Frank Placenti serves as the chair of our US Corporate Governance & Securities Regulation Practice, and is nationally recognized for his work in corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Frank has more than 30 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities law, antitakeover and shareholder relations issues.
He has represented public companies, broker/dealers and private equity firms and their portfolio companies with mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, securities and corporate law, regulatory compliance, anti-takeover matters and shareholder engagement and activism.
Frank has assisted clients, special committees and audit committees in managing internal investigations, as well as with US Securities and Exchange Commission and stock exchange investigatory matters. Frank serves as the Founding President and Trustee of the American College of Governance Counsel and as a Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association.
Frank is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership. He formerly served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, as Chair of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and as Chair of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and a member of that hospital’s Board of Directors. He also served as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Herberger Theater Company and the Arizona Science Center.
He has also served as the Lead Director for a Nasdaq listed publicly-traded health care company and as Lead Director for a private company based in Charlotte, North Carolina that serves the restaurant and hospitality industries. He currently serves on the Board of a privately held, private equity-based company headquartered in New York serving major financial institutions.
Frank is editor of The Directors Handbook, A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom, and has been invited to teach in the Distinguished Practitioners in Residence Program in the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.
- The Ohio State University, J.D., summa cum laude
- The Ohio State University, B.A.
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