Maynard Cooper’s Public Company Advisory Practice Group counsels public companies, as well as companies aiming to become public, on the full range of matters shaping their operation in the public markets. We represent companies that are traded on the major U.S. securities exchanges, and our clients span numerous industry sectors.

Our skilled team of professionals provides legal advice on compliance with evolving securities laws and corporate governance practices, and regularly assists clients in debt and equity capital markets transactions. The depth and breadth of experience we bring to the services we provide our clients add value to our counsel and allow us to provide timely and insightful strategic advice to help our clients improve their business operations and meet their performance goals. We counsel public company clients on matters including:

  • Reporting obligations under and compliance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including assistance with Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K
  • Compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, the JOBS Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related legislation, as well as applicable legal and regulatory requirements of the SEC, NYSE and Nasdaq
  • Insider ownership issues, such as insider trading compliance programs, Rule 144 compliance, and Section 16 reporting requirements
  • Proxy statements and proxy advisory firm issues
  • Shareholder activism and takeover defenses
  • Executive compensation and equity compensation plan adoption and administration

We also provide representation in connection with a wide variety of transactional matters, including initial public offerings, underwritten primary and secondary equity offerings, registered debt issuances and Rule 144A offerings, exchange offers, private placements, and going private transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. In recent years, our team has represented public companies in capital markets securities offerings involving the issuance of more than $6 billion in securities.

Representative Public Securities transactions include:

  • Represented National Commerce Corporation in connection with an underwritten initial public offering of its common stock and listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market
  • Represented Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc., in a Rule 144A offering of $250 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes and in two underwritten secondary offerings of over $400 million of common stock by a sponsor stockholder
  • Represented Encompass Health Corporation (f/k/a HealthSouth Corporation) in a registered A/B exchange offer of $700 million in senior notes
  • Represented Protective Life Corporation in an underwritten public offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of subordinated debentures and in an underwritten public offering of $800 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes
  • Represented Torchmark Corporation in underwritten public offerings of $125 million in junior subordinated debentures and $300 million in senior notes

Recent Public Company Advisory Group insights:

MCG Talks ESG – Part 2: Steps You Can Take Now to Build or Improve Your ESG Program (September 22, 2021)

MCG Talks ESG – Part 1: Big or Small, Public or Private, Manufacturing or Tech… It’s Time to Focus on ESG (August 24, 2021)

Looking Ahead to 2022: Overhauling Your MD&A and Other Financial Disclosures (August 9, 2021)

SEC Snapshots Q2 2021 (July 8, 2021)

Invasion of the Regulatory Body-Snatchers: A New Agenda at the SEC (June 16, 2021)

SEC Snapshots Q1 2021 (April 7, 2021)

SEC Snapshots Q4 2020 (January 15, 2021)

SEC Snapshots Q3 2020 (October 9, 2020)

SEC Adopts Amendments to Further Streamline Public Company Disclosures (September 25, 2020)

SEC Snapshots Q2 2020 (July 8, 2020)

The SEC Adopts Reforms to its Financial Disclosure Requirements for Business Acquisitions and Dispositions (May 28, 2020)

SEC Snapshots from Maynard Cooper: Q1 2020 (April 3, 2020)

SEC Provides Additional Extension of Filing Deadlines and Other Guidance for Companies Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic (March 26, 2020)

SEC extends filing deadlines and gives other guidance for companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (March 6, 2020)

SEC Snapshots - Third Quarter 2019 (October 10, 2019)

SEC Snapshots - Second Quarter 2019 (July 9, 2019)

Take It Easy: The SEC Proposes Reforms to its Disclosure Requirements for Business Acquisitions and Disposals (June 17, 2019)

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Public Company Advisory News
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

MCG Talks ESG – Part 2: Steps You Can Take Now to Build or Improve Your ESG Program

In the first installment of the “MCG Talks ESG” series, we focused on how ESG and sustainability issues might apply to your company, regardless of your size, industry, or status as a public or private entity. We started by discussing the differences among the various terms, including “ESG” (environmental, social...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

MCG Talks ESG – Part 1: Big or Small, Public or Private, Manufacturing or Tech… It’s Time to Focus on ESG

We here at MCG think it’s time to talk ESG. Your company might already have a robust sustainability program, complete with an enterprise-wide ESG policy, third-party-verified SASB and TCFD reporting, and a thoughtfully integrated CSR statement, or you might not know what all of those acronyms even stand for. Regardless...

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Looking Ahead to 2022: Overhauling Your MD&A and Other Financial Disclosures

On November 19, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to Items 301 (Selected Financial Data), 302 (Supplemental Financial Data) and 303 (Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”)) of Regulation S-K.[1] The aim of these amendments is to promote the principles-based nature...

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