(Philadelphia) August 1, 2011 – DLA Piper announced today that Lisa Jacobs has joined the Corporate and Finance practice as a partner in the Philadelphia office. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Jacobs was a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Jacobs focuses her practice on domestic and international corporate finance, fund formation and operations and investment management. She represents corporate, institutional and individual clients on matters ranging from complex corporate finance to venture capital transactions, institutional and private equity financing in connection with mergers and acquisitions, asset securitizations and private placements, as well as private equity fund formation and governance issues.
“Lisa’s practice provides a perfect complement to the corporate practice group and is a welcome addition to the Philadelphia office. Her deep commitment to client service, combined with her experience handling transactions of all sizes and complex investment management matters, fits well with the strategic growth of the firm’s corporate and securities platform in Philadelphia,” said James Brogan, managing partner of
DLA Piper’s Philadelphia office. “It is a pleasure to welcome Lisa to the team.”
In addition to serving numerous private equity and financial services clients, Jacobs counsels government and sports organizations in structuring transactions. Among her representative engagements, she negotiated the agreement between the Republican National Committee and the City of Philadelphia that brought the 2000 Republican Presidential Convention to Philadelphia, the first time in history that a host city’s financial obligations to a political party for staging the convention in that city were secured by an irrevocable letter of credit. She has represented several major families of private equity funds and venture funds in structuring and governance matters, and initial and follow-on investments in, and dispositions of, portfolio companies.
Jacobs has also advised a number of sports industry entities, including: Mario Lemieux and a syndicate of investors in the purchase of the Pittsburgh Penguins National Hockey League franchise from bankruptcy; and the Florida Panthers National Hockey League franchise, several AHL and minor hockey league franchises, and a minor league baseball team in their capital and financing requirements.
“The extensive and multi-faceted experience that Lisa brings to DLA Piper’s corporate practice further diversifies the firm’s offerings, while the firm’s global platform provides unparalleled support for the growth and development of her practice,” said Roger Meltzer, global chair of DLA Piper’s Corporate and Finance practice.
Jacobs has been active in national and local politics and serves on the boards of several civic and charitable organizations. She has served since 2001 on the board of governors of hireAbility, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation seeking to promote and facilitate the employment of individuals with disabilities and is currently vice chair. Jacobs is a member of the American Law Institute as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Department of State Corporations Bureau (by appointment of the Secretary of the Commonwealth). She is a member of the Executive Council of the
Business Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and its Title 15 Drafting Committee and LLC Committee. She was a member of the Business Organization Act Drafting Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and currently serves on its Drafting Committee on Harmonization of Business Entity Acts. She serves on the Business Law Advisory Board for Drexel University’s College of Law. She also was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Task Force on the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and helped draft the Pennsylvania Act, which became effective in 1993.
Jacobs earned a J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.