Rebecca Grapsas is a senior associate in the Corporate Department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and is a member of the Public Company Advisory Group, based in the New York office. Rebecca counsels corporate directors and managers of US public companies and foreign private issuers, private equity firms, state-owned enterprises, institutional investors and not-for-profit organizations with respect to governance issues, including board and committee responsibilities and structure, investigations, disclosure and compliance with corporate and securities laws, regulations and listing rules, including in the context of transformative transactions such as IPOs and spin-offs. Representative clients include: Berkshire Partners; Genworth; Leucadia; MGM; Mubadala Development Company; Pathways to Housing; Planned Parenthood; Procter & Gamble; Signet Jewelers; TE Connectivity; and Willis.
Rebecca also has experience in merger & acquisition and securities transactions, particularly multi-jurisdictional transactions requiring harmonization of US and non-US regimes (including those requiring innovative SEC relief). Representative transactions include TE Connectivity’s cross-border reincorporation, Reuters’ acquisition by The Thomson Corporation, Signet Jewelers’ cross-border reincorporation, and Providence Equity Partners’ cross-border acquisition of eTelecare Global Solutions (a company dually-listed in the Philippines and on Nasdaq).
In 2011, Rebecca completed a six-month secondment to Mubadala Development Company, the strategic investment and development company of the Abu Dhabi government.
Rebecca is a member of Weil’s Financial Regulatory Reform Working Group and addresses the impact of new reform legislation on securities regulation and corporate governance.
Rebecca has lectured on governance topics, including at events sponsored by The Conference Board and the U.S. State Department, and assisted in corporate governance programs sponsored by the OECD, the Practising Law Institute, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the International Corporate Governance Network, the Council of Institutional Investors and the Council on Foreign Relations. Rebecca served on the Secretariat of the OECD Boardroom Guide Advisory Group and was the editor of Using the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance – A Boardroom Perspective. She has published extensively on governance-related topics and is a co-author of the Corporate Governance Guidelines chapter of Corporate Governance: Law & Practice, the United States chapter of Getting the Deal Through – Corporate Governance, and the Corporate Law chapter of The Corporate Counsellor’s Deskbook.
Rebecca was named a “Rising Star of Corporate Governance” for 2008 by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management.
Rebecca practiced at King & Wood Mallesons (then known as Mallesons Stephen Jaques) in Melbourne, Australia for several years before completing a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. She joined the firm in 2004.