About Me

Yariv Katz is a partner in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Katz serves as the co-chair of the firm's Opinion Committee. Mr. Katz practices primarily in the area of securities and capital markets representing issuers, underwriters, placement agents and investors in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, Rule 144A offerings, PIPEs and other private placements. Mr. Katz regularly counsels public companies and their boards and management with respect to ongoing disclosure and securities compliance matters, including compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the JOBS Act, and the corporate governance rules of the NYSE and Nasdaq. Mr. Katz also has substantial experience in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures involving public and private companies. Mr. Katz lectures on IPOs, disclosure and securities compliance requirements at Cornell Tech, the technology-focused campus of Cornell University located in New York City. From 2007 until 2008, Mr. Katz served as general counsel of a Nasdaq-listed specialty consumer finance company.

Experience

  • GE Medical Systems InformationTechnologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric Company, in an underwritten secondary public offering of 10,835,145 shares of common stock of NeoGenomics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEO), a leading provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services, raising gross proceeds of approximately $130 million.
  • Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) in connection with its acquisition of the assets of ebbu, Inc., a Colorado-based hemp research leader, in exchange for an initial cash payment of CDN$25 million and 6,221,210 common shares and up to an additional CDN$100 million in cash and/or common shares upon the achievement of certain scientific related milestones within two years of closing.
  • Saban Properties in connection with its sale of the iconic Power Rangers brand as well as other entertainment assets to Hasbro, Inc. for $522 million in cash and stock.
  • Citigroup, BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo Securities and other underwriters in numerous offerings of class A common stock and convertible senior notes by Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYSE: BXMT) raising gross proceeds of approximately $4.1 billion, including:
    • Citigroup, Barclays, BofA Merrill Lynch, JMP Securities, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and Wells Fargo Securities as sales agents for Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.’s (NYSE: BXMT) $500 million “at-the-market” (ATM) offering program;  
    • Barclays as sole book-running manager for Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.’s $115 million public offering of convertible senior notes pursuant to a reopening of its existing series of such convertible senior notes;
    • Citigroup, BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo Securities and Morgan Stanley as joint book-running managers for Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.’s $702 million follow-on public offering of class A common stock undertaken to supply equity financing for the acquisition of a portfolio of commercial mortgage loans from GE Capital Real Estate;
    • Citigroup, BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank Securities, Wells Fargo Securities and UBS Investment Bank as joint book-running managers for Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.’s $660 million public offering of class A common stock; and
    • Citigroup, JMP Securities, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and Wells Fargo Securities as sales agents for Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.’s (NYSE: BXMT) $200 million “at-the-market” (ATM) offering program. Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc., a real estate finance company that originates senior loans collateralized by commercial real estate in North America and Europe, is externally managed by a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group, L.P. 
  • real estate private equity fund in connection with its bond offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange raising gross proceeds of approximately $290 million.  
  • RBC Capital Markets, Barclays and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey as joint book-running managers for The KeyW Holding Corporation’s (NASDAQ: KEYW) $89 million follow-on public offering of common stock. The KeyW Holding Corporation provides mission-critical cybersecurity and cyber superiority solutions to defense, intelligence, and national security agencies in the United States.  
  • Citigroup, BofA Merrill Lynch, BMO Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets, Baird and other underwriters in numerous offerings of common stock and preferred stock by Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE: SUI) raising gross proceeds of approximately $3.1 billion, including:
    • Citigroup, BofA Merrill Lynch, BMO Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets as joint book-running managers for Sun Communities, Inc.’s $500 million follow-on public offering of common stock;
    • BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, BMO Capital Markets, Baird and RBC Capital Markets as joint book-running managers for Sun Communities, Inc.’s $401 million follow-on public offering of common stock undertaken to supply equity financing for the $1.68 billion acquisition of Carefree Communities;
    • Citigroup as sole book-running manager for Sun Communities, Inc.’s (NYSE: SUI) $349 million follow-on public offering of common stock undertaken to supply equity financing for a $1.32 billion acquisition of manufactured home communities; and 
