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Richard J. Parrino

Washington, D.C.

Richard J. Parrino

Companies of all sizes call on Richard Parrino to represent them in structuring, negotiating, and documenting a wide range of capital-raising and other corporate transactions. He acts for domestic and foreign private issuers in public and institutional securities offerings and for U.S. and international companies in mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and restructurings.

With long experience in U.S. securities regulation, Richard advises public companies on compliance with the federal securities laws and SEC rules and with stock exchange listing standards. He counsels senior executives, boards of directors, and board committees on fiduciary duty and other corporate governance matters arising in the normal course of operations and in mergers and other extraordinary transactions.

Richard's wide-ranging representations have included significant transactions on behalf of public and private companies in a variety of industries.

Clients value Richard's proven ability to lead complex transactions that require a command of process and insight into how to manage the resolution of conflicting business interests.

Richard has written widely on topics in corporate law and has served as a visiting lecturer on corporate finance and corporate governance at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Before entering private practice, Richard served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas A. Flannery of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Richard is lauded by clients as a "fantastic, smart lawyer" and is "singled out for his expertise in corporate governance, securities, M&A and investment matters."

Chambers USA

Representative experience

Represented Dell Inc. in its US$24.9bn going-private transaction.

Represented IPO issuers operating in a variety of sectors, including SecureWorks Corp. in its US$112m carve-out IPO in 2016.

Represented issuers from small enterprises to Fortune 500 companies in over US$35bn of public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.

Represented U.S. and international telecommunications companies in strategic investments and business combinations in the U.S. and in non-U.S. markets.

Represented foreign private issuers in establishment of ADR programs and compliance with U.S. securities laws.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., First Class Honours, Trinity Hall Scholar, University of Cambridge, 1980
  • J.D., Managing Editor, Virginia Law Review, University of Virginia School of Law, 1978
  • B.S.F.S., summa cum laude, Georgetown University, 1975


  • Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, Business Law Section, ABA
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Investment Compliance (Emerald Group Publishing)
  • Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.
  • Governing Board, St. Albans School, Washington, D.C.

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


Securities Regulation

The Best Lawyers in America


Corporate/M&A and Private Equity

Chambers USA

2012-2014, 2016-2017

Finance: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings

Legal 500 US


Finance: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings

Legal 500 US


M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Corporate Governance

Legal 500 US


Securities and Corporate Finance

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


BTI's All-Star Team, Recognized for Outstanding Client Service



Securities and Corporate Finance

Virginia Super Lawyers


Telecoms: Corporate Transactions

Legal 500 US

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