Tamar Donikyan, a member of the Firm, practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on the representation of publicly-traded companies, the formation, financing and general representation of emerging growth companies and the representation of issuers, investors and investment bankers in transactions that raise capital through the public and private equity and debt markets. Ms. Donikyan has counseled public and private company clients in a range of corporate and securities matters, including initial and follow-on public offerings of equity and debt, mergers and acquisitions, venture financings, SEC reporting and compliance and corporate governance. For many clients, Ms. Donikyan acts as “outside general counsel,” and has advised public companies and their boards on complex decisions as they balance best practices in corporate governance with attaining business goals and protecting shareholder value. By combining a nuanced understanding of securities laws, market practices and deal dynamics with her deep understanding of clients’ history and background, Ms. Donikyan offers practical and creative approaches to problem solving.
Ms. Donikyan and the rest of the corporate and securities department distinguish themselves from many other transactional lawyers on the basis of their ability to be part of the establishment of new securities programs, like PIPEs, SPACs and Registered Directs. The Firm’s professionals have played leadership roles within each of these industries by assisting in the creation, formation and strategies relating to these transactional models, as well as working closely with the regulatory agencies and national securities exchanges in their reviews of these alternatives transaction structures. In particular, Ms. Donikyan has an active practice representing SPACs in their IPOs and in their business combination transactions, as well as in PIPE transactions concurrent to the closing of a SPAC business combination. Together with our transaction team, Ms. Donikyan has created and implemented innovative deal structures driven by extensive knowledge of the SPAC industry trends and evolving market terms and the regulatory and exchange rules governing SPACs.
Ms. Donikyan has also acted as counsel on a pro bono basis to several women entrepreneurs, and the incubators and accelerators focused on servicing diverse founding teams, in connection with fundraising, governance and investment activities.