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CORPORATE FINANCE & SECURITIES

The knowledge we have gained from providing counsel to many of the nation’s leading corporations, emerging companies and prominent private equity firms positions us to provide sound advice and keen judgment on finance- and securities-related matters. Our corporate finance and securities practice advises a diverse range of businesses as well as private individuals. We assist issuers, boards of directors, management, shareholders and underwriters in all types of public offerings, private placements, recapitalizations and other corporate and commercial finance transactions. Our practitioners also have extensive experience in securities regulatory compliance and disclosure, an increasingly vital service given the more stringent regulatory environment.

 

We represented Insituform Technologies, Inc. in its $125 million offering of common stock in 2009 with Merrill Lynch as principal underwriter.

We represented Federal Signal Corporation in its $75 million offering of common stock in 2010 with Citi as principal underwriter.

We represented Zoltek Companies, Inc. in connection with a secondary offering of $155 million of its common stock in 2007 with Merrill Lynch as principal underwriter.

We represented Baldor Electric Company, a global manufacturer of industrial electric motors, in the financing of its $1.8 billion purchase of the Reliance Electric Company and Dodge Gear business of Rockwell Automation, Inc. The financing consisted of a combination of a public offering of common stock, the sale of $550 million in senior notes, and borrowings of $1 billion under the term loan portion of a senior secured credit facility.

We served as underwriter counsel to Wachovia Securities and Stifel Nicolaus in connection with a $69 million public offering of common stock by The Empire District Electric Company.

We represented Essence Group Holdings Corporation (EGHC) in connection with a convertible preferred stock financing from its largest shareholder, JDlinx, LLC in 2009. In addition, we represented EGHC in connection with the offer to existing stockholders of an opportunity to participate in the financing round.

We represented a solar technology manufacturer, in a $15 million+ private equity transaction in 2008.

We served as counsel to Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. in connection with the formation of Forsyth Capital Partners, LP, a private equity investment fund organized in 2009 to apply Barry-Wehmiller’s successful acquisition and management strategies to businesses outside of its historical areas of focus.

We represented the lead investor in the purchase of preferred stock and warrants, as well as related bridge financings, in the Merriman Curhan Ford Group, Inc., a financial services firm that invests in clean tech, consumer/Internet/media, health care, natural resources and technology.

Publications

Is venture debt right for your start-up or growth-stage company?

Private equity’s top ten issues for the next president

Key considerations for representation and warranty insurance

Proposed changes to Section 2704 could spur tax increase for owners of closely held businesses

Can a futures brokerage firm pay trailing commissions to an inactive AP or his estate?

Key details about the Defend Trade Secrets notification requirement

CFTC rule change brings record-keeping relief for commodity dealers and end-users

For family businesses, the role of the attorney comes full circle

UCC update: Revisions to Missouri’s UCC Articles 4A and 9

The Wheatley review of LIBOR: final report

Blog Posts

Tax basis: The key to reducing gain on sale or deducting asset purchases

FINRA forces firms into the weeds on security policies

Cybersecurity liability: Delaware has good news for directors

Investing in cannabis? Industry presents unique considerations

Why health care entities should pay attention to the Federal Priority Act

News

Thompson Coburn named among top 30 law firms for client service

Justin Newman named to Law Bulletin’s distinguished ‘40 Under 40’ list

Emily Wang Murphy appointed to Lawyers Have Heart board

Three Thompson Coburn attorneys tapped for St. Louis Magazine’s 2016 ‘Power List’

Congratulations to our 2017 ‘Lawyers of the Year’

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti joins Thompson Coburn

Matt Hafter joins corporate practice in Chicago

Associates, patent agent join Thompson Coburn in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis

Helen B. Kim named to Law360’s ‘25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law’ list

A merger story: Tom Minogue and Jack Musgrave discuss 20 years as Thompson Coburn

Thompson Coburn attorneys detail the difficulty in prosecuting spoofers

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2016

Supporting worldwide growth of Enterprise

Thompson Coburn assists with merger of St. Louis Minority Business Council, Regional Chamber

Congratulations to our 8 ‘Lawyers of the Year’

27 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA

Kim Eilerts named a 2015 BTI Client Service All-Star

Kim Eilerts joins boards of Epworth Children and Family Services, St. Louis chapter of U.S. Green Building Council

Michael Hawthorne to lead webinar on ‘The JOBS Act and its Regulatory Implications’

