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Frank M. Placenti

Frank M. Placenti

Squire Patton Boggs

Phoenix, AZ, USA

Recognized by Chambers USA 2015 as a leading individual for corporate/M&A matters.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014, an honor based on an exhaustive peer-review process.

President of the American College of Governance Counsel.

Frank Placenti serves as the chair of Squire Patton Boggs’ corporate finance and governance practice, and is nationally recognized for his work in corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Frank has more than 30 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities law, antitakeover and shareholder relations issues. He has represented public companies, broker/dealers and private equity firms and their portfolio companies with mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, securities and corporate law, regulatory compliance, anti-takeover matters and shareholder engagement and activism. Frank has assisted clients, special committees and audit committees in managing internal investigations, as well as with US Securities and Exchange Commission and stock exchange investigatory matters.

Frank has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2006, Chambers USA since 2003 and is a multi-year member of the Lawdragon 500, an acknowledgment given to the top 500 lawyers in America. The 2013 International Global Law Experts Awards recognized him as the Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year in Arizona. He is recommended in Arizona for corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions by PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook since 2009 and is listed in the PLC Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook. Each year since 2007, Frank has been selected by his peers to appear in Southwest Super Lawyers, a distinction awarded to the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region.

Frank serves as the Founding President and Trustee of the American College of Governance Counsel and as a Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association.

Frank is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership. He formerly served as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, as chair of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and as Chair of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and a member of that hospital’s Board of Directors. He also served as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Herberger Theater Company and the Arizona Science Center. He has also served as the Lead Director for a Nasdaq listed publicly-traded health care company and currently serves as Lead Director for a private company based in Charlotte, North Carolina that serves the restaurant and hospitality industries.

Practice Focus

  • Global Corporate Practice
  • Capital Markets
  • Compliance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Equity & Debt Capital Markets
  • Initial & Secondary Offerings
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities
  • Tender Offers, Takeovers & Proxy Contests


  • The Ohio State University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1979, B.A., 1974


  • Arizona, 1979
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Arizona
Frank M. Placenti is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters The Audit Committee’s Evolving Role in Overseeing Corporate Investigations - Global Business Fraud and the Law: Preventing and Remedying Fraud and Corruption, Friday, May 20, 2016

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