Robert B. Rapfogel

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Bob Rapfogel’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and general corporate and securities law matters. Bob has been outside counsel to both privately-held and publicly-traded companies, handling a wide variety of corporate and securities matters. He has also handled these types of matters as the client when working in-house at an NYSE-listed publicly-traded corporation. Having handled client matters, and having been the client, Bob brings both perspectives to create a corporate and securities practice that he would retain as outside counsel.

Bob has handled a broad array of corporate and securities matters, both large and small. That experience permits him to offer practical counsel to clients of any size and ensure that our clients are positioned for success, both now and in the future.

Professional Background

Law Firm Experience

Bob previously practiced in the Corporate & Securities section of Mayer Brown LLP, a global law firm with offices in the Americas, Asia and Europe. While at Mayer Brown, he worked on a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions, securities law matters, equity and debt offerings, private placement financing transactions, secured debt transactions, and general corporate and securities work. He also acted as outside counsel to the Texas Office of the Governor on the Emerging Technology Fund. Prior to Mayer Brown, Bob practiced in the corporate securities section of Cantey Hanger LLP, a law firm based in his hometown of Fort Worth.

In-House Experience

Prior to starting his own firm, Bob served as Associate General Counsel – Corporate & Securities at Key Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: KEG), an international oilfield services company headquartered in Houston. His responsibilities covered a broad array of corporate and securities matters, including:

  • Preparation of Exchange Act reports filed with the SEC;
  • Advising management on disclosure controls and procedures related to SEC filings and other public communications including earnings releases, investor conference calls and investor presentations;
  • Overseeing the acquisition and divestiture program, including coordination with operations, treasury, human resources, and tax and accounting functions throughout the M&A process;
  • Preparation of proxy materials and advising management and the board on matters related to annual shareholders meetings;
  • Advising management and the board on corporate governance developments and best practices;
  • Overseeing insider trading policies, Section 16 beneficial ownership reporting, Rule 10b5-1 trading plans, and other matters related to stock and equity compensation;
  • Working with accounting and finance functions on compliance and administration of the company’s senior debt facilities and bonds; and
  • Overseeing exchange listing requirements under NYSE rules.

Government Service

Bob served as Assistant Attorney General for two years at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He provided counsel to the Office of the Governor on corporate and securities matters related to the creation and administration of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, and also worked on open government matters under the Texas Public Information Act.

Business Experience

Prior to law school, Bob worked as a financial analyst at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California. In that capacity, he provided analytic and budgetary financial support to Intel’s microprocessor research and software development operations in the U.S., China, Russia and Israel. He also later worked as a financial consultant in Los Angeles for Universal Studios Hollywood and US Search.com.

Education

    • University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. in Finance and B.A. in Japanese, 1997
    • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D. 2003

          – Articles Editor, Southern California Law Review

Associations

      • Houston Bar Association (HBA) – Member
      • HBA Mergers and Acquisitions Section – Council Member
      • Corporate HBA Counsel Section – Member
      • HBA Law Practice Management Section – Treasurer
      • State Bar of Texas – Member
      • Texas Bar Foundation – Fellow

Admissions

      • State of Texas