Kerry Smith Partner
Kerry has more than 20 years experience in the practice of corporate and securities law at major U.S. law firms and has been CFO of a NASDAQ listed public company. His primary focus is on international and domestic M&A, public and private offerings of debt and equity, MBO's, LBO's, recapitalizations, spin-offs, venture capital and private equity transactions, as well as general corporate representation. He has represented international and domestic public companies, emerging growth corporations, venture capital funds and private equity funds in a broad array of industries including, telecommunications, banking, insurance, high tech, e-commerce, pharmaceutical and medical delivery, energy, business process outsourcing and manufacturing. He advises clients in the area of general corporate governance matters, including matters relating to Sarbanes-Oxley, NASDAQ and NYSE rules and regulations and 1934 Act reporting and compliance.
Kerry serves as general counsel to many clients and their management and boards of directors helping to shape and execute their business, acquisitions and liquidity strategies, as well as advising them on day-to-day legal, corporate, regulatory and other strategic issues.
Kerry holds a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and a B.S. in Accountancy from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is a CPA (inactive) and practiced at Deloitte & Touche prior to attending law school.
In addition to his legal and accounting experience, Kerry was CFO of OCZ Technology Group, Inc. ("OCZ"), a NASDAQ listed public company (NASDAQ:OCZ). He had represented OCZ in its listing on AIM in 2006 which had an initial offering price of £0.65. In January, 2009, Kerry joined OCZ as EVP and General Counsel and became CFO in March 2009. While CFO, he migrated OCZ off AIM and onto NASDAQ where it had an initial offering price of $4.35.