Dinner at 1800 hours. Drive straight for 3 clicks and turn right. Meet you at the commissary for some ice cream. My ACU needs some cleaning. These are all phrases that sound like a foreign language but something Melanie Figueroa grew up hearing as an Army brat. As a youngster she lived in Germany, Virginia, and North Carolina before returning to her birthplace of Brooklyn. Military brats learn early on in life how to make friends quickly and adjust to new surroundings. That might explain why Melanie is so adept at quickly creating bonds with her clients.
With an infectious laugh, bright personality, and dogged determination, Melanie navigates the complexities of the ’33 and ’34 Act rules and regulations like she just moved in to new base housing. With her smile and positive attitude, clients enjoy Melanie’s demeanor and calming presence in the face of challenging transactions, almost playing Chief Psychologist. The inviting warmth that she reveals to those she works with, internally and externally, is a skill that guides even the most experienced CEO’s and CFO’s.
Melanie arrived at MSK following two law firm combinations. The value of loyalty embodied in that fact is rivaled only by the other values of duty, respect, honor, and integrity ingrained in Melanie since childhood as the daughter of a soldier in the U.S. Army, which she consistently shares with the firm and her clients through her practice.
Ms. Figueroa is Office Managing Partner for New York. Her practice focuses on representing public and private companies in securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing transactions, including PIPEs, underwritten IPOs and follow-on public offerings, in addition to IPO alternatives such as reverse mergers.
Ms. Figueroa has extensive experience representing issuers with all Securities Act and Exchange Act registration statements filed in connection with underwritten public offerings, registered direct offerings and Form 10 registration statements, in addition to compliance with all Exchange Act and Section 16 reporting requirements.
Additionally, she has advised issuers in connection with obtaining approval from the Depository Trust Company (DTC) for electronic trading and for clearing DTC “chills”, which have the effect of restricting the electronic trading of securities.
Her experience also includes advising and assisting issuers in the process, procedures and preparation of applications for initiating the quotation of securities on the over-the-counter markets (OTCBB, OTCQB, OTCQX and OTCPink), and trading on national securities exchanges, such as The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC and the NYSE MKT LLC.
Ms. Figueroa is also a member of MSK’s Start ‘n Knupp team, and regularly advises entrepreneurs, startups, emerging companies and other early stage companies through the earliest stages of corporate formation and initial capital raising.
Honors & Awards
- "2019 Notable Women in Law," Crain's New York Business
- "2018 National Women in Law," Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel
- "2018 Leading Women Lawyers in New York City," Crain's New York Business
- "2017 Rising Stars," The New York Law Journal
- "2016 Women Worth Watching," Profiles in Diversity Journal
Professional, Business and civic Affiliations
- Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
- Member, Puerto Rican Bar Association
Other Career Experience
- Predecessor Firm, Richardson & Patel LLP
- January 16, 2019
- January 2019
- December 4, 2018
- September 7, 2018
- Melanie Figueroa Named to Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel's list of "2018 National Women in Law"August 13, 2018
- February 27, 2018
- February 22, 2018
- Melanie Figueroa Named to Crain's New York Business 2018 List of "Leading Women Lawyers in New York City"December 18, 2017
- November 13, 2017
- MSK Client Max-1 Acquisition Corporation Completes Reverse Merger with Exicure, Inc. & Raises $20 MillionSeptember 28, 2017
- July 25, 2017
- December 6, 2016
- November 29, 2016
- June 23, 2016
- June 20, 2016
- January 2, 2016
- November 24, 2015
- August 2015
- July 1, 2015
- June 2015
- February 1, 2018
- October 6, 2017
- July 10, 2017
- June 20, 2017
- July 5, 2016
- September 2015
Events & Speaking Engagements
- April 18, 2017
- December 15, 2015
- New York
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2008
New York University, B.A. Political Science & Sociology, 2005