Our attorneys handle securities, finance, M&A, general corporate, and regulatory matters for clients ranging from development stage private companies to large publicly held companies. We have experience representing issuers, underwriters, and venture capital firms in public offerings, private placements, venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions. Nelson Mullins is outside corporate counsel to approximately 25 public companies and a large number of privately held companies.
In addition, two of our partners have served as in-house counsel to a public company; a third has served as chief executive officer of a public company, and a fourth has served as chief executive officer of a venture capital-backed private company. We believe this business experience enables us to provide a broader perspective and greater value to our corporate clients. We represent clients in a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on growth companies in the telecommunications, software, internet, electronic commerce, technology, and financial institutions industries. A few highlights from our corporate practice include:
- We have handled more than 100 public and private securities offerings since 1998.The firm has acted as counsel in public and private offerings of securities raising more than $5 billion and merger and acquisition transactions valued at more than $30 billion.
- In 1998, we ranked first in the Southeast and eighth in the country as issuer's counsel in completed initial public offerings.
- We have formed more than 10 venture or investment funds in the last several years, raising in excess of $200 million.
- We have more than 70 attorneys whose primary practice consists of securities, corporate, or real estate work.
- We have extensive connections with investment banks, venture capitalists, and other investors in the Southeast and throughout the country.
- We serve as outside counsel (on a pro bono basis) to, and one of our partners was a founder of, the Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Southeast, a nonprofit organization which works with the venture capital and investment banking communities to encourage employees of privately held companies to become more active in their community.
Transactions in which Nelson Mullins has represented its clients recently include the following:
- Raising private equity capital, whether in venture capital transactions, through investment banks and brokers or from individuals.
- Forming venture capital funds and assisting in structuring and negotiating their investments in portfolio companies.
- Assisting clients in developing and implementing their growth strategies, whether by means of further rounds of outside or inside investment, mergers and acquisitions, or initial and subsequent public offerings of their stock.
- Serving as company and underwriter's counsel in public securities offerings.
- Representing clients in their mergers and acquisitions transactions.
- Assisting in the preparation of corporate documents and regulatory filings, negotiation of contracts and employment agreements, and development of stock option plans, ESOPs, and other employee benefit plans.
- Counseling directors and officers regarding all aspects of corporate governance, including fiduciary responsibilities they owe to their corporations.
- Representing both corporations and management in the negotiation and preparation of employment, shareholder, no-compete, confidentiality, licensing, technology transfer, and work-for-hire agreements.
- Assisting publicly held companies with their SEC periodic reporting requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including reports on Forms 10-Q, 10-K, and 8-K.
- Regularly updating public company clients on securities and corporate law developments and rule changes.
- Preparing proxy statements and counseling publicly held companies in connection with their annual and special shareholders meetings.
- Assisting directors, officers, and principal shareholders of publicly held companies with their own SEC periodic reporting requirements (including reporting on Forms 3, 4, and 5), compliance with Section 16 insider trading rules, and resales of restricted stock under Rules 144 and 145.