Stephen R. Boatwright


Stephen R. Boatwright

For more than three decades, Steve has represented companies raising both private and public financing, and buyers and sellers of businesses of all kinds. Whether seeking initial funding, expanding the business through follow on funding or an acquisition, or pursuing an exit strategy through an asset/stock sale or public offering, Steve offers each client the veteran experience, practical judgement and seasoned know-how to realize even the most lofty goals in all phases of financing and growth.

Steve believes it is important to retain skilled counsel when it comes to making critical decisions throughout the life cycle of every business. He knows, from extensive and first-hand experience, that an entrepreneur who creates a start-up requires well-drafted organizational documents, including comprehensive shareholder or operating/partnership agreements. He understands, from many years of representing a broad array of companies, that the management team requires the correct contracts/licenses and agreements to make acquisitions, raise capital and comply with securities laws. Steve has proven time and again that he can deliver the right advice to business owners and shareholders seeking to acquire other companies, sell out or go public.

Ranked among the best transactional attorneys over the course of his career by a variety of organizations, Steve has negotiated and documented over several billion in financing and mergers and acquisitions. He has prepared registration statements (both IPO and secondary) and securities regulatory compliance documents for more than 20 different public companies on the NYSE American (formerly AMEX), NASDAQ and the OTCBB. Throughout his long and successful tenure in Securities law, Steve has developed unique expertise in “shell” reverse merger transactions. Additionally, he has prepared numerous private placement memoranda for technology, biotechnology, bio-agriculture, software, life science, medical device, manufacturing, internet, social media, hospitality and real estate companies.

In addition to his work with operating companies, Steve also represents angel investors. Notably, he has been engaged by investment banking, private equity, venture capital and venture leasing funds, as well as advised and documented fund structures and acquisitions of substantial positions in emerging growth companies.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Smith & Wesson in taking the company public on its 150 year anniversary.
  • Represented the largest publicly traded commuter airline in the world (at that time), completing mergers and public offerings valued in excess of $500 million.
  • Represented a publicly traded NYSE American listed medical device company in multiple rounds of both public and private equity financing totaling over $100 million.
  • Represented a publicly traded internet advertising/loyalty provider and retail goods supplier in ongoing public regulatory compliance work.
  • Represented a telemedicine company in private equity financing of over $30 million.
  • Represented a restaurant in raising private equity to grow from one to fourteen locations.
  • Represented co-founders in a buy-out of one of the fastest growing network marketing companies in the United States.
  • Represented a private equity fund in raising over $50 million for a hybrid real estate and start-up technology company fund.
  • Represented a venture leasing firm in drafting its partnership agreements and capital raising documents.
  • Represented metal fabrication holding company in roll-up of manufacturing companies across the Western United States.
  • Prepared international distribution agreements for U.S. companies doing business in Europe, China, India and Russia.
  • Served on Board of Directors of publicly traded IsoRay, Inc. (NYSE MKT – ISR) from June 2005 to February 2008.
  • Represented a top national retail consumables brand in successful hostile take-over.
  • Represented numerous publicly traded companies in informal and formal SEC investigations.
  • Represented numerous companies selling their businesses including those in software, medical technology, telecommunications, various service industries, and manufacturing.
  • Represented the largest powersports dealership in the world in a merger with a public company.
  • Represented the largest ice manufacturer/distributer in Arizona in its sale.
  • Represented the largest veterinary purchase in the State of Arizona.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona, 1990

Associations & Memberships

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2022
  • Up and Comers, Arizona Business Magazine, 2004
  • Best Securities Attorney in Arizona, Phoenix Business Journal, 2003

Published Works

  • President-elect Trump Making Capital Great Again?,, January 16, 2017
  • Reversing the Expansive Trend of Extraterritorial Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Bad Conduct Under Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Tex. Int’l L.J., Vol. 23:3, 487 (1988).
  • A Nuts and Bolts Approach to Assist General Counsel in Completing the Proxy Statement in Light of the Amended Executive Compensation Rules, N.M. Bus. Lawyer, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1995).
  • Issues For Foreign Persons to consider when Acquiring United States Closely-Held Businesses, Lawyering in the International market (1999).
  • Financing Businesses Internationally, The Guide to Doing Business Internationally (2000).