Mr. Lawler’s practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, securities law and technology transactions. His M&A clients include private equity groups, public and private companies, fundless sponsors, family offices and sellers of large assets. In collaboration with multi-lingual colleagues, Mr. Lawler often works across languages and sovereign borders to execute international transactions. He’s worked in relation to over 20 countries over the past several years. Many of his clients are domiciled outside of the United States.

Mr. Lawler leads the firm’s Emerging Technologies Group, with a particular emphasis on Blockchain (distributed ledger), artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, virtual/augmented reality, cybersecurity, and related technologies. In this capacity, Mr. Lawler counsels clients in respect to securities and regulatory matters, including issue of tokens and digitized assets; as well as development, licensing, commercial use, acquisition and disposition of all manner of intellectual property.

As a dedicated futurist, Mr. Lawler brings enthusiasm and excitement to cutting edge projects. He is a recognized expert in matters relating to distributed ledger technology. In addition to legal counsel, Mr. Lawler provides clients with extreme problem solving skills and practical business advice. Many of Mr. Lawler’s clients rely on him as outside general counsel. Prior to joining Zuber Lawler, Mr. Lawler practiced as a corporate securities and M&A attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Mr. Lawler has represented clients in M&A and finance transactions with an aggregate value over $1B.

Notable Transactions

  • $53 million sale of an adtech company;
  • $20 million issue of debentures to finance an agriculture company;
  • Sale of a popular media website to a major aggregator of content.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Crypto and Blockchain – Threat or Opportunity for Financial Services?, Blockchain Expo Global;
  • Panelist, Governance and Regulation in Blockchain Business Networks, Blockchain Expo Global;
  • Panelist, Best Practices in M&A and Post-Merger Integration, Expert Webcast;
  • Panelist, Crypto-securities & Regulation, Blockchain North America Expo;
  • Panelist, Demystifying Cryptocurrency and Blockchain for the Federal Equity Receiver, NAFER Annual Conference;
  • Moderator, Blockchain and Entertainment, Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival;
  • Guest Speaker, Business Rockstars, CBS Radio/KFWB Talk News 980;
  • Presenter, The Legal Underpinnings of Paradigm Shift in Content Delivery, USC Marshall School of Business

 

Publications

  • Your ICO/TGE is subject to the US Securities laws; now what?
  • Legal Guide to Representation in Middle Market Mergers & Acquisitions