Josh LaGrange represents clients in a variety of corporate and securities law matters, including SEC reporting and compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and shareholder activism preparedness.

Bio

In addition to advising numerous public companies concerning general corporate, corporate governance and securities law matters, a significant part of Mr. LaGrange’s practice is focused on advising investors and issuers on complex or novel beneficial ownership issues arising under the federal securities laws. This work includes structuring corporate finance, M&A, spin-off and derivatives transactions and developing related disclosure strategies and compliance programs, seeking relief from disclosure requirements and defending claims regarding disclosure violations and for recovery of short-swing profits under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Mr. LaGrange has extensive experience advising issuers and their affiliates regarding insider trading policies, Rule 144 sales, Rule 10b-5 concerns and Rule 10b5-1 trading plans.

Mr. LaGrange has represented clients in a range of transactional matters, including private equity funds in leveraged buyouts; public technology companies in a variety of industries in private-company acquisitions; a major payment processor in its formation of a joint venture to pursue processing opportunities in emerging markets; early investors in notable technology companies in their pre-public sales into the private secondary market; and two employee-owned companies in reorganizations undertaken to allow them to terminate SEC reporting while preserving widespread employee ownership. He led Skadden’s representation of RPX Corp. in its acquisition of the patent assets of Rockstar Consortium, which had been formed by Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Blackberry and Ericsson to acquire the patent assets sold in Nortel Network Corp.’s bankruptcy. The RPX Corp. transaction was highlighted by The Recorder when it selected Skadden’s Palo Alto practice for top honors in the Technology Transactions category in its 2016 “Corporate Department of the Year” competition.

In addition to counseling public companies regarding recurring governance matters such as director independence, related-party transactions, annual meetings, proxy statements, shareholder proposals and other shareholder matters, Mr. LaGrange also has advised well-known public companies on several less typical corporate governance matters. In this regard, he has advised boards of directors in connection with governance complaints and investigations; developed incentive plans to align the interests of a company and its officers in regard to less-than-wholly-owned subsidiary investments; and advised a household-name company in connection with its founder’s and controlling shareholder’s retirement and continuity planning.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2000 (Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review; James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • A.B., College of William and Mary, 1997 (magna cum laude)

Admissions

  • California

Josh LaGrange