Benjamin Butterfield has over 30 years of experience as an attorney in the area of corporate, banking and securities law. He acts as a trusted advisor to Boards and their committees advising them on corporate governance issues, and understands the relationship between a company’s management, its board, shareholders and other stakeholders.
Ben has been an Ethics and Compliance Officer to global organizations and has been an advisor to CEO’s, Audit Committees and Internal Audit on such matters. With respect to compliance matters, he has conducted internal investigations, ethics training, managed significant international compliance programs and conducted training on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Regarding the FCPA he has appeared before Board committees, regulatory authorities (including the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission) and foreign governmental agencies to address alleged violations of the FCPA.
As a private practitioner and as General Counsel, a focus of Ben’s practice has been transactional and has included, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations and recapitalizations. Including transactions he has worked on while in private practice and those handled or supervised as a General Counsel, Ben has negotiated and closed hundreds of transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to more than USD $1 billion (which included the acquisition of one public company). Ben’s general corporate experience is varied and has included extensive contract negotiation and drafting, corporate “housekeeping” matters, risk management, project management, and corporate finance.
Ben has handled matters that are exclusively international in nature (e.g., a dispute in a non-U.S. venue) or that included an international component. He has managed corporate, litigation and regulatory matters in each of the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Chile, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Ben has significant experience dealing with state and federal regulatory bodies.
- Involved in the negotiating and closing of a corporation’s acquisition of a $225 million construction management at risk company.
- Involved in managing the recapitalization process for a corporation that resulted in its sale for a purchase price of $280 million.
- Negotiated a $1.5 billion settlement agreement with the Government of New South Wales (Australia) regarding legacy asbestos issues.
- Autism Speaks
- Ducks Unlimited
- Zebra Coalition
- SPCA of Central Florida