MELVIN KATZ has focused his practice on corporate and federal securities law and merger and acquisition transactions. His experience in these areas include:
- Acting as counsel or co-counsel on a large number of public offerings of equity and debt securities under the Securities Act of 1933, including preparing registration statements, dealing with relevant corporate issues and negotiating underwriting agreements with underwriters;
- Acting as counsel or co-counsel regarding with respect to private placements of a substantial number of equity and debt securities in a variety of transactions;
- Acting as counsel or co-counsel to privately- and publicly-owned corporations in diverse corporate, commercial and compliance matters; and
- Acting as counsel or co-counsel to privately- or publicly-held entities with respect to numerous corporate reorganizations, including a significant number of leveraged buy-out transactions, mergers and sales of capital stock and assets. In such transactions, Mr. Katz has represented the acquiring or selling parties and, particularly in the leveraged buy-out context, has assisted in the negotiation and documentation of senior and mezzanine debt financing arrangements require d for the transactions.
- Practicing Law Institute: Participated in and co-chaired numerous PLI panels devoted to federal securities law issues and merger and acquisition transactions which dealt with developments in the corporate, securities, tax and accounting aspects of such transactions.
- American Bar Association: As member of an ABA commentary on Federal Regulation of Securities which prepared a Position Paper respecting the “Private Exemption under Section 4B) of the Securities Act of 1933″ which appeared in the Business Lawyer.
- American Law Institute: Participated in and co-chaired panels on securities law and mergers and acquisitions.
- Mel authored the article “Mergers and Acquisitions in Changing Markets” which was published in the 2010 edition of Inside the Minds: M&A Deal Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Conducting Due Diligence, Negotiating Representations and Warranties, and Succeeding in a Post-Recession Market.
- He served as author or co-author of several articles including “Conflicts of Interest under Chapter X and the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935″ which appeared in the George Washington University Law Review (Sesquicentennial Edition devoted to Federal Securities Law – 1959).
- Mel authored two articles dealing with Section 16(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and corporate reorganizations which appeared in the Law Reviews of Southern Methodist University and Notre Dame University in 1968 and in 1973 (the Southern Methodist Article was reprinted in an ABA text of significant articles under federal securities laws).
- Furthermore, he authored a review of a text by Daniel Goldwasser, Esq., entitled “The Practitioner’s Guide to Rule 144” pertaining to interpretations of Rule 144 under the Securities Act of 1933, which appeared in The Business Lawyer (Vol. 31, 1975-1976).
- Finally, Mel co-authored several articles which appeared in the New York Law Journal with respect to corporate and federal securities matters.
- New York
- Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Weslyan University
- Honors: Distinction in Government
- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Law Institute
- American Bar Association, Federal Securities Law Committee
- New York State Bar Association, Member, Securities Committee
- Office of General Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission
Past Employment Positions
- Securities and Exchange Commission, Attorney, Office of General Counsel