Gregory S. Fryer

Gregory S. Fryer: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (132 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Greg has served as a trusted advisor to business clients for more than 30 years, helping them navigate their most complicated legal challenges through all kinds of market cycles and regulatory climates.

    Greg is widely recognized for his skill in both corporate law and securities law. He regularly guides companies – large and small – through stock offerings, M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. He also frequently assists other lawyers on the more technical aspects of projects involving financial regulations, legal opinions or contract drafting.

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Biography

Greg has served as a trusted advisor to business clients for more than 30 years, helping them navigate their most complicated legal challenges through all kinds of market cycles and regulatory climates.

Greg has been recognized for skill in both corporate law and securities law. He regularly guides companies - large and small - through stock offerings, M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. He also frequently assists other lawyers on the more technical aspects of projects involving financial regulations, legal opinions or contract drafting.

Beyond the technical and transactional side of his practice, Greg has served as outside general counsel to a large and diverse set of companies. Executives and directors look to him for experienced, pragmatic guidance on a wide range of problems, balancing business considerations with legal considerations. Greg is interested in business management issues, and has been on the firm's Total Quality Steering Committee since 1995, and has Chaired the Committee since 2008.

Greg has given special attention to capital formation issues for privately-held companies. He has been closely following SEC rule proposals arising from the JOBS Act and is a frequent speaker on those topics. During 2014, he was among those involved in the design and drafting of the Maine crowdfunding statute and associated rules. For more than 15 years, Greg has been associated with the Maine Venture Fund (formerly called the Maine Small Enterprise Growth Fund), a state venture capital fund, both as outside counsel and as a gubernatorial appointee to its Board. At the other end of the spectrum, Greg and his colleagues at Verrill Dana have been retained as counsel to either the bidder or the target in every public company tender offer battle in Maine since 1985.

Before moving to Maine in 1985 to join Verrill Dana, Greg practiced corporate and securities law in New York (Chadbourne & Parke) and Atlanta (n.k.a. McKenna Long & Aldridge). He has been actively involved in the Business Law Sections of both the Boston Bar Association and Maine State Bar Association, and previously served as a member of the Board and Finance/Investment Committees of the Maine Bar Foundation. In recent years, Greg has been a frequent panelist and lecturer on securities law topics affecting angel investing.

Greg’s wife Joanne is an attorney who has her own divorce mediation firm. They enjoy sailing, skiing, hiking, and otherwise taking full advantage of all four New England seasons.

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
under Corporate/M&A
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2018 Portland, Maine
Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2016 Portland, Maine
Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2014 Portland, Maine
Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2013 Portland, Maine Securities
Regulation Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2013 Portland, Maine Mergers &
Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2012 Portland, Maine
Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Corporate Law, Mergers
and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities
Regulation
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Securities & Corporate Finance and Business/Corporate

Public Service

Maine Commission on Investment Capital (1990-1993)
Maine Small Enterprise Growth Board (2007-2013)
Maine Bar Foundation, Director (2004-2006), Finance/Investment Committee (2004-2011)

Highlights

[Greg is] thorough, analytical and creative. He works to facilitate a transaction, rather than create roadblocks.

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.

Events

April 20, 2018

IoT and Critical Infrastructures: A Collision of Fundamentals?

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

January 25, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update

Hosted Events

Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Gregory S. Fryer, Sara E. Hirshon, Christopher S. Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Mathew J. Todaro, Patricia D. Weitzman, Calvin K. Woo

November 9, 2016

Mainebiz U - Finding Capital: Where's the New Money to Fund Your Business Growth?

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

August 16, 2016

Maine Calling - Innovative Funding

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

April 1, 2016

New England Brew Summit

Speaking Engagements

Charles P. Bacall, Gregory S. Fryer

January 20, 2016

MCED Lunch & Learn: Maine Equity Crowdfunding

Hosted Events, Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

November 10, 2015

Trendspotting: Regulatory Panel - Recent Regulatory Developments

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

September 9, 2015

Crowd Culture: How Crowdfunding is Changing the Rules for Raising Capital

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

February 27, 2015

Boston University School of Law Review of Banking & Financial Law Symposium

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

November 12, 2014

Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development Lunch & Learn: Crowdfunding

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

June 17, 2014

Emerging Funding Models for Startups and Entrepreneurs

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

April 23, 2014

Angels vs. The Crowd: The New Era of Equity Funding

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

April 3, 2014

Emerging Issues on SEC New Rule 506(c)

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

January 15, 2014

JOBS Act Workshop

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

November 20, 2013

Crowdfunding Panel Discussion

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer

November 18, 2010

Maine State Bar Association 2010 Legal Year in Review

Speaking Engagements

Gregory S. Fryer, Mark K. Googins

Experience

J.M. Huber Corporation: Timberland Transactions

We represented J.M. Huber in purchase and sale transactions involving approximately 200,000 acres of timberlands.

