Dan McAvoy is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Corporate practice group, focusing on the areas of private investment funds, securities, SEC regulatory matters, and mergers and acquisitions. He has served as an advisor in dozens of mergers and capital market transactions, counseling companies that range from startups to growing enterprises to middle-market funds and public companies to Fortune 500 companies. He also represents both sponsors and investors in closed-end investment funds and in investment fund transactions. He is also a co-leader of the firm’s Blockchain Technology & Digital Assets team.
I focus primarily on private investment funds, securities and securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions and investment advisory matters.
My private investment fund practice focuses on securities law, investment advisory and regulatory issues pertaining to U.S. closed-end private investment funds, and non-U.S. funds that are looking to enter the U.S. market. I also represent secondaries funds in all types of transactions, including traditional secondaries, secondary directs, GP-led restructurings, stapled secondaries and structured JVs.
I represent issuers in connection with public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, including through Regulation A+ and initial public offerings. In addition, I advise publicly traded companies in complying with their disclosure obligations under federal and state securities laws, investment advisers and broker-dealers in respect of compliance obligations and acquisitions, and major public company investors in their public company investments.
I represent acquirors and targets in connection with public and private stock mergers, asset acquisitions, tender offers and strategic investments, particularly where there are tricky regulatory concerns under investment adviser or broker-dealer laws.
Over the next year, a massive proliferation of qualified opportunity zone funds so investors can maximize their tax benefits. Over the long term, further proliferation of smart contracts and tokenized security interests to eliminate unnecessary intermediaries and solve for trust issues in legal documentation.
Insights | March 25, 2019
New York City Corporate partner Dan McAvoy wrote this contributed article for Insights, Wolters Kluwer’s corporate and securities-focused monthly journal, exploring securities law issues related to the creation of opportunity funds.
Tech Moran | October 31, 2016
This story is about Persistent Energy Ghana’s $1.5M debt round financing that will be used as capital to buy solar home systems for low-income households in Ghana. New York City public company transactions partners Dan McAvoy and Richa Naujoks, and Boston global finance partner Frank Hamblett are working on this matter.
Opportunity Zones Alert | 06.19.19
Securities Law Alert | 03.03.19
Securities Law Alert | 02.25.19
Securities Law Alert | 12.26.18
Securities Law Alert | 12.14.18
Securities Law Alert | 06.20.18
Securities Law Alert | 05.29.18
03.04.19 | Washington, DC
05.03.18 | New York, NY
New York University, J.D.
University of South Florida, B.A., magna cum laude
Dan has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial for M&A/corporate and commercial—M&A: Middle-market (sub-$500m), as well as in previous editions. Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2014–2018.
Dan is a member of the American Bar Association; New York State Bar Association (Securities Regulation Committee and Private Investment Funds Subcommittee); and the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Legal Working Group.