Helen B. Kim talks securities litigation in roundtable with California Lawyer

Tom Minogue named chair of University of Missouri-St. Louis board

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2015

Health care attorney John S. Howard joins Thompson Coburn

Thompson Coburn earns eight national top-tier rankings in U.S. News ‘Best Law Firms’ survey

Margie Krumholz co-authors chapter on leasing commercial vessels

Congratulations to our 15 St. Louis ‘Lawyers of the Year’

Sixth Circuit rules cows can be leased

112 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2015 Best Lawyers list

Helen B. Kim to co-chair ABA’s Securities Litigation Committee

Cherie Stephens Bock selected for 2014-2015 class of Leadership St. Louis

29 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

Kevin Young joins Thompson Coburn's corporate practice in Chicago

UMSL Research & Innovation Week to feature Tom Schlafly presentation

Higher education attorney Aaron D. Lacey joins Thompson Coburn

Thompson Coburn drafts UCC legislation in Missouri

Thompson Coburn closes acquisition of Lion’s Choice restaurants

108 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2014 Best Lawyers list

David Kaufman presents West LegalEdcenter® webinar on SEC repeal of general solicitation rules

David Kaufman covers top trends from 2013 InvestMidwest

David Kaufman joins Thompson Coburn as a partner

Bob Wallace article: Fiscal-cliff-style negotiations fall flat in the sports world, too

Manufacturing magazine publishes Rob Kamensky article on distribution agreements

19 Thompson Coburn partners named 2013 St. Louis Lawyers of the Year

Tom Minogue represents the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 50th anniversary ad campaign

Jim Slear featured in BBC reports on New York financial services regulator

Kim Eilerts named 2012 ‘Up and Coming’ attorney by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Thompson Coburn leads Federal Signal’s $110 million sale of FSTech to 3M

Michael de León Hawthorne joins Thompson Coburn as a partner

Thompson Coburn clients enjoy lantern light at 2012 Women’s Event in St. Louis

Thompson Coburn negotiates $40 million settlement over unpaid MetLife insurance benefits

Explorers Club honors Benjamin Hulsey with President’s Medal at NYC dinner

Thompson Coburn partner Tom Litz receives national honor for client service

Rick Reibman joins Thompson Coburn as a partner

Jeff Craven, Harvey Levin and Tim Sullivan listed as SmartCEO’s ‘Legal Elite’

Bob Wallace joins Thompson Coburn as partner

Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6958

Jeff advises business leaders on corporate structuring, the formation and financing of domestic and international transactions, FCC licensing and regulatory matters, and ...

Jeff advises business leaders on corporate structuring, the formation and f...

Jeff Craven
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6172

As Vice-Chair of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice, Kim strives to help corporate leaders think creatively to address the challenges that confront their organi...

As Vice-Chair of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice, Kim strives ...

Kim Eilerts
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2233

Barry serves as an advisor to publicly held and private companies as well as individuals involved in all types of complex transactions.

Barry serves as an advisor to publicly held and private companies as well a...

Barry Fischer
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2207

Jay serves as a critical business partner and advisor for a variety of companies, from startups to multi-level international organizations.

Jay serves as a critical business partner and advisor for a variety of comp...

A. Jay Goldstein
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2216

Joel is an experienced corporate transactional lawyer who, for decades, has been sought out by clients of all sizes to counsel them through complex business combinations ...

Joel is an experienced corporate transactional lawyer who, for decades, has...

Joel Haber
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6936

Nationally recognized in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law, Michael has extensive experience working on securities matters and help...

Nationally recognized in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitio...

Michael de Leon Hawthorne
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6485

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety of privately-held businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, and nonprofits.

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety ...

Benjamin Hulsey
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5068

Emily represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions, and related corporate matters.

Emily represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, financial transaction...

Emily Jenkinson
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2247

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through major transactions as well as provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and ...

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through ...

Rob Kamensky
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9476

Jon has more than 30 years of experience as a CPA, as well as an attorney, practicing in the areas of income tax planning, business succession planning, and estate and gi...

Jon has more than 30 years of experience as a CPA, as well as an attorney, ...

Jon Karp
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2342

David is a corporate architect who develops and implements creative legal strategies that help clients achieve their high-level business and financial objectives.

David is a corporate architect who develops and implements creative legal s...

David Kaufman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6176

Tom practices in the firm’s corporate and securities group.

