Corporate Finance & Securities

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Corporate Finance and Securities practice group is one of the most comprehensive in South Carolina, representing public and private issuers with respect to securities registration and reporting compliance. We advise clients on mergers and acquisitions, including legal and tax strategies, joint ventures and shareholder disputes. Our corporate finance and securities clients range in size from companies with $150 million to companies with over $12 billion in assets across a broad spectrum industries: from financial to manufacturing, utility services and a Fortune 500 company.


  • Preparing registration statements and prospectuses for securities offerings requiring registration with the SEC (both initial and secondary offerings)
  • Serving as underwriters’ counsel
  • Preparing private placement memoranda and other documentation for exempt offerings
  • Registering offerings, or confirming exemption from registration, under state securities laws
  • Advising companies subject to the 1934 Act about their reporting and registration obligations as well as assisting with preparation of the 1934 Act filings and reports
  • Advising officers, directors and 5% and 10% shareholders of public companies with respect to their 1934 Act filing obligations
  • Handling tender offers
  • Handling going private transactions
  • Handling proxy contests
  • Preparing proxy solicitation materials
  • Advising about corporate disclosures
  • Advising about short swing trading and insider trading
  • Preparing golden parachutes and anti-acquisition devices
  • Preparing documentation to list classes of securities with the American Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ National Market System
  • Preparing executive compensation arrangements, stock option plans and dividend reinvestment plans
  • Handling state and federal investigations and enforcement proceedings
  • Serving as experts to testify regarding securities matters
  • Advising boards of directors on their fiduciary duties, and preferred business practices and ethical considerations which influence their decisions
  • Developing corporate compliance programs specifically structured for clients’ business and culture that become a core part of the business
  • Advising investment advisors with respect to registration and reporting compliance issues and exemptions from registration under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and under state law