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Middle Market and Small Business Committee

ABA Section of Business Law


Middle Market and Small Business Committee


Message From The Chair



The mission of the Middle Market and Small Business Committee is to serve corporate and transactional lawyers who counsel small and mid-sized enterprises controlled by families, entrepreneurs, PEGs or VC firms, and smaller publicly-held companies.



Committee Facts



  • Over 1300 US and international members

  • Three in-person meetings a year at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting, the ABA Annual Meeting and the Business Law Section Fall Meeting in Washington, DC

  • Committee meetings typically feature a mini-presentation on a substantive practice area as well as provide an opportunity to share practical advice relevant to smaller and medium-size companies

  • Current areas of focus include securities regulations that affect smaller public companies and capital raising activities of private companies, including exemptions from registration, private placement brokers and scaled disclosure regulation

  • Membership provides various opportunities for participation in CLE panels and workshops, writing and commenting on proposed regulations of the SEC and other agencies


Areas of Expertise



  • Entity organization and owner agreements

  • Capital formation, financing and strategic partnering

  • Employment and compensation matters

  • Intellectual property protection

  • Corporate governance

  • Securities law compliance

  • International expansion and cross-border transactions

  • Business combinations, restructurings and breakups

Mission Statement

The Middle Market and Small Business Committee serves corporate and transactional lawyers who counsel small and mid-sized enterprises controlled by families, entrepreneurs, PEGs or VC firms, and smaller publicly-held companies.

  • We provide a forum for sharing information, delivering continuing legal education, and addressing the practical issues of counseling small and mid-sized clients.
  • We focus on the entire business "life cycle" of our clients, including (i) entity organization and owner agreements; (ii) capital formation, financing and strategic partnering; (iii) employment and compensation matters; (iv) intellectual property protection; (v) corporate governance; (vi) securities law compliance; (vii) international expansion and cross-border transactions; and (viii) business combinations, restructurings, and breakups.
  • We have long been an advocate before the SEC, the IRS and other regulatory agencies of reforms to address the special problems confronted by small businesses, including smaller public companies.
  • Our Private Placement Broker Task Force advocates a simplified registration system for finders of financing for early stage companies.

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Leadership

Chair:

Walsh, Thomas

Vice-Chairs:

Kantz, Erik
Vendt, Eric

Committee Roster  


Subcommittees and Task Forces  (click [+] for listing)

 Sub Committees


Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Beyond the Promise to Pay: How Security Interests Help Ensure a Successful Lending Transaction

    01/26/2017-01/26/2017

    Even a well-drafted loan agreement can spell losses for your lending clients if the borrower fails to pay or becomes insolvent. To help avert such problems, many lenders take a UCC Article 9 security interest in the borrowers personal property assets (including inventory, equipment, receivables and/or ...

    2017 Cyberspace Law Institute

    01/26/2017-01/28/2017
    US GRANT HOTEL
    San Diego

    Advance Registration is now CLOSED. Registration for the meeting, event and dinner ticket purchases must now take place onsite at the U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego, CA. Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be granted for all written ...

    2017 Mergers and Acquisitions Committee Meeting

    01/27/2017-01/28/2017
    Montage Laguna Beach
    Laguna Beach

    Advance Registration is now CLOSED. Registration for the meeting and event ticket purchases must now take place onsite at the Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA beginning 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Cancellation Policy: Refunds ...


Newsletter - Business Visions


Listserve

In order to send a message to the listserve, send a message to the email address below. You must be a member of the Committee to successfully send a message to the listserve.

SMBIZ@mail.americanbar.org

In order to access the listserve archive, please click here.


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Managing Listserve E-Mails

The Technology Subcommittee is undertaking a review of technological options with respect to our Listserv of the MMSB Committee so that only members who want to participate in topical discussions will receive e-mails with respect to those discussions. In the interim, the following link provides instructions on how to set up a subfolder on your computer and have all emails that you receive from the MMSB Committee Listserv automatically filed into that subfolder.
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MMSB Listserve Rules & Etiquette

The MMSB Committee has established Rules & Etiquette Guidelines that will govern all participants’ use of the MMSB Listserv. If a participant fails to adhere to these Rules & Etiquette Guidelines, the MMSB Committee may suspend or terminate that person’s future participation on the MMSB Listserv. The Rules & Etiquette Guidelines for use of the MMSB Listserv can be found here:
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Modified by Evangelos Kostoulas on January 13, 2017

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