Laura Washburn practices in the Corporate and Securities area, with a particular focus on public company representation. Her areas of concentration include ‘34 Act reporting work, registration of debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions and advising companies on compliance with regulations promulgated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, Laura advises companies regarding their compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the JOBS Act. In addition to her public company representation, Laura also assists private companies in mergers, sales and other acquisition transactions, and assists private companies with capital raising transactions. No matter the type of representation, Laura strives to partner with her clients to achieve cost-effective and efficient solutions to legal problems.

Laura’s representation of public companies spans the spectrum of corporate and securities transactions. Representative public company transactions include:

  • Initial public offerings of common stock
  • Universal shelf registrations for common stock, preferred stock, stock units and debt securities
  • Resale registration statements
  • Private fund formations
  • Merger transactions, including filings on Form S-4
  • Consultations with boards of directors regarding fiduciary duties and governance matters
  • Listing applications with the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq
  • ‘34 Act quarterly and annual reporting
  • Proxy and compensation disclosure

Laura’s private company representation is multi-faceted, with an emphasis on private securities issuances. Her work for private companies includes:

  • Private placements, including drafting private placement memoranda and filing Form D notifications with the Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities commissions
  • Merger and sale transactions
  • Corporate, limited liability company and limited partnership formations
  • Corporate governance guidance
  • Funding transactions