Wanda Abel is a corporate and securities attorney, representing clients in mergers, acquisitions, complex commercial agreements and financings, joint ventures, and public and private offerings. She counsels on securities disclosure and compliance issues, as well as general corporate and business law issues. She has served as in-house counsel for a large public company and acts as outside general counsel for many of her clients. Ms. Abel counsels boards of directors and special committees regarding corporate governance and fiduciary duties. Her intellectual property practice focuses on technology transfer and licensing, trademark and copyright registration and software partnering and implementation agreements. Her clients have included both start-up and established companies in high technology industries, water, oil and gas, software, and cable.
Ms. Abel’s clients include a number of nonprofit corporations. Her work for nonprofit clients spans both the business and intellectual property aspects of her practice. She has advised several nonprofit corporations regarding their establishment of and relationships with international affiliates. In addition, she has advised such entities regarding copyright protection and licensing of educational and promotional materials, artistic works, and theatrical and musical works.
Ms. Abel is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections; the Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section, Securities Law subsection, and Intellectual Property Law section; the Colorado Women’s Bar Association; and the Denver Bar Association. She currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) committee revising the Colorado Business Corporation Act, and she previously served on the CBA committee revising the Revised Uniform Partnership Act for enactment in Colorado and CBA committees drafting revisions to the Colorado Nonprofit Corporation Code and the Colorado Limited Liability Company Act. While in law school, Ms. Abel was a recipient of the Moses Lasky Scholarship. Prior to joining Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Ms. Abel served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph Quinn, of the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice. Speaking Topics Ms. Abel has recently spoken on the following topics:
Ms. Abel is available for a limited number of speaking engagements on these and related topics.
University of Colorado, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1985
Indiana University, M.L.S., Beta Phi Mu, 1980
Indiana University, B.A., High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1979
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.
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