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We provide clients with sophisticated, hands-on counsel to navigate the complex and constantly changing rules for accessing public capital markets and acquiring businesses for public companies.

Our approach

Raising capital is complicated.

Every geography and financial instrument follows its own regulatory requirements. Using our connections with the SEC, stock exchanges and businesses, we help clients with all aspects of securities law and corporate finance—in diverse industries and markets, both U.S. and international.

Our attorneys have the connections and know-how to help with all our clients’ needs: launching public offerings and private placements; equity, debt or convertible securities financing; going-private transactions; and advice on corporate governance issues, securities compliance or disclosure matters.

As leaders in providing proactive securities insights and counsel, we take a unique, team-oriented approach to serving client issuers, investors, underwriters and investment banks. Based in D.C. and NYC, the team is very closely connected to the activities of the regulatory authorities and exchanges. Our clients know what to expect and how to react.

We are lead counsel on public offerings (including offerings under Rule 144A and Regulation S) and work on hundreds of private placements raising billions of dollars.

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  • Is the SEC Making Cannava a Scapegoat In 38 Studios Case?
    The Bond Buyer | May 11, 2016
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article discussing the memorandum of law in support of Peter Cannava’s motion to dismiss the SEC’s complaint against him.
  • Cybersecurity Best Practices for Senior Bank Management
    Bloomberg BNA Banking Report | March 21, 2016
    Chicago partner Susan Feibus authored this column about important considerations for financial institutions to take in terms of policies and procedures that address the cyber threat environment and resilience to cyber attacks.
  • Nixon Peabody Promotes NLSIU grad Richa Naujoks to Partnership
    Bar & Bench | February 1, 2016
    This feature article highlights New York City securities partner Richa Naujoks’ election to the partnership. The article discusses Richa’s practice and also links to the Nixon Peabody 2016 Partner Class video.
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  • Nixon Peabody Adds Tax Partner from Squire Patton
    Law360 | January 15, 2016
    This feature story highlights the arrival of Washington, DC, securities partner Sean Clancy.
  • Rekordår för köp göder Wall Street (Record Year for Acquisitions is Feeding Wall Street)
    Dagens Industry (Sweden) | December 28, 2015
    New York City corporate attorney Hanna Jackson provides third-party commentary in this feature story on the 2015 calendar year on Wall Street.
  • Private Fund Regulation in 2015—SEC Levels Up
    Law360 | December 18, 2015
    Boston partner and deputy chairman of the Private Investment Fund Disputes team Stephen LaRose and Boston associate Kathleen Ceglarski Burns co-authored this article. The piece discusses how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s focus on private fund advisers has shifted from learning and information gathering to examination and enforcement activity.
  • Nixon Peabody: MAC Survey shows ‘cautious optimism’
    Daily Record | December 17, 2015
    This article discusses the key findings in Nixon Peabody’s 14th Annual MAC Survey.
  • Engaging with activist investors may be best approach
    Rochester Business Journal | December 11, 2015
    Rochester Securities partner Deborah McLean provides third-party commentary in this feature article on how public companies can deal with activist shareholders.
  • SEC's Next Move on Conflict Minerals Rule Could Open a Pandora's Box
    Compliance Week | November 17, 2015
    Boston Securities partner Kelly Babson provides third-party commentary in this feature article on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s embattled Conflict Minerals Rule.
  • Indian American lawyer shortlisted for prestigious award
    The Times of India | August 14, 2015
    The feature story notes that Richa Naujoks has been shortlisted for Thomson Reuters Foundation's TrustLaw Lawyer of the Year award.
  • Representation and Warranty Insurance—A Concept That Has Come of Age for M&A
    The Deal | June 24, 2015
    New York City Public Company Transactions partner Dick Langan authored this column on the coming of age of representation and warranty insurance in mergers and acquisitions.
  • 3 Tips on Forming an SEC-Compliant Private Equity Fund
    Law360 | November 18, 2014
    New York City Public Company Transactions partner Dan McAvoy provides commentary in this article discussing tips private equity firms can follow to create SEC-compliant funds.
  • Schooled in Business – On the job
    Rochester Business Journal | September 26, 2014
    Rochester Public Company Transactions associate John Moragne is featured in this interview discussing his background, how he arrived at law school, and his business-focused practice.
  • Don't Miss It: Hot Deals & Firms We're Following This Week
    Law360 | July 10, 2014
    Gannett Co., Inc.’s acquisition of seven Texas television stations from London Broadcasting Company for $215 million is highlighted among the top deals this week. Nixon Peabody represented Gannett. The deal team noted in the coverage includes Public Company Transactions practice group leader John Partigan, Labor & Employment partners Brian Kopp and Michael Hausknecht, Tax partner Christian McBurney, Antitrust partner Gordon Lang and counsel Alycia Ziarno, and associates Tiana Butcher and Pierce Han.
  • Moelis' IPO Prospects May be aided by Performance, Market Appetite
    SNL Financial | March 11, 2014
    New York City Public Company Transactions partner Dick Langan and counsel Ted Ghorra discuss the landscape in the investment banking landscape and how it has changed since 2007.
  • Startups Must Carefully Evaluate New Crowdfunding Options
    Rochester Business Journal | December 20, 2013
    In this monthly Rochester Business Journal law column, Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester law clerk Brian Mahoney focus on crowdfunding opportunities.
  • Tapping Into Malaysia's Aggressive Franchising Goals
    Law360 | November 26, 2013
    Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions partner Kendal Tyre and Washington, DC, Public Company Transactions associate Pierce Han authored this column discussing increased franchise potential in Malaysia.
  • Personal Notes on Lawyers
    New York Law Journal | September 6, 2013

