Matt Franker focuses on the representation of public companies and underwriters in capital markets offerings, disclosure and securities compliance matters, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate issues. Mr. Franker has experience representing companies from a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, energy, financial services, life sciences, consumer products and telecommunications. Mr. Franker, a former SEC staff member, also has extensive experience advising clients on SEC rulemakings, including under the Dodd-Frank Act and JOBS Act.
Mr. Franker 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, debt tender offers and consent solicitations. Mr. Franker also has an extensive securities advisory practice focused on assisting public companies in a wide variety of disclosure and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Covington, Mr. Franker served as an attorney-adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance. 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 and evaluating no-action requests to exclude shareholder proposals under Exchange Act Rule 14a-8.