Tom practices in the firm’s corporate and securities group.

Tom Kinsock
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6171

Andy practices in the firm’s corporate finance and securities practice group.

Andy practices in the firm’s corporate finance and securities practice grou...

Andy Klinghammer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6170

Michele serves as a key corporate securities and compliance advisor to public and private companies.

Michele serves as a key corporate securities and compliance advisor to publ...

Michele Kloeppel
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6556

Adam Krueger
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6068

Bob advises public companies on a wide range of sophisticated corporate finance and securities transactions.

Bob advises public companies on a wide range of sophisticated corporate fin...

Bob LaRose
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6576

Sarah advises corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, corporate governance and general business counseling.

Sarah advises corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities law...

Sarah Larson
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6072

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides clients with common-sense solutions to address complex transactional issues.

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides client...

Tom Litz
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6222

Taylor practices in the firm's Corporate and Securities group, where he focuses primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and compliance, ...

Taylor practices in the firm's Corporate and Securities group, where he foc...

Taylor Melching
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6542

Greg represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated securities offerings, and offers advice on the wide range of regulatory and compliance issues affect...

Greg represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated secur...

Greg Mennerick
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5036

Jeff serves a diverse segment of real estate clients by offering a 360-degree approach to achieving their objectives.

Jeff serves a diverse segment of real estate clients by offering a 360-degr...

Jeffrey Merar
Chairman
St. Louis
314 552 6080

Tom has served as chairman of Thompson Coburn for 16 years, leading the firm through a period of growth and nationwide expansion.

Tom has served as chairman of Thompson Coburn for 16 years, leading the fir...

Tom Minogue
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6939

Emily counsels owners and executives of private and public companies on day-to-day corporate matters, as well as their long-term business objectives.

Emily counsels owners and executives of private and public companies on day...

Emily Wang Murphy
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2327

Experienced with both real estate transactions and litigation, Justin uses a hybrid approach in representing purchasers, sellers, landlords, tenants, owners, operators, l...

Experienced with both real estate transactions and litigation, Justin uses ...

Justin Newman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6480

Greg represents larger, nationwide banking organizations, as well as regional and community banks, in a broad-based regulatory practice, focusing in the areas of banking,...

Greg represents larger, nationwide banking organizations, as well as region...

Greg Omer
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6215

Patrick is an associate in the Corporate and Securities practice.

Patrick is an associate in the Corporate and Securities practice.

Patrick Paterson
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6219

Greg counsels entrepreneurs, investment advisors and major institutional investors on a wide range of securities offerings and transactions while providing comprehensive ...

Greg counsels entrepreneurs, investment advisors and major institutional in...

Greg Patterson
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 2512

As a Partner in the firm's Corporate and Securities practice, Jennifer Post serves as primary outside counsel to a variety of individuals, institutions and companies, inc...

As a Partner in the firm's Corporate and Securities practice, Jennifer Post...

Jennifer Post
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2205

Backed by a 25-plus-year career on the legal and regulatory side of financial markets, Rick is an insightful advisor to trading firms, brokerage firms, trade execution fi...

Backed by a 25-plus-year career on the legal and regulatory side of financi...

Rick Reibman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6190

Chris is a valued strategic partner to emerging companies and the institutions and individuals that invest in them.

Chris is a valued strategic partner to emerging companies and the instituti...

Chris Reid
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6104

Gerry concentrates his practice in securities, banking and general corporate representation.

Gerry concentrates his practice in securities, banking and general cor...

Gerry Sandweg, Jr.
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6910

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and Tax practice groups.

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and T...

Ray Stewart
Counsel
Chicago
312 580 5074

Jonathan assists sponsors of, and investors in, private pools of capital in achieving their business and financial objectives through an understanding of their economic p...

Jonathan assists sponsors of, and investors in, private pools of capital in...

Jonathan Temps
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6569

Brent practices in the firm's corporate and securities practice group.

Brent practices in the firm's corporate and securities practice group.

Brent Trame
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5058

Nathan advises mid-market, growing and emerging technology, health care, and energy companies on securities compliance, financing, licensing and other commercial transact...

Nathan advises mid-market, growing and emerging technology, health care, an...

Nathan Viehl
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2325

Backed by more than 25 years of experience, Kevin handles a wide range of transactional and governance matters for corporate clients and financial institutions.

Backed by more than 25 years of experience, Kevin handles a wide range of t...

Kevin Young