Arif Soto

Associate
Arif Soto

Arif Soto advises clients on capital-raising transactions, general corporate and securities matters, corporate governance, stock exchange listings, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and federal and state securities law compliance. Arif's experience includes representing both issuers and underwriters in public and private corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), SPAC IPOs and De-SPAC transactions, shelf registrations, registered direct transactions, private investments in public equity (PIPEs), private placements, and other securities offerings.

In addition to his transactional work, Arif also counsels public company clients on 1933 Act compliance and ongoing 1934 Act reporting obligations, stock exchange rules, and other public company compliance matters, and regularly prepares and reviews disclosure documents for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented Allarity Therapeutics, Inc. in connection with a $1.4 million private placement of senior convertible notes
  • Represented ThinkEquity, as sales agent, in the $7 million ATM offering of MAIA Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Represented ThinkEquity, as underwriter, in the $7.5 million IPO of Azitra, Inc.
  • Represented Avalon Acquisition Inc., a special-purpose acquisition company, in its recent business combination with The Beneficient Company Group, L.P., a technology-enabled platform providing liquidity, data, custody, and trust services to holders of alternative assets
  • Represented ThinkEquity, as underwriter, in the $5.75 million Public Offering of MAIA Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Represented Ideanomics, Inc., a global electric vehicle company that is focused on driving the adoption of electric commercial vehicles, in its public offer launch for the purchase of Energica Motor Company S.p.a.
  • Represented ThinkEquity, as underwriter, in the $10 million IPO of MAIA Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Represented ThinkEquity, as underwriter, in the $28.75 million IPO of Context Therapeutics Inc.
  • Represented Counter Press Acquisition Corporation, a special-purpose acquisition company, in its $86.25 million IPO
  • Represented Avalon Acquisition Inc., a special-purpose acquisition company, in its $207 million IPO
  • Represented Kingwood Capital Markets, as underwriter, in the $100 million IPO of American Acquisition Opportunity Inc., a special-purpose acquisition company
  • Represented Applied UV, Inc., an industry leader in air and surface pathogen elimination technology, in its $5.0 million IPO
  • Represented EVmo, Inc. (f/k/a YayYo, Inc.), a leading provider of vehicles to the rideshare industry, in its $10.5 million IPO

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Credentials
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Education

  • LL.M. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 2018
    • Dean’s Merit Scholarship
    • Heyman Scholar, The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance
  • M.A. Washington University in St. Louis 2011
  • LL.B. Baku State University 2009

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Federal Regulation of Securities Committee

Languages

  • Russian
  • Turkish
  • Azerbaijani