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Emily Wang Murphy


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6939 direct

Emily works closely with company owners, executives, and boards on both their short-term and long-term business goals.

She has negotiated and closed a variety of complex and strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, equity and debt financings, and commercial finance transactions, representing lenders and borrowers. Emily often practices in regulated industries, including government contracts and higher education. She also represents public and private issuers in connection with various debt and equity offerings, in both private placements and public transactions.

In addition, Emily practices in the area of export finance, serving as outside counsel to the U.S. Export-Import Bank. She has successfully closed corporate, asset-backed, and small project financings, supporting American exports to and financings in Morocco, Gabon, Nigeria, Turkey and Mexico, among other countries.

Her clients range from start-ups to established companies, including a large government-sponsored enterprise and several well-respected institutions of higher learning. Emily is fortunate to partner with non-profit and for-profit companies as they tackle legal issues relating to corporate governance, transactions, and business contracts.

Emily serves on the Firm's Women's Initiative and Diversity Committees, and the Joint Subcommittee on Professional Development.  She is committed to helping improve diversity, inclusion, and professional development at the Firm and in the legal profession.

Clients have praised Emily for her "practical, common sense solutions" and "natural instincts" for deal flow.

Representative Matters

Represented a large publicly traded company in connection with the offering of $725 million in senior notes.

Represented an American media company in connection with the acquisition of certain NBC television stations for $600 million.

Represented a hedge fund firm in connection with the divestiture of cable systems to Columbus Investments, Inc. for $162 million.

Represented a public company in connection with the equity offering of $50 million in common stock.

Represented a private equity fund in the acquisition of several higher education institutions for $10 million in the aggregate.

Represented a private client in connection with the private placement of $300 million in senior secured notes, as well as a loan refinancing in the amount of $30 million.


Higher Education Transactions: Valuation & Structure

Merging Institutions of Higher Education: Corporate and Tax Considerations

Mergers and Acquisitions in Higher Education: Key Points of the Letter of Intent

Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)

Thompson Coburn Publications

Diversity-related derivative actions are on the rise, and Corporate America is on edge

Three key elements of good corporate governance


Mergers and acquisitions in higher education: Considering the letter of intent


"Three Key Elements of Good Corporate Governance,"
October 16, 2019

"Mergers and Acquisitions in Higher Education: Considering the Letter of Intent,"
September 10, 2018

“Raising Capital through Crowdfunding,"
BISA OneSource, September 2015


"Merging Institutions of Higher Education: Corporate and Tax Considerations,"
TCLE Webinar, October 16, 2019

"Mergers and Acquisitions in Higher Education: Key Points of the Letter of Intent,"
TCLE Webinar, September 12, 2018

"Evolving Role of the Corporate Secretary, 101, 201 and Current Hot Issues,"
Corporate Law Forum: Corporate Governance Conference, July 12, 2018

"The Role of In-House Counsel in Corporate Governance,"
Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2017

"Structuring International Recruiting and Marketing Arrangements,"
APSCU, June 2016

"Government Contracts M&A,"
October 2015

"Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act),"
May 2015