Mr. Troop is a Senior Advisor to the Firm, and its Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Troop has been engaged in counseling and representing a wide range of public and private corporate clients, as well as investment banks and institutional investors, in most types of corporate and securities transactions. He has served as lead issuer or underwriters' counsel on more than 100 initial public offerings and other registered and 144A debt and equity securities offerings. His practice has also included representation on the buy-side, sell-side and banking side of a substantial number of M&A transactions (including hostile tender offers and proxy fights) ranging up to over $5 billion in size.
Mr. Troop has significant experience with transactions involving technology-based clients and institutional entertainment clients, and has represented companies in a diverse universe of industries, including manufacturers of medical products, apparel, computers and computer peripherals, infant furniture and wood products; department store chains and specialty retailers; software providers; and other service-based businesses.
Prior to graduating from law school, Dick was an electric engineer. At Northrop, Dick was involved in digital design of elements of the navigation system of the SR-71 Blackbird Spy plane - the first military use of integrated circuits. At Hughes Aircraft, Dick was recruited into an advanced research group charged with projecting the state of digital technology in the mid-1980s, and designing novel computer organizations which would efficiently utilize that technology. While at Hughes, Dick was part of a team believed to have developed the first relational database computer language (which was subsequently developed for use by the CIA), and was also involved in the development of massively parallel computer systems architectures.
· Sheppard Mullin Lands Entertainment Group, January 27, 2003