Laura D. Richman: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Laura D. Richman

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 7304

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  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions M&A
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 7304
Fax: 312 706 8194
University Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
Law SchoolThe University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1981
Admitted1981, Illinois

Laura Richman's wide-ranging corporate and securities practice has a strong focus on corporate governance issues and public disclosure obligations. Laura's practice includes Securities and Exchange Commission reports, such as proxy statements and annual, quarterly and current reports. She advises on executive compensation disclosure, insider trading regulation and Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Laura represents listed company clients with respect to stock exchange compliance matters. She advises clients on governance policies and other board and shareholder matters. In addition, her practice includes representing clients on transactions such as securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions, as well as providing general securities, corporate, limited liability company and contract advice. Laura has practiced with Mayer Brown since 1981.

With regard to securities transactions, Laura represents issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities (both initial public offerings and offerings of seasoned, public companies), including guidance on federal and state securities law compliance. She also advises issuers in connection with the securities law aspects of employee benefit plans and dividend reinvestment plans.

Other transactional matters in which Laura represents corporate clients include acquisitions and dispositions of assets or stock, restructurings (such as holding company formation) and going-private transactions. She also advises investors in leveraged buyout transactions, and represents financial institutions that take equity positions in companies. Laura advises clients on shareholder rights plans and anti-takeover protection provisions.

In addition to her governance and transactional practice, Laura counsels clients on day-to-day corporate questions. She drafts and reviews contracts and other corporate documentation, prepares terms and conditions of sale, provides guidance on limited liability company and other limited liability entity issues, and assists clients with various regulatory issues. Laura was named an Illinois Super Lawyer for Business/Corporate in 2006 and 2008.


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US Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Hedging Disclosure Rules
Robert E. Curley,Michael L. Hermsen,Laura D. Richman, March 5, 2015
On February 9, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules requiring disclosure of hedging by employees, officers and directors.1 This rulemaking is directed by Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Comments are due by April 20, 2015.

Preparing for the 2015 US Proxy and Annual Reporting Season
Robert E. Curley,Lawrence R. Hamilton,Michael L. Hermsen,Laura D. Richman,David A. Schuette, September 22, 2014
It is time for calendar year-end public companies to focus on the upcoming 2015 proxy and annual reporting season.

Delaware Supreme Court Finds Fee-Shifting Bylaws Valid
Laura D. Richman, May 29, 2014
A recent Delaware Supreme Court case, ATP Tour Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, No. 534, 2013 (Del. May 8, 2014), held that fee-shifting bylaws, which shift attorneys fees and costs to unsuccessful plaintiffs in intra-corporate litigation, can be enforceable under the Delaware General Corporation Law...

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Laura D. Richman

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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