AMY SIMMERMAN

Partner
Corporate

EXPERIENCE:

Amy Simmerman is a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware, office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Amy is one of the leaders of the firm's Delaware office and governance practice. Her practice focuses on providing advice on all aspects of Delaware corporate law, including fiduciary duties, mergers and acquisitions, stockholder activism, corporate governance, corporate formation, stock issuances, preferred stock investments, and various statutory matters. Amy frequently speaks and publishes on Delaware law and governance issues. She also has been involved in many special committee assignments and internal investigations and provides corporate advice in the context of litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Amy was corporate counsel at a global software company, where she focused on corporate law issues and M&A. Prior to that, she practiced for several years in the Delaware corporate law counseling group at a Delaware law firm.

EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
    Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
    Summa Cum Laude
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Advisory Council, Equality Delaware
  • Board Member and Vice President, American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware
  • Co-Chair, Private Company Target Merger Agreement Task Force, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
  • Co-author with A. Simmerman, "Controlling-Stockholder Conflicts and How to Handle Them," PLI Current: The Journal of PLI Press, Vol. 2, No. 4, Autumn 2018
  • Co-author with D. Berger and N. Emeritz, "Implementation of MFW Standard in New York," The Harvard Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, June 12, 2018
  • Co-author with D. Berger and A. Broderick, "Non-Delaware Decisions on Director Nominations," The Harvard Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, May 18, 2018
  • "Delaware Court of Chancery Issues Important Decisions Addressing Stockholders' Agreements," Insights: The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor, Vol. 32, No. 4, April 2018
  • Co-author with D. Berger and B. Sorrels, "Derivative Litigation and Stockholder Preclusion," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, February 13, 2018
  • Co-author with D. Berger and B. Sorrels, "2017 Delaware Corporate Law Year in Review," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, February 12, 2018
  • Co-author with S. Bochner, "The Venture Capital Board Member's Survival Guide: Handling Conflicts Effectively While Wearing Two Hats," 41(1) Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 2016
  • Co-author with A. Flaherty, "The Standard of Review for Controlling Stockholder Transactions Outside of the Merger Context," The M&A Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 3, March 2016
  • Co-author with M. Ringler, "When a Significant Minority May Control," Daily Journal, November 25, 2014
  • Co-author with D. Berger, W. Chandler, T. Cleary, S. Guggenheim, K. Henderson, M. Ringler, and T. Montgomery, "Financial Advisor Liable for Aiding and Abetting Breaches of Fiduciary Duty," Transaction Advisors, April 2014
  • Co-author with R. Proffitt, L. Stimmell, and S. Ursaner, "Recent Delaware Decision Highlights Importance of Formalities in Issuing Stock and Potential Utility of New Statutory Ratification Procedures," Corporate Report Bulletin, Vol. LXXXV, No. 3, February 5, 2014
  • Co-author with J. Wolters, "Innovations in Poison Pill Drafting," Practical Law Company, November 2011
  • Co-author with A. Johnston and J. Gorris, "Recent Delaware Law Developments in Advancement and Indemnification: An Analytical Guide," 6 New York University Journal of Law and Business, 2009
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • Panelist, "Delaware Law Developments 2018: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know," Practising Law Institute, May 24, 2018
  • Panelist, "A West Coast Conversation: Liquidity, Valuation, and Capital and Governance Structure," University of Pennsylvania Institute of Law and Economics, March 22, 2018
  • Panelist, "The Court of Chancery, the DGCL, and Federalism," Delaware Corporate Law Anniversary Symposium, Wilmington, Delaware, September 26, 2017
  • Panelist, "Perspectives on Cutting Edge Issues in Venture Capital and Private Equity," American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, September 14, 2017
  • Panelist, "The Rise of the Stockholder: Trends in Corporate Governance," 28th Annual All Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, California, November 17, 2016
  • Panelist, "The SEC's Silicon Valley Initiative and Implications for Late Stage Private Companies and Investors," Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's General Counsel Series, NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, San Francisco, California, June 13, 2016
  • Panelist, "The Law and Practice of Down-Round Financings: United States and Canada," American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, April 9, 2016
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of Delaware

Contact Information

222 Delaware Avenue
Suite 800
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone | 302-304-7607

Email | Amy Simmermanasimmerman@wsgr.com


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