    This news brief notes New York Public Company Transactions associate Richa Naujoks’ new role as co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law India Committee.

  • Get a Lawyer Son, Get a Real Good (and Pro Bono) One
    Huffington Post | August 19, 2013

    The CEO of Impact Energies authored this column on the importance of legal support for emerging for-profit social enterprises. The column notes Impact Energies' experiences working with Nixon Peabody on a pro bono basis and specifically highlights working with New York City Securities counsel Dan McAvoy.

  • Agios shares up after initial public offering
    Boston Globe | July 24, 2013

    Boston Public Company Transactions partner Kelly Babson discusses how biotech shares are outpacing others in recent years and the increased attractiveness of earlier-stage IPO candidates as the more mature companies are trading at higher valuations.

  • Sponsors Plan to Take Advantage of Lifting of Ad Ban
    Buyouts | July 10, 2013

    New York City Public Company Transactions counsel Dan McAvoy discusses the industry’s reaction to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s vote to lift a decades-old ban against general solicitation and advertising in private market fundraising.

  • Gannett Agrees to Buy Belo for $1.5 Billion
    New York Times | June 13, 2013

    This coverage notes that Nixon Peabody counseled the Gannett Company in its $1.5 billion acquisition of Belo Corporation, a deal that almost doubles Gannett’s television operations.


SEC releases new and revised guidance on use of non-GAAP measures
Public Company Transactions Alert | May 26, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court establishes new test for federal jurisdiction over securities cases based on state law
Securities Litigation Alert | May 18, 2016

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Securities fraud class action nixed in first successful appellate use of U.S. Supreme Court's Halliburton II decision
Securities Litigation Alert | April 21, 2016

Regulation Crowdfunding: 10 factors to consider before joining the crowd
Securities Law Alert | February 19, 2016

The federal securities law implications of the FAST Act: the Jobs Act amended
Securities Law Alert | December 21, 2015

14th Annual MAC Survey
December 16, 2015

Investment fund executives vindicated by First Circuit's reversing SEC on scienter and non-misleading statements
Securities Litigation Alert | December 11, 2015

Recent SEC settlements offer glimpse into future of private equity regulation
Private Fund Disputes Alert | November 17, 2015

Webinar Recording: DOJ targets executives in corporate investigations
Originally recorded on September 25, 2015 | September 30, 2015

SEC whistleblower program focuses on alleged improper muzzling of employees
Commercial Litigation Alert | September 25, 2015

Second Circuit disagrees with Fifth Circuit on who is a whistleblower under Dodd-Frank—bound for the Supreme Court?
Securities Law Alert | September 14, 2015

Conflict minerals update—D.C. Circuit Court upholds decision that "DRC conflict free" disclosure requirement violates First Amendment
Securities Law Alert | August 21, 2015

SEC adopts rules for pay ratio disclosure
Securities Alert | August 17, 2015

Erica P. John Fund v. Halliburton—the uncertain role of corrective disclosures at the class certification stage of securities fraud cases
Securities Litigation Alert | August 13, 2015

Regulation A+: Does it make the grade?
Securities Law Alert | August 4, 2015

The SEC proposes incentive-compensation clawback and disclosure rules
Securities Law Alert | July 9, 2015

