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John B. Beckman

Washington, D.C.

John B. Beckman

John Beckman helps his clients navigate the ever-changing public company landscape. He focuses on SEC disclosure, stock exchange listing requirements, financial and accounting issues, proxy solicitations, insider trading, state corporate law issues, and corporate governance. John frequently represents companies in connection with shareholder interactions, including hostile situations such as proxy contests.

As co-leader of the firm's Public Company Advisory practice and a member of the firm's Capital Markets and Securities leadership team, John represents companies in all types of securities transactions, including debt offerings. He helps clients in a broad range of complex corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, dividends and distributions, tender offers, exchange offers, and recapitalizations.

John serves as outside corporate and securities counsel to numerous NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies. In addition, John is regularly engaged as special securities counsel by other law firms, companies, and boards to advise on special situations. He represents companies in an array of industries, including aerospace, defense and government services, industrial, financial services, consumer products, and hotels.

Representative Experience

Represented Brown-Forman (NYSE: BFA, BFB), one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies, in its recent US$500m notes offering.

Represented Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) in connection with its US$5bn "merger of equals" transaction with Alliant Techsystems, Inc.

Represented Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA) in its recent US$250m senior notes offering.

Represented Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE: RS) in connection with its reincorporation from California to Delaware.

Represented McCormick & Co. (NYSE: MKC), a global leader in flavor and spices, in its seven debt offerings over the last decade.

Represented Aegis Group, a leading provider of highly specialized protective services, in its sale to GardaWorld.

Represented Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) in connection with its senior notes offerings and special dividend transaction.

Represented DIRECTV Group, Inc. in connection with its disposition of two satellite-related businesses, including the sale of Hughes Network Systems.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1997
  • B.S., Towson University, 1994


  • Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
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