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Over 34 years of practice, Mr. Gracin has directed and negotiated a wide range of acquisitions, public and private financings and other sophisticated business transactions involving amounts, in the aggregate, in excess of $3.5 billion dollars.
Mr. Gracin began his career as a corporate and securities attorney at the renowned firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, representing Goldman Sachs & Company, The First Boston Corporation, Kidder Peabody & Company, Dean Witter Reynolds and Drexel Burnham Lambert. After leaving Sullivan & Cromwell, Mr. Gracin represented Gruntal & Co., Incorporated, Prudential Bache Securities, Wertheim & Company, as well as numerous public companies, including many of Israel's premier high-tech corporations. Mr. Gracin has also represented numerous venture capital firms, such as Adler & Company and Weiss, Peck & Greer, in connection with their investments and assisted other venture capitalists in establishing various venture capital funds.
Beginning in April 1990, Mr. Gracin spent four years as in-house counsel to Computer Associates International, Inc., the world's leading independent IT management software company (www.ca.com). While with Computer Associates, he negotiated over 50 acquisitions of various IT companies and software products, including several public company mergers and tender offers, and was responsible for all legal matters involving copyright, trademark and other intellectual property protection.
Mr. Gracin has taken over 100 companies public, both domestic and foreign, through either traditional IPOs on the NYSE, NYSE Alternext US and Nasdaq, or direct listings or reverse mergers (APOs) on the OTC-BB.
Mr. Gracin received his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the New York University School of Law, where he graduated sixth in his class. Mr. Gracin was also elected a member of the New York University Law Review and the prestigious Order of the Coif. He received his Bachelor degree (summa cum laude) in 1978 from Harpur College at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Mr. Gracin is admitted as an attorney in both New York and Florida and is currently member of the Palm Beach Bar Association and South Palm Beach Bar Association.
Mr. Gracin edited and revised portions of, Private Placements and Restricted Securities, Clark Boardman Co., is the subject of a Biography in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in America, and is listed in New York (Metro) Super Lawyers under securities law.
Mr. Gracin is also the co-author of the article entitled “SEC Clamps Down on Selling Short into a Public Offering” which was published in the New York Law Journal on September 26, 2007 and the article entitled "SEC Addresses Abandoned Offerings After September 11th" which was published in the New York Law Journal on November 9, 2001.
Prior to commencing his law studies in 1978, Mr. Gracin honed his entrepreneurial skills and client service values working on the front lines of retail sales and service at Gracin’s Music on 48th Street in New York, a then leading provider to the rock ‘n roll music industry, working with clients that included John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Cars, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Lou Reed and KISS.