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Megan N. Gates

Member / Co-chair, Securities & Capital Markets Practice

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Megan guides public companies through structuring and implementing capital-raising transactions, SEC reporting compliance and corporate governance obligations, and strategic mergers and acquisitions. With a specific passion for the life sciences industry, Megan has over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology field. Her counseling is directly informed by a client-focused perspective she gained during a prior in-house counsel role with a global laboratory and analytical instrument maker.

Megan is Co-chair of the Securities & Capital Markets Practice Group and former member of the Firm's Policy Committee. She concentrates her practice on providing counsel to public companies with respect to public and private equity financings, merger and acquisition transactions, and compliance and disclosure obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Megan frequently advises clients on corporate governance matters, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. She also has extensive experience with tender offers, exchange offers, and going-private transactions.

Megan frequently speaks at conferences on securities offerings, corporate governance, and compliance matters, including at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) panels and industry meetings.

Before joining the firm, Megan served as associate general counsel for Thermo Electron Corporation, where she was responsible for securities offerings and compliance for the corporation and its 23 publicly traded subsidiaries.

Education

  • Boston College (JD)
  • Wellesley College (BA)

Experience

Merger & Acquisition Transactions

  • Represented OvaScience in its merger with Millendo Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Represented Albireo Pharma, Inc. in its merger with Biodel Inc.
  • Represented ChyronHego Corporation in its $120 million acquisition by Vector Capital Partners
  • Represented Chyron Corporation in its acquisition of Hego Aktiebolag
  • Represented Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. in its $600 million acquisition by PerkinElmer Corporation
  • Represented Coley Pharmaceutical Group, Inc. in its $164 million acquisition by Pfizer Inc.
  • Represented Targacept, Inc. in its merger with Catalyst Biosciences, Inc.
  • Represented RegenMedTX, LLC in its acquisition by a private equity firm
  • Represented EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. in its acquisition of Bioceros Holding B.V.

Securities Offerings

  • Represented Bank of America – Merrill Lynch in a $138 million follow-on offering by Puma Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Represented OvaScience, Inc. in a $50 million follow-on offering
  • Represented OXiGENE, Inc. in multiple follow-on offerings
  • Represented MELA Sciences, Inc. in a $10 million follow-on offering
  • Represented NeuroMetrix, Inc. in multiple follow-on offerings
  • Represented Coley Pharmaceutical Group in its $102.6 million initial public offering
  • Represented Targacept, Inc. in its $40.7 million initial public offering
  • Represent H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC in multiple follow-on offerings by biotechnology issuers

Recognition & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Healthcare: Life Sciences (2020); Capital Markets: Equity (2020)
  • Casa Myrna: Recipient of Norman Knight Charitable Foundation Award (2014)
  • Women’s Business Boston: Top 10 Corporate Lawyers (2010)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Top Women of Law (2010)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Involvement

  • Member, Boston Bar Association Council
  • Corporate Board Committee, The Boston Club
  • Life Sciences Council, Springboard Enterprises
  • Board of Directors, Wellesley College Business Leadership Council
  • Board of Directors, Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Curriculum Committee, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • Board of Directors, Pine Street Inn, a nonprofit organization that is New England’s largest resource for homeless men and women
  • Co-chair, Boston Bar Foundation John & Abigail Adams Benefit (2016)
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, Casa Myrna, a nonprofit organization located in Boston that is working to end domestic violence in the lives of women and children
  • Past Co-chair, Boston Bar Association Business Transactions Section and Securities Law Committee

Languages

- Japanese

Recent Insights

News & Press

Viewpoints

Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

February 2, 2016 | Advisory | By Megan Gates, Pamela Greene, Breton Leone-Quick

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and their annual shareholder meetings.
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Preparation for 2014 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2015 Annual Shareholder Meetings

February 3, 2015 | Advisory | By Megan Gates, Pamela Greene

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (The “SEC”) and their annual shareholder meetings.
Read more

Preparation for 2013 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2014 Annual Shareholder Meetings

February 5, 2014 | Advisory | By Megan Gates, Pamela Greene

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and their annual shareholder meetings.
Read more
A recent federal appeals court decision addressing pleading standards for shareholder suits under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, highlights the potential dangers of giving broad assurances of legal compliance in registration statements.
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News & Press

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In the latest guide, Mintz garnered rankings as a top national firm in eight practice areas, and 32 firm attorneys were individually recognized.
Megan Gates, Member and Co-Chair of Mintz’s Securities & Capital Markets practice, is quoted providing commentary in this Boston Business Journal feature article on how the partial government shutdown is impacting Massachusetts businesses. Megan specifically addresses how public stock offerings are being effected.
Mintz Member and Co-chair of the firm’s Securities & Capital Markets Practice Megan Gates is among the featured panelists at the 2017 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting.
Mintz represented G1 Therapeutics, Inc. in its initial public offering of 7,781,564 shares of common stock. G1 Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company.
Megan Gates, a Member and Co-chair of the Securities & Capital Markets Practice, is quoted in an Agenda article covering the SEC fining an audit firm for unprofessional conduct resulting from personal relationships.  

Various Ways to Raise Capital

September 13, 2016

Daniel DeWolf, Co-Chair, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, and Megan Gates, Co-chair of the Securities & Capital Markets Practice Group, authored this VC Experts Blog piece discussing how the world of raising capital has been evolving over the last several years.

Events

Moderator
May
12
2020
Speaker
Apr
15
2020
Panelist
Jan
14
2020

Hot Topics for the Proxy Season

NACD New England

Offices of Deloitte, Boston

Speaker
Mar
27
2019

Women on Corporate Boards

Ellevate Network

Mintz, One Financial Center, Boston, MA

Moderator
Jan
14
2019

14th Annual Directors Forum

Global risk factors: preparing for the unpredictable

San Diego, CA

Speaker
Jun
12
2018

Director Education Forum 2018

American College of Corporate Directors

Dedham, MA

Speaker
May
22
2018

Basics for Directors,Understanding Board Mandatory Filings

American College of Corporate Directors

Webinar

Panelist
Jun
7
2017

2017 Public Markets Overview

Broadview Ventures, Inc.

Boston, MA

Speaker
Jun
15
2016

Director Education Forum 2016

American College of Corporate Directors

Dedham, MA

Speaker
Feb
11
2016

A Day in the Life of a Board Executive: Legal Responsibilities and Fiduciary Duties

Boston Women in Finance

Two Financial Center, Boston, MA

Speaker
Jun
10
2015

Director Education Forum 2015

American College of Corporate Directors Boston Forum

Speaker
Feb
11
2015

Public Company Director 101

Corporate Directors Group

Webinar