Scott C. Kline
Our principal, Scott C. Kline, has over 20 years of corporate and securities law experience. Prior to establishing KLG, Scott was a Partner in the Corporate Finance and Asia Practice groups of two large international law firms, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Blank Rome LLP. Scott also spent almost a decade practicing corporate and securities law at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman Steiner LLP and Paul Hastings LLP where he advised numerous companies, investor groups, placement agents and underwriters on general corporate finance and securities matters, private equity transactions and public financings. During 2014, Scott also founded, with two partners, Crone Kline Rinde LLP, now CKR Law LLP.
Scott has lived and worked in China for several years as a Partner and Chief Representative of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman LLP’s 's Shanghai office and Partner of Blank Rome LLP. While based in Shanghai, Scott represented numerous companies and investor groups with business interests in China and served as corporate and securities counsel to multiple U.S. listed companies based in China.
Scott has developed a leading practice in handling private equity investments and PIPEs (Private Investment in Public Equity) for Chinese companies seeking private equity financings. Scott has considerable experience representing both large NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies and smaller issuers whose securities are traded over-the-counter. He understands the special needs of companies and investors in the early stages of capital formation.
Scott represents both public and private issuers, investors, placement agents, and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of securities, PIPE offerings, and angel and venture capital financings. He also has significant transactional experience in various M&A structures, alternative public offering transactions, and other business combinations. Scott regularly advises companies and investors with respect to SEC Exchange Act compliance, corporate governance, and fiduciary obligations, with an emphasis on the law regarding public disclosure through periodic reports to the SEC, proxy statements, beneficial ownership reporting, and press releases. He also regularly consults with executives regarding restricted stock and stock option compensation matters. Scott also has significant experience representing private domestic and offshore investment and hedge funds, registered investment companies and mutual funds, independent directors and trustees, and investment advisers.
Scott graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Finance, and received his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law where he graduated with honors. He is a member of the California bar.
Scott is based in Irvine, California.
Julia D. Kline
Julia has been advising early-stage public and private companies and investors in the U.S. and China since 2008. Having co-founded a successful wine distributorship and having spent several years advising microcap companies at a boutique M&A advisory firm, Julia understands the particular challenges facing startup enterprises and their management as they seek early-stage capital and navigate a complex federal regulatory system. As head of corporate acquisitions at Belmont Partners, Julia managed over 30 public company M&A transactions from 2008-2010, including review of due diligence and preparation of all legal documentation. During 2010-2011, Julia was a Senior Business Development Associate in Belmont’s Shanghai, China office where she worked with several mainland China-based companies, investment banks, securities attorneys, and local counsel to list these companies on U.S. exchanges. Julia brings her substantial transactional experience to Kline Law Group where she regularly communicates on behalf of clients with investor counsel, the SEC, FINRA, transfer agents, broker-dealers, and PCAOB auditors.
Julia is knowledgeable on a variety of business law issues including entity formation, corporate governance, capital markets, M&A, Exchange Act compliance, public and private financings, registration exemptions including the new regulation crowdfunding and Reg A+ exemptions. She plans to focus her practice on advising startup entities and their management on early-stage finance alternatives.
Julia graduated from Loyola Law School where she was a Senior Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. Her student comment titled Basic’s “Bitter Harvest”: The Court’s Continued Adherence to a Flawed Economic Theory in Halliburton was published in the law review’s Supreme Court issue in 2015.
Julia graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University in 2006, with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics.
Julia is based in the Boston area, and is a member of the Massachusetts bar.
We understand and appreciate the challenges faced by individual and corporate clients in the current economic environment and so we offer our outstanding representation at reasonable prices. Our flexible fixed and hourly fee arrangements provide our clients with relative certainty regarding the cost of specific matters so that they can meet their budgetary expectations. In addition to traditional hourly fees, we offer creative fee arrangements including:
• Flat fees or fee caps
• Mixed hourly/success fees
• Blended hourly rates
• Combination cash/common stock arrangements
• Fixed monthly fees for SEC periodic reporting and compliance (for public company clients)