Doug is chair of Calfee’s General Corporate practice, and also serves as co-chair of the firm’s M&A group. His practice has focused for decades on M&A, corporate governance, securities law compliance and commercial finance for a stable of public and private companies and financial sponsors and lenders. Doug advises clients on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; capital formation (including private and public offerings); corporate finance; venture capital; SEC and general corporate matters. He is knowledgeable on general contracting issues, commercial transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and provides counsel with respect to organizational and structuring matters for corporate clients.
Doug’s more than 30 years of experience has been focused primarily on buying and selling privately-held and publicly-traded companies, working closely with the private equity and investment banking community in those endeavors. In addition to his experience with hundreds of business transactions, Doug helps clients with public disclosures, securities filings, and Securities Act and Exchange Act compliance work. Additionally, Doug counsels clients on corporate governance matters, as well as Sarbanes-Oxley Act and listing standards issues. He handles equity and debt private placements, including the necessary securities law compliance. Doug is very active with private equity transactions and helps clients in negotiating and consummating venture capital financings. He has represented numerous private equity, venture capital and mezzanine financing sources in making their investments, dealing regularly with issues of valuation, governance, management and exit strategies.
Having served as secretary of Invacare Corporation (NYSE), Doug also is on the board of directors or serves as secretary of several privately-held corporations and foundations in the Greater Cleveland area. He has been a multi-year Team Captain for the United Way Campaigns, is on the board and executive committee of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (and chairs the Governance Committee), was a long-time board and executive committee member of United Cerebral Palsy, and on the junior board of the American Cancer Society’s Cuyahoga County Unit.
Doug has been named in Ohio Super Lawyers for over 15 years based on a survey of Ohio lawyers; has long been recognized in Chambers USA’s Corporate/M&A rankings; is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been designated as a Cleveland “Best Lawyer” in several categories, including back-to-back designations as Corporate Governance “Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 and 2014. He also is listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America for corporate and securities law. A frequent lecturer at corporate and securities law seminars, Doug is also a member of the American, Ohio and Cleveland Bar Associations, having served on the Corporate and Securities Law Sections.
Calfee’s Corporate and M&A practice has consistently been recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of the top groups in Ohio. After speaking with some of the Calfee clients, the Chambers USA Guide published the following about Calfee’s Corporate and M&A professionals: “Very efficient, practical and business-oriented in their approach” (2015); “We would not have the success we have had without them being side by side” (2015); “They can cut through fairly complicated issues and drill it down to what is really important from a business perspective to help guide us to the right solution” (2014). Calfee clients also were asked about Doug himself. He is characterized by clients as “one of the leading practitioners in Cleveland” who is “very thoughtful and a good sounding board, so you can discuss a variety of corporate issues with him and gain a better insight and appreciation of the issues by the end.”
Doug joined Calfee in 1985 and became a partner in 1993. He has served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee since 2002 and as a member of the Management Committee since 2009.