Mr Farzad Damania > Katten > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile
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Mr Farzad Damania
Farzad F. Damania focuses his practice on capital markets and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. He is regularly engaged on capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, tender offers, and high yield debt transactions as well as direct investments by private equity acquirers, sellers and co-investors. He also represents public companies on corporate governance issues, securities law compliance and stock exchange regulations.
Farzad counsels US public companies and foreign private issuers in a broad array of industries in connection with SEC, NYSE and NASDAQ filings and compliance. He advises public companies and their boards, board committees and executive officers in connection with corporate governance matters and proxy advisory firm requirements.
Farzad counsels public and private companies, private equity sponsors and investors in tender offers and consent solicitations, acquisitions, dispositions, and the purchase and sale of debt and equity securities. He has represented strategic and financial buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions spanning a wide variety of industries, including food and beverage, health care, retail, technology, and telecommunications.
He also advises companies on corporate social responsibility, including the SEC’s conflict minerals rule.
Farzad is a frequent speaker and author on securities matters.
Prior to joining Katten, he was a senior counsel at an Am Law 100 firm in New York.
United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
Katten‘s ‘team is very hands-on; it takes the time to understand clients’ business and works with them to find the right work product for their needs‘. The practice has particular sector knowledge in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, sports, financial services, investment funds, education, manufacturing, parking and transportation, publishing and media, and technology. The team regularly advises on LBOs, management buyouts, going-private transactions, proxy contests, spin-offs, tender offers and restructurings; it fields attorneys with experience in all aspects of takeovers, both friendly and hostile, including designing and implementing defensive controls. Significant clients include Chicago-based private equity fund Ellipse Capital, septic services company Wind River Environmental, and Sterling Partners, a diversified investment management platform. Recent work saw the team advise Ellipse Capital on the sale of its portfolio company Monroe Engineering to ShoreView Capital, a Minneapolis-based private equity fund. It also acted for Wind River Environmental on several matters, including the acquisition of Certified Environmental Services, an environmental testing service; assisted Harmony Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company, with its acquisition of the exclusive right to develop, register and market the narcolepsy treatment drug pitolisant in the US; and advised Versatex Holdings (Versatex), a portfolio company of Highlander Partners and manufacturer of branded trip, sheet and mouldings, on the sale of Versatex to The AZEK Company. New York’s Evan Borenstein is ‘a terrific resource and a trusted partner, who consistently provides high-quality, practical advice and gets quickly to the heart of the matter‘; and Mark Grossmann, who focuses on advising private equity funds, as well as institutional and entrepreneurial corporate clients, is global corporate practice head and divides his time between Chicago and New York. Other notable advisers are Chicago-based entrepreneurial ventures practice head Matthew Brown, Jeffrey Patt and Kimberly Smith; Charlotte’s Russell Black; Washington DC-based Mara Glaser McCahan; and New York’s Farzad Damania.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling
- Finance > Structured finance: securitization
- M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
- Real estate > Real estate
- Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
- Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: transactional
- Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds
- Finance > Commercial lending
- Intellectual property > Copyright
- Industry focus > Environment: litigation
- Industry focus > Environment: regulatory
- Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense
- Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation
- Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
- Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation
- Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional
- Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
- Industry focus > Sport
- Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
- Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes
- Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers
- Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation
- M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts
- Tax > US taxes: non-contentious
- Finance > Financial services regulation