Twenty-five years of legal experience specialized in corporate M&A, finance and securities offerings, as well as blockchain and cybersecurity law. Phil is Chairman of Otterbourg's Corporate department and Chairman of the firm's Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. He is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).
Phil has led Otterbourg's push into the field of blockchain-based smart contracts and cryptoassets, including representing clients in exempted security token offerings. He has represented businesses (private and public), private equity firms, financial institutions and entrepreneurs in the acquisition and divestiture of businesses, private placement of equity and debt securities, joint ventures, commercial financings (secured and unsecured) and general corporate matters.
Phil has significant experience in the sale and purchase of businesses—through both privately-negotiated and competitively auctioned transactions. His experience also includes structuring and negotiation of a broad array of related corporate and commercial agreements, including intellectual property licensing, strategic partnership, joint venture, technology transfer, data security, transition services, management incentive, non-competition and employment agreements. He also routinely counsels clients on corporate governance and privacy matters.
Phil previously served as a corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he completed over $1.5 billion in corporate transactions and financings for Fortune 500 clients. He also served as a corporate acquisitions executive at PRIMEDIA, Inc., a Kohlberg Kravis Roberts affiliate, where he structured the acquisition and divestiture of numerous divisions and businesses, as well as a broad array of minority equity investments.