About Bevilacqua PLLC

About

At Bevilacqua PLLC, we understand the entrepreneurial spirit and are passionate about fostering potential.

As a transactional law firm, our business lawyers work on behalf of various private and publicly held companies, tackling the most complex domestic and international business challenges. This level of proficiency allows our clients to benefit from seasoned and proactive legal guidance at every stage, no matter what issues arise. From financing a startup and business formation to going public, and everything in between, our team offers unique legal insight into the marketplace and the creative solutions necessary to meet and exceed your goals.

Call us today at (202) 869-0888 or contact us online to find out how we can help you.

Our Team

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Louis A. Bevilacqua

Member

Mr. Bevilacqua is the founding member of Bevilacqua PLLC. Mr. Bevilacqua counsels companies of every size ranging from entrepreneurs with just an idea to established companies whose securities trade on the NYSE or NASDAQ. He has broad experience representing issuers in public offerings and private placements of securities (including private placements under Rule 506(c) of the Securities Act, crowdfunding offerings under Title III of the JOBS Act and Regulation CF and Regulation A+ offerings), Exchange Act compliance, angel and venture capital financings, other areas of equity and debt financing and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Bevilacqua also advises his clients on mergers, acquisitions, and other business combinations, including “roll up” transactions. Mr. Bevilacqua has several years of experience working with microcap public companies whose securities are quoted on the over-the-counter markets, and he understands the special needs of these companies. He also represents companies with international operations, including companies based in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Republic of China, Latin America, Europe, Israel and Australia.

Mr. Bevilacqua was previously a partner in the Corporate and Securities group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman LLP and is also the Co-Founder of Digital Offering LLC, an SEC registered broker-dealer and FINRA member and previously served as its President and General Counsel.

Mr. Bevilacqua graduated Cum Laude from Fordham University and obtained a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law where was a member of the Order of Coif. Mr. Bevilacqua is Chambers ranked in Capital Markets (International Firms) (Experts Based Abroad) and USA Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (Foreign Experts). Mr. Bevilacqua holds Series 7, Series 24 and Series 63 securities registrations with FINRA.

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Kevin (Qixiang) Sun

Member

Kevin (Qixiang) Sun was a counsel in the Corporate & Securities practice of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and an associate of Thelen LLP before joining Bevilacqua PLLC. Mr. Sun has more than 10 years’ experience representing clients in a variety of aspects of corporate and securities law, with a particular focus on public and private equity finance, securities compliance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Sun’s experience includes representation of issuers of securities as well as investors, underwriters and placement agents in connection with both public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. In particular, as a native Mandarin speaker, Mr. Sun has advised more than 20 China-based companies in connection with their underwritten offerings, private placements and reverse merger transactions. He also counsels public companies with respect to periodic reporting obligations, corporate governance issues and going private transactions. In addition, Mr. Sun has extensive experience in assisting multiple Over-The-Counter companies in connection with their NASDAQ/NYSE listing applications and their continued listing compliance.

Mr. Sun graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor degree from University of Illinois College of Law where he was an editor of The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy. Mr. Sun obtained an LLM and an LLB from Nanjing University Law School and an MA from University of Denver.

