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Melissa V. Frayer


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Melissa’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law matters, with an emphasis on initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. She has experience representing investment banking firms and companies in IPOs as well as counseling clients on SEC reporting obligations and corporate governance. She also advises blockchain and cryptocurrency companies on securities law compliance, fund formation, and transactions. Melissa represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including life sciences, biotechnology, financial services, and fintech.

Prior to joining Mintz, Melissa worked on capital markets transactions for middle market companies, SEC disclosures, and general corporate matters at a San Francisco-based global law firm and an international law firm. She also served as the general counsel for a data start-up.

After law school, Melissa 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.

Melissa earned a certificate in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs from the University of Washington.


  • Columbia University (JD)
  • Yale University (BA)


  • Member of the Leadership Committee for the Women Who Lead #GetOnBoard Week 2020

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SEC Harmonizes and Improves “Patchwork” Private Offering Framework

November 12, 2020 | Alert | By Melissa V. Frayer, Andrew D. Thorpe

Read about the SEC’s November 2 adoption of amendments designed to harmonize and simplify the complex framework of private offering exemptions.
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Mintz Members Jennifer B. Rubin and Melissa Frayer co-authored an article published by Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance that examined board responsibilities during the coronavirus pandemic and offered risk mitigation measures, such as designating a “Chief Covid Officer” to ensure corporate compliance with applicable health and welfare obligations and the resulting safety of employees and consumers.