Welcome The Newest Member of Our Corporate Group - Benjamin Butterfield
March 27, 2017
The Fine Print - Spring 2017
We welcome Benjamin Butterfield to the firm who joins us in the firm’s Corporate and M&A Practice Group. Ben primarily focuses on corporate, banking, securities law and corporate governance/compliance on behalf of local and international clients.
“We are delighted that Ben has joined our firm. He is an outstanding attorney with extensive experience in corporate transactions, governance and finance,”said William T. Dymond, CEO and President of the firm. “We are committed to expanding and deepening our corporate capability, including our ability to serve our international clients. Ben understands the pressures and challenges of the corporate general counsel’s office, having significant in-house experience in that role. He has a proven track record of success and is a great addition and complement to our existing corporate practice.”
Over the past 30 years, Ben has worked in private practice, as general counsel and as a C-suite executive where he focused on mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations and recapitalizations. Ben has negotiated and closed hundreds of transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to more than USD $1 billion (which included the acquisition of one public company). Ben’s general corporate experience is varied and has included extensive contract negotiation and drafting, corporate “housekeeping” matters, risk management, project management, and corporate finance.
Ben has handled matters that are exclusively international in nature (e.g., a dispute in a non-U.S. venue) or that included an international component. He has managed corporate, litigation and regulatory matters in the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Chile, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Ben has significant experience dealing with state and federal regulatory bodies.
Additionally, Ben has been on the Managing Board of a NYSE and ASX listed company, and served as an advisor to several boards and their committees, advising them on corporate governance issues. He understands the relationship between a company’s management, its board, shareholders and other stakeholders. Ben has also been an Ethics and Compliance Officer to global organizations and has been an advisor to CEOs, Audit Committees and Internal Audit on such matters. With respect to compliance matters, he has conducted internal investigations, ethics and compliance training, managed significant international compliance programs and conducted training on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Regarding the FCPA, he has appeared before board committees, regulatory authorities (including the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission) and foreign governmental agencies to address alleged violations of the FCPA.
As a general counsel, Ben has managed legal departments on three continents. Ben has served on the Managing Board for James Hardie NV and also held the position of European Business Manager while residing in the Netherlands. Ben received a law degree from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in history from Covenant College in Georgia. Prior to starting law school, Ben was the business manager for the Edgewood Children’s Ranch, a non-denominational non-profit organization in Orlando, Florida. He supports Autism Speaks, Ducks Unlimited, Zebra Coalition and the SPCA. Ben is also an avid outdoorsman.