  • Represented a China-based NASDAQ listed Internet service company in a $14 million registered direct offering.
  • Represented the special committee of a China-based NASDAQ listed real estate development company in a going private transaction.
  • Represented a China-based garment company in its merger with a NASDAQ listed special purpose acquisition vehicle (“SPAC”).
  • Represented a China-based NASDAQ listed multi-platform entertainment company in a $19 million private placement transaction of its convertible preferred stock.
  • Represented a China-based NASDAQ listed transportation information service company in a going private transaction.
  • Represented the placement agent in a private placement transaction of a NASDAQ listed telecommunication company.
  • Represented the underwriters in an initial public offering on NASDAQ of a China-based poultry products manufacturing company.
  • Represented a China-based oilfield equipment company in an initial public offering on NASDAQ.
  • Represented a China-based precision steel manufacturing company in a $24 million follow-on underwritten offering on NASDAQ.
  • Represented a China-based real estate development company in a follow-on underwritten offering on NASDAQ.
  • Represented a China-based dairy products manufacturing company in an $8.2 million 9% convertible promissory note transaction.
  • Represented the placement agent in a $15.3 million private placement transaction of a China-based organic food producing company.
  • Represented a China-based dairy products manufacturing company in a $15 million private placement transaction of its convertible preferred stock.
  • Represented a China-based health supplements manufacturing company in a $5.6 million private placement transaction of its convertible preferred stock.
  • Represented a China-based NASDAQ listed company in a $10 million registered direct offering.
  • Represented a China-based beverage company in its $625 million acquisition by Heckmann Corp.
  • Represented a China-based NASDAQ listed company in a $15 million private placement transaction.
  • Represented a China-based acid battery manufacturing company in a reverse merger transaction and a concurrent $12.25 million private placement transaction.
  • Represented a China-based steel manufacturing company in a reverse merger transaction and a concurrent $12 million private placement transaction.
  • Represented a China-based transportation information service company in a reverse merger transaction and a $15 million private placement transaction.

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Joseph (Joe) Wilson

Senior Counsel

Joe Wilson is the section leader of the Dispute Resolution Practice at Bevilacqua PLLC. He was a special counsel in the litigation group at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and a solo practitioner before joining Bevilacqua PLLC. Mr. Wilson has over twenty years of experience efficiently and effectively representing parties involved in business disputes and has helped numerous clients achieve favorable results.

Mr. Wilson has represented clients in proceedings before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitrations and mediations and settlement negotiations. He has served as lead counsel for parties facing various kinds of business-related disputes, including ones involving employment matters, breaches of fiduciary duty, commercial leases, consumer protection claims, loan agreements, service agreements, federal and state regulatory regimes, and claims of fraud and other business torts. Mr. Wilson has first chair trial experience, and he has zealously represented Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller businesses and organizations and individuals.

Mr. Wilson has, on several occasions, investigated legal claims threatened against clients, as well as potential claims that his clients were considering bringing, to provide advice on the merits of those claims, their likely outcomes, and strategies for proceeding. In addition, Mr. Wilson has frequently counseled businesses and other clients on legal and related issues impacting them, and he has helped clients to craft solutions to mitigate their legal and regulatory risks, better achieve their goals – and avoid disputes and litigation in the first place. He also has experience advocating for clients’ interests before administrative agencies.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Wilson served as the law clerk to a District of Columbia judge handling a busy docket of civil cases. Mr. Wilson is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and New York as well as in several federal district and appellate courts throughout the country. He graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Wilson did his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service.

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Mary Sheridan

Senior Counsel

Mary Sheridan is a corporate and securities attorney with more than 10 years of experience in the areas of securities law, corporate compliance and ethics, and general corporate law. In addition to her boutique law firm experience, Ms. Sheridan was a senior associate in the Corporate Finance group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where her practice focused on capital markets and other corporate transactions. Ms. Sheridan represents issuers and investment banks in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, exchange offers and consent solicitations. She counsels clients with the preparation of SEC filings, corporate governance matters and interactions with security holders, stock exchanges and other regulatory bodies. Ms. Sheridan also advises clients in the review, design and implementation of ethics and compliance programs, including development of codes of conduct, whistleblower procedures, insider trading policies, confidentiality policies, document retention programs and other internal corporate policies.

Ms. Sheridan graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law where she was an editor of the St. John’s Law Review.

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Pam Zdunek

Senior Counsel

Pam Zdunek has practiced finance, corporate and securities law at large international law firms and in an in-house capacity for over 15 years. Most recently, Ms. Zdunek practiced in the Global Finance group at Sidley Austin LLP, where her practice included structured finance, asset securitization and secured lending facilities. Previously, Ms. Zdunek also represented issuers and investment banks in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, as well as counselling clients regarding state and federal securities law compliance and general corporate matters.

