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Jonathan Wolfman

Partner

Co-Chair, Public Company Counseling Group

Wolfman, Jonathan

Jonathan Wolfman co-chairs the Public Company Counseling Group. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Wolfman has established an exceptional practice advising public companies on a wide range of disclosure, corporate governance and compensation issues. He regularly advises public companies on understanding and addressing new SEC rules and other emerging issues. He has represented a variety of clients in M&A and capital markets transactions.

Practice

Mr. Wolfman concentrates his practice in corporate and securities law. He advises public companies on a wide range of disclosure, corporate governance and compensation issues, including compliance with SEC and stock exchange rules responding to shareholder proposals, formal and informal communications with investors and others, and understanding and addressing the impact of new and emerging disclosure and governance practices.

Mr. Wolfman also advises purchasers and sellers in various corporate transactions including tender offers, mergers and asset transactions. Additionally, he represents issuers and underwriters in initial and follow-on offerings of equity and debt securities.

His clients come from a broad range of industries, including computers, consumer products, telecommunications, biotechnology and retail.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of corporate/M&A for Massachusetts. In 2014, clients described him as "an extraordinary talent" whose "knowledge is incredible."
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in the 2007-2013 issues of Boston Magazine
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2006-2015 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for his corporate governance practice
  • BTI Client Service All-Star, 2014

Publications & News

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October 9, 2014

SEC Enforcement Actions Emphasize Importance of Stock Ownership Reporting Obligations for Public Companies and Insiders

On September 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against 28 officers, directors and major stockholders of public companies for violating Section 16(a) and/or Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

June 25, 2014

US Supreme Court Decides Closely Watched Case on ERISA "Stock Drop" Class Actions

In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, a decision written by Justice Breyer, the US Supreme Court unanimously held that plan fiduciaries are not entitled to any special “presumption of prudence” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) when they decide to buy or hold employer stock in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

May 6, 2014

2014 M&A Report

Our 2014 M&A Report offers a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions, an update on takeover defenses, and insights into CFIUS and FCPA considerations in M&A transactions. We also look at financial statement requirements in mergers and acquisitions, and survey key terms in sales of VC-backed companies.

March 25, 2014

2014 IPO Report

Our 2014 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market. The report features regional breakdowns; useful IPO market metrics; an update on the pros, cons and recent rates of adoption of various elements of JOBS Act relief available to emerging growth companies; and a look at the expanded role CEOs now must play in the IPO process.

September 25, 2013

SEC Proposes Rules for Pay Ratio Disclosure

At an open meeting on September 18, 2013, by a 3-2 vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a new rule,1 as mandated by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to require companies to disclose (i) the median of the annual total compensation of all company employees (excluding the company’s principal executive officer), (ii) the annual total compensation of the company’s principal executive officer and (iii) the ratio between the two. A summary of the proposed rule is set forth below.

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

May 6, 2013

2013 IPO Report

Our 2013 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market. The report features regional breakdowns, a Q&A with former SEC Corp Fin Director Meredith Cross, and a discussion of the use of social media for investor communications under Regulation FD. We review the elements of relief being chosen by emerging growth companies under the JOBS Act; offer practical insight on “test-the-waters” communications and scheduling the first annual meeting of stockholders; summarize IPO disclosure requirements applicable to directors, officers, 5% stockholders and selling stockholders; discuss Form 10 IPOs as an alternative route to going public; and present useful IPO market metrics that are ordinarily unavailable elsewhere.

April 29, 2013

SEC Gives Nod to Use of Social Media Under Regulation FD—If Done Correctly

On April 2, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Report of Investigation that concluded an investigation by the SEC’s Division of Enforcement into whether the CEO of Netflix, Inc. had violated Regulation FD by posting an updated corporate metric on his personal Facebook page, without the company making any other simultaneous public disclosure of that metric.

Professional Activities

Mr. Wolfman is an active member of the ABA's Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities and is a former co-chair of the Subcommittee on Disclosure and Continuous Reporting.

Mr. Wolfman is the author of the corporate governance chapter in PLI’s Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public and was a co-editor of The Practitioner’s Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act published by the American Bar Association.

Practices

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1989

BS, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1986

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

District of Columbia