Elizabeth K. Lange

Partner

Overview

Elizabeth Lange represents public and private clients, including Fortune 50 and startup companies, in mergers and acquisitions, governance, and other corporate and securities matters. Recognized for her involvement in social enterprise and impact finance law, Lizzie has written extensively on legal and regulatory issues relating to social enterprise legal forms.

Corporate and Securities

Experienced in complex transactions, Lizzie has represented clients in transactions with deal sizes ranging from several million dollars to over $1 billion. Lizzie works with companies in a variety of industries and focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/corporate venture capital and emerging companies, corporate restructurings, private securities offerings, divestitures and general corporate matters. Lizzie also represents various benefit corporations and emerging venture-backed companies.

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)

Lizzie co-leads the firm’s full-service ESG practice. She draws on more than a decade of experience helping clients in the social impact space, and served on the Faegre Drinker team that created the benefit corporation legal form that has been adopted in more than 35 states. Lizzie regularly advises companies on ESG matters including ESG strategy, policies, disclosure and reporting, frameworks and standards, and compliance.

From start-ups to well established organizations, companies trust Lizzie to guide them on benefit corporation and B Corp matters, including:

  • Navigation of the B Corp certification process
  • Guidance on formation of or conversion to a benefit corporation or public benefit corporation (PBC)
  • Counsel of boards and management on corporate governance
  • Facilitation of discussions with investors and other financing sources regarding the implications of benefit corporation and B Corp status
  • Advice on compliance and reporting

Representative Experience

  • Representation of Primo Water Corporation (NYSE: PRMW), a leading beverage manufacturer, with respect to M&A and strategic and general corporate matters. Over the last several years, Lizzie has advised Primo on M&A transactions ranging from under $5 million to over $750 million.
  • Representation of a private equity fund focusing on the transportation sector and its portfolio companies in acquisition and divestiture transactions and other strategic initiatives.
  • Representation of a private equity fund focusing on financial technology and business technology sectors and its portfolio companies in M&A transactions and other strategic initiatives.
  • Representation of Northern Pacific Group, a private equity fund focusing on service and technology sectors and its portfolio companies in M&A transactions and strategic initiatives.
  • Representation of a privately held manufacturer of household appliances in its $90 million acquisition of a power cell company.
  • Representation of U.S.-based environmental consulting firm in $220 million sale to an international-based strategic buyer.
  • Representation of a market research and data analytics company in $175 million sale to a private equity buyer.
  • Representation of a major cable provider in its strategic acquisition of a dynamic ad insertion and alternative content delivery company.
  • Representation of the venture capital arm of a major cable provider in connection with investments in the mobile software, digital advertising and social media industries.
  • Representation of a number of registered investment advisers in investment company acquisitions and other strategic transactions.
  • Representation of Covance in its sale of Covance Antibody Services Inc. to BioLegend, Inc. Represented Covance in its sale of the assets of Covance Genomics Laboratory LLC to Laboratory Corporation of America.
  • Representation of the venture arm of a Fortune 50 company in connection with a $17 million convertible preferred-stock investment in health care IT company.
  • Representation of a privately held medical device company in an $80 million sale to a strategic buyer. Represented start-up companies with respect to entity formation and venture capital raising initiatives.
  • Representation of a fair-trade soccer ball company with benefit corporation conversion, early-stage financings and general corporate matters.

Service to Profession & Thought Leadership

Lizzie is active in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global network of senior-level dealmakers. She participated in ACG University, an in-depth educational and networking program for M&A professionals, and she has been an active alum serving as an outreach ambassador. She is currently serving on ACG’s Membership Committee.

She is the general editor and a contributing author for LexisNexis' Corporate Attorney’s Practice Guide.

Lizzie is a dedicated mentor to new associates, taking the time to help them hone their craft and better serve the needs of the firm’s clients.

Personal Interests

An avid reader, Lizzie started the Philadelphia office’s Executive Women’s Forum, which brings NY Times best-selling women authors to speak and network with clients and women executives.

Lizzie co-leads the firm's full-service ESG team and advises clients on M&A, Governance and B Corp matters.

Related Industries

Credentials

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law
J.D. cum laude, Temple Law Review (2009)

University of Pennsylvania
B.A. cum