Ten SRFK LLP Attorneys Named Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Press Release — New York, NY — November 4, 2016  — Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP is pleased to announce that four partners have once again been named 2016 Super Lawyers. Additionally six other attorneys have been named 2016 Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in New York  are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

The attorneys who have been selected for the 2016 honors are: 

Gregory Sichenzia, Partner — Mr. Sichenzia counsels public and private companies in all securities laws matters, from complex financing transactions and listings on various stock exchanges through everyday regulatory requirements. He has also been responsible for structuring innovative merger and acquisition transactions. Throughout his career he has represented many companies and investment banks in initial public offerings of securities, and has represented numerous public companies in private investments in public equity (PIPEs) and the resulting resale registration statements associated with these financings.  Mr. Sichenzia was selected as a New York Metro Super Lawyer in 2015 and 2016.

Michael Ference, Partner — Mr. Ference is a nationally recognized expert in the Securities Litigation and Arbitration arenas. Mr. Ference has successfully represented clients in actions and investigations brought before governmental agencies and self-regulatory bodies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), various state agencies and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He has represented dozens of public, private and not-for-profit corporations, FINRA member firms, as well as hundreds of securities industry registered personnel. Mr. Ference was selected as a New York Metro Super Lawyer in 2008, and consecutively from 2010-2016.

Harvey Kesner, Partner — Harvey Kesner has concentrated his practice on corporate finance and the structuring of complex domestic and international capital markets transactions. He has represented issuers, investors, underwriters, agents, lenders and financial intermediaries in public and private offerings of securities. He provides assistance to participants in all types of financing transactions including initial public offerings (IPOs), private equity and venture capital financings and private placements including public company PIPE transactions. He also represents buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, workouts and business disputes. He assists issuers on a broad range of corporate governance and compliance matters, including federal and state securities laws and stock exchange listings. Mr. Kesner assists clients in responding to a host of business litigation matters including class action, Section 16 and derivative claims and responding to regulatory investigations requiring testimony or document production.  Mr. Kesner was also selected as a New York Metro Super Lawyer in 2007 and 2008, then consecutively from 2010-2016.

Sameer Rastogi, Partner — Mr. Rastogi is a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Broker-Dealer Regulation Groups. He has extensive civil litigation experience with a specialization in securities, business, and complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, before the SEC, FINRA, American Arbitration Association and JAMS. Mr. Rastogi represents public and private companies, officers, directors, shareholders, broker-dealers, and associated persons in a wide array of matters including, but not limited to, securities transactions, business disputes, regulatory enforcement proceedings, SEC investigations and complaints, and investor arbitrations. Mr. Rastogi has been selected as a New York Metro Super Lawyer consecutively from 2013 to 2016.

The attorneys who have been selected as 2016 Rising Stars are:

James Turner, Partner —  Mr. Turner advises public and private companies, underwriters and investment funds in a wide variety of federal and state securities laws and investment and capital-raising transactions, including public offerings, secured and unsecured private equity financing transactions (PIPEs), debt and venture capital transactions. Mr. Turner was also selected as a New York Metro Rising Star in 2014.

Tara Guarneri-Ferrara, Partner — Ms. Guarneri-Ferrara advises clients in connection with private placements of equity and debt securities and represents issuers in PIPE transactions. Ms. Guarneri-Ferrara also represents issuers in the filing of registration statements and in complying with their ongoing SEC reporting requirements. Ms. Guarneri-Ferrara also provides general corporate representation to issuers including, the negotiation and drafting of employment agreements, consulting agreements, shareholder agreements and escrow agreements. Ms. Guarneri-Ferrara was also selected as a Rising Star in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Avital Even-Shoshan , Associate — Ms. Even-Shoshan concentrates her practice on securities law compliance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. She represents public and private clients in a variety of corporate and securities matters, including public and private capital raising transactions, securities law and stock exchange reporting and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, investments, corporate governance and investor relations, and general corporate matters. She also works with non-profit organizations in areas such as formation, recognition of tax-exempt status and corporate counseling.

A.R. Hitchings, Associate — A significant portion of Mr. Hitchings’ practice is focused on defending claims unique to the financial services industry, including claims for fraud, conversion, unsuitability, churning and unauthorized trading. Mr. Hitchings regularly appears before FINRA in all phases of arbitration proceedings. Mr. Hitchings’ knowledge of the financial services industry and skill at representing broker-dealers has been sharpened by responding to hundreds of investor complaints and regulatory investigations by FINRA and the SEC. Mr. Hitchings was selected as a New York Metro Rising Star in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Owen Kloter, Associate — Mr. Kloter’s practice focuses on securities and commercial litigation in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  Prior to joining Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP, Mr. Kloter was associated with a Long Island-based firm where he focused on banking and business litigation as well as matters related to trust-related litigation and corporate trustees. He was also previously associated with the Manhattan office of a national consumer finance litigation firm, and began his career in New York at a boutique litigation firm specializing in commercial and estate litigation. Mr. Kloter was selected as a New York Metro Rising Star in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Gary Varnavides, Associate — Mr. Varnavides engages in securities and commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, and before the SEC. In addition, his’ practice includes investor arbitration before FINRA, broker-dealer compliance, and qualifying Associated Persons with various state and self-regulatory agencies.  Mr. Varnavides was selected as a New York Metro Rising Star in 2014, 2015 and 2016.