Experience

Managed Accelerator Program’s with Onboarding and Capital Investments for Startup Company Participants

Assisted utility client with onboarding of and capital investments in startup technology companies as part of accelerator program in coordination with a local university and capital investors.  Assisted with closing investments in more than a dozen program participants.

Multimillion-Dollar Sale of Supplement Retailer

Assisted client with eight-figure sale of supplement retailer that operates through large online platform. Transaction included multimillion-dollar cash purchase price and purchaser stock components for seller.

Obtained Securities Registration Exemption in Construction of New Mill

Assisted client with obtaining securities registration exemption for Missouri new generation processing entities for purpose of construction of new mill.  Worked with Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority and the Missouri Securities Division to secure the exemption paving the way for capital formation necessary for construction of a new facility.

Outside General Counsel for Large Independent Broker-Dealer Investment Adviser Firm

Served as outside general counsel for large independent broker-dealer investment adviser firm based in the Midwest.  Assisted in-house counsel on registration, licensing, product approval, compliance policies, employment matters and state, federal and FINRA regulatory issues.

Represented Broker-Dealers and Registered Representatives in FINRA Arbitration Matters

Represented broker-dealers and their registered representatives in numerous FINRA arbitration matters.  Multiple matters tried to award in FINRA arbitration and others resolved via mediation and settlement during course of pre-hearing litigation.

Resolved State Securities Investigation on Behalf of International Broker-Dealer, Banking Clients

Obtained non-disclosable Letter of Caution in state securities investigation on behalf of an international broker-dealer and banking client. The state securities regulator was pursuing a possible failure to supervise and fraud action against the client, but Armstrong Teasdale was successful in resolving the matter with a non-reportable letter of caution.

Assisted Application Developer with Capital Formation

Assisted client with capital formation efforts related to launch of software application technology related to online advertising.  Representation included equity grants to key employees and negotiations with accelerator program for capital infusion.

Assisted Private Fund Client with Launch, Registration

Assisted private fund client with launch of fund and registration of fund manager. Representation included licensure in Colorado, which does not offer traditional fund adviser registration exemption.

Multimillion-Dollar Sale of Agricultural Processing Company

Represented client in multi-million dollar sale of agricultural processing company to national food services company.  Representation included resolution of matter related to transfer of special Missouri agricultural tax credits.

Represented Securities-Licensed Representatives in Multi-State Investigation

Represented four securities-licensed representatives of a securities issuer in a multi-state investigation concerning registration and licensing issues. Secured agreement from involved states to not charge or seek action against the clients.

Assisted Transportation Industry Client in Formation, Capitalization

Assisted client with formation, launch and capitalization of company distributing and licensing transportation industry products.

Defended Representatives in Multi-State Investigation of Sales Practices

Defended multiple registered representatives in multi-state investigation of sales practices through a marketing organization. Secured no-action resolution for all represented agents in all states involved on a non-reportable, non-disclosable basis.

Favorable Settlement Agreement for Broker-Dealer in SEC Action

Negotiated favorable settlement agreement on behalf broker-dealer client with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including securing a waiver of disqualification from the SEC Division of Corporate Finance.

Resolved Investigations into Investment Adviser Firm Following SEC, FINRA Actions

Obtained no-action, non-disclosable results in three states on behalf of an investment adviser firm. One East Coast and two Midwest states launched investigations into the firm and its individual representatives following a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA actions, but Armstrong Teasdale secured closure of the investigations without further disclosures on the firm's or the individuals' records.

Successfully Resolved FINRA Matter for Regional Broker-Dealer

Defended regional broker-dealer firm in FINRA sweep related to sale of L-share variable annuities. Resolved matter with no-action and non-disclosable, non-reportable closure letter.