’s directive, the Division of Corporation Finance announced...

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12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200 (Del Mar Heights)
San DiegoCA 92130


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