Counsel to State-Chartered Bank

We served as counsel to a state-chartered bank and its holding company in its receipt of investment by Treasury pursuant to the Capital Purchase Plan for qualified well-capitalized banks.

Establishment of Nondepository Trust for Multi-National Company

We acted as special counsel to a multi-national firm in the chartering and licensing of a Maine nondepository trust company as the client’s wholly-owned subsidiary.

Fast Action Leads to Successful Closing

A fast-growing supply chain services and logistics company called on Verrill Dana’s experienced attorneys when they needed to act fast to acquire multiple US and Canadian companies that became available due to a partial divestiture by a publicly traded company.

HeadInvest: Management Buyout

Verrill Dana represented the management group in its buyout of HeadInvest from Androscoggin Savings Bank.

Legacy Supply Chain Services: Acquisition of U.S. and Canadian Subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc.

Verrill Dana served as counsel to Legacy Supply Chain Services, the buyer/borrower, in its acquisition of certain U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc. This deal was named the 2013 Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Sector Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor.

Local Opposition to Acquisition Prompts Nimble Legislative Action

Verrill Dana helps multinational company fight off emergency legislation aimed at blocking a proposed merger with a local Maine corporation.

Oakhurst Dairy: The Natural Goodness of an Enduring Legacy

Oakhurst Dairy has been a family-owned business for three generations. When the Bennett family decided the sale of Oakhurst was best for the company’s growth and long term success, they sought Verrill Dana’s guidance to ensure the transaction honored their company, its employees and the values that have made Oakhurst a trusted brand since 1921.

News

October 6, 2017

Entrepreneurs Showcased in Start Tank Program

Media Mentions

Gregory S. Fryer

February 6, 2017

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Corporate Counsel Share Tips on Communicating with the C-Suite

Media Mentions

Dennis J. White, Regina M. Flaherty, Gregory S. Fryer, Christopher M. Graham, Cheryl L. Johnson, Kevin J. O'Connell

October 31, 2016

Finding Capital: Fryer to Moderate at 2016 Mainebiz Momentum Convention

Press Releases

Gregory S. Fryer

June 10, 2016

Verrill Dana and Maine Law Host Prominent Beijing Attorney in Portland, Maine

Press Releases

Roger A. Clement, Jr., Robert E. Hirshon, Gregory S. Fryer

April 4, 2016

It's a Good Time for Craft Brewers to Raise Money

Media Mentions

Gregory S. Fryer

February 22, 2016

No Takers for Maine's Crowdfunding Program

Media Mentions

Gregory S. Fryer

July 28, 2015

Maine Companies Slow to Embrace New Fundraising Method

Media Mentions

Gregory S. Fryer

October 3, 2014

Verrill Dana Announced as Finalist for the 13th Annual M&A Advisor Awards

Press Releases

Gregory S. Fryer, Mark K. Googins, Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Robert C. Brooks, Anthony M. Calcagni, Elizabeth Murdock Myers, Spencer R. Thibodeau

March 18, 2014

SEC and States Square Off Over Reg. A Securities Offerings

Media Mentions

Gregory S. Fryer

March 10, 2014

Verrill Dana Announced as Winner of the 6th Annual International M&A Advisor Award

Press Releases

Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

January 8, 2015

New Crowdfunding Law Lends Mainers a Hand

Media Mentions

Gregory S. Fryer

January 2, 2014

Verrill Dana Part of Deal Team Announced as Winner of 12th Annual M&A Advisor Award

Press Releases

Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

August 15, 2013

Six Verrill Dana Attorneys Selected as Lawyers of the Year

Press Releases

David S. Abramson, Charles P. Bacall, Gregory S. Fryer, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood

May 29, 2013

Verrill Dana Recognized as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, David L. Galgay, Jr., Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, Katie M. Gray, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier

September 11, 2012

Verrill Dana Attorneys Earn Lawyer of the Year Status in Seven Areas

Press Releases

Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, Gregory S. Fryer, Mark K. Googins, William C. Knowles, Suzanne E. Meeker, Michael V. Saxl

