Arnold S. Jacobs

Arnie Jacobs has a broad background in general corporate and securities law with an emphasis on private and public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.

He was called "one of the deans of securities law" by Crain's New York Business. Arnie was the subject of the first New York Super Lawyers “Brilliant Careers” question and answer page. He is one of only 332 lawyers who has been listed in every edition of Best Lawyers in America.  He has been listed for many years in New York's Top Lawyers, Global Counsel 3000, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in American Law. He was one of eight New York mergers and acquisitions/securities lawyers profiled in the July 2004 Corporate Counsel. He also was nationally ranked in Chambers USA 2008-2011, and cited as one of the 31 "Most Valued Players" in the United States in client service by BTI Consulting Group, the premier rating agency for client satisfaction, for 2008 and 2009. The book 2009 Legal (US) 500 listed him as one of 12 “Leading Lawyers” for large M&A deals.

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His practice includes representing diverse private equity funds and public companies, and working on public offerings, private placements, venture capital and private equity investments, and mergers and acquisitions.

He twice was a member of Proskauer’s six-person Executive Committee, which governs the firm. As a result of his most recent election to the Executive Committee, he gave up his position as co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department.

While he was Chairman of the Committee on Securities Regulation of the New York City Bar Association, he testified on securities legislation before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Arnie was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School for 12 years, was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School for 12 years, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School for 15 years.

Arnie is the author of 25 books and numerous articles on various aspects of securities and corporate law, which have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court a number of times (most recently in 2011), as well as in hundreds of other cases and authorities. As a result of one of those articles, he holds the world's record for the law review article with the most footnotes (4,824 to be exact). His books include:

  • Disclosure and Remedies Under the Securities Laws, a seven-volume, 7,500-page treatise discussing what disclosure is required under federal and state securities laws, and the remedies for noncompliance
  • Litigation and Practice Under Rule 10b-5, a six-volume, 5,000-page treatise dealing with securities fraud

  • Section 16(b) of The Securities Exchange Act, a 1,400-page treatise dealing with short-swing profits

  • Manual of Corporate Forms for Securities Practice, a four-volume, 4,000-page treatise setting forth forms to be used

  • Opinion Letters in Securities Matters, a three-volume, 3,500-page treatise dealing in depth with opinions lawyers are to render

  • The Impact of Rule 10b-5, a three-volume, 1,500-page treatise explaining various aspects of securities fraud

  • The Williams Act - Tender Offer and Stock Accumulations, a 1,100-page treatise on takeovers and Schedule 13Ds