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Brian H. Blaney

Brian H. Blaney concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments. Brian has deep experience in capital markets transactions, including public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. Brian regularly advises public companies on mergers and acquisitions as well as on compliance with SEC reporting requirements, stock exchange listing rules, and general corporate matters. In addition to advising companies in a broad range of industries, Brian has experience in the securities aspects of real estate syndicates and real estate investment trusts.

Concentrations

  • Securities law
  • Public offerings
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Venture capital and private placements
  • Corporate law

Capabilities

Experience

  • Representation of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., an investment banking firm, as underwriter’s counsel in the initial public offering of 1,975,000 shares of common stock of First Western Financial, Inc.
  • Represented issuers, selling stockholders, and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities.
  • Represented public companies with respect to securities law compliance, governance issues and general corporate matters.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions.
  • Represented emerging growth companies in connection with business plan development, private placement memorandum drafting and venture capital financing.
  • Represented venture capital funds with respect to portfolio company investments.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2006-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Securities / Capital Markets Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities Regulation; Corporate Law; Corporate Governance Law; Venture Capital Law, 2010-2020
    • Listed, "Lawyer of the Year," Venture Capital Law, Phoenix, 2019 
    • Listed, "Lawyer of the Year," Securities Regulation, Phoenix, 2018
    • Listed, "Lawyer of the Year," Securities Law, Phoenix, 2014
  • Listed, AZ Business Magazine, "Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona," 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Member, Winning Team, M&A Advisor's Turnaround Awards, "Professional Services (B-To-B) Deal of the Year" and "Restructuring Community Impact Deal of the Year" for the Preferred Stock Investment in Roadrunner Transportation Systems, 2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2019
    • Listed, "Top 50 Super Lawyers in Arizona," 2007, 2010, 2013-2015, and 2018
  • Board of Directors, Desert Voices Oral Learning Center
  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section  
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona, Securities Regulation Section and Business Law Section
    • Past Chairman, Securities Regulation Section
  • Past Member, Association for Corporate Growth, Arizona Chapter
  • Past Board Member, Enterprise Network
  • Past Chairman of Awards Selection Committee, Governor's Celebration of Innovation
  • Past Planning Committee Member, Invest Southwest (f/k/a Arizona Venture Capital Conference)

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Notre Dame Law School, 1998
  • B.B.A., Finance, University of Michigan, 1990
Admissions
  • Arizona