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

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...