Matt Franker is an attorney in the firm's securities and capital markets practice, resident in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Franker focuses his practice on public company representation, including advising companies on capital markets offerings, securities compliance and regulatory matters, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate issues. He has been recognized in Legal 500 for his work on capital markets transactions, and his capital markets experience includes advising companies and underwriters on registered and exempt offerings of common and preferred equity securities and investment grade and high-yield debt securities, exchange offers, and debt tender offers and consent solicitations. His clients include large, medium and small cap companies from a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, public utility, oil and gas, consumer products, financial services, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications. Mr. Franker also has extensive experience advising clients on SEC rulemakings, including under the Dodd-Frank Act and JOBS Act.
Mr. Franker previously served as an attorney-adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance prior to joining Covington in 2007. While at the SEC, he worked on a wide variety of transactional and securities compliance matters, with an emphasis on the manufacturing, construction, and financial services industries. His experience at the SEC focused on IPOs, secondary offerings, mergers and acquisitions, exchange offers, going-private transactions, PIPEs and private equity financings. Mr. Franker also served on the 2006 Shareholder Proposal Taskforce in the Office of Chief Counsel where he was responsible for evaluating no-action requests to exclude shareholder proposals under Exchange Act Rule 14a-8.