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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
    • M.B.A., Yale University School of Management, Expected May 2021
    • A.B., Brown University

JR Lanis chairs the West Coast Corporate & Securities Practice Area and is an experienced securities and M&A attorney, committed to serving clients and to meeting their sophisticated legal needs. He serves as issuer and underwriter counsel to numerous public companies and investment banks and has experience in public company listing and reporting for OTC, NASDAQ, and NYSE-listed entities. JR has led or been primarily responsible for billions of dollars in transactional value, including public stock and debt offerings, private stock and debt offerings for public companies, rights offerings, tender offers, spin offs, going private transactions, and ‘34 Act reporting. 

JR structures, negotiates, and closes multimillion and billion-dollar acquisitions, sales, mergers, and licensing deals, with a particular emphasis on large M&A transactions for exchange-listed companies and private equity funds. These transactions are often complex, multi-jurisdictional matters involving large teams of Polsinelli attorneys. 

JR works in a diverse array of industries including technology (with a specialty in fintech), hospitality, and life sciences. JR has been consistently recognized by his peers and the media for his expertise. He has been featured among the top attorneys under 40 by the Daily Journal (2018) and as an Emerging Leader and Deal of the Year Finalist by M&A Advisor (2016). He is frequently quoted and interviewed by national news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Law360.

JR has significant securities law experience, often with sophisticated and novel transactions. Some of these include:

  • A leading insurance provider in the distribution of shares of a majority-owned subsidiary to its stockholders, resulting in an independent, spun off New York Stock Exchange-listed 
  • A $30 million venture capital round for an online banking platform for an up and coming fintech company
  • A publicly traded insurance company in a $300 million senior note offering
  • An international manufacturing company in its registered equity offering and uplist to the NASDAQ
  • A fintech company in maintaining its regulatory compliance before the SEC and other oversight authorities
  • An oil and gas exploration company in its $100 million initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange

Some of JR’s M&A and corporate transactional experience includes:

  • The structuring, equity financing, and acquisition of a major U.S. professional sports franchise
  • A Fortune 500 waste management company in a series of M&A acquisitions and complex joint venture transactions spanning the United States
  • A publicly traded national restaurant chain in a management-led leveraged buyout and going-private transaction for a New York Stock Exchange listed company
  • A manufacturing company in a $300 million asset sale to a strategic buyer
  • An international conglomerate in a $1 billion-plus acquisition of a consumer electronics company
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SEC Qualifies First Regulation A+ Offering of Blockchain Native Digital Assets
Orange County Lawyer
October, 2019
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Quoted, Law360
April 18, 2019
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As Blockchain Booms, Law Firm Recruiting Tries to Keep Up
Mentioned, Bloomberg Law
April 17, 2019
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Musk Thinks SEC Should Chill on Sanctions for Tweets
Quoted, Daily Journal
March 25, 2019
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Cryptocurrencies After the 2018 Midterms
Quoted, BX3 Capital
November 13, 2018
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Publication, The Recorder
November 12, 2018
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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), a Capital Raising Alternative
Speaker, Expert Webcast
October 18, 2018
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Capital Raising Alternatives for Emerging Growth Companies
Speaker, Expert Webcast
September 26, 2018
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Cryptocurrency and Blockchain IPOs
Quoted, Law360
August 31, 2018
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Tesla’s Potential Move to Go Private
Commented, CNBC
August 8, 2018