Overview

John J. Wolfel, Jr. is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He counsels business clients on securities matters, acquisitions, financings, corporate governance matters and regulatory matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission or public stock exchanges. John has worked on numerous public and private securities offerings, including IPOs, registered direct offerings, traditional follow-on offerings, private placements and PIPEs, and represents many companies with their periodic reporting obligations and other matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has also handled a variety of business combinations for both public and private companies as well as the representation of special committees in connection with transactions. John represents a number of publicly traded companies that are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq and OTCQX stock exchanges including REITs and companies in the cannabis space. He is also a member of Foley’s Transactions Practice, as well as the firm’s REIT and Cannabis Industry Teams.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented special committee in $30 million going-private transaction of Nasdaq listed retail company in 2020
  • Represented private insurer in $350 million acquisition of Nasdaq listed public insurer in 2019
  • Issuer’s counsel for $100 million Rule 144A surplus notes offering for private insurer in 2019
  • Issuer’s counsel for $10 million warrant exchange offering for a NYSE American listed company in 2019
  • Issuer’s counsel for $300 million note offering for a Nasdaq listed REIT in 2019
  • Issuer’s counsel for $200 million underwritten follow-on common stock offering for Nasdaq listed software company in 2018
  • Issuer’s counsel for venture capital financing for a Maryland pharmaceutical company in throughout 2018 and 2019
  • Issuer's counsel for $300 million note offering for an NYSE listed REIT in 2018
  • Issuer’s counsel for $60 million registered direct follow-on offering of common stock for a NYSE American listed company in 2017
  • Issuer's counsel for $300 million note offering for an NYSE listed REIT in 2017
  • Issuer's counsel for $650 million note offering for an NYSE listed REIT in 2017
  • Issuer’s counsel for $60 million IPO on NYSE for REIT in the medical cannabis space in 2016
  • Issuer’s counsel for $400 million common stock offering for an NYSE listed REIT in 2016
  • Numerous other follow-on securities offerings, including common stock, warrants, units, debt and other securities offerings

Recognition

John has been recognized as a Legal Elite Up & Coming attorney by Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite™ balloting and has also been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® lists for his work in securities & corporate finance and business/corporate law.

Community Engagement

John has served on numerous charitable boards, including the Association for Corporate Growth (North Florida Chapter) and the Jacksonville Armada Youth Soccer Club, and is a former board member of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. He is also a past Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Equal Justice Award recipient.

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2006)
    • Elected, Order of the Coif
    • Member, Florida State University Law Review
    • Awarded, American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence Award
  • The University of West Florida (B.S., magna cum laude, 2002)
    • Finance

Prior to joining Foley, John interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Admissions

  • Florida

Publications

  • “Court Allows Buyer to Walk Away From Deal Based on Material Adverse Effect,” Westlaw Journal: Expert Analysis, October 29, 2018
  • “Conflict M&A Transactions Create Risk for Buy-Side Directors,” Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law & Accountability Report, August 8, 2018
  • “The Changing Landscape of Delaware Appraisal Rights,” Bloomberg BNA’s Securities Regulation & Law Report, November 20, 2017
  • “Blocking Director May Not Prevent Bankruptcy Remote Entity From Filing Bankruptcy,” Bloomberg BNA, May 23, 2017
  • “Lessons Learned From Dole Foods: What Not to Do When a Controlling Stockholder Wants to Go Private,” Bloomberg BNA: Mergers and Acquisitions Law Report, September 28, 2015
  • “Delaware Court Applies ‘Business Judgment’ Test to KKR’s Acquisition of Managed Affiliate,” Westlaw Journal: Corporate Officers & Directors Liability, November 24, 2014
  • “Investment Banker Held Liable for Flawed Rural/Metro Sale Process,” Westlaw Journal: Corporate Officers & Directors Liability, March 24, 2014
  • “Rescue Merger Shields Countrywide Directors From Shareholder Suits,” Corporate Board Member, November 5, 2013
  • “Breach of Confidentiality Agreement Leads Chancery Court to Enjoin Hostile Takeover Bid: Guidance for the Future,” Bloomberg BNA’s Mergers & Acquisitions Law Report, June 11, 2012
  • "Wesco Financial ruling has lessons for controlling stockholders in freeze-out transactions," Westlaw Journal: Corporate Officers & Directors Liability, May 23, 2011
  • "Delaware Court Provides Guidance on Sale Process, Exclusivity, Conflict Disclosure in Proxy," Delaware Corporate, Westlaw Journal/Thomson Reuters, March 21, 2011
  • "The Old Boys Club still rules; Why the Delaware Chancery Court approved Barnes & Noble’s poison pill, even with "grandfather" exemption," CFOZone.com, August 30, 2010
  • "New Requirements and Increased Supervision Over Economic Stimulus and Bailout Funds May Increase Potential False Claims Act Liability for Recipients," Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert: Financial Crisis Response Team, April 29, 2010 and Financial Fraud Law Report, July/August 2009
  • "Del. Court Upholds Low-Threshold Poison Pill to Protect NOLs," Delaware Corporate Litigation Reporter, March 22, 2010
  • "SEC Issues Final Rules on Interactive Data to Improve Financial Reporting (XBRL)," Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert: Transactional & Securities, February 9, 2009
  • "SEC Adopts Proposed Rules Requiring Financial Statements to Be Filed in XBRL Format and Extends Timetable for Compliance," Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert: Transactional & Securities, December 19, 2008
  • "Certain Shelf Registration Statements to Expire December 1, 2008," Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert: Transactional & Securities, October 23, 2008
  • "SEC Issues Emergency Rules Regarding Short Selling and Stock Repurchases," Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert: Transactional & Securities, September 19, 2008
  • "SEC Approves Another One-Year Extension for Smaller Companies for SOX 404(b) Auditor Attestation Requirement," Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert: Transactional & Securities, June 27, 2008