Jay H. Knight


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Jay Knight is head of the firm’s Capital Markets Subgroup. His practice focuses on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, real estate capital markets, structured finance, and the general representation of public companies and underwriters. Since his return to private practice in 2012 after having served five years in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance, Jay has represented both issuers and underwriters in connection with initial public offerings (IPOs), follow-on and secondary offerings, at-the-market (ATM) programs, tender offers, SPACs, de-SPACs, and mergers and acquisitions, involving companies in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, real estate (REITs), retail, life sciences, defense and restaurant, among others. During this time, he has also led a team that has served as counsel on more than 100 structured finance transactions with collateral valued in excess of $100 billion.

Jay is nationally recognized in the securities bar and currently serves as the chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee with approximately 2,500 members. He previously served as chair of its Annual Review of Securities Law Subcommittee.  Jay has also been interviewed, published or quoted by numerous national news outlets on securities issues, including by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, American Banker, The Corporate Executive, Law360, CFO.com and others.

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American Bar Association — Business Law Section

  • Federal Regulation of Securities Committee — Incoming Chair (2021); Vice Chair (2018–present)
  • Securities Registration and Corporate Governance Subcommittees (2012–present)
  • Annual Review of Securities Law Subcommittee — Chair (2015–2018)
  • Drafting Subcommittee on the Section 12(g) Crowdfunding Exemption (2015)
  • Drafting Subcommittee on the Crowdfunding Proposed Rule — Co-chair (2014)

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust (NAREIT) — Government Relations Committee (2012–present)

American Health Law Association (AHLA)