Kathleen M. Shay concentrates her practice in the areas of business law and finance, securities regulation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.
Ms. Shay serves as outside counsel to a significant number of emerging growth companies in the life science and technology fields and represents venture capital investors in their investments in these emerging companies. Ms. Shay's representation ranges from structuring and organizing start-up companies through structuring and negotiating venture capital and other financings, licensing transactions and strategic alliances, and representing companies in mergers and acquisitions and public offerings.
Ms. Shay works proactively and collaboratively with clients' managements and boards of directors to coordinate and oversee clients' legal needs and their integration with operations and business initiatives.
Ms. Shay serves on the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Bio, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) and the Board of Consultors of Villanova Law School and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur. She is an Advisory Board member and former director of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) and has served as AWE's counsel since its inception. Ms. Shay previously served as a director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a past-Chair of the Securities Regulation Committee. She is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association.
A frequent lecturer, she is a 1977 graduate of Villanova University School of Law and a graduate of Villanova University.
Honors & Awards
•Listed in Smart CEO's Leading Lawyers, 2011
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2015
•Recipient of The Philadelphia Business Journal's Life Science Award for Best Consultant (Early Stage), 2010
•Named a 2008 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal
•Recipient of the WIN Iris Newman Award in 2006. The award is given each year to a woman business leader who has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping advance women entrepreneurs.
•Recipient of the Gerald Abraham Alumni Association Award for service to the Villanova University School of Law, 2006. The award is presented annually to someone who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to the law school's mission.
•Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2004-2014
•Named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law and Politics Magazine, 2004-2014
• AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Civic and Charitable Activities
•Treasurer, Llanfair Condominium Association, Ardmore, PA
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Faculty Member, Off to a Good Start (Up): Representing the Start-Up from Formation to Financing, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania Bar Education Center Course, Philadelphia, PA, December 3, 2012
•Faculty Member, Mergers and Acquisitions: Practice, Process... and Forms! Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania Bar Education Center Course, Philadelphia, PA, August 27, 2007; April 26, 2007
•Speaker, The Art of the Deal, Preferences and Contracts, Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Symposium sponsored by The Wharton Small Business Development Center and LSU Health Sciences Center, Frazer, Pennsylvania, April 23-24, 2007
•Presenter, Private Placement Essentials: What You Need to Know Now, The Nuts & Bolts of Private Placements, audio conference for CLE credits sponsored by the National Constitution Center, March 22, 2007
•Faculty Member, Mergers and Acquisitions, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania Bar Education Center Course, Philadelphia, PA, July 20, 2005; July 24, 2001; June 24, 1999
•Moderator, Opportunities in the Nation's Pharmaceutical Center, Biotech 2004 Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, October 4-5, 2004
•Panelist, Ready, Aim, Raise - The Essentials of Raising Venture Financing, a venture capital education program sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, Philadelphia, PA, April 2, 2004
•Moderator, New Compensation and Staffing Strategies: Meeting Today's Challenges, Biotech 2003 Symposium, Jersey City, New Jersey, September 30, 2003
•Facilitator, The Venture Capitalist vs. The Entrepreneur, The Good, the Bad, and the Equity, Venture Institute VII, a venture capital educational program sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, Philadelphia, PA, April 25, 2003
•Guest Lecturer, Stakeholder Agreements, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MBA course on Entrepreneurial Studies, Philadelphia, PA, February 2003; January 28, 2002; March 29, 2000; February 17, 1999; November 16, 1998; March 25, 1998; October 22, 1997
•Course Planner and Panelist, Private Placement of Securities, three-credit CLE course sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 11, 2002; October 5, 2001; October 6, 2000; October 8, 1999; October 2, 1998; September 26, 1997
•Presenter, Practical Advice on Negotiating an Employment Agreement, ExecuNet Presentation at American College, Bryn Mawr, PA, August 15, 2002
•Presenter, Structuring and Negotiating the Deal, an educational program for venture capitalists sponsored by the Women's Investment Network, Philadelphia, PA, July 17, 2002
