Frank Ciatto is co-chair of Venable's Corporate Practice Group. Frank is a business attorney who assists entrepreneurs with existing and new business ventures. His legal knowledge and practical experience are important in helping owners and investors realize the full value of their ideas and investments. He focuses on corporate and partnership structuring, mergers and acquisitions, limited liability companies, private equity investments, tax and accounting issues, business divorces, and succession planning.
Frank drafts and negotiates key business documents, such as merger agreements, limited liability company agreements, partnership agreements, stockholder agreements, executive employment agreements, severance agreements, stock-option plans, grant agreements, and other corporate agreements.
He serves as corporate counsel to entrepreneurs and individual investors in a number of industries, including hedge funds, financial services providers, auto dealerships, publishing, securities companies, professional consulting firms, software and technology providers, hospitality, law firms, and other professional service providers.
In addition to his legal work, Frank is a certified public accountant, formerly with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in New York – experience that often adds value to his clients' transactions.
Frank served as the firm's corporate counsel in its recent combination with the Fitzpatrick Cella law firm.