Extensive knowledge of federal and state securities laws is an important part of the business law services Verrill offers our clients. Securities laws regulate the manner and terms upon which companies seek capital from investors, ranging from a startup company's offering to angel investors to a public company's offering through an SEC shelf registration. Securities laws also impose extensive, complex regulations on a diverse set of financial industry players.

Our securities lawyers have extensive experience representing venture capital firms, private equity firms, angel investors, and issuers in negotiating and documenting investments in privately held companies. Our attorneys also advise private companies and their owners on capitalization issues, governance matters, and steps to be taken in contemplation of a liquidity event, whether as an acquisition target, private equity investment or rollup, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) transaction, or an initial public offering (IPO).

Members of the Business Law Group also represent issuers and selling stockholders in registered public offerings of equity or debt securities, such as through IPOs, employee stock option plans, or follow-on offerings. We have extensive experience advising publicly held companies on SEC reporting obligations, including design and preparation of proxy statements and of periodic reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q; disclosure of current developments on Form 8-K; the effect of Regulation FD on other public statements by issuers; regulation of tender offers; stock exchange requirements on board and committee composition; insider trading prohibitions and short-swing trading regulation; SEC comment letter responses and internal investigations; and planning for stock repurchases and other transactions by issuers and their affiliates.

Verrill's securities lawyers provide regulatory and compliance counseling to a broad array of broker-dealers, investment advisors, registered investment companies, and private funds. We also advise individuals who serve as registered representatives, investment advisor representatives, and control persons of financial services firms.

Regulatory and compliance matters handled by our team include:

  • Organization and registration of startup entities to engage in investment advisory or broker-dealer activities in the U.S., including organization of such entities on behalf of non-U.S. parent companies in the financial industry.
  • Advice and legal opinions on various securities law issues arising for specialty players within the securities industry, including third-party marketers.
  • Design, preparation, and updating of written supervisory procedures and policy manuals for investment advisors, broker-dealers, municipal securities dealers, and hedge funds and other private investment funds.
  • Coordination of responses to regulatory examinations and civil or criminal investigations by the SEC, FINRA, NYSE, CFTC, State Securities Administrators, banking regulators, and other relevant regulatory agencies.
  • Defense of firms and individuals in criminal proceedings or civil trials involving allegations of serious misconduct under applicable regulations and criminal statutes.

The leaders of our securities team are well-respected authorities on corporate governance and transactional law. This team complements the firm's securities law practice and enables Verrill to advise clients on the most complex acquisition, financing, and restructuring transactions.

Firm Highlights

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2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

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Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.

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SECURE Act: Change to RMD Trigger Age Should Trigger Your Attention Now

As summarized in our January 7 Client Advisory , the SECURE Act includes many changes that affect the design and administration of retirement plans. One of those changes is the increase to the trigger...

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T&D Utility Ownership of Generation

Verrill represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval...

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Northeastern University RISE Expo

Verrill is sponsoring Northeastern University's RISE Expo on April 9, 2020. Our attorneys, Rob Hover, Dean Phelps, Lin Hymel, Beverly Hjorth, and John Powell, will attend and judge student's work, as well as interview...

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2020 Estate Planning Update

SECURE ACT What you need to know : The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. The most significant provisions of the SECURE Act involve...

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Verrill Again Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Service

(February 19, 2020) – Verrill is honored to receive the 2020 Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Firm Pro Bono Achievement Award, presented by VLP during the Maine State Bar Association Annual Business Meeting &...

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Maine's First Private Natural Gas Pipeline

Assisted a large pulp mill secure legislation to authorize building a private natural gas pipeline that tapped into the Maritimes interstate pipeline to lower the mill's energy costs. To meet the client's schedule, we...

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Verrill-law.com Earns Gold in the 2020 AVA Digital Awards Competition

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Supreme Court – Updates for 2020

We are barely two months into the new year and already there are significant updates to the 2020 Supreme Court Preview included in our December 2019 Client Advisory (available here ). Below are updates...