Attorney Profile

Megan J. Penick
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Tel: (212) 370-1300
Fax: (212) 370-7889


Megan J. Penick

Megan J. Penick, an associate with the Firm, practices in the areas of general corporate and securities law, with a focus on advising small to mid-size public and private companies. Ms. Penick regularly represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, reverser mergers, ’33 and ’34 Act filings, corporate governance matters, as well as advising start-ups as they navigate general business development issues. Prior to embarking on her legal career, Ms. Penick worked as a journalist and spent two years living and working in Beijing. Since then, she has spent much of her career working with China- and Taiwan-based companies and entrepreneurs in negotiating and completing cross border transactions and U.S. securities filings.

Ms. Penick received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. from the University of Iowa. She is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.  Ms. Penick has written and spoken on various legal issues throughout her legal career (see below).  Ms. Penick is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Publications & Presentations

How to Shape a High Performance Board: The Role of Knowledge, Information and Understanding, Power and Opportunity in Selecting Independent Directors, published at Penick & Associates LLC (, May 2009.

The Board of Directors: Proactive Ways to Ensure the Board Fulfills Its Oversight Role, published at Penick & Associates LLC (, April 2009.

The Basics of Corporate Governance for China-Based Companies, The Board of Directors: Its role in relation to the corporation’s stakeholders, published at Penick & Associates LLC (, April 2009.

The Basics of Corporate Governance for China-Based Companies: A U.S. Public Company Perspective, The Board of Directors—A Structural Overview, published at Penick & Associates LLC (, April 2009.

Co-author (with Edward Normandin), SEC’s Proposed Roadmap to Adopting International Financial Reporting Standards (Replacing U.S. GAAP), Pryor Cashman Legal Update, January 2009.

Co-author (with Edward Normandin), SEC Proposes Change from U.S. GAAP to International Standards, Pryor Cashman Legal Update, September 2008.

Co-author (with Edward Normandin and David Parsly), SEC Adopts Amendments to Rule 144 and New Rules to Simplify Disclosure by Small Public Companies, Pryor Cashman Legal Update, November 2007. 

Co-author (with Edward Normandin), SEC Proposes Rules To Simplify Disclosure Obligations Of Small Public Companies, Pryor Cashman Legal Update, August 2007.

“Will Sarbanes-Oxley Force Small Companies to Privatize?”  Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal, October 3, 2005, <>.

“Arbitration and Investment in China: Without Transparency, Little Predictability,” International Law Quarterly, a publication of the International Law Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, Fall 2004, Vol. 20, Issue 2. (Republished at Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal,, on March 10, 2005).

Moderator of panel entitled “China’s Increasing Out-Bound Investment” at China On The Global Stage Conference, organized by Global China Connection, at Columbia University, March 20, 2011.

Panel Speaker at China Prospects Forum, New York, NY, December 2009.

Panel Speaker at Professional Development Seminar, New York Law School, February 2009.

Panel Speaker at “Salary Realities,” New York Law School, March 2007.

Moderator for presentation to senior executives of various Chinese state run organizations as part of University of Pennsylvania-SASAC training program on the impacts of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, September 2006.

Panel speaker at “A Look at The Real Practice of Law: In Private Practice, Corporate, Government, and Non-traditional Legal Settings,” New York State Bar Association Student Counsel, NYSBA Annual Meeting, NY, NY, January 27, 2005.