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Education

  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, cum laude, 1984
  • B.S., Brooklyn College, cum laude, 1978
    Law Clerk, Honorable Robert G. Doumar, Eastern District of Virginia, 1984-1985

    Cardozo Law Review, Executive Editor 1983-1984; Member 1982-1984

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Association of Corporate Growth – New York

Law360 Private Equity Editorial Advisory Board

Association for Corporate Growth’s Planning Committee for Westchester and Hudson Valley

NASBIC (National Association of Small Business Investment Companies)

New York State Bar Association-Securities Regulation Committee and Private Investment Funds Subcommittee

New York City Bar Association

Howard M. Berkower

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    • Worldwide Plaza
      825 Eighth Ave., 31st Fl.
      New York, NY 10019

A trusted corporate advisor to businesses of all types and sizes, including start-ups and seasoned companies, Mr. Berkower builds long-term client relationships by first listening to clients to understand their goals and then delivering creative, yet practical advice and solutions in a cost efficient manner. Drawing on his extensive business experience as a certified public accountant before having attended law school, Mr. Berkower makes his clients’ goals his top priority, and specifically tailors a desired result for each individual client, including private companies, public companies, private equity funds, buyout funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, mezzanine funds, public and private companies, financial institutions and institutional investors.  Howard thrives on getting into the legal and business “details” and  is as comfortable with analyzing anti-dilution calculations, market valuations and  financial accounting concepts as he is negotiating “market-outs” and indemnification provisions. 

Mr. Berkower provides his clients with a full range of corporate transactional legal services from the initial planning stages, negotiation and drafting of the legal documents to deal conclusion keyed to the organization’s strategic and financial goals.  He structures, negotiates, executes and implements private equity and venture capital investments, merger and acquisitions, capital raising activities including public offerings and private placements, fund formation and loan and debt financings. Recent transactions have included venture capital investments ranging in size from $5 million to $25 million and the sale of portfolio companies for over $100 million, and the formation of private equity funds. 

Well-versed in the necessarily concomitant areas of corporate governance and securities regulations, Mr. Berkower assists public companies, executive officers, and hedge funds in complying with ongoing periodic reporting obligations under the federal securities laws.  He also advises boards of directors, board committees and senior management regarding corporate governance, fiduciary duty obligations and securities matters.

With the implementation of Dodd-Frank and the additional requirements attendant to its passage, Mr. Berkower has been able to assist his investment adviser and other financial institution clients in navigating the often complex registration requirements and other requirements triggered by this controversial legislation.

Mr. Berkower is a frequent public speaker on corporate-securities matters having appeared on Bloomberg Television Network addressing the meaning of material adverse change provisions in public merger agreements. He has authored articles published in several leading magazines and has been quoted in newspapers on cutting-edge developments in corporate and securities matters, including custody issues of registered investment advisers, the new investment adviser registration requirements including the reporting requirements of exempt investment advisers.

Speaking

11/20/18
Pocket MBA 2018: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals - Practising Law Institute (PLI)
11/20/17-11/21/17
Pocket MBA 2017: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals - Practising Law Institute (PLI)
06/09/16
03/24/15