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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.

Meeting Materials



Meeting Materials

2013 Annual Meeting

2013 Spring Meeting

2012 Annual Meeting

2012 Spring Meeting

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Leadership



Chair:  Gregory Charles Yadley

Vice-Chairs:  Mary M Sjoquist, Thomas J Walsh

Committee Roster (1235 total members)


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Programs, Meetings and Events



Section Events
April 22, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 23, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 23, 2014 - April 25, 2014

Washington,
DC
Format: Live/In-Person

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Newsletter - Business Visions



Summer 2013
Winter 2013
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
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Additional Materials



Business Lawyers in the Crosshairs: Issues to Spot and Liabilities to Avoid [PDF]
Business Lawyers in the Crosshairs: Issues to Spot and Liabilities to Avoid [PowerPoint]
Business Lawyers in the Crosshairs - Video Clip 1: Barnes
Business Lawyers in the Crosshairs - Video Clip 2: Adrian
Business Lawyers in the Crosshairs - Video Clip 3: Apex

Modified by Graham Hunt on February 19, 2014

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