Kristin Lentz is a partner in the firm’s corporate group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, bank financings, and public company offerings and securities compliance. Kristin represents clients in a broad range of industries, and has substantial experience with transactions in the energy, restaurant and retail, healthcare services, manufacturing, software and technology services industries.
Kristin has been practicing law since graduating from Boston College Law School in 1999. While completing her law degree, Kristin was a member of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Prior to joining DGS, Kristin served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court.
Kristin represents public and private companies and private equity funds in connection with structuring, negotiating and documenting mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and recapitalizations, including leveraged acquisitions. In addition, she provides general corporate representation to private equity owned portfolio companies and represents them in connection with strategic add-on acquisitions. Kristin has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions involving public and private oil and gas companies. Additionally, she has been honored with M&A Advisors’ 2012 40 Under 40 Award for the Western Region, which recognizes the emerging leaders in the mergers and acquisitions, financing, and turnaround industries.
Kristin also represents clients in connection with the negotiation and documentation of bank financings, including secured and unsecured term and revolving credit facilities. Kristin's experience in lending transactions includes representation of borrowers in syndicated bank financings, with secured and unsecured senior and subordinated loans, and leveraged acquisitions.
Kristin counsels publicly held companies on securities and stock exchange compliance and disclosure issues, and represents publicly held companies in public offerings, Rule 144A and other private placements, public debt offerings, and public exchange offers and tender offers. As securities counsel, Kristin also advises clients regarding corporate governance and executive compensation matters, 1934 Act reporting and disclosure issues, Regulation FD, Section 16, as well as disclosure and compliance issues under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.
Kristin is actively involved in community affairs and currently serves on the Board of Directors of KidsTek and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Women’s Education Foundation. Kristin is also a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities Subsections of the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.
Boston College, J.D., cum laude, 1999
University of Colorado, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
When oil prices fell precipitously in the second half of 2014, many predicted that the resulting financial pressures on U.S. E&P companies would force them to rapidly scale back production. To date, the industry has defied these predictions – greater efficiency, high-grading of drilling plans, cost savings, robust capital raising and strong hedging positions have allowed domestic producers to maintain production at or near historically high levels even with rig counts falling significantly.
Thirty-eight Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorneys have been recognized as 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, which is published by Thomson Reuters. The listing will be featured in The Denver Post and Colorado Super Lawyers.
We are now at the point in the calendar-year reporting cycle when most companies are about to commence Annual Report on Form 10-K and proxy preparation. Comments by the SEC Division of Corporation Finance staff on annual reports for the prior year, and the current year's proxy statements, have generally become publicly available. This alert discusses frequently-made comments by the SEC to issuers in the restaurant industry.
Twenty-two DGS lawyers have been designated "Super Lawyers" in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition published by Thomson Reuters. The annual, national listing of top attorneys in the U.S. serves as a guide for the go-to attorneys in litigation, real estate, corporate finance, energy, and environmental law, among others. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
Forty-eight Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorneys have been recognized as 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, which is published by Thomson Reuters. The listing will be featured in The Denver Post and Colorado Super Lawyers.
Please join DGS; Julie Lutz, SEC Regional Director; John Walsh, U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado; Rebecca Franciscus, SEC Attorney Advisor; and your public company peers for our 8th annual event. Topics will include securities and other enforcement trends affecting public companies, an update on securities offering reform, and preparing for the 2014 proxy season.
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has appointed its 2014 Executive Committee, which provides leadership for the firm's financial and strategic management. The eight member committee is led by the firm’s managing partner Chris Richardson and includes two partners from each of the firm’s three departments as well as the firm’s executive director.
On July 10, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") fulfilled its Congressional mandate by adopting new rules that will dramatically affect the landscape for unregistered securities offerings in the United States. These new rules authorize the use of general advertising and general solicitation methods in accredited investor-only offerings under the newly amended Rule 506. Historically, securities offerings that were not registered with the SEC were uniformly described as "private offerings," because that was their common identifying feature – the securities could not be publicly offered. With the adoption of new Rule 506(c), that common understanding has been eliminated.
Forty-six Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorneys have been recognized as 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, which is published by Thomson Reuters. The listing will be featured in The Denver Post on March 31 and in the April issues of 5280 Magazine and Colorado Super Lawyers.
The M&A Advisors
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP partner Kristin Lentz was honored this week with The M&A Advisors’ 2012 40 Under 40 Award for the Western Region. The third annual awards recognize the emerging leaders in the mergers and acquisitions, financing, and turnaround industries who have reached a significant level of success while still under the age of 40.
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has appointed its 2012 Executive Committee, which provides leadership for the firm's financial and strategic management. The eight member committee is led by the firm’s managing partner Chris Richardson and includes two partners from each of the firm’s three departments as well as the firm’s executive director.
The credit crisis and low commodities prices have combined to create a difficult financing environment for many companies in the oil and gas business, and have caused a significant slowdown in acquisition activity. Current conditions, however, also present opportunities for financing, acquisition and development transactions that will allow companies to position themselves for future success.
The Colorado Secretary of State has recently issued a warning to Colorado corporations regarding "annual minutes" solicitations. Colorado companies have been receiving solicitations entitled “Annual Minutes Disclosure Statement” or “Disclosure Statement” from several different entities including “Colorado Corporate Compliance” and “Board of Business Compliance.”
Davis Graham & Stubbs is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have become partners in the firm. The new partners are Adam Cohen, Kristin Lentz and Chad Williams. “Our newest partners are extremely talented lawyers and we are excited to welcome them to the partnership,” said Chris Richardson, the firm’s chief executive officer. “We are particularly proud of this group’s professional accomplishments and commitment to the firm and its clients.”
When faced with a shareholder derivative suit, corporations may look to a special litigation committee ("SLC") comprised of independent and disinterested members to decide whether to seek dismissal of the suit. The Colorado Supreme Court's most recent case about SLCs, Curtis v. Nevens, sheds some light on the use of such committees and the role of the trial court in reviewing the decision of the committee.
In recent weeks, there have been a flurry of laws, proposed regulations, and administrative orders relating to certifications by chief executive officers and chief financial officers of public companies of periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
The recently enacted Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN) provides that with respect to any transaction within the statute's scope, a signature, contract or other record relating to the transaction may not be denied legal effect, validity or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form. Does that mean that an issuer no longer needs to keep original signatures for documents filed electronically with the SEC via EDGAR?