Lisa Firenze


Firenze, Lisa

Lisa Firenze has a broad-based practice focused on corporate transactions and securities law matters. She has extensive experience representing both issuers and underwriters on all aspects of public and private securities offerings, including initial public offerings, convertible note deals, private placements, spin-offs and tender and exchange offers. Ms. Firenze also represents emerging companies and financial entities in venture capital financings, strategic investments and other corporate transactions. In addition, Ms. Firenze's practice encompasses regulatory matters arising under the federal and state securities laws, as well as securities regulatory organizations, including the SEC, FINRA, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Firenze served as executive director and senior counsel at UBS Investment Bank. In her role at UBS, Ms. Firenze provided senior legal support to business management across all industry sectors for securities offerings and capital markets transactions, as well as a wide range of other investment banking matters, including mergers and acquisitions, liability management transactions, closed-end funds and corporate restructuring transactions, in addition to advising on general securities law matters and risk management issues.

Ms. Firenze has been a frequent speaker at securities law presentations and industry conferences, including the Practicing Law Institute's “How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering” and the New York City Bar Association's “Securities Offering Process: The Basics and Beyond.” She is also an active member of the New York City Bar Association's Securities Regulation Committee.

Publications & News


April 25, 2017

Cool Planet Closes on Nearly $20M to Fund Commercialization of Engineered Biocarbon Products

WilmerHale counseled agriculture technology company Cool Planet in the closing of a $19.3 million Series A financing to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products.

January 4, 2012

WilmerHale Continues Growth in New York with Addition of Richard Andersen and Lisa Firenze

Professional Activities

Ms. Firenze is admitted to practice before the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a member of the Corporate Financing Committee of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and has served on the Capital Markets Subcommittee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), as well as the Securities Regulation Committee and the Financial Reporting Committee of the New York City Bar Association.


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JD, Columbia Law School, 1990, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

BA, with distinction, Political Science, magna cum laude, Yale University, 1985

Bar Admissions

New York


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