Rebecca Grapsas

Biography

Rebecca Grapsas
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. She is dual-qualified as an attorney in New York and a solicitor in Australia. Rebecca counsels U.S. public companies (including U.S. filers incorporated outside the U.S.) and foreign private issuers, private equity firms, state-owned enterprises, institutional investors and not-for-profit organizations operating in a wide range of industries, at all stages of their life cycle, with respect to complex corporate governance, securities regulation and compliance 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. Rebecca has been part of the teams advising Firm clients including: Aéropostale, AIG, Applied Materials, Avolon, Berkshire Partners, Elizabeth Arden, General Electric, Genworth, Gilead Sciences, Iron Mountain, Leucadia, MGM Resorts, Motion Picture Association of America, Mubadala Development Company, New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, Planned Parenthood, Procter & Gamble, RPC Group Plc, Signet Jewelers, TE Connectivity, Vonage, Willis, and WPX Energy.

Rebecca participates in merger & acquisition and securities transactions, particularly multi-jurisdictional transactions requiring harmonization of U.S. and non-U.S. regimes (including those requiring innovative SEC relief). She has been part of teams advising on many cross-border transactions including Applied Materials’ pending business combination with Tokyo Electron to create Eteris, 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 frequent speaker and writer on governance topics, including at events sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, The Conference Board and the U.S. State Department. She is a co-author of the Corporate Governance Guidelines chapter of Corporate Governance: Law & Practice and the Corporate Law chapter of The Corporate Counsellor’s Deskbook. 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. Since September 2014, Rebecca has served as Vice Chair of the International Developments Sub-Committee of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

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.

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