Hank Gracin has more than 40 years of experience directing and negotiating a wide range of acquisitions, public and private financings, and other sophisticated business transactions. Throughout his career, he has taken more than 120 companies public, both domestic and foreign, through either traditional initial public offerings (“IPOs”) on the NYSE and Nasdaq, or direct listings or reverse mergers.
As a leading corporate and securities attorney, Hank has represented nationally recognized corporations, including public companies, premier high-tech corporations, and numerous venture capital firms. He began his career as a corporate and securities attorney in the New York office of an international Am Law 100 firm, and then continued as in-house counsel at the then largest software company in the United States, where he negotiated more than 50 acquisitions of various IT companies and software products, including several public company mergers and tender offers, and was responsible for all legal matters involving intellectual property protection.
Hank provides his clients with counsel with respect to ongoing regulatory matters (such as SEC, NYSE, NYSE American, and Nasdaq laws and regulations), including the preparation of proxy statements and quarterly and annual 10-K and 10-Q reports. He also provides his clients with comprehensive support across their life cycle and often fills the role of general counsel, aiding with general contract drafting and negotiation, licenses, master service agreements, and board meetings.
During law school, Hank served as a member of the New York University Law Review and graduated sixth in his class. He has also edited and revised portions of Private Placements and Restricted Securities (Clark Boardman Co.) and has been published on SEC matters and rulings in the New York Law Journal.