Phil Sears is the former leader of the firm’s Securities Group. He is a veteran attorney with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of corporate law. He concentrates his practice in the areas of securities, corporate and transactional law. His practice encompasses a broad range of business transactions and general representation of public and private business entities, including negotiating and drafting contracts, partnership agreements, operating agreements, confidentiality agreements, escrow agreements, joint venture agreements, merger and acquisition agreements, private placement securities documents, compliance documents, periodic reports, proxy statements, organizational documents, corporate governance charters and policies, and stock exchange listing applications.
Phil counsels public companies in corporate governance matters under the provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, SEC regulations and stock exchange listing standards. His diversified client base includes both public and private businesses and organizations, including those engaged in retailing, oil and gas, healthcare and raising venture capital.
His achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (corporate governance law).
Phil served as an officer in the United States Army from 1970 – 1972.Download Bio (PDF)
- Representation of NYSE and NASDAQ-listed public companies in Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 matters, including providing ongoing advice with respect to federal securities laws, rules and regulations, disclosure, reporting compliance and corporate governance issues under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and stock exchange listing standards.
- Representation of private companies in private placement securities offerings, including:
- A partnership issuer and its general partner with respect to all aspects of a successful $92,000,000 venture capital fund offering. The representation involved the formation of the partnership and the general partner, the preparation of all organizational documents related to both entities, the preparation of a private placement memorandum, and all relevant federal and state securities law compliance.
- Tulsa Pro Hoops, LLC, the owner of the Tulsa Shock WNBA basketball team, with respect to all aspects of a successful offering of limited liability company units. The representation involved the preparation of a private placement memorandum, subscription agreement and escrow agreement and all relevant federal and state securities law compliance.
- Oklahoma Heart Hospital, L.L.C., the owner of two hospitals specializing in cardiac services, with respect to several successful offerings of limited liability company units. Each of the representations involved the preparation of a private placement memorandum and subscription agreement and all relevant federal and state securities law compliance.
- Representation of Oklahoma Regional LLC (the “Regional Center”) and its manager in the drafting of all transactional documents related to the formation of the Regional Center and the Regional Center’s successful submission of a detailed Form I-924, Application for Regional Center Under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program (the “Regional Center Application”) to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. The Regional Center will be involved with the promotion of economic growth within the State of Oklahoma, including improved regional productivity, job creation and increased domestic capital investment. The Regional Center provides a framework within which individual alien investors affiliated with the Regional Center can satisfy the EB-5 Program’s eligibility requirement through capital investment and the creation of qualifying jobs.
- Representation of Stage Stores, Inc., a Houston, Texas-based, NYSE listed, retailer, in the negotiation of private label credit card program agreements, credit agreements, gift card agreements, purchase agreements, management services agreements, master service agreements, license agreements, statements of work, and other vendor related agreements on an ongoing basis.
Honors and Awards
- Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (corporate governance law)
- Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Ratings
Professional Organizations and Memberships
- Oklahoma County Bar Association
- Oklahoma Bar Association