Deborah J. McLean

Deborah McLean serves as Senior Counsel in Nixon Peabody’s Public Company Transactions team. She represents public and privately held businesses in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities laws disclosure and compliance.

What do you focus on?

I focus on helping businesses achieve their business and financial goals.

Mergers and Acquisitions

My work includes assisting in structuring transactions, helping identify key legal issues for diligence and successfully closing acquisitions. I believe that the key to successful M&A transactions is the effective coordination of the diligence conducted by the business and legal subject matter professionals with the negotiating transaction team and my effective interaction with the business’s transaction leader/sponsor.

Corporate Finance

With my 35 years of experience, I work with inside counsel and key members of a client’s finance group to negotiate financing terms in credit agreements, Rule 144A debt offerings and public offering of notes and debentures. I have led teams in numerous equity offerings including IPOs, underwritten follow-on offerings, at-the-market offerings and private placements under Regulation D for both startups and funds.

Securities Compliance

After Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd Frank, I have coordinated with clients’ finance groups to address the increased focus by company management on the accuracy and adequacy of periodic disclosures and other securities laws compliance. I provide guidance on future securities laws developments specifically applicable to our clients.

What do you see on the horizon?

With the changes in the private offering process under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, I am working with key clients on structuring “private placements” with appropriate public advertising that fairly discloses their business and securities and attracts qualified accredited investors.


Deborah J. McLean

Senior Counsel


Phone: 585-263-1307

Fax: 585-263-1600

Cornell Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

Wells College, B.A., magna cum laude

New York

Deborah was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; and Securities Regulation. She was designated the Rochester “Lawyer of the Year” for Corporate Law in 2019 and for Mergers & Acquisitions in 2018, and has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2012. She has also been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 for Corporate/M&A (New York (Upstate)).

Deborah has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.

Deborah was selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list in 2013-2015. Her primary areas of practice are securities and corporate finance; mergers and acquisitions; and business and corporate law.

Deborah is a member of the New York State Bar Association Business Law Section Committee on Securities Regulation, and a past member of the New York Bar Association Committee on Corporations and other Business Entities. Deborah also belongs to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).

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