Mintz is pleased to announce that Member and Co-chair of the firm’s Securities & Capital Markets Practice Megan N. Gates will assume the role of Chair of the firm’s national and leading Corporate Practice, effective immediately. In this newly formed position, Ms. Gates will oversee the firm’s more than 150 transactional attorneys and other professionals in five offices across the United States and provide strategic direction for this in-demand and multidisciplinary group.
Ms. Gates advises public companies on capital-raising transactions, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting obligations, and mergers and acquisitions. Passionate about the life sciences industry, she has over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology field. In recognition of her professional accomplishments, for the past two years, Ms. Gates has been recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Healthcare: Life Sciences and Capital Markets: Equity. In 2020, she was also named to The Deal’s Top Women in Dealmaking list in the M&A category. Ms. Gates is also a leader in Mintz’s Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Practice, focused on helping clients navigate complex, rapidly-evolving ESG concerns and priorities, such as responsible investing and investor demands for accountability. She also serves on various firm committees, including formerly on the Policy Committee, the firm’s governing body, and mentors women Associates. Ms. Gates joined the firm in September 2000 from Thermo Fisher Scientific. Active in the Boston legal and nonprofit communities, Ms. Gates holds leadership roles and serves on the boards of Pine Street Inn, the Boston Bar Foundation, and the Japan Society of Boston, among other organizations.
“I am looking forward to working closely with Megan in this new role,” said Managing Member of Mintz’s Boston Office and Chair of the firm’s Corporate, Tax, Private Client & Immigration Division Michael Fantozzi. “As demonstrated by her leadership of the Securities & Capital Markets Practice over the past several years, our corporate attorneys across offices will benefit from Megan’s exceptional management skills, as well as her dedication to developing attorneys’ transactional skillsets and mentoring junior talent.”
“Megan is a natural fit for Chair of our Corporate Practice,” said Mintz Managing Member Bob Bodian. “She is a terrific leader, outstanding attorney, and valued mentor for Associates. We are delighted that Megan has agreed to take on this responsibility.”
Focused on emerging and regulated industries, particularly life sciences and health care, financial services, technology and communications, and energy and sustainability, attorneys in Mintz’s Corporate Practice boast extensive experience in all stages of the capital-raising process – from start-up and venture capital funding, to initial public offerings, to continuing debt and equity finance needs, including private placements and public offerings. The firm’s transactional attorneys advise clients on how to keep their business healthy by working to structure transformative licensing or partnership arrangements, and, when the time is right, assist in growing clients via mergers and acquisitions. Over the past year, this group has experienced a period of high growth, gaining the talents of Kari Harris, Jason McCaffrey, Louis Mercedes, Ivan Presant, and Ayaz Shaikh.