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Michael de Leon Hawthorne


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6936 direct

Nationally recognized in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law, Michael has extensive experience working on securities matters and helps his clients comply with related laws and regulations.

Michael assists public and private companies to successfully implement corporate structures that allow them to grow their business organically through capital formation, M&A, and joint venturing with potential business partners. He advises startups and companies preparing for a public or private offering, ensuring these companies are structured properly in all stages of their development. He has represented seed, venture, and private equity investment funds worth more than $6 billion.

He also regularly represents private investment firms seeking investment opportunities and companies raising capital. On either side of these transactions, he taps his extensive knowledge of complex securities and financial instruments to discover, document, and close deals that achieve, and frequently exceed, his client's goals. Michael has handled more than 50 private placements, more than 25 public offerings, and hundreds of M&A deals and has restructured numerous domestic and international companies.

With the regulatory environment getting increasingly more complicated, Michael understands that his clients want straightforward advice so that they can make informed and sometimes difficult decisions. He gets to know his clients and related industries in depth so he can provide traditional as well as non-traditional options that allow them to balance risk and return on investment.

Michael's clients are involved in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, distribution, natural resources, health care, energy, restaurant, and technology. He represents many family-owned businesses and works collaboratively with their advisors to provide cross-disciplinary approaches that address issues that are unique to these clients, such as succession planning, trusts and estate preparation, and balancing the needs of multiple generations. Michael is president of The International Association of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, Inc.

Thompson Coburn Publications

Crowdfunding for real estate - buyer beware


Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)


Attempts to Block Department of Labor's Controversial Fiduciary Rule;
Banking Insurance & Securities Association (BISA) weekly news, June 5, 2016

"DOL Levels Playing Field for Advisors; New Fiduciary Duty Imposed on Brokers";
afhe website, April 12, 2016

"Raising Capital through Crowdfunding";
BISA OneSource, September 10, 2015

"Crowdfunding for Real Estate-- Buyer Beware";
September 01, 2015

"The Role of the Attorney Comes Full Circle";
The Practitioner-- Family Firm Institute, April 2015

"Pitfalls of accounting for family-held enterprises";
Daily Herald Business Ledger, November 2014


"Are you organized? Virtual data rooms to the rescue - but beware of family issues";
afhe 2016 Mid-Year Conference November 11, 2016

“Management Wants It When?! Accessing Key Documents and Responding in a Flash," a presentation on virtual data rooms;
ACC National Capital Region CLE, September 22, 2016

"Selling and Creating Liquidity for the Family Enterprise";
afhe Annual Conference & Members Meeting, Washington DC, 2016

"Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises Past, Present, Future";
afhe Annual Conference & Members Meeting, Washington DC, 2016

"Diminished Capacity-- What the New Regulatory Environment Means for Your Firm";
Bank Insurance & Securities Association Annual Conference, 2016

"Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)";

"Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises Past, Present, Future";
afhe 2015 Annual Conference & Members Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, 2015

"The JOBS Act and its Regulatory Implications";
Banking Insurance & Securities Association (BISA), 2015

"The Nuts & Bolts of Private Placements After the JOBS ACT";
17th Biennial UK/CLE Midwest/Midsouth Securities Law Institute, 2014

"Social Media Supervision and Regulation in the Insurance and Securities Industry";
Bank Insurance & Securities Association (BISA), 2014

Co-Chair, speaker and facilitator, "Raising capital and what is afhe?";
Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises (afhe) Mid-Year Conference, 2014

"Shareholders' Agreements in a Family Business: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly";
afhe Annual Conference, 2013

"Good Corporate Governance: The Use of Codes of Conduct and Ethics";
16th Biennial UK/CLE Midwest/Midsouth Securities Law Institute, 2012

Moderator, afhe Annual Conference, 2011-present