Pasquale (Pat) D. Gentile, Jr.

Partner

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1984, J.D., magna cum laude, Member of the Order of the Coif; Graduated in top five percent of class; Honored with the Oscar Milton Davis Prize (highest grades in third year) and the Gordon A. Block Award (Wills and Future Interests)
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1981, B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science, and Rhetoric and Communications, Elected to Phi Beta Kappa; University Scholar (top two percent of his class)

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

Pat's practice focuses on transactions involving the federal and state securities laws (including public and private offerings of equity and debt, Rule 144 stock and compliance work for public companies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934), on mergers and acquisitions, on representing start-up technology companies and on general corporate work. He has represented both issuers and underwriters in public offerings, completing four offerings aggregating more than $300 million. Pat has worked extensively with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act and in implementing corporate governance procedures to comply with the Acts and related rules.  He also has considerable experience in advising public companies about reporting and liability issues under the short-swing profit recovery provisions of Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act and has written compliance programs for a number of public companies. He is also experienced in securities offerings in connection with stock incentive plans and other employee stock benefit programs.

He also spends a large portion of his time working on merger and acquisition transactions for large public companies and smaller privately held companies at various ranges of consideration.  He has represented purchasers and sellers of businesses in dozens of transactions, including the purchaser of a $160 million manufacturing business and the seller of a manufacturing business in a "roll-up" transaction.  Pat has worked with a local university which is commercializing its technology, by representing a number of the start-up companies which license technology from the university for commercialization purposes.  He also represents other technology companies in matters such as formation, capital raising, protecting technology, contracting and partnering arrangements. 

Pat has performed general corporate and banking work including multibank credit facilities, bond financings, leasing, mergers and leveraged acquisitions (including both stock and asset purchases), debt restructuring and related financings.  He has also acted as an outside general counsel to two Pittsburgh companies, one publicly held and one privately held, and by so doing has gained experience with legal and business problems typically addressed by corporate general counsel and the practical and cost-effective resolution of such problems.

Employment History

  • 1984 - Reed Smith

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association – Member of the In-House Counsel Committee
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals