Vicki Westerhaus, co-chair of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions practice division, represents public and private companies in business transactions and securities law matters. She has significant experience in advising senior management and boards on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and takeover defenses. She also advises public companies on finance, fiduciary and SEC issues, including securities law compliance, periodic reporting requirements, Sarbanes-Oxley requirements, proxy statements and insider trading matters. Vicki also represents companies in franchise matters, distribution and supply contracts, technology and product license agreements, research and development agreements and consulting agreements. Vicki’s experience has enabled her to serve clients engaged in a variety of businesses, including banking and investment services, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, biosciences, product distribution and consulting.