Alyce C. Halchak, a director in the Corporate Department of Gibbons P.C., is a member of, and the first woman to serve on, the firm’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Halchak’s practice focuses on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, governance and internal investigations, securities law and executive compensation. She regularly leads multidisciplinary teams in structuring and closing complex business transactions and has significant experience leading internal investigations and counseling boards of directors and special committees of publicly-traded and privately-held companies. This counseling includes Sarbanes-Oxley implementation, compliance and enforcement; director and officer responsibilities and duties; compensation programs and disclosures; and securities obligations, requirements and filings.
Ms. Halchak acts as general counsel for many privately-held companies with annual revenues ranging from $100 million to $600 million. As general counsel, she is the point person for all of the companies’ matters, including corporate, governance, mergers and acquisitions, employment, environmental, and real estate. Among these companies is a multi-national specialty pharmaceutical company that Ms. Halchak counseled in its sale to a private equity holding company that included a strategic buyer among its affiliates. Currently, the combined company, with more than $400 million in revenue, is the world leader in gas therapeutics and among the leaders in critical care medicine. Most recently, Ms. Halchak led a team of attorneys from many firms in diverse practice areas in the sale of a high-end printing company to a strategic buyer and a leading private equity firm for a sale price at the upper end of nine figures.
Ms. Halchak is a member of the boards of Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc. and Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society Ltd. (Bermuda) (“ALAS”). ALAS is the largest lawyerowned mutual insurance company, with a membership of law firms headquartered in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Ms. Halchak chairs ALAS’ Audit Committee and also is a member of the Companies’ Nominating, Compensation and Governance (“NC&G”) and Reinsurance Committees. As chair of the Audit Committee, she is directing and overseeing companies’ compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, with significant focus on the review and development or remediation of internal controls, consistent with Section 404 of the legislation. Since joining the NC&G Committee in 2004, Ms. Halchak has led several important initiatives. During the 2004/2005 term, she successfully chaired the subcommittee responsible for conducting the first evaluations of the Board and each individual director. She currently co-chairs the subcommittee charged with preparing ALAS’ Compensation Discussion and Analysis for the Companies’ April proxy.
She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors – National Organization and New Jersey chapter and has been an active participant in many events and seminars for this organization. She currently is general counsel for the New Jersey chapter, and a member of its Leadership Committee.
Ms. Halchak is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, in the areas of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, and Tax Law, and in Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions. She is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and was named as one of “10 To Watch” in an article on “The Most Powerful Women in New Jersey Business” (Star Ledger, September 17, 2006).
She is the co-author of New Jersey Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual, Data Trace Legal Publishers, and is quoted regularly in many business and professional publications, including Agenda Magazine, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, and Lawyer’s
She has served as a panelist and speaker in seminars dealing with many aspects of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and other business combinations and divestitures, corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley.
Ms. Halchak is a graduate of Marywood College (1971) cum laude. In 1975, she graduated from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and received her L.L.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law in 1982.