•Presenter, The Board of Directors, an educational program for women CEOs sponsored by the Women's Investment Network, Philadelphia, PA, June 5, 2002
•Facilitator and Panelist on Legal Nuances of Venture Capital Transactions, Venture Institute VI, a venture capital educational program sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2002
•Panelist, Venture Capital 101, Greater Philadelphia Venture Group's Venture Institute VI, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 4, 2002
•Panelist, Venture Capital Financing Course, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Commercial Document Series, Philadelphia, PA, March 21, 2002; and Mechanicsburg, PA, March 26, 2002
•Course Planner and Speaker, Private Placement of Securities, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Education Center, Philadelphia, PA, October 5, 2001; October 6, 2001; October 8, 1999; October 2, 1998; September 26, 1997
•Panelist, Auditor Independence, Audit Committees and the SEC's New Proxy Rules, SEC Issues Update 2001, co-sponsored by Glasser Legal Works and Bowne, Philadelphia, PA June 20, 2001
•Facilitator, Venture Institute V, a venture capital educational program sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2001
•Panelist, Use of Electronic Media Under the Federal Securities Laws, Auditor Independence, and The SEC's New Audit Rules and Audit Committees, SEC Issues Update 2000, co-sponsored by Glasser LegalWorks and Bowne, Philadelphia, PA, June 1, 2000
•Panelist, How to Help Your Client Avoid the Pitfalls of the Securities Laws - What Every Business Law Attorney Needs to Know, Securities Regulation Committee of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA, February 22, 1999
•Guest Lecturer, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, February 4, 1999; June 1, 1998
•Going Public: A Primer for the Entrepreneur, four-part seminar series co-sponsored by Packard Press and The Wharton Small Business Development Center, Philadelphia, PA, November 20, 1998
•Faculty Member, Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements, Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Continuing Legal Education Commercial Document Series, Philadelphia, PA, August 1996 and November 1995; Course Planner, August 1998
•Panelist and Moderator, Creative Compensation Strategies, Women's Investment Network, Bala Cynwyd, PA, July 21, 1998
•Faculty Member, Deal Structure--How Both Sides Win, Growing Your Business Through Alliances--Theory and Reality, co-sponsored by the Women's Investment Network, the Snider Entrepreneurial Center of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Ben Franklin Technology, Philadelphia, PA, June 23, 1997
•Commencement Speaker, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Villanova, PA, June 8, 1997
•Moderator, Starting a New Business with Venture Capital, co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group and the Philadelphia Bar Education Center, Philadelphia, PA, May 1997
•Panelist, Private Placements of Securities, Philadelphia Bar Education Center Continuing Legal Education Course, Philadelphia, PA, October 1996
•Panelist, Restructurings and Recapitalizations, Financial Executives Institute and Howard, Lawson & Company panel discussion, Philadelphia, PA, June 1996
•Moderator, Case Studies: Technology Transfer Today, Delaware Valley Venture Group panel discussion, West Conshohocken, PA, April 1996
•Panelist, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances, The New Jersey Capital Conference '96, sponsored by the New Jersey Technology Council and Business News New Jersey, Princeton, NJ, January 1996
•Panelist, The Greater Philadelphia Financing Manual: The Region's Road Map for Entrepreneurial Financing and Growth Strategies, Philadelphia Innovation Network and Delaware Valley Venture Group panel discussion and entrepreneurial reception, Philadelphia, PA, October 1995
•Panelist, Benelux: Your Biotech Gateway to Europe, 1993 Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association Annual Meeting and Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, April 1993
•Moderator, Buyer Perspectives roundtable discussion featured in Mergers & Acquisitions Supplement to Philadelphia Business Journal, May 11, 2007
•Ms. Shay appeared on the cover of the April 2007 issue of Technology Times and was featured in the article Five Well-Placed Women and How They Got There.
•Author, Buyer Beware: Well Drafted Legal Agreements May Not Be Enough, featured in Mergers & Acquisitions Supplement to Philadelphia Business Journal, May 2004
•Co-moderator of a corporate counsel roundtable discussion titled What Do Business Leaders Want From Their Lawyers? that appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of The Philadelphia Lawyer
•Co-author, Effective Investor Presentations: What the VCs Want to Know, Venture Guide 2003
•Organizing Your Start-Up as a Legal Entity, Entrepreneurs' Newsletter, published by Success Start, Inc., Spring 1998
•Private Placement of Securities, The Delaware Valley Financing Manual, published by the Pennsylvania Innovation Network in August 1995
•Note 21 VILL. L.REV. 535 (1975-1976); Note 21 VILL. L.REV. 537 (1975-1976)