Joel I. Frank is an experienced and well-rounded corporate and securities lawyer.  He provides his clients with practical advice to help them achieve their business objectives. Having served as outside counsel to and been employed as general counsel of public and privately held companies, Joel understands the needs of corporate clients, large and small.

Joel has represented well-established companies and start-up ventures, both public and private, in a full range of corporate and securities matters, with a special emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and compliance, and financing transactions. He currently represents four publicly traded companies.

Joel is active in pro bono work and currently represents The Architectural Art Reclamation Fund, Inc., a not-for-profit formed to preserve the United States' architectural heritage and to educate the public on the specialized skills relating to restoration of architectural design, and A Caring Hand, Founded in Memory of Billy Esposito, Inc., a not-for-profit providing bereavement counseling for children.  He previously sat on the Board of Directors of Greyston Bakery Inc. in addition to providing legal services to Greyston and its affiliates. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Emerging Companies and Sports Law Committee.

Joel began his career in 1981 at the New York law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, and later was associated with the New York law firm of Hartman & Craven LLP.  He then served as General Counsel of Telerate, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed provider of financial information services, and as General Counsel of Viatel, Inc., an international telecommunications provider.  Prior to joining Wilk Auslander in 2007, Joel was a partner in the New York law firm of Hartman & Craven LLP.

Joel has worked on a wide variety of corporate and securities-related matters. For example, he has represented:

  • A publicly traded company in the sale of its laboratory and forensic products business.
  • A publicly traded company in the termination and buyback of a distribution agreement.
  • A publicly traded company in a distribution agreement for medical device products.
  • A publicly traded company in the termination of a revolving credit agreement and the entry into a replacement agreement.
  • A publicly traded company in the sale of its diagnostic ultrasound business.
  • A publicly traded company in the sale of its ultrasonic laboratory products business.
  • The founder of a publicly traded company in the resale of shares in such company.
  • A publicly traded company in the (i) sale of its main operating subsidiary and (ii) purchase of a business providing services to children with developmental delays and disabilities.
  • A publicly traded company in the private placement of common stock.
  • A not-for-profit corporation and its subsidiary in the restructuring of its debt.
  • A subsidiary of a not-for-profit corporation in the private placement of preferred stock.
  • A Swiss multinational in the sale of its optics business.
  • An individual in the purchase of the assets of a restaurant.

Overview

Joel I. Frank is an experienced and well-rounded corporate and securities lawyer.  He provides his clients with practical advice to help them achieve their business objectives. Having served as outside counsel to and been employed as general counsel of public and privately held companies, Joel understands the needs of corporate clients, large and small.

Joel has represented well-established companies and start-up ventures, both public and private, in a full range of corporate and securities matters, with a special emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and compliance, and financing transactions. He currently represents four publicly traded companies.

Joel is active in pro bono work and currently represents The Architectural Art Reclamation Fund, Inc., a not-for-profit formed to preserve the United States' architectural heritage and to educate the public on the specialized skills relating to restoration of architectural design, and A Caring Hand, Founded in Memory of Billy Esposito, Inc., a not-for-profit providing bereavement counseling for children.  He previously sat on the Board of Directors of Greyston Bakery Inc. in addition to providing legal services to Greyston and its affiliates. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Emerging Companies and Sports Law Committee.

Joel began his career in 1981 at the New York law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, and later was associated with the New York law firm of Hartman & Craven LLP.  He then served as General Counsel of Telerate, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed provider of financial information services, and as General Counsel of Viatel, Inc., an international telecommunications provider.  Prior to joining Wilk Auslander in 2007, Joel was a partner in the New York law firm of Hartman & Craven LLP.

Representative Matters

Joel has worked on a wide variety of corporate and securities-related matters. For example, he has represented:

  • A publicly traded company in the sale of its laboratory and forensic products business.
  • A publicly traded company in the termination and buyback of a distribution agreement.
  • A publicly traded company in a distribution agreement for medical device products.
  • A publicly traded company in the termination of a revolving credit agreement and the entry into a replacement agreement.
  • A publicly traded company in the sale of its diagnostic ultrasound business.
  • A publicly traded company in the sale of its ultrasonic laboratory products business.
  • The founder of a publicly traded company in the resale of shares in such company.
  • A publicly traded company in the (i) sale of its main operating subsidiary and (ii) purchase of a business providing services to children with developmental delays and disabilities.
  • A publicly traded company in the private placement of common stock.
  • A not-for-profit corporation and its subsidiary in the restructuring of its debt.
  • A subsidiary of a not-for-profit corporation in the private placement of preferred stock.
  • A Swiss multinational in the sale of its optics business.
  • An individual in the purchase of the assets of a restaurant.