June 7, 2012

Verrill Dana Ranked Among Top Firms by Chambers & Partners

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier, Christopher R. Smith

October 6, 2011

Four Verrill Dana Attorneys Selected as Portland, ME Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers

Press Releases

Keith C. Jones, Gregory S. Fryer, Roger A. Clement, Jr., A. Robert Ruesch

May 11, 2011

Six Verrill Dana Attorneys Selected for the Lawdragon 3000

Press Releases

Juliet T. Browne, Gregory S. Fryer, Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins

July 27, 2010

Verrill Dana, LLP to Sponsor Top Gun Program

Press Releases

Gregory S. Fryer

August 14, 2009

The Maine Center for Enterprise Development's “Top Gun” Program Takes Off

Press Releases

Gregory S. Fryer

Publications

February 8, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

Seminar Materials

Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Benjamin Ford, Gregory Fryer, Sara Hirshon, Christopher Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne Meeker, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, Mathew Todaro, Patricia Weitzman, and Calvin Woo

July 19, 2017

Maine Legislature Overturns Question 2's 3% Income Tax Surcharge

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer, Keith Herrick, Michael Saxl, and Christopher Smith

April 27, 2017

PODCAST - ADA Title III Public Accomodations: New Accessibility Considerations for Businesses

Published Works

Tawny Alvarez and Gregory Fryer

December 22, 2015

Crowdfunding Resources

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

April 8, 2015

Regulation A+: A New Door Opens for Crowdfunding?

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

January 26, 2015

Maine Crowdfunding vs. Kickstarter Crowdfunding: A Quick Summary of Differences

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

January 23, 2015

Considering Crowdfunding? It's Never Too Early to Start Getting Prepared

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

December 31, 2014

Maine Crowdfunding - Is Your Business a Good Candidate?

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

August 1, 2014

Maine Publishes Proposed Rules on Crowdfunding Alternative

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

2012 - 2014

Verrill Dana Comment Letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Pending JOBS Act Rules [Rule 506(c), Accredited Investor definition, Crowdfunding rule, Regulation A+]

Published Works

Gregory Fryer

July 31, 2013

The Company You Keep: New Bad Boy Rules Could Disqualify Your Next Private Placement

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

July 18, 2013

SEC Adopts Rules to Allow General Solicitation in “Accredited-Only” Private Placements

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

January 17, 2013

Executive Compensation Reporting After Dodd-Frank: Where We Came from and Where We are Heading

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

November 28, 2012

Liberalizing SEC Rule 506: Another Bump in the Road

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

November 15, 2012

Liberalizing SEC Rule 506: Not So Fast!

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

September 4, 2012

Liberalizing SEC Rule 506 to Allow Advertising in Accredited-Only Offerings: One Step Closer

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer

June 25, 2012

How to Tell if Crowdfunding is Right for Your Business

Published Works

Gregory Fryer

April 6, 2012

New Law Gives Companies More Options for Raising Capital

Alerts and Newsletters

October 8, 2009

Deadline for Smaller Banks to Apply to Treasury for Capital Purchase Program is Rapidly Approaching

Alerts and Newsletters

March 25, 2009

New Executive Compensation Rules For Recipients Of TARP Funds - Which Parts Have Immediate Effect?

Alerts and Newsletters

March 16, 2009

Delaware Bankruptcy Judge Finds That Allegedly Lax Sale Process May Breach Duty of Loyalty and Good Faith

Alerts and Newsletters

Maine Bar Foundation
Boston Bar Association (2005 to present)

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Securities Law
  • Business & Corporate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Funds & Advisors
  • North Atlantic & Arctic

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4402  Phone
(207) 253-4403  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/gfryer
University Attended:
Dartmouth College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1976
Law School Attended:
Cornell University, J.D., cum laude, 1979
Year of First admission:
1981
Admission:
1982, Georgia; 1981, New York; 1985, Maine
Memberships:

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association: Chairman, Business Law Section (1991 and 1992)
Maine State Bar Association: Executive Committee (1993-2003)
Maine State Bar Association: Chair, Securities Law Subcommittee (1993 to
present)
Drafting Committee: Maine Business Corporation Act
Drafting Committee: Maine Revised Uniform Partnership Act
Drafting Committee: Maine Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act
Drafting Committee: Maine Limited Liability Company Act
Drafting Committee: Maine Uniform Securities Act
fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
Boston Bar Association (2005 to present)
Maine Angels (Nov. 2013 - Present), Governance Committee (Sep. 2015 -
Present)

ISLN:
902488425

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  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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