Practice Expertise

  • Corporate and Securities
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Capital Markets and Corporate Finance

Areas of Practice

  • Capital Markets and Corporate Finance
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Private Companies
  • Public Companies
  • Retail
  • Securities Regulation and Corporate ...
  • Venture Capital
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Laura Washburn practices in the area of corporate and securities, with a particular focus on public company and investment adviser representation. Her areas of concentration include ‘34 Act reporting work, registration of debt and equity offerings, fund formation, fund offerings, investment adviser compliance, mergers and acquisitions and advising companies on compliance with regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, Laura advises companies regarding their compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Investment Advisers Act and the JOBS Act.

In addition to her public company and fund representation, Laura also assists private companies in mergers, sales and other acquisition transactions, and assists private companies with capital raising transactions. No matter the type of representation, she strives to partner with her clients to achieve cost-effective and efficient solutions to legal problems.

Laura’s representation of public companies spans the spectrum of corporate and securities transactions including:

  • Initial public offerings of common stock
  • Universal shelf registrations for common stock, preferred stock, stock units and debt securities
  • Resale registration statements
  • Private fund formations
  • Private fund offerings
  • Merger transactions, including filings on Form S-4
  • Consultations with boards of directors regarding fiduciary duties and governance matters
  • Listing applications with the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq
  • ‘34 Act quarterly and annual reporting
  • Proxy and compensation disclosure

Laura’s private company representation is multi-faceted, with an emphasis on private securities issuances, including:

  • Private placements, including drafting private placement memoranda and filing Form D notifications with the SEC and state securities commissions
  • Merger and sale transactions
  • Corporate, limited liability company and limited partnership formations
  • Corporate governance guidance
  • Funding transactions

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1998
  • Texas, 1994

Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia


  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1994, with honors
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1997, Thomas Bradbury Chetwood S.J. Prize for the Most Distinguished Performance Leading to a Degree in International and Comparative Law, 1997
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1991, with high honors

Areas of Practice

  • Capital Markets and Corporate Finance
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Private Companies
  • Public Companies
  • Retail
  • Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance
  • Venture Capital

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