Katayun Jaffari, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Governance & Securities Group, devotes her practice to advising boards of directors and executive management teams on all aspects of corporate matters including governance as well as handling complex securities transactions for businesses in a variety of industries. Kathy has broad experience in capital market transactions, including public offerings, stock-for-stock mergers, and private placements of equity and debt. She has served as outside corporate counsel and has advised on the full panoply of corporate and securities law matters. Kathy also counsels clients in compliance matters, mergers and acquisitions, and ongoing business counseling.
Kathy guides boards of directors and management teams through the laws, rules, regulations, and practical realities that arise when leading an organization. She counsels clients on complying with federal governance laws as well and assisting clients with responding to stakeholder interests such as boardroom diversity and sustainability. She advises and counsels on a myriad of governance issues and helps clients develop compliance programs with respect to legislative, regulatory, and listing rule requirements. Kathy routinely works with chief executive and financial officers and corporate secretaries as well as in-house counsel with board and committee meetings and matters. Her corporate clients range within a variety of industries and she also assists non-profit corporations with respect to all aspects of corporate governance matters. In addition, Kathy provides training programs for boards, management, and employees with respect to many diverse compliance and governance matters.
Kathy writes and lectures extensively in the areas of corporate governance, including stakeholder issues such as sustainability and diversity, fiduciary duty matters, securities law compliance, and entity formations and transformations. A believer in the power of mindfulness as a tool to optimize one’s professional and personal capacity for excellence, Kathy has a particular interest in mindfulness in the practice of law as a way to support the needs of her clients. She has lectured extensively in this area, including presenting to corporate clients.
The topic of ESG has garnered significant attention in recent years as investors have increasingly used ESG criteria as a means of evaluating the growth potential and future viability of public companies. Despite the increased attention to ESG disclo...