Harris Beach has added an attorney with deep experience in securities law to its Corporate Practice Group.
Scot J. Foley, who has 10 years of global law experience and spent eight years with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, joins Harris Beach as senior counsel.
Scot helps clients navigate complex federal and state securities regulations. His extensive understanding of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC Regulations S-K and M-A is valuable when preparing securities filings, merger agreements, underwriting agreements and opinion letters. He provides counsel on capital raises, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, global corporate legal issues, legal risk management, contract negotiation, corporate governance and compliance.
Scot works with clients in a variety of industries on complex business matters, and successfully implementing strategic growth plans. He advises on SEC disclosure requirements, public offerings and private placements, and shareholder activism defense.
He regularly interacts with executive officers, directors, venture capitalists and others in pursuit of successful business outcomes.
Scot spent eight years working for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. While there, he served as lead legal examiner of securities filings processed by the Office of Healthcare and Insurance, Division of Corporation Finance, with emphasis on initial public offerings, public merger transactions and periodic reports. He reviewed filings to evaluate compliance with SEC Regulation S-K and federal securities laws.
Scot has published several articles on SEC rule changes, materiality under federal securities laws, takeover defenses and various other corporate legal matters. He holds a certification in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, in conjunction with SEC University.
The Corporate Practice Group at Harris Beach features a team of experienced attorneys regularly representing and supporting domestic and international businesses of all sizes and at all stages of growth, including mid-sized and closely held organizations; emerging and growing businesses; and some of the largest private and public organizations in the U.S. and abroad. The team counsels counsel clients in a broad range of industries, including industrial and product manufacturing, construction, real estate development, health care, pharmaceuticals, financial services, food and beverage, energy, mining, cannabis, renewable energy, gaming, hospitality and blockchain/cryptocurrency.
The Corporate Practice Group is well known for its corporate financing and related transactions work, with deep experience that includes merger and acquisition activity, capital market transactions, debt transaction, equity offerings, venture capital, mezzanine finance, private equity, corporate matters and compliance, and emerging and entrepreneurial business planning.
About Harris Beach
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide legal and professional services to clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal and ranks as a BTI Elite law firm based on in-depth interviews of more than 600 corporate counsel at the world’s largest and most influential companies. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include cannabis, education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, science and technology, veterinary medicine, and state and local governments and authorities. Our more than 210 lawyers and consultants practice from offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Long Island, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, and White Plains, as well as from offices in Washington, D.C., New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey. For more information, go to www.harrisbeach.com.