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About Rakesh Gopalan

Rakesh Gopalan

Rakesh is a corporate and securities lawyer, with extensive experience in complex technology and outsourcing deals, public company securities issuances and reporting requirements, private and public-company mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate and transactional matters. He is actively involved in diversity and inclusion efforts within the firm and the legal community, including through his work as a founding member and current board member of the Charlotte Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
The technology transactions portion of his practice focuses on representing companies of all sizes, both on the vendor and customer sides, with respect to transformative information technology (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO) and insourcing, enterprise resource system deployment and restructuring, cloud-computing solutions, software and other licensing arrangements (including open-source components, shrink-wrap and click-wrap agreements), Internet service provision, Wi-Fi, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and other vendor and supply chain procurement matters.

Rakesh’s securities practice includes advising on a broad range of securities matters, representing both issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, follow-on offerings of debt, equity, derivative and hybrid securities, private investments in public equity (PIPE) transactions and tender and exchange offers. He also advises public companies in connection with their periodic and annual reporting, proxy statements, board and committee governance issues, and Section 16 and insider trading matters.

Rakesh also maintains an active M&A and corporate practice, with experience leading merger and acquisition transactions, private placements, strategic investments, complex commercial and supply chain matters, and other transactions relating to the acquisition or disposition of businesses, assets and intellectual property.

He is passionate about diversity and inclusion issues within the legal community. In addition to his service on the local Charlotte Asian bar association, he is the chair of the firm’s Asian Pacific Lawyers Network, and is a former fellow and alumni board member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, co-chair of a Charlotte diversity clerkship program, and a member of the local bar’s D&I committee. Rakesh also served on the Alumni Council of the Washington & Lee University School of Law, and is a member of the board of directors of Girls on the Run International.