- J.D., New York University School of Law, 1982
- B.A., University of Chicago, 1979
- New York
John Hempill is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's New York office.
Areas of Practice
John is counsel to a number of companies in various industries. He has extensive experience in private and public finance, ranging from representing private emerging growth companies, venture capital funds and strategic investors in seed rounds and later stage private financings, to representing public companies and investment banks in public offerings, as well as 144A and PIPE financings.
John is also an experienced mergers and acquisitions lawyer for both public and private companies. He has advised clients in both acquisitions and dispositions of companies and lines of business, as well as in other types of negotiated business combinations.
John also has extensive experience with reorganization matters. He has represented numerous debtors in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. His debtor clients have spanned a variety of industries, including investment banking, airlines, consumer products and real estate, and have been both domestic and international companies. John is one of the leading experts on the corporate aspects of bankruptcy cases, including sales of assets under Section 363 and securities issuances under Section 1145. In addition to his debtor representations, John has represented Chapter 11 trustees, creditors (both in Chapter 11 cases and out of court workouts), and significant shareholders.
John has represented venture capital and other funds in their formation and capitalization. His practice also involves negotiating and documenting strategic alliances and joint ventures. He regularly counsels corporate boards and committees in transactional and high-profile as well as routine corporate governance matters.
- Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2014-2019
- New York Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
- Circuit of the Americas
Provided overall legal counsel for Circuit of Americas, including in the financing and construction of the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States and negotiating event agreements.
- Astellas Hostile Tender Offer for OSI Pharmaceuticals
Represented Astellas Pharma in connection with the first successful hostile tender offer by a Japanese corporation in the United States.
- Sale of Discovery Mining
Represented Discovery Mining, a leading provider of virtual data rooms, in its sale of Interwoven.
- borro Limited
Represented an online personal finance company in connection with equity and debt financings.
- Tricom, S.A.
Represented Tricom, a telecommunications company based in the Dominican Republic, in connection with its Chapter 11 plan reorganization.
- Law360, April 24, 2015
Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts
- "FAST Act Speeds-Up Raising Capital," December 21, 2015
Venture Law Blog Posts
- "The “Blockchain Amendments” to the Delaware General Corporation Law," June 27, 2017
- "Changes In Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules: Will They Make A Difference?," November 30, 2016
- "SEC Prevails in Regulation A+ Litigation," June 27, 2016
- "Far From The Madding Crowdfunding: A look at the SEC’s proposed changes to Rule 147 and Rule 504," November 6, 2015
- "A Change for the Better? The Arguments For and Against a Venture Exchange," April 22, 2015
- "Toward a Transactional Exemption for Emerging Company Investments," February 10, 2015
- "Bringing the Individual Accredited Investor Into the 21st Century," December 18, 2014
- "Crowdfunding 2.0?" June 25, 2014
- "Setting The Record Straight On The New General Solicitation Rules," November 8, 2013
- "Crowdfunding Moves Forward: The SEC Issues Proposed Rules on Crowdfunding," October 30, 2013
- "SEC Eliminates the Prohibition on General Solicitation for Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings," July 12, 2013
- "Still Banned: General Solicitation in Rule 506 Offerings," June 28, 2013
- Global Legal Chronicle, September 24, 2018
- Member, SEC Advisory Committee - Small and Emerging Companies, 2014-2015