Ms. Zdunek graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from DePauw University and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.

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Shanna Palmersheim

Senior Counsel

Shanna Palmersheim is the section leader of the Corporate Governance practice at Bevilacqua PLLC. Ms. Palmersheim has 15 years of experience counseling public, private and non-profit corporations on a full range of governance issues, including governance structure and culture, fiduciary duties, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, board and committee structure, board leadership, board audits and self-evaluation processes, compliance with legislative, regulatory and listing rule requirements and governance “best practices.”

Ms. Palmersheim also specializes in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, including sales and procurement, e-commerce, research and development, licensing, SaaS and non-disclosure agreements. Ms. Palmersheim counsels clients on data privacy issues and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional with regard to Europe’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR). Ms. Palmersheim also represents non-profit organizations, including drafting of governing documents, counsel regarding planned activities and compliance issues, preparation of applications for recognition of exemption, 501c(3) compliance, related and unrelated business activities, lobbying, and board training.

Prior to joining Bevilacqua PLLC, Ms. Palmersheim advised multiple Fortune 100 and 500 companies, including working with such firms as Harley-Davidson Financial Services, The Northern Trust Company and Harbor Capital Advisors. For over seven years, Ms. Palmersheim was the founder and Managing Member of the Law Offices of Shanna J. Palmersheim. During that time, in addition to the above, Ms. Palmersheim also advised clients in the areas of securities regulation, trusts and estates, banking and finance, employment law and trademarks and copyrights.
Ms. Palmersheim attended law school at the University of Iowa College of Law. Prior to law school, Ms. Palmersheim was a Senior Accountant with State Street Bank.

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Paul Levites

Senior Counsel

Paul Levites has practiced corporate and securities law at large international and small boutique law firms as well as in-house for more than 20 years.  Mr. Levites has broad experience representing public and private companies, including foreign private issuers and Israeli high-tech companies, in various aspects of corporate and US securities law including registered public offerings, reverse acquisitions, follow-on acquisitions, mergers, public company reporting and ’34 Act compliance, exchange listings, private placements, corporate governance, broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation and “blue sky.” Mr. Levites has assisted numerous companies in entering the US capital markets through JOBS Act mechanisms including Regulation CF crowdfunding, Rule 506(c) generally solicited private placements and Regulation A mini IPOs. Mr. Levites heads Bevilacqua PLLC’s Crypto Task Force and has counseled companies and crowdfunding offering portals on various aspects of regulatory compliant securities token offerings (STOs) and ICOs.

Mr. Levites graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School and received a master’s degree in business administration from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.  Mr. Levites is the founder/owner of the LinkedIn group titled “US Securities Laws for Israeli Companies +”.

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Yujia Wei

Attorney

Yujia Wei’s practice focuses on securities and corporate law, including initial public offering (IPO), Reg CF equity and debt offering, Reg D equity and debt offering, and securities compliance. Prior to joining Bevilacqua PLLC, Ms. Wei was an associate in the International Trade practice of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP where she worked on anti-dumping and subsidy countervailing investigations and administrative reviews before the U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission.

Ms. Wei received a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she was a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. Her SJD dissertation analyzed the transnational public private partnership in the disputes brought before the World Trade Organizations by WTO member states. Ms. Wei obtained an LLM-International Law from Xiamen University (China) and an LLB from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (China). She also received a Graduate Diploma from the Johns Hopkins University–Nanjing University Center (HNC). Ms. Wei is admitted to the New York bar.

