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Robbie G. Yates

Shareholder
Kirton McConkie Building
50 East South Temple
Suite 400
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Mr. Yates is a member of the firm's Corporate section, where he focuses on public securities offerings, merger and acquisition transactions and early stage and venture capital financings. In addition, he assists clients with general securities law compliance, corporate governance issues and general corporate matters. Mr. Yates also advises entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies on business formation and founders' issues.

Prior to joining Kirton McConkie, Mr. Yates was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Salt Lake City (2005-2015); an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in Washington, D.C. (2003-2005); a law clerk at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles (2002); a law clerk at Stoel Rives LLP in Salt Lake City (2001-2002); and an extern for Chief Judge Dee V. Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah (2001).

Mr. Yates has been recognized by his peers as a Utah Legal Elite, Best Lawyer in America and Mountain States Super Lawyer for corporate law.

Experience

Public Securities Offerings

  • Represented largest stockholder in initial public offering of $95.5 million of common stock
  • Represented a renewable energy company in a registered direct offering of common stock and warrants for $25.5 million 
  • Represented a renewable energy company in connection with the underwritten public offering of 1,986,173 shares of common stock.
  • Represented a renewable energy company in connection with the private placement of $20 million of common stock and warrants and in its subsequent registration for resale of such securities on Form S-3
  • Represented a renewable energy company in connection with the sale of a $55 million aggregate principal amount of 8% Convertible Senior Notes due 2013 in a Rule 144A offering
  • Represented a renewable energy company in its launch of a $25 million at-the-market program with Merrill Lynch acting as sales agent
  • Represented a renewable energy company in connection with several registered direct offerings of $3 million of its common stock
  • Represented a renewable energy company in its launch of a $25 million controlled equity offering with Cantor Fitzgerald acting as sales agent
  • Represented a renewable energy company in connection with the filing of a $150 million universal shelf registration statement on Form S-3
  • Represented a renewable energy company in connection with the filing of a $25 million universal shelf registration statement on Form S-3
  • Represented a renewable energy company in its launch of a $54 million equity distribution program with UBS Securities acting as sales agent
  • Represented a renewable energy company in the filing of a resale registration statement on Form S-3 for the resale of up to 2,893,519 of its shares of common stock by certain of its stockholders
  • Represented the underwriters in the public offering of $50 million of common stock of the issuer
  • Represented various issuers in the registration of debt securities and in the subsequent exchange offers relating to such debt securities

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented a Utah-based company in its purchase of a scuba diving equipment company
  • Represented a Utah-based company in the sale of its business to Vestar Capital Partners
  • Represented a Utah-based company in its purchase of the assets of a consumer products company
  • Represented provider of door-to-door marketing services in the sale of certain of its accounts in five separate transactions valued at over $20 million.
  • Represented Utah-based vending machine business in connection with the sale of its business valued at $1.1 million.
  • Represented group of investors in purchasing a large apartment complex located in Texas valued at approximately $7.5 million
  • Represented private equity group in its purchase of a Utah-based company
  • Represented pest control company in the sale of its accounts valued at over $30 million

Early Stage and Venture Capital Financings

  • Represented internet software company in a seed preferred stock offering to certain venture capital and angel investors
  • Represented personal care products company in a Series A-1 preferred stock offering to certain venture capital funds
  • Represented personal care products company in a convertible bridge note financing with certain venture capital investors
  • Represented personal care products company in a Series A preferred stock offering to certain angel investors
  • Represented two Oregon-based companies in Series D convertible preferred stock financing rounds
  • Represented angel investor in his purchase of a minority interest in a Utah-based software company
  • Represented angel investor in his purchase of common stock and warrants in a Utah-based social networking company
  • Represented pest control company in its sale of common stock to an angel investor
  • Represented door-to-door marketing company in the restructure of a $13 million loan

General

  • Represented large Utah-based public company in connection with corporate restructuring transaction
  • Advise multiple public companies regarding securities law regulations, disclosure issues and ongoing securities law compliance matters, including interactions with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ
  • Prepare charter documents to incorporate and form multiple start-up companies
  • Draft and negotiate various types of contracts governed by Delaware, New York and Utah law
  • Prepare confidential treatment requests for public companies that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Represented multiple companies that have reincorporated from Utah to Delaware

Publications

Presentations

Education

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 2003, magna cum laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor-in-Chief, BYU Law Review, 2002 - 2003
  • Law School Faculty Award for "Meritorious Achievement and Distinguished Service," 2003

Brigham Young University, M.Acc., 2003

Brigham Young University, B.S., Accounting, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Utah
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law (2013 - 2016)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers: Rising Star in Business/Corporate (2012 - 2014)
  • Utah Legal Elite: Corporate Law and Transactions
  • BYU Men's Basketball Academic Achievement Award (1997 - 1998)

Community/Civic Involvement

Utah Innovation Awards (2006 - 2013), Chair (2012 - 2013)

Book Subcommittee Chair, Utah 100 Committee, MountainWest Capital Network, 2006 - present

BYU Management Society Board Member, Salt Lake Chapter (2006 - 2009)

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