Capital Markets and Securities

Haynes and Boone began as a firm focused on corporate securities in 1970 and we have maintained this focus. We are securities counsel to dozens of public companies ranging in size from small cap companies to large cap multi-national business entities.

We represent clients traded on all of the major U.S. securities exchanges, as well as on the “over-the-counter” markets and many foreign markets such as the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange Alternate Investment Market (AIM), and the Toronto Stock Exchange. While we represent clients in a broad range of industries, we have significant experience in the energy, banking, technology, manufacturing, financial, life sciences, hospitality, and transportation industries. We also represent investment banks as underwriters and placement agents in capital markets transactions.

Our skilled team guides clients through the complexities of securities laws and practices affecting their businesses, and The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard 2016 singled out Haynes and Boone as one of the top two law firms handling equities work for non-U.S. companies in 2015.

Capital Markets

We regularly assist both U.S. and foreign companies and investment banks with a broad array of securities transactions, including:

  • Initial public offerings
  • Alternative public offerings, including reverse mergers and self-filings
  • Follow-on public equity and debt offerings
  • Registered and Rule 144A high yield, investment grade and convertible debt offerings
  • Shelf registration statements and takedowns
  • Secondary offerings
  • Rights offerings
  • Registered direct offerings
  • Private placements
  • Exchange offers
  • Cash and debt tender offers
  • Consent solicitations
  • PIPE transactions
  • Dual listings
  • Offerings on the AIM, under the Multi-Jurisdictional Disclosure System with Canada, and other international transactions
  • MLP and royalty trust transactions
  • Structured products and hybrid securities
  • Listings on national securities exchanges

Periodic Reporting and Compliance

Through our role as outside securities counsel, we have developed considerable in-depth and up-to-date experience in representing clients in their periodic reporting, public disclosure and Securities Exchange Act compliance issues. We regularly counsel our clients on the following issues:

  • Annual, quarterly and other periodic reports
  • Proxy statements and shareholder proposals
  • Press releases and analyst presentations
  • Responses to SEC comment letters
  • Sections 13 and 16 reporting and compliance
  • Initial and continued listing standards of the securities exchanges

We have represented clients in complex issues dealing with acquired company financial statements, restatements of financial statements, and shareholder proposals.

Corporate Governance

We advise boards of directors, audit committees, compensation committees, and committees of independent directors on a broad range of governance and transactional matters as wells as “best practices” to meet the high standards expected of members of a public company board of directors. Our public company board representation includes advice on:

  • Director fiduciary duties, including conflict of interest transactions, going private transactions, proxy contest and other merger and acquisition transactions
  • Board and committee structure
  • Governance programs and policies
  • Implementing compensation programs and agreements
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act compliance
  • Internal and external investigations
  • Structure and fairness of MBO, LBO and other major corporate transactions

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