Proposed SEC pay-for-performance proxy disclosure rule
Securities Law Alert | May 1, 2015

The SEC's new target: employer confidentiality agreements
Employment Law Alert | April 3, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court resuscitates RMBS securities class action challenging statements of opinion in light of Omnicare
Securities Litigation Alert | April 1, 2015

We'll hold you to that: U.S. Supreme Court in Omnicare rules that even pure opinions can create strict Securities Act liability for some omissions
Securities Litigation Alert | March 25, 2015

The scope of permissible analyst communications during emerging growth company IPOs
Securities Law Alert | March 5, 2015

Proposed SEC disclosure rules on director, officer and employee hedging
Securities Law Alert | March 3, 2015

Changes to registration requirements to implement the JOBS Act
Securities Law Alert | February 5, 2015

SEC charges corporate insiders and publicly traded companies for failure to promptly report transactions and holdings
Securities Alert | September 18, 2014

Changes to SEC Rule 701 under the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act: What you need to know
Government Relations Alert | June 16, 2014

Rakoff deals new blow to Madoff trustee
Private Fund Disputes Alert | May 1, 2014

Delaware Court of Chancery holds clickwrap agreements enforceable
M & A Advisor Alert | April 22, 2014

D.C. Court of Appeals strikes down conflict minerals rule "DRC conflict free" disclosure requirement on First Amendment grounds, but leaves other reporting requirements intact
Securities and Economic Sanctions Alert | April 18, 2014

New York court rejects claims against fund manager of a Madoff feeder fund, highlighting exculpatory terms in private fund agreement
Private Fund Disputes Alert | April 11, 2014

Cybersecurity risks and data breaches taking front row at SEC in 2014
Privacy Alert | March 27, 2014

Supreme Court interprets Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection to reach employees of public company's private contractors
Financial Services Alert | March 6, 2014

Supreme Court interprets SLUSA narrowly, allowing state law class actions to proceed against advisors ensnared in frauds
Class Actions Alert | February 28, 2014

SEC Releases Final Rules on Municipal Advisors
Public Finance Alert | October 8, 2013

Federal Regulatory Agencies Issue Financial Abuse of Elders Guidance
Regulated Financial Institutions Alert | October 7, 2013

SEC proposes rules for pay ratio disclosure
Securities Law Alert | September 27, 2013

SEC adopts rules lifting restrictions on general solicitation and general advertising in certain exempt securities offerings and proposes amendments to rules governing private placements
Securities Law Alert | July 24, 2013

Whose claim is it anyway—the investment fund's or the investor's?
Askenazy et al., v. KPMG LLP et al., No 12-P-863, Mass. App. Ct., May 23, 2013

Private Fund Disputes Alert | May 31, 2013

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Nixon Peabody advises TEGNA on investment in millenial sports media company
March 14, 2016

Nixon Peabody introduces 2016 new partner class
February 1, 2016

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Tax partner joins Nixon Peabody’s Washington, DC, office
January 6, 2016

Nixon Peabody M&A survey illustrates pro-bidder trends in dealmaking
December 16, 2015

Nixon Peabody advises TEGNA on acquisition of three TV stations
December 3, 2015

Nixon Peabody advises TEGNA in sale of dynamic creative optimization business
November 13, 2015

Nixon Peabody M&A Market Survey points to pro-bidder trends in dealmaking as economy improves
October 29, 2014

Nixon Peabody advises Gannett on completion of acquisition
October 1, 2014

Nixon Peabody advises Tauriga Sciences in acquisition restructuring of therapeutic healing creams company
September 26, 2014

Nixon Peabody advises Gannett in acquisition, doubling digital business
August 5, 2014

Nixon Peabody advises Gannett in purchase of 6 Texas television stations
July 9, 2014

Nixon Peabody advises Gannett in television station deal
June 19, 2014

Nixon Peabody advises longtime client Gannett in $2.2 billion television deal
December 23, 2013

Nixon Peabody advises in acquisition of $2B equity manager
December 12, 2013

Nixon Peabody advises Stonecastle Financial Corporation in $110m initial public offering
November 18, 2013

Nixon Peabody MAC Survey illustrates improved economic conditions in dealmaking
November 13, 2013

Nixon Peabody Advises Tauriga Sciences Inc. in Alliance with Synthetic Biology Pioneer
October 30, 2013

Expanding corporate practice, Nixon Peabody welcomes new securities counsel in New York City
October 2, 2013

Nixon Peabody Advises Gannett in $1.5 Billion Acquisition
June 13, 2013

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