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douglas.wright@FaegreBD.com3200 Wells Fargo Center
1700 Lincoln Street
Denver, Colorado 80203-4532
T: +1 303 607 3671
F: +1 303 607 3600

Education

Cornell Law School
J.D., Law Review (research editor) (1978)
Hamilton College
B.A. (1975)

Bar Admissions

Colorado

Douglas R. Wright

Partner

Doug has advised clients since 1978 on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities matters in a broad range of industries. These include telecommunications, manufacturing, transportation, medical devices, technology, gaming, oil and gas and mining. A former chairman of the Business Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Doug is widely recognized as one of the preeminent corporate lawyers in Colorado.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Doug has been actively involved as lead partner in a variety of domestic and international M&A transactions, including representation of public and private company sellers, buyers, private equity investors, management and special committees. He regularly advises public company boards of directors and committees on fiduciary duties in connection with M&A transactions.

M&A transactions that Doug has handled include a sale of a publicly traded healthcare information services company to a private equity firm and a competitively auctioned merger of a public medical products company with a multinational medical products company.

Capital Markets Transactions

Doug represents issuers and underwriters in all types of capital markets transactions, including public and private offerings of equity, debt, units, convertibles and hybrid securities. He has advised on:

  • IPOs and underwritten follow-on offerings
  • Confidentially-marketed public offerings
  • Registered directs and at-the market (ATM) offerings
  • Rule 144A and public debt offerings
  • Private investments in public equity (PIPEs)
  • Public exchange offers and tender offers
  • Private placements
  • Venture capital financings
  • Over $10 billion of public offerings, acquisitions and debt financings

Doug has handled capital markets transactions for numerous clients, including The Spectranetics Corporation, Frontier Airlines and Piper Jaffray Incorporated. He has closed over $5 billion of Rule 144A offerings, debt financings and tender offers for client tw telecom inc.

Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance

Doug represents numerous public companies in their ongoing compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements. In this capacity, he advises companies in the areas of SEC periodic reporting, trading and disclosure practices, corporate governance matters, proxy regulation, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Act compliance, stock exchange listing requirements and investor relations.

Additional Experience

Doug has negotiated over $3 billion of domestic and international private equity investments on behalf of a large public investment fund and a private foundation. He has handled a number of commercial matters for telecom companies, including broadband network service agreements for multi-unit landlords and professional sports teams, negotiation of public-private partnership agreements with state departments of transportation, fiber optic lease and IRU agreements, and telecom equipment financing arrangements. In addition, Doug counsels clients on joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, employee compensation issues, and credit agreements.

Honors

  • Denver Best Lawyers — Corporate Lawyer of the Year, 2011
  • Law Week Colorado — Best M&A Lawyer, 2009
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Corporate/M&A, 2005-13
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law, 2006-14
  • Super Lawyers — Securities & Corporate Finance, 2006-14
  • Corporate Counsel Black Book — 2007-08
  • Denver Business Journal — Best of the Bar Award for Corporate, M&A and Securities, 2003

Professional Associations

Civic Activities

  • Sungate Kids – Board of Directors
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Colorado – Board, Past Chairman
  • American Diabetes Association, Colorado Affiliate, Inc. — Board, Past Chairman

Presentations

  • This One's for You - Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors
    Panelist, September 2013
  • Key Issues Facing Boards of Directors: New SEC Enforcement Initiatives and Corporate Governance Risks
    Corporate & Commercial Law Program, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, April 2013
  • Navigating the Annual Report and Proxy Season
    Faegre Baker Daniels Seminar, 2001-13
  • Special Indemnification Issues
    Faegre & Benson M&A Conference, 2010
  • The Most Frequently Negotiated Terms in M&A Deals: What Each Side Can Expect to Receive in Today's Market
    Mergers and Acquisitions - Colorado Corporate Practice Conference, 2008
  • Securities Law Update: SEC Public Offering Reforms
    Practicing Law Institute/Bowne, 2005
  • Back to School: Director Education 2004
    Faegre & Benson Seminar, 2004
  • Current Trends in M&A Practice
    Annual Business Law Institute, Colorado CLE, 2002
  • Appeared on CNBC's "Squawkbox" regarding SEC Certification Requirements
    2002
  • Moderator and Panelist
    34th Annual Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, 2002
  • Advising the Board of Directors in M&A Transactions
    Introduction to Mergers & Acquisitions, Colorado CLE, 2002