Business Law

Securities

Preti Flaherty's Securities Law Practice Group offers a broad complement of specialized services to each of the stakeholders in the securities industry. We have successfully represented public and private companies, governmental entities, underwriters, investors, brokers/dealers, investment banks, and emerging companies to address their needs under federal and state securities laws. The group brings the expertise of highly-skilled corporate and litigation attorneys with backgrounds both as principal and counsel in securities, capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and dispute resolution to offer clients cost-effective solutions.

Current trends place superior securities advice and representation in the forefront of business, financial and investing considerations:  from raising capital for startup and growing businesses to private equity analysis, negotiation and investment; from compliance under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Sarbanes-Oxley and uncertain new hedge fund regulations to stock option grants and other corporate governance best practices; and from investor complaints to shareholder disputes.    

Our Securities Law attorneys provide the following services

For Public Companies:

  • Periodic Reports—10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks
  • Annual Meetings-- Annual Report to Security Holders, Proxy Statements and Solicitation
  • Corporate Governance—Director independence, committees, Sarbanes Oxley
  • Insider Trading Policies
  • Section 16 Filers—Forms 3-5, Schedules 13D and 13G
  • Stock Option Plans—Form S-8, Stock Option Agreements
  • Rule 144 Resales
  • Press Releases—Reg FD, corporate messaging, investor relations
  • Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Private Placements

Members of team: Kara Sweeney

For Private Companies:

  • Capital Formation—advice on locating sources; structure; and terms of offering
  • Blue-Sky Compliance
  • Reg D and other federal exemptions
  • Stock Options and other equity-style incentive compensation programs
  • Stock Redemptions
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Acquisitions and Dispositions

Members of team: John Sullivan, Kara Sweeney

Public Finance: 

  • Official statements for public offerings of bonds issued by states, state authorities, regional and municipal districts and authorities and other governmental entities
  • Private placement memoranda for private placements of bonds issued by states, state authorities, regional and municipal districts and authorities and other governmental entities
  • Continuing disclosure agreements for SEC Rule 15c2-12 compliance
  • Blue sky memoranda for state blue sky law compliance
  • Counsel for issuers, underwriters and purchasers

Members of team: James C. Pitney, Jr. and Bonnie L. Martinolich

For Broker/Dealers and Investment/Hedge Funds:

  • Registration and exemptions
  • Registered representative compliance
  • Regulatory investigations
  • Administrative and judicial proceedings
  • Investor complaints
  • Employment termination and disputes
  • Arbitration and litigation

Members of team: Gregory Hansel, John Sullivan, Sigmund Schutz, Brian Quirk and Kara Sweeney

For Investors:

  • Initial Investment – Advice, negotiations, and documentation on terms of investment
  • Liquidation –Advice on sale or other transfer

Members of team: John Sullivan and Kara Sweeney

  • Securities violations
  • Mismanagement of account
  • Arbitration and litigation

Members of team: Gregory Hansel, Sigmund Schutz and Brian Quirk

Dispute Resolution: 

Our track record in resolution of securities disputes speaks for itself. We are a go-to firm in financial services disputes, securities litigation, and arbitration. Learn more here.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Construction Alert: Gov. Baker Clarifies Massachusetts Construction Requirements and Possible Future Impacts for New Hampshire

The state of construction in Massachusetts continues to evolve as Governor Baker issued another order yesterday tightening  the list of types of construction that are allowed to proceed  as "essential services." Under the new...

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the twelfth year in a row, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among...

Publication

Preti Flaherty Announces its COVID-19 Financial Relief Evaluation and Selection Tool

This Analysis of COVID-19 Financial Advice is effective as of 5PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.  THE INFORMATION SET FORTH BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE as Treasury Guidelines and other authorities emerge from the...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

Publication

Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 2nd, the Governor has ordered a statewide “stay at home” order further restricting Maine resident’s movement. Governor’s Executive Order No. 28 FY 19/20 dated March 31, 2020 (“Stay...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...

Event

2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

News

Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...