    • BMO Capital Markets, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Baird, Fifth Third Securities, RBC Capital Markets, BTIG, Jefferies, Credit Suisse and Ramirez & Co., Inc. as sales agents for Sun Communities, Inc.’s (NYSE: SUI) $450 million “at-the-market” (ATM) offering program. Sun Communities, Inc. is a real estate investment trust that owns and operates or has an interest in manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities  
  • Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: BEE), a real estate investment trust which owns and provides value enhancing asset management of high-end hotels and resorts, in connection with (i) numerous offerings of common stock, preferred stock and convertible notes raising gross proceeds of approximately $2.9 billion and (ii) multiple acquisitions, including its:  
    • acquisition of the Montage Laguna Beach resort from an affiliate of Ohana Real Estate Investors LLC in exchange for $100 million of shares of common stock, the assumption of a $150 million mortgage loan encumbering the property and approximately $110 million in cash, plus customary working capital adjustments;
    • acquisition of the remaining 49 percent interest in the JW Marriott Essex House Hotel previously held by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC in exchange for approximately $84.6 million of common stock;
    • $435 million follow-on public offering of common stock undertaken to acquire joint venture partner’s ownership interest in the Hotel del Coronado and redeem outstanding shares of preferred stock;
    • $251 million follow-on public offering of common stock undertaken to acquire the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North and redeem outstanding shares of preferred stock;
    • $250 million “at-the-market” (ATM) offering program;
    • acquisition of the 49 percent interest in the InterContinental Chicago hotel previously held by an affiliate of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation in exchange for $90 million of common stock and cash;
    • acquisition of the Four Seasons Jackson Hole and Four Seasons Silicon Valley hotels from The Woodbridge Company Limited in exchange for $95 million of common stock and its concurrent $50 million private placement of common stock to Woodbridge; and
    • $349 million follow-on public offering of common stock and its related debt tender offer for all of the outstanding exchangeable senior notes of the company’s operating partnership.  
  • FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP), a leading business and broadband solutions provider, in connection with its $1.5 billion sale to Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.  
  • SFX Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFXE), the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused exclusively on the electronic music culture and other world-class festivals, in connection with its:
    • $30 million private placement of convertible preferred stock;
    • Rule 144A/Reg S offering of $65 million of additional 9.625% second lien senior secured notes due 2019 and a concurrent $10 million private placement of 9.625% second lien senior secured notes due 2019 to an entity controlled by the company’s chief executive officer and chairman of its board of directors; and
    • Rule 144A/Reg S offering of $220 million of 9.625% second lien senior secured notes due 2019.  
  • Barclays and UBS Securities LLC as underwriters in secondary public offerings of common stock by certain stockholders of Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: MFRM), the nation’s leading bedding retailer, raising gross proceeds of approximately $255 million.  
  • The Telx Group, Inc., a data center operator, on its proposed $100 million NASDAQ IPO (dual-tracked and sold).
  • Piper Jaffray & Co. as the sole underwriter in Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s (NYSE: LGF) $134 million secondary public offering pursuant to which certain investment funds affiliated with Carl Icahn substantially exited their investment in the company.  
  • Capital Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CT), a real estate finance and investment management company, in connection with the sale of its investment management and special servicing business to an affiliate of Blackstone (NYSE: BX) for $20 million, and the concurrent $10 million private placement of shares of its class A common stock to an affiliate of Blackstone, representing an 18.2% stake in Capital Trust, Inc.  In connection with the transaction, Capital Trust, Inc. is now externally managed by an affiliate of Blackstone.  
  • Fanatics, Inc. in connection with its $277 million sale to GSI Commerce, Inc.
  • Crystal River Capital, Inc., a specialty finance real estate investment trust, in connection with its going private merger transaction.
  • An e-commerce company on its proposed NYSE IPO (dual-tracked and ultimately sold prior to its initial Form S-1 filing).
  • Brookfield Realty Capital Corp. on its proposed $500 million NYSE IPO.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Mr. Katz lectures on IPOs, disclosure and securities compliance requirements at Cornell Tech, the technology-focused campus of Cornell University located in New York City.
  • National Investor Relations Institute: Securities Regulations 101: Fundamentals of Public Company Disclosure
  • NYSE and Nasdaq Listing Requirements for Reverse Merger Companies 

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Admitted to practice in New York

Education

  • Fordham University Law School, J.D.
  • Binghamton University, B.A.