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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 2013-2017 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of corporate/M&A for Massachusetts. Clients state that he provides "excellent client service and knowledge" and "is always clear, helpful, incredibly knowledgeable on all applicable regulations. Everything is efficient and at his fingertips."
  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for his work in the M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Corporate Governance field.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2006-2017 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for his corporate governance practice, and was named the 2016 Boston Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year.
  • Included in the 2014 and 2016 editions of BTI Client Service All-Stars for combining "exceptional legal expertise with practical advice, business savvy and innovative, effective solutions—all of which help make your clients' lives easier."
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in the 2007-2013 issues of Boston Magazine.

Publications & News

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June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 18, 2017

Changing Lives One Small Step at a Time

Lawyers Clearinghouse details Jonathan Wolfman and Stephanie Singer's work for One Can Help, a nonprofit that provides resources for Massachusetts' neediest children and parents involved in the juvenile court system. Wolfman and Singer helped create the infrastructure needed to handle more One Can Help employees and answered questions about board structuring, governance and tax implications.

April 28, 2017

2017 IPO Report

Our 2017 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, the potential impact of the new presidential administration on policy and direction at the US Securities and Exchange Commission and much more.

April 28, 2017

2017 M&A Report

Our 2017 M&A Report provides a detailed global M&A market review and outlook. Other highlights include takeover defenses for public companies; key lessons for buyers and sellers considering earnouts; recent developments in merger control regulation; common interest privilege protection among deal parties; special considerations in California M&A deals; acquisition financial statement requirements for IPO companies; a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; and key terms and issues in sales of VC-backed companies.

April 24, 2017

Eaton Vance Corp. Completes Senior Notes Offering

Eaton Vance Corp. closed a public offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of its 3.500% notes due April 6, 2027. The public offering was made pursuant to an effective registration statement on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

November 9, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Hilton Special Committee in $6.5B Investment by HNA Group

The WilmerHale deal team was led by Partner Mark Borden and included Partners Jay Bothwick, Julie Hogan Rodgers, Bill Caporizzo, Erika Robinson, Jonathan Wolfman, Hartmut Schneider, Ben Powell, Jason Chipman; Counsel Eric Hanson; and Associate Cynthia Moon.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

July 1, 2016

WEX Completes Acquisition of Electronic Funds Source

WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, completed its previously announced acquisition of Electronic Funds Source LLC, a provider of customized corporate payment solutions for fleet and corporate customers.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

Professional Activities

Mr. Wolfman is a 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 a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals and serves on the advisory committee of the Eastern New England Chapter.

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.

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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

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