We represent companies, investors, underwriters, and placement agents in a wide range of financing transactions. Our clients range from start-up companies and investment funds involved in initial rounds of investment to seasoned public companies and their investors, investment banks, and funding portals. We help clients with:
- initial public offerings;
- cross-border offerings making use of Regulation S, Rule 144A, or federal registration under the Securities Act, as well as exemptions from public offering obligations under the Prospectus Regulation of the European Union;
- follow-on offerings of debt and equity securities;
- PIPE transactions;
- private placements of common and preferred stock, warrants, debt securities, and limited partnership or LLC interests, including angel and venture financings; and
- JOBS Act financings, using “Regulation A+” as well as online offerings and “accredited investor crowdfunding” under Rule 506(c).
Our attorneys are on the forefront of change in the regulation of securities offerings under the JOBS Act as well as under the Prospectus Regulation of the European Union, and understand the demands of an ever-changing market. Our New York and Paris offices work jointly on clients’ Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and stay on the cutting edge of new regulations and regulatory authorities’ policies. We work quickly and effectively to help achieve client goals and craft solutions consistent with client business strategies.
Our attorneys have deep experience in corporate governance and disclosure issues for public and private companies as well as investment funds. We assist our clients in understanding and complying with their obligations under the securities laws, both during and after the offering process, and we help prepare the documents and policies they will need after the offering.
- initial and follow-on public offerings of common stock by a major quick service restaurant franchisor, with shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange
- employee stock incentive offering and dividend reinvestment plan for the same quick service restaurant franchisor
- initial and follow-on investment rounds on behalf of various technology companies
- private offerings of debt and equity securities, including warrants and convertible notes, on behalf of a retail financial services company
- initial formation and follow-on private offerings of LLC interests by two venture capital investment funds
- representation of a major financial institution in the formation of private equity and venture capital investment funds and the offering of such funds to qualified purchasers (as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended)
- representation of hedge funds in initial formation and subsequent offerings
Jumana Rahman spoke to Law360 about the British government’s emergency loan scheme for companies affected by the nationwide lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Jumana commented on some of the potential problems facing banks that increase loan approvals for businesses that could ultimately fail.
Bonnie J Roe, Kwaku Andoh, and Mark Spatz have been named to Law360’s Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Cannabis Editorial Advisory Boards, respectively, and will offer their insight and expertise in their fields to best shape future coverage by Law360. This marks the second consecutive year of both Bonnie and Kwaku's board memberships.
Guillaume Guérin was featured in an article by Agefi-Dow Jones in which he discusses Vallourec’s (a multinational manufacturing company) contemplated share capital reduction and consolidation of shares.
Bonnie J Roe has been named to Law360’s 2019 Capital Markets Editorial Advisory Board and will offer her insight and expertise in the field to best shape future coverage of the capital markets landscape.
Bonnie J Roe is quoted by Bloomberg BNA in an article regarding shareholder activism, noting that “more people are conscious of the fact that their own corporate strategy could be derailed by an activist.”
Muriel Goldberg-Darmon discusses the difficulties facing companies in fulfilling their continued disclosure obligations to the market, as well as the resulting risks of potential AMF sanctions.
Jumana Rahman, Dawda Jawara, and Charlotte Ritchie consider the position of the UK borrower who defaults on debt due to COVID-19.
Muriel Goldberg-Darmon explains the specific regime of navigating whistleblowing within the French financial sector through the internal procedures of financial institutions and external procedures of the French Financial Market Authority (AMF) and the French Banking Authority (ACPR).
Bonnie J Roe and Cody Lipton examine the SEC's proposed amendments to its definition of “accredited investor,” which add new categories of qualifying natural persons and entities able to participate in certain exempt offerings without specific disclosures or other limitations.
In an article for Forbes, Muriel Goldberg-Darmon discusses the benefits of a recent market reform in France that lowers the threshold for majority shareholders to implement a squeeze-out, as well as the increased protection for minority shareholders proposed by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF, the French financial markets regulator) further to this reform.
Bonnie J Roe explores how Regulation A may be the best alternative for conducting an initial coin offering in her latest article for Bloomberg Law.
C&G partner Bonnie J Roe discusses the SEC’s response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and its impact on public company reporting in this C&G Alert.
Dans cette article, Franck Le Mentec discute l’année fiscal 2016 du Royaume-Uni, avec un accent particulier sur l'augmentation des investissements, les nouvelles mesures anti-abus et les impacts du Brexit sur la fiscalité au Royaume-Uni et dans les pays partenaires.
(In this article, Franck Le Mentec discusses the 2016 fiscal year for the United Kingdom, with particular focus on the strengthening of measures to increase investment attractiveness, the introduction of new anti-avoidance measures, the conclusion of new tax treaties, the jurisprudential reconsideration of management packages, and the impacts of Brexit on taxation in both the United Kingdom and partner countries.)
Last year saw a sharp increase in investigations targeting the illicit flows of funds through financial institutions. In three prominent enforcement actions in 2012—against ING, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC—prosecutors and regulators extracted massive fines for conduct ranging from intentional concealment of illicit transactions to ineffective monitoring.
Bonnie J Roe will participate in a panel titled "Undertaking a Private Placement Transaction" at the Practising Law Institute's "Private Placements and Hybrid Securities Offerings 2020" program.
Partner Bonnie J Roe will speak on a panel entitled “Going (to the) Public” at the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2018 in Austin, Texas on September 14.
Bonnie J Roe presented at The Reg A Conference by DealFlow Events on "Will Regulation A find its niche?"