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Alissa Altongy Parisi

Fax +1.202.778.9100
Alissa Parisi is a partner in the firm’s corporate/M&A practice group and resides in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Parisi advises clients on a full range of corporate, securities, governance and compliance matters. Ms. Parisi has significant experience in advising boards and executive management on complex business and operational matters, including in the areas of risk assessment, corporate governance and alignment of corporate strategy to achieve corporate goals. She also acts as corporate counsel for companies, advising on a host of general corporate matters, including fiduciary duties, management transitions, relationships with shareholders and stakeholders and effective approaches to the changing regulatory environment.

Ms. Parisi advises companies on compliance matters relating to the SEC, NYSE, Nasdaq, state regulators and other authorities. Her compliance experience includes preparing SEC reports, advising with respect to the timing and substance of disclosure of material events and counseling with respect to shareholder meetings and auditor independence issues.

Ms. Parisi also represents publicly and privately held entities in merger and acquisition transactions. She has broad experience in representing clients in the structure, negotiation, diligence and documentation of transactions.

Ms. Parisi serves as the co-chair of the DC office Associate Development Committee and the Women in the Profession Committee.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Parisi served as the law clerk to the Honorable Harry L. Carrico, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Elizabeth Seton High School - Board of Directors; Chair - Governance Committee
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - DC Metro Chapter, Planning Committee
  • American Bar Association - Business Law Section
  • District of Columbia Bar Association - Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section
  • Virginia Bar Association - Business Law Section

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Parisi speaks frequently on governance and compliance issues. She is a faculty member of Financial Poise and West LegalEd Center. Ms. Parisi’s more recent presentations include:
  • Securities Law: An Overview, Financial Poise Webinar, 2018
  • Private Offering Exemptions and Private Placements, Financial Pose Webinar, 2018
  • Advanced Topics: Public Company Reporting, Financial Pose Webinar, 2018
  • Public Company Periodic Reporting Obligations, West LegalEd Center Webinar, 2017
  • Securities Laws Made Simple, West LegalEd Center Webinar, 2017
  • Securities 101, Corporate Practice Series, Washington, DC, 2016
  • Private Offerings, Corporate Practice Series, Washington, DC, 2016
  • Introduction to Securities Laws, Corporate Practice Series, Washington, DC, 2015
  • Minimizing Risk and Liability as a Nonprofit Director, Center for Nonprofit Advancement Seminar, Washington, DC, 2014
  • Introduction to SEC Filings, Corporate Practice Series, Washington, DC, 2013
  • Due Diligence Workshop, Cross-Atlantic Academy, Washington, DC, 2012

  • Design corporate governance programs for public and private companies, including preparation of governance guidelines, codes of ethics, whistleblower policies, committee charters, insider trading plans, Rule 10b5-1 trading plan guidelines and continuing education programs for board of directors
  • Advise boards of directors on various matters, including implementation of share repurchase programs, takeover defenses, director independence and executive compensation matters
  • Represent public companies on day-to-day reporting and governance obligations under the federal securities laws, including under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and regarding Rule 144 obligations, Section 16 reporting and SEC communications
  • Form and provide general corporate advice to nonprofit corporations
  • Represent public and private buyers and sellers in numerous stock and asset acquisition transactions across various industries
  • Represent issuers in numerous private placements