Francese, Gerald

Gerald A. Francese

Partner
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Gerald Francese has an extensive corporate and financial regulatory practice. Jerry focuses on mergers and acquisitions, formation and representation of investment funds, including venture, private equity, hedge, BDCs and interval funds, fintech and bank regulatory matters. Jerry's clients include some of the world's largest financial services institutions, investment advisers, investment companies, public and private companies and investors.

Gerald Francese has an extensive corporate and financial regulatory practice. Jerry focuses on mergers and acquisitions, formation and representation of investment funds, including venture, private equity, hedge, BDCs and interval funds, fintech and bank regulatory matters. Jerry's clients include some of the world's largest financial services institutions, investment advisers, investment companies, public and private companies and investors.

He helps investment advisers sponsor investment vehicles and separately managed accounts, and has structured and closed numerous seed and growth investments and platforms. Jerry works closely with investors to achieve investment goals and minimize adverse tax consequences. His fund clients span multiple industries, including:

  • Alternative energy
  • Commodities
  • Construction finance
  • Crypto-currencies
  • Education
  • Emerging markets
  • Energy
  • FinTech
  • Food
  • Health care
  • Hospitality
  • Logistics
  • Performing and distressed debt
  • Real estate and opportunity zones

Jerry's transactional practice includes domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions; private placements; joint ventures; management buyouts; corporate finance, rights and exchange offers; asset transactions; and going-private transactions. Jerry enjoys working on cutting-edge legal issues related to fintech, securities offerings and trading.

Jerry also has extensive experience helping clients with international transactions and international trade compliance, including export and import laws, economic sanctions regimes, country of origin designations, bank secrecy, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery/anti-corruption laws. Jerry’s representative international trade compliance experience includes:

  • Counseled clients regarding sanctions and export control restrictions
  • Conducted ITAR and EAR due diligence as part of an integrated merger and acquisition programs for various U.S. and foreign clients
  • Investigated claims of possible violations of the OFAC and Sanctions Regulations
  • Assisted clients with FCPA investigations
  • Determined Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCN) for various hardware and software products for clients
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Education
  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1998
  • B.A.,

    summa cum laude

    , Roger Williams University, 1996
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
Community Leadership
    • Chair, Board of Directors, Barrier Free Living Family of Companies
    • Chair of the Board of Managers of Arts Institute International, a national university system
    • President's Board of Advisors, Roger Williams University
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    • In-House Counsel and Compliance and Risk Executive, Bank of America