Franc Del Fosse—whose corporate and transactional practice centers on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and finance—has joined Ballard Spahr as of counsel in the firm's Phoenix office, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Mr. Del Fosse has advised companies on transactional and business matters for nearly 20 years and has significant experience representing public and private companies in complex securities transactions, financings, and M&A deals. He also has a wide-ranging project finance practice, advising developers, lenders, investors, and other parties in project development, including energy projects.

Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Del Fosse served in-house as the general counsel of a publicly traded, Phoenix-based specialty pharmaceutical company. Previously, he was a partner at a prominent law firm headquartered in Arizona, where he founded and led the firm's renewable energy industry group. Mr. Del Fosse began his legal career in the Silicon Valley office of an international law firm.

"Franc is a great fit for our growing practice in Phoenix," said Business and Finance Department Chair Peter Michaud. "His insider's perspective as an accomplished GC and experience with sophisticated transactions will complement our robust team and make him an invaluable resource for the firm's clients."

The addition of Mr. Del Fosse provides enhanced depth to Ballard Spahr's Phoenix-based Business and Finance practice. Corporate attorneys in that office are widely recognized for their work in mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions. The team is consistently named a leading practice for corporate M&A by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and is ranked in the highest tier nationally for corporate law, M&A law, securities and capital markets, and securities regulation.

"I'm proud and excited to join Ballard Spahr and welcome the opportunity to add my skills to its already impressive practice mix," said Mr. De Fosse. "The firm's deep bench of talent and resources will help me deliver even greater value to my clients."

Ballard Spahr's Phoenix office is home to more than 30 attorneys who practice in a variety of areas of business and finance, as well as litigation, public finance, intellectual property, and real estate.

"Franc is a highly regarded deal attorney in the local business and legal community," said Phoenix Office Managing Partner John G. Kerkorian. "He's also a terrific person who complements our existing practices and personnel well. We're thrilled to welcome him to our team."