Mintz is pleased to announce that Melissa Frayer has joined the firm’s San Francisco office as a Member in its Corporate Group. She represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including life sciences, biotechnology, financial services, and fintech.
Ms. Frayer’s practice focuses on representing investment banking firms and companies in initial public offerings and guiding clients through follow-on offerings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, she advises companies of all sizes on SEC reporting obligations and corporate governance matters. Her work in the fintech space centers on counseling blockchain and cryptocurrency companies on securities law compliance, fund formation, and transactions. Having served as general counsel for a data start-up company earlier in her career, Ms. Frayer also counsels start-ups and emerging companies, helping them raise venture capital through private placements and other corporate transactions.
“Investing in our corporate platform is a strategic priority for the firm,” said Bob Bodian, Managing Member of Mintz. “Melissa’s combination of experience plays to our strengths, and her reputation within the capital markets community will contribute significantly to the growth of the practice in San Francisco and nationally.”
Prior to joining Mintz, Ms. Frayer was a senior associate at a San Francisco-based global law firm, where she worked on capital markets transactions for middle market companies, SEC disclosures, and general corporate matters.
“We are always eager to add talented people to our team, and I believe we have done just that by bringing Melissa on board,” Michael Fantozzi, Managing Member of the firm’s Boston Office and Chair of the Corporate Section. “Her expertise will be an asset to the firm and her clients will benefit from Mintz’s collaborative culture and its client service-focused mission.”
After law school, Ms. Frayer served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ralph K. Winter Jr., a Senior Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
The move to Mintz reunites Ms. Frayer with Andrew Thorpe, who also joined last month.
The addition of Ms. Frayer further elevates Mintz’s premier Securities & Capital Markets practice, which represents 50+ domestic and international public companies and helps them navigate the challenges of life as a public company. The firm’s experience includes representing clients in hundreds of initial public offerings (IPOs) and follow-on offerings in the public equity market, assisting clients in navigating the complex disclosure requirements involved in public company reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Act compliance, corporate governance, shareholder relations, equity compensation planning, and board and committee-level counsel and strategic advice.