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Roland S. Chase - Shareholder

Roland S. Chase

Education

Washington and Lee University, B.A., 1995, magna cum laude
  • Honors in Economics
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Virginia Law Review
  • Virginia Journal of International Law

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • New York Bar
  • New Jersey Bar
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Roland S. Chase - Shareholder

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Roland is a Shareholder in the firm’s Corporate & Tax Group.  Roland’s practice area includes securities, mergers & acquisitions, private equity and corporate law.  Roland has extensive experience representing public and private companies in a variety of industries in all aspects of the offering, purchase and sale of equity and debt securities.  His experience includes IPOs, mergers & acquisitions, registered follow-on offerings by issuers, resale registrations for the benefit of selling shareholders, tender and exchange offers, and private placements under all common exemptions from registration.  During the first five and a half years of his career, Roland also represented some of the world’s leading investment banks as underwriters and agents in securities offerings.

Roland has advised and guided public companies, ranging from emerging growth companies to established multinational corporations, in complying with securities laws and regulations, corporate law and the listing standards and corporate governance rules of the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and NYSE American.  His experience also includes advising executive officers, directors and significant shareholders of public companies on their reporting obligations and potential liability under the U.S. securities laws.

Selected representations include:

  • Represent a Nasdaq-listed consumer finance company in its corporate governance, SEC reporting and corporate matters.
  • Represent a Nasdaq-listed manufacturer in its SEC reporting and corporate matters, and with respect to the securities law aspects of acquisitions.
  • Represent an OTCQX-quoted biotechnology company in its SEC reporting and corporate matters. 
  • Represented a biotechnology company in preparing an underwritten public offering of equity securities and restructuring of its preferred securities, and in connection with a resale registration for the benefit of selling shareholders.
  • Represented a private equity fund focused on real estate in its private placement of limited partnership interests. 
  • Represented a group of private equity funds focused on healthcare in their private placements of limited partnership interests.
  • Represented a group of private equity funds in the renewable energy sector in their private placements of limited partnership interests and with respect to a line of credit.
  • Represented a public company in its reverse merger sale to a European institutional financial services provider.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed South American steel manufacturer and two of its subsidiaries in their registered exchange offer for equity awards.
  • Represented the seller in the sale of a restaurant chain to a private equity group.
  • Represented a provider of logistics software solutions in preparing its initial public offering on the NYSE.
  • Represented a NYSE American-listed biotechnology company in numerous financing transactions, including five public offerings of equity securities, an ATM program, a debt restructuring, and a strategic investment by a foreign company, as well as in all of its SEC reporting matters.  Designed an 18-month plan to regain compliance with the listing standards of the NYSE American.
  • Represented a private pharmaceuticals company in its reverse merger with a Nasdaq-listed company.
  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed biotechnology company in three underwritten public offerings of common stock and warrants to investors in the United States and Europe.  Represented the company in the establishment of a committed equity financing facility, two ATM programs and in SEC reporting matters.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed REIT in establishing its universal shelf program, an underwritten public offering of common stock and an ATM program, as well as in SEC reporting matters.
  • Represented a European computer memory manufacturer in its initial public offering on the NYSE.
  • Represented a European bank in its U.S. securities law matters, including in connection with its SEC reporting obligations under the Exchange Act.
  • Represented the agents in the initial public offering of a bank holding company on the NYSE.
  • Represented a European pharmaceuticals company in its U.S. securities law matters, including in connection with its SEC reporting obligations under the Exchange Act and in the spin-off of its chemicals division.
  • Represented a NYSE American-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in its investment in an Asian financial services firm.
  • Represented a private social networking company in its reverse merger with a Nasdaq-listed company.
  • Represented a European investor in a hostile tender offer for an environmental technology company.

Roland is a co-organizer of The Florida Directors' Institute, a full-day program on corporate governance for public company directors.

Prior to joining Hill Ward Henderson, Roland was a partner with Dentons in the New York area.  Prior to Dentons, Roland practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and Frankfurt.  Roland’s native languages are English and German.

Outside of the office, Roland enjoys swimming and spending time with his wife and two sons. He serves on the leadership committee of the Florida Chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce and as Treasurer and an Assistant Scoutmaster in his son’s Boy Scout troop. 

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Community & Civic Affiliations

  • German-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Boy Scouts of America

Publications & Presentations

  • "Raising Capital On-Line using Marketplace Lending and Crowdfunding”,  Florida Small Business & Entrepreneur Forum 2015
  • "Crowdfunding - Cutting Edge Funding for Entrepreneurs," University of Tampa MainStreet Speaker Series, 2014
  • "The American JOBS Act:  A Boost for the Small Business IPO," Association of Corporate Counsel, 2012 (with Marc Mandel)
  • "Navigating the Bear Market as a Smaller Reporting Company:  Challenges Posed by Current Securities Laws and Stock Exchange Rules,"  New Jersey State Bar Association - Business Law Section, 2009.

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