John B. Beckman

John B. Beckman

Washington, D.C.

Email john.beckman@​

Phone +1 202 637 5464

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

"John Beckman is an extraordinary M&A attorney, but he is also an expert in all matters relating to the SEC, NYSE, NASDAQ, and corporate governance... His ethics and integrity are impeccable. Last but not least, he is a real pleasure to work with."

Legal 500 US, 2021

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 the leader of the firm's U.S. Securities & 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 securities and corporate governance 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 corporate governance matters, crises, and special situations. He represents companies in an array of industries, including aerospace, defense and government services, industrial, technology, and consumer products.

Awards and recognitions


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


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


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


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

Education and admissions


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

B.S., Towson University, 1994


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.

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) on its pending US$8bn sale to Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: TDY) in a cash and stock merger transaction.

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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