Kate Tepper

Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1924

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities Law
  • Emerging Business/Venture Capital
  • Commercial Finance
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1924
Fax: 215 754 4204
University University of Colorado, B.A., cum laude, 1994
Law SchoolThe Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1997
Admitted1998, Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

•Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies
- Entrepreneur Outreach Committee
The Real Estate Law Journal
- Contributing Editor, 2003-2005
•Professional Women's Roundtable
•Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs
- Fellows Committee Member
•Philadelphia Bar Association
- Business Law Section
- Small Business Committee, Chairperson
•Leadership Susquehanna Valley Graduate
•CARON Foundation Regional Development Committee Member
•Gladwyne Civic Association


Kate Tepper is a member of our corporate practice group. Her experience includes public offerings and private placements of equity, debt and hybrid securities; mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions, the securitization of residential mortgages and trade receivables; tax-exempt bond offerings and other commercial financings. She represents public, private and nonprofit entities, including manufacturing and telecommunications companies, banks and insurance companies, educational and charitable institutions, private foundations and high-growth entities in the life sciences and technology industries. Ms. Tepper graduated with honors and was a Phi Beta Kappa candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After receiving her J.D. from the Dickinson Law School of the Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Tepper attended the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2011-present
•TRM Corporation
- Associate and Outside Counsel, 2004-2005
•Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- Research Specialist, Real Estate Finance, 2003-2004
•Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
- Associate, 1999-2001
•The Superior Court of Pennsylvania
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Zoran Popovich, 1998-1999

Honors & Awards

•Committee Chair of the Year, Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section, 2015

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Presenter, “What Keeps Entrepreneurs Up at Night: A Talk on Seed Financings and Other Funding Options, ” Philadelphia Bar Association, April 2013
•Regular presenter to the Wharton Venture Initiation Program and Wharton Entrepreneurship Program in connection with legal issues impacting early stage companies
•Panelist, Launching Your Business, The Women's Business Development Center JumpStart Program, February 2013

Selected Publications

•Author, Nonprofit Dissolution Guide, Philadelphia Law Works, April 2013
•Author, Digest of Selected Articles (Fair Housing), 34 Real Estate Law Journal 125 (Summer 2005).
•Author, Digest of Selected Articles (Mortgage Insurance, Tax Assessments), 33 Real Estate Law Journal 487 (Spring 2005).
•Author, Digest of Selected Articles (Homeowners Associations, Bankruptcies), 33 Real Estate Law Journal 225 (Fall 2004).
•Author, Digest of Selected Articles (Subprime Lending, the Secondary Mortgage Market), 33 Real Estate Law Journal 110 (Summer 2004).
•Co-author, Digest of Selected Articles (Regulatory Takings, Religious Land Use), Real Estate Law Journal (Spring 2004).
•Co-author, Digest of Selected Articles (Home Rule, Suburban Sprawl), 32 Real Estate Law Journal 327 (Winter 2003).

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Mergers and Acquisitions Assisted in client's new joint venture with a public company involving the acquisition, equity and debt financing, and a capital improvement program for twelve hotels located in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah. Represented security services company in multiple asset acquisitions of target companies, including synergistic and complementary business lines, for consideration ranging from $8 million to $27 million. Represented Fortune 100 company in its sale of a chemical plant. Counsel to insurance company in connection with their sale to a NYSE company. Represented a Fortune 500 global provider of food and facility services in its acquisition of the majority of a leading service corporation's entertainment division, a $235 million transaction through which the client became the largest sports and entertainment concessions provider in the U.S. Represented a consumer services company in its $150 million acquisition of an international ATM network, elevating the client to become one of the world's biggest operators of ATMs in retail locations. Provided local counsel to a Mid-Atlantic power company in a merger valued at $2.2 billion in cash and stock. Represented a leading provider of value-added services and products in the retail and industrial markets in its acquisition of a systems manufacturer and marketer in a transaction valued at $125 million. Strategic Transactions Represented leading provider of value-added services and products in the retail and industrial markets in its formation of a joint venture with a private equity investment firm affiliate, a deal valued at $210 million. Represented an American petroleum and petrochemical manufacturer in the transfer of an industrial complex to subsidiaries for $60 million. Represented a workforce management and optimization software company in closing the sale of its stock to a global analytic software and hardware provider for an undisclosed purchase price. Represented a Nasdaq-traded biotechnology company focused on development of cancer prevention and treatment in the spin-off of its subsidiary. Securitization, Structured Finance and Commercial Finance Represented an international bank in the structuring and issuance of prime and subprime mortgage-backed securities; per series value ranged from $100 million to $900 million. Represented a public university in connection with the offering of a total of $141.2 million in multiple Series A and Series B Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds, and in the advanced refunding of Revenue Bonds valued at $18.5 million. Represented a top global investment bank as underwriter of a $12 million offering of Electric Revenue Bond Anticipation Notes for a wholesale electric utility. Represented a small ticket leasing division of an asset management company in the issuance and private placement of Certificates of Participation collateralized with assets pooled through its commercial conduit. Emerging Business/Venture Capital Counsel to numerous emerging businesses, including software and mobile application developers, and life science, medical device and healthcare technology companies in their respective formation and other ongoing corporate matters, including financings, corporate structure and governance, negotiation of contracts and exit strategies. Counsel to angel and early stage investors in technology and life science companies.
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Kate Tepper

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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