Kevin Prakke is the firm’s practice group leader in a variety of subject areas, including securities law, fund formation, venture capital & start-ups and has more than 20 years of experience representing emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a broad range of commercial and investment transactions. Prior to joining Manning Fulton in 2013, Kevin was formerly a partner in the corporate and private equity practice groups of an AmLaw 150 law firm and for 12 years prior thereto he honed his legal skills in one of the Triangle’s largest and most active corporate transaction-based law firms. Kevin has assisted clients in completing private placements and public offerings raising hundreds of millions of dollars.
Kevin’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of corporate law, securities law, and corporate finance. He has more than 20 years of experience representing emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a broad range of commercial and investment transactions, including entity formation, venture capital financings, private placements and public offerings of both debt and equity securities, mergers & acquisitions, angel investments, spin-offs, fund formations, contract drafting and negotiation, equity compensation, corporate governance, securities regulatory compliance and private equity transactions. Kevin’s 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. This past year he assisted a biotech services company to develop and implement a phantom stock program for their executive team. More recently, he assisted a human tissue and biological products company to complete a second round of equity financing from an angel investment group to fund their product development efforts.
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 $10 million and the related structuring and implementation of an incentive phantom stock plan for their employees. This past year, Kevin advised several C-level executives in negotiating new employment agreements and related multi-million dollar equity compensation grants.