Mr Harry S. Pangas > Dechert LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
United States
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Work Department

Corporate & Securities


With more than 20 years of securities regulatory and capital markets experience, Harry S. Pangas has developed a deep and broad practice representing business development companies (BDCs), registered closed-end funds (CEFs), private investment funds, blockchain and cryptocurrency companies, and other financial services firms in connection with a range of securities regulatory and transactional matters.

Having begun his career at the SEC serving in various roles in the Division of Corporation Finance, Mr. Pangas brings a unique insider perspective and knowledge to his work on a daily basis. He regularly counsels BDCs and CEFs on regulatory and compliance matters under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. He advises clients on establishing and operating public and private BDCs and CEFs, and assists alternative investment managers in developing permanent capital structures for their various asset classes. In addition, Mr. Pangas serves as independent counsel to the independent directors of the nation’s largest BDC and has been involved in a large number of strategic transactions and proxy contests in the closed-end fund space.   

Mr. Pangas regularly advises public companies on compliance with ongoing SEC reporting obligations and other securities laws, including Section 16 compliance, Rule 10b5-1 plans, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Form S-8, Rule 144 and proxy statement and executive compensation disclosure, as well as the corporate governance listing requirements of the NYSE and Nasdaq.

In addition, Mr. Pangas represents issuers and investment banking firms in connection with public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings (IPOs), Rule 144A offerings, shelf offerings, at-the-market offerings (ATMs), registered direct offerings, high-yield bond offerings, convertible debt offerings and rights offerings. To date, Harry has been involved in more than 100 debt and equity offerings, including 15 initial public offerings, raising in excess of US$15 billion in gross proceeds.


American Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar – Tax Section


Syracuse University, B.A., cum laude; Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Collaborative, involved, professional and prompt’, Dechert LLP attracts praise for ‘seeking to understand the client’s business to provide a value-add service. The group, which acts for corporate issuers and investment banks, is particularly prominent in advising business development companies and life sciences clients on equity deals. Among its recent highlights, Philadelphia-based private equity specialist Kenneth Young advised Corporate Capital Trust, a business development company, on its NYSE listing. New York-based group co-chair David Rosenthal (‘a trusted and valued advisor’) acted alongside Philadelphia’s Gregory Schernecke to advise Aquestive Therapeutics on its $67.5m IPO. Other key contacts include Boston-based department co-chair Thomas Friedmann, Philadelphia-based James Lebovitz and business development company specialist Harry Pangas, who recently joined in Washington DC from Eversheds Sutherland.