Ellen Grady advises public, private and nonprofit entities on corporate transactions, principally mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity transactions, securities offerings, and corporate governance.

Ellen has extensive corporate transactional experience advising companies in M&A transactions, private equity and venture capital financings, securities law compliance and public and private offerings, and corporate governance.  Ellen regularly represents emerging companies on a wide variety of legal matters from formation through exit, particularly equity financings.  Ellen works with clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including defense and government services, health care and healthcare IT, and software and technology.  Recently, Ellen has worked with clients in structuring joint ventures to invest in real estate projects located in “qualified opportunity zones,” including advising on compliance with federal securities law issues.

Representative Experience

  • Represented an investment fund in connection with investments in “qualified opportunity zone” joint venture projects, including advising on complex issues arising under the Securities Act of 1933, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. 
  • Represented a government contractor in connection with its acquisition of the assets of a smaller government contracting firm.
  • Represented health care IT startup in connection with its formation, acquisition of assets, and initial equity issuances to founders, outside investors, and advisors, including adopting an equity incentive plan and forming an advisory board.

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  • Advised newly public company regarding governance and compensation committee requirements under federal securities laws and NASDAQ listing requirements; advised public company regarding director "independence" requirements under federal securities laws and NYSE listing requirements.
  • Advised private company in connection with minority investment by private equity firm.

Professional Highlights

  • Adjunct Professor, Corporate Governance, Drexel University, LeBow School of Business (2017 – Present)
  • Co-Author, A Guide to the Evolving Executive Compensation Landscape, Securities Practice Portfolio Series Portfolio No. 240, Bloomberg BNA, Authors: Jayne E. Juvan, Bruce F. Dravis and Ellen Canan Grady, 2018

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  • External Publications
    • A Guide to the Evolving Executive Compensation Landscape, Securities Practice Portfolio Series Portfolio No. 240, Bloomberg BNA, Authors: Jayne E. Juvan, Bruce F. Dravis and Ellen Canan Grady, 2018
    • 100 Days In: 10 Issues for General Counsel to Consider, Corporate Counsel, Authors: Robert Bostrom and Ellen Grady, May 1, 2017
    • Directors Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom, Editor: Frank M. Placenti, Ellen Grady, Author, "Executive Employment Agreements" chapter, April 2017
    • Advisory Committee Best Practices for Growing Companies, Inside Counsel, Author: Ellen Grady, September 2016
    • Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles for Private Companies, Inside Counsel, Author: Ellen Grady, September 2016
    • Proxy Access: Options After the SEC's No-Action Reversal, Corporate Counsel, Author: Ellen Grady, March 2015
  • Associations
    • American Bar Association, Co-Editor, CGC In Sight, Corporate Governance Newsletter of the ABA Corporate Governance Committee (2014 – present)
    • American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Corporate Counsel and Publications Subcommittees, ABA Corporate Governance Committee (2013 – present)

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1985

    B.A., Allegheny College, 1982
    magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Virginia

    District of Columbia

    Pennsylvania