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Linyan Leng

Attorney

Linyan Leng practices a wide range of corporate and securities law, with a particular focus on initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, mergers and acquisitions, listing on US stock exchanges, corporate formation, corporate governance, private placements of equity and debt securities, Securities and Exchange Commission compliance and general corporate matters. Ms. Leng advises both domestic and international companies and she works with public and private companies through all stages of growth.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Leng was an associate at a New York-based law firm that specializes in capital markets transactions. During law school she served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Abbie Crites-Leoni of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and a legal extern at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She also worked as a legal extern at a tax and employee benefits specialty law firm in Washington, DC and was a student attorney in her law school’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Ms. Leng obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2017 and earned her Taxation LL.M. degree with an employee benefits certificate in 2018 from Georgetown University Law Center. She received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2014. Ms. Leng is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

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Joseph J. Kaufman

Attorney

Joseph J. Kaufman has over ten years’ experience working with smaller public companies and brokers in public and private offerings, ongoing SEC compliance, and corporate best practices. Formerly a senior associate in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, He also published legal advisories, white papers, and a chapter in the treatise Venture Capital and Public Offering Negotiation.

Mr. Kaufman is a member of the state bars of the District of Columbia and State of New York. He received his J.D. degree from University of California (Boalt Hall) School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. He graduated with a B.A. degree from Haverford College with Honors in Political Science and received the Herman M. Somers Prize for best Political Science thesis paper.

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Xiaofan Zhang

Attorney

Xiaofan Zhang’s practice focuses on securities and corporate law. Ms. Zhang has experience working with public and private companies through all stages of growth. Ms. Zhang frequently handles angel and venture financing transactions, initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, corporate formation, private placements of equity, Regulation CF offerings, Regulation A offerings, Exchange Act compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. Ms. Zhang also represents investment banks that act as underwriters or placement agents on various types of capital raising transactions.

Ms. Zhang earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was an Editor of the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society. She also holds a Master’s Degree from Dartmouth College.

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Lucy (Yue) Zou

Attorney

Lucy (Yue) Zou represents issuers, investment banks and institutional investors and family offices. Her practice focuses on private placements and public offerings of securities, including exempt transactions under Regulation D and Regulation S, equity crowdfunding transactions under Regulation CF and Regulation A and registered offerings, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, registered direct offerings and similar transactions. Ms. Zou also assists firm clients with mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters ranging from formation to the establishment of equity incentive plans, joint ventures and strategic agreements, general commercial transactions, corporate governance, and securities law compliance. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Zou worked in the legal department of a multi-national company located in Plano, Texas. During law school, she served as Chief Counsel in Civil and Consumer Clinic and worked as a research fellow in George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Ms. Zou obtained her Juris Doctor degree in 2019 and earned her LL.M. degree in 2016 from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. Ms. Zou is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas.

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Andrea L. Schroepfer

Senior Paralegal

Andrea Schroepfer has over 13 years of experience at major international law firms and a Fortune 500 company. Ms. Schroepfer’s experience includes Pepco Holdings, Inc., two years at Proskauer Rose LLP, five years in the Corporate and Securities Group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a paralegal and six years Corporate Specialist and Case Assistant at Thelen LLP.

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Gretchen E. Tregger

Office Manager

Gretchen Tregger is the Executive Assistant of the firm.  She has 25+ years’ office administrative experience, assisting high level executives at a variety of firms.  Gretchen assists the partners and counsel in a variety of tasks behind the scenes at Bevilacqua PLLC.  She also handles the bookkeeping and office management for the company.

Our Values

Our Value is Measured by Your Success

We are not merely your business lawyers or general counsel, there to minimize liability and risk. Instead, we partner with our clients and rather than impeding progress, we remove the hurdles. From identifying strategies, potential investment opportunities, and long-term financial stability, our mission is to always facilitate growth and protect your business through efficient and sound advice and assistance.

Our Billing

Capped Fee and Project Based Billing Options

To better assist our clients succeed and develop new opportunities, we employ capped fee and other alternative billing arrangements. These alternative fee arrangements permit our clients to pay small up front retainers with the balance being deferred until a mutually agreed upon outside date or closing. We often also accept equity securities as partial payment for our fees or as consideration for deferral of payment.

Our highly skilled and experienced business lawyers represent clients throughout the U.S. and across the globe, providing excellent service, sophisticated legal counsel, and a deep understanding of the market. Call us at (202) 869-0888 or online to schedule an appointment with our team.