Kevin Prakke practices in a variety of subject areas, including securities law, Fund Formation, venture capital & start-ups and has more than 30 years of experience representing emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs, fund sponsors 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. His experience includes representing clients in a broad range of commercial and investment transactions, including entity & fund formations, venture capital financings, private placements and public offerings of both debt and equity securities, mergers & acquisitions, angel investments, spin-offs, joint ventures, 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. He recently assisted an existing private equity fund client with the successful launch of their eighth fund, including two funds focused on making qualifying investments in Opportunity Zone properties and an offshore “feeder” fund to facilitate investment from offshore investors into the main fund.
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. Kevin has partnered with the firm’s M&A practice group leader and other members of the firm’s established M&A team on the successful completion of dozens of M&A transactions in that growing practice area in recent years. He recently represented an e-signature software-as-a-service (SaaS) company in connection with its sale to an established Private Equity Group (PEG) buyer. Kevin also recently advised several C-level executives in negotiating new employment agreements and related multi-million dollar equity compensation grants.