Katayun I. Jaffari, an attorney known for her work in securities, corporate governance, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions, has joined Ballard Spahr as a Business and Finance partner in Philadelphia, Chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Ms. Jaffari assists companies, primarily in the biotechnology, energy, and technology sectors, with securities transactions. She also provides compliance counseling and represents clients in initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and private offerings, including PIPE and Rule 144A transactions. 

Ms. Jaffari advises directors and officers on fiduciary obligations and financial reporting requirements, and she assists clients in compliance with federal laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. She also helps companies develop compliance programs.

“Kathy is a dynamo and will be a great asset to our corporate practice,” Mr. Stewart said. “She is well regarded in the legal and business communities for her skill, experience, and energy, and we are very happy to welcome her as a partner.”

Ms. Jaffari said: “I chose Ballard Spahr because of the tremendous team I’ll be joining. The work they are doing in corporate governance and securities is a perfect fit with my practice. It is precisely the platform I was looking for to grow my practice.”

Honored for her pro bono work by Pennsylvania’s First Judicial District, Ms. Jaffari has also taken active and leadership roles in numerous community organizations. She currently serves as President of the Support Center for Child Advocates; as Chair of the Small Business Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section; and as a member of the boards of InterAct Theatre Company, Yoga Unites, and the Scleroderma Foundation’s Delaware Valley Chapter.

Ballard Spahr’s Securities practice group is home to more than 60 attorneys nationwide. It assists with public company reporting and disclosure obligations, handles public offerings and private placements, represents clients in enforcement and regulatory actions, and defends companies and their officers in state and federal court and in arbitration. In addition, the team has substantial experience handling internal investigations.