Lawton focuses his practice on securities law, corporate finance, corporate governance and general corporate law.

Lawton represents public and private clients on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters – including shareholder activism, related party transactions and fiduciary duty matters. He has significant experience advising clients on ongoing reporting and disclosure requirements under US securities laws and Nasdaq and NYSE rules. Additionally, Lawton advises clients on public and private capital market transactions, including securities offerings and tender offers.

On a pro bono basis, Lawton routinely represents individuals seeking to be appointed guardians of their incapacitated relatives so that they may continue providing care for those individuals.

Relevant Experience

  • Advises clients on disclosure obligations and compliance under US securities laws.
  • Advises clients on compliance under the Dodd-Frank Act, NYSE rules and NASDAQ rules.
  • Advises client on corporate governance issues, shareholder activism, related party transactions and fiduciary duty matters.

Capital Markets

  • Represented a Fortune 200 company in public debt offerings totaling $10.0 billion.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 company in public debt offering totaling $2.0 billion.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 company in public debt offerings totaling $6.3 billion.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in public debt offering of $550 million.
  • Represented a leading financial services company in convertible notes offering totaling $300 million.
  • Represented a Fortune 200 company in its tender offer totaling more than $2.9 billion.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 company in its tender offer totaling $1.6 billion.

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Regularly represent a Fortune 10 oil and gas company in strategic transactions, including joint venture relationships and the disposition of certain US pipeline assets.
  • Represented a leading publicly traded REIT in its approximately $650 million acquisition of over 4,200 single family rental homes from an investment fund.
  • Represented a leading publicly traded REIT in its acquisition of up to 3,500 single family rental homes from an investment fund.
  • Represented a leading lumber and building materials company in its $1.5 billion merger of equals with a privately held building materials company to form a premier provider of diversified building products and construction services.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 meat-processing company in its formation of a strategic joint venture and a related acquisition of an East Coast processing facility.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and fibers in the cross-border acquisition of certain assets related to branded and specialty polyester products.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 restaurant operator in its $600 million acquisition of a restaurant business from a private equity sponsor.

Memberships

  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Business Law Section, Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected as a “Rising Star” for Securities & Corporate Finance, Virginia Super Lawyers, 2016-2017.  A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage

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