John B. Beckman

John B. Beckman

Partner
Washington, D.C.

Email john.beckman@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 5464

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

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, transactions, and corporate governance. John frequently represents companies in connection with shareholder interactions, including proxy contests.

As co-leader of the firm's Public Company Advisory practice, John's focus is on representing public companies and their boards on strategic matters. 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 regular outside corporate governance and securities counsel to numerous NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies. In addition, John is regularly engaged as special 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, technology, and consumer products.

Awards and recognitions

2017-2020

Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

2016-2019

M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Corporate Governance
Legal 500 US

2019

M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, magna cum laude, 1997

B.S., Towson University, 1994

Memberships

Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Representative experience

Papa John's International (NASDAQ: PZZA) and its independent directors in a feud with its founder and US$250m investment by Starboard Value LP, named The Deal's Activist Campaign of the Year.

Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) in connection with its corporate governance and securities matters, including its notes offerings following a cyber security incident.

Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA) on corporate governance, securities, and transactional matters, including a multi-year financial restatement and US$9.2bn sale to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC).

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

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE: RS) in connection with its corporate governance and securities matters, including its reincorporation from California to Delaware.

McCormick & Co. (NYSE: MKC), a global leader in flavor and spices, in its debt offerings.

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) in connection with its corporate governance and securities matters, including its debt offerings and special dividend transaction.

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

Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIR) in a multi-year financial restatement and its subsequent sale by tender offer to Smith & Nephew, plc.

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