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Brian Rosenzweig

Brian Rosenzweig is chair of the firm’s Securities and Capital Markets Practice Group. He regularly represents private and public domestic and foreign companies as well as venture capital funds and investment banks in domestic and international capital-raising transactions.

Brian's practice predominantly involves capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, for domestic and foreign private issuers in the life sciences, technology and financial services, industries. He also regularly represents emerging companies and venture capital funds focused on these industries.

Brian also regularly advises boards and management on securities law issues, corporate governance issues and general corporate matters.

Chambers USA notes "Brian continues to enjoy a great reputation for his capital markets expertise. He maintains a comprehensive practice, centered around the representation of companies and investment banks in varied securities transactions."

On February 22, 2023, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York issued a first-of-its-kind order allowing a securities class action lawsuit to proceed against the issuer of non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) on the grounds that the NFTs are securities for purposes of federal securities laws. Friel v. Dapper Labs, Inc. et. al., Case No. 1:21-cv-05837-VM (S.D.N.Y). NFTs are digital tokens, frequently associated with digital content, for which ownership of the tokens is recorded on a blockchain. The order was issued in the context of a lawsuit against Dapper Labs, the creator and issuer of NBA Top Shot “Moments.” Moments are digital video clips of NBA game highlights and their associated NFTs minted by Dapper Labs. Moments are offered and sold on Dapper Labs’ proprietary digital platform, validated on Dapper Labs’ private blockchain (the “Flow Blockchain”) and trade on a secondary marketplace controlled by Dapper Labs. The lawsuit claims that Moments are securities and Dapper Labs offered and sold those securities in violation of the registration requirements of the federal securities laws. Dapper Labs filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and the court rejected the motion, concluding that Moments are securities.Continue Reading A Closer Look: Federal Court Concludes that Certain NFTs May Be Securities: Preliminary Determination in Ongoing NBA Top Shot Litigation