Mintz has strengthened its Capital Markets Practice with the addition of Member Andrew Thorpe to the firm’s Corporate Group. Mr. Thorpe started his legal career at the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and has become a seasoned capital markets lawyer in private practice over the last two decades.
“We have been focused on expanding our Capital Markets practice over the past several years, in response to our clients’ needs,” said Bob Bodian, Managing Member of Mintz. “Adding top talent like Andy to our corporate team expands our profile in California, and positions us to provide even greater value and insight to our emerging company and public company clients, as well as to the many underwriters with whom we work."
Mr. Thorpe’s practice focuses on securities regulation, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. His diverse industry experience covers semiconductors, software, life sciences, medical devices, clean technology, financial services, cryptocurrency, telecommunications and the Internet. Mr. Thorpe has worked on more than 75 public offerings, serving as company or underwriter’s counsel, in addition to reviewing approximately 20 additional offerings while he was at the SEC.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Thorpe worked in the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC, where he was responsible for reviewing public companies' Securities Act and Exchange Act filings. From January 2001 to April 2005, he served as special counsel with the Office of Rulemaking within the Division of Corporation Finance. While in this position, Mr. Thorpe played a significant role in drafting many of the regulations emanating from the Division, including those mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as well as Securities Act Reform.
“Andy provides clients with a unique perspective from having experience that spans all aspects of capital markets transactions – issuer, underwriter and the SEC,” said Michael Fantozzi, Managing Member of the firm’s Boston Office and Chair of the Corporate Section. “His addition reflects our commitment to the continued development and strategic build-out of our Capital Markets Practice in California.”
Mr. Thorpe’s arrival continues the strong flow of new corporate Member additions, including Ed Pease, Larry Naughton, and Joshua Fox in Boston; Loretta Shaw-Lorello in New York; and Stephen Osborn, also in San Francisco.
“Our work in the Bay area has increased significantly in recent years, and it makes sense for Mintz to have a strong presence,” said Paul Churchill, Managing Member of the San Francisco office. “The firm’s platform and longtime focus on capital markets provide a great fit for Andy’s clients and the expansion of his practice. We are continually looking for first-class talent whose skills bolster our strengths, like Andy, and before him, corporate attorney Steve Osborn and environmental and land use attorney Jon Welner.”