Kevin A. Prakke

Position: Shareholder

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3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27612

Kevin A. Prakke
 

Kevin Prakke focuses his practice on the areas of corporate law, corporate finance and securities law. He has over 20 years of experience representing corporations, entrepreneurs and investors in a broad range of transactions, including business organizations, venture capital financings, private placements and public offerings of both debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, fund formations, contract drafting and negotiation, corporate governance, securities regulatory compliance, and private equity transactions. His experience ranges from representing start-up and emerging growth companies in their initial organizations and financings to representing larger international companies on sophisticated and complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public and private offerings, spin-offs, restructurings, equity compensation, and intellectual property protection and licensing.

Kevin has represented issuers in more than a dozen public offerings, including IPOs and follow-on public offerings, as well as private issuers in raising hundreds of millions of dollars of capital for their businesses. He recently represented an e-learning software-as-a-service (SaaS) company in connection with its sale to an established Private Equity Group (PEG) buyer for $5.25 million and the related implementation of an incentive phantom stock plan for their employees. He also successfully negotiated exclusive licensing and distribution agreements on behalf of a NC-based manufacturer with several internationally recognized fashion design brands. In 2016, Kevin advised several C-level executives in connection with new employment agreements and related multi-million dollar equity compensation grants.

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • University of North Carolina (B.S. in Business, with distinction, 1990) , Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma (business honors)

Professional Activities

  • Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)
    • Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
      • Former Council Member 
      • Co-chair of committee that prepared a comprehensive study comparing North Carolina and Delaware corporate law
  • Wake County Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association
  • Listed in Business North Carolina Magazine's Legal Elite in the practice area of Corporate Law (2012, 2014, 2016) and in the Young Guns category (2008)
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©  in the practice areas of Corporate Law (2013-2016) and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2015, 2016)
  • Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers (2014-2017) in Securities & Corporate Finance
  • Leadership Raleigh Program, 2007 graduate

 
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