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As a forward-thinking and client-oriented law firm, Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla is continually seeking out new talent to join our team. We look for team players possessing the ability to work individually and as a part of our departmental teams.

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    Philip D. Forlenza

    Phil's practice is devoted primarily to Corporate Finance/Securities Law, Acquisitions/ Mergers and Business Law.

    Phil counsels clients with respect to the raising of capital in the public and private markets. He prepares prospectuses and private offering documents required in connection with the public and private sale of securities and advises as to ongoing compliance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities bureaus, including the preparation and review of periodic reports required to be filed by issuers of securities.

    Phil represents purchasers and sellers of businesses, including transactions involving mergers, consolidations and asset sales. He also counsels clients as to the appropriate structure of acquisition transactions and prepares securities filings and public disclosure documents required in connection with the purchase and sale of publicly traded corporations.

    Phil advises clients in the formation and establishment of businesses, including corporations, general partnerships, limited partnerships, investment funds, joint ventures and limited liability companies. He prepares shareholder agreements for new and existing owners of corporations, including "buy/sell" arrangements and handles ongoing counseling of clients in various business agreements, such as license agreements, distributorship agreements, technology transfer agreements and employment agreements.

    Practice Areas
    Practice Focus
    • Business Law
    • Corporate Finance and Securities
    • Acquisitions and Mergers
    Professional Activities
    • New Jersey State Bar Association, Chair, Business Law Section
    • Member, Association for Corporate Growth
    • Securities Law Committee of NJ State Bar Association
    • St. Rose High School Advisory Board
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
    • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (1984)
    • Georgetown University, B.S. (1981)
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    Press Mentions
    • Negotiating Deal Terms, New Jersey M&A Conference presented by NJICLE, September 28, 2018
    • The Limited Liability Company: The Preferred Entity For Real Estate Acquisitions & Development, GH&C Seminar, October 2014
    • Organic Growth, Sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth, October 23, 2007
    • Opportunities and Obstacles: Planning Your Exit Strategy, Sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth, October 24, 2006
    • Counseling the Financially Distressed Corporation, Sponsored by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, September 20, 2006