Megan N. Gates

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  • Boston College (JD, 1994)
  • Wellesley College (BA, 1990)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts


  • Japanese

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

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.

Selected Representative Matters

Merger & Acquisition Transactions

  • 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.
  • Representing Targacept, Inc. in its pending merger with Catalyst Biosciences, Inc.

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 a $10 million follow-on offering
  • Represented MELA Sciences, Inc. in a $10 million follow-on offering
  • Represented NeuroMetrix, Inc. in a $10 million follow-on offering
  • Represented Coley Pharmaceutical Group in its $102.6 million initial public offering
  • Represented Targacept, Inc. in its $40.7 million initial public offering

Recognitions & Awards

  • Casa Myrna: Annual Breakfast Fundraiser honoree (2014)
  • Women’s Business Boston: Top 10 Corporate Lawyers (2010)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Top Women of Law (2010)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Boston Bar Association Council
  • Curriculum Committee, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)    
  • Corporate Board Committee, The Boston Club
  • Life Sciences Council, Springboard Enterprises
  • Member, NE WISE
  • Board of Directors, Greater Boston Legal Services
  • 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 Vazquez, 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

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