Joseph Connolly is a partner at Hogan Lovells. With over 40 years of experience, Mr. Connolly advises public companies and their boards of directors on merger and acquisition transactions, corporate governance practices, fiduciary duty requirements, and compliance with the federal securities laws, particularly the Williams Act provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Joe began his legal practice at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where he held various legal positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his position of head of the Office of Tender Offers, now called the Office of Mergers & Acquisitions. In that position, he was the person in the Division of Corporation Finance principally responsible for the administration and interpretation of the securities law requirements relating to tender offers, proxy controls, beneficial ownership reporting, and going-private transactions.
Mr. Connolly also was responsible for coordinating the SEC's response to new takeover methods and had significant involvement with the SEC's analyses and initiatives in many areas of corporate restructuring and changes of corporate control. Using his experience and responsibilities from the SEC, he continues to advise public companies and their boards of directors on various acquisition transactions. Joe also represents clients in connection with unsolicited takeover proposals, responding to activist stockholders, and the adoption of antitakeover defensive provisions. He also offers general corporate counseling and securities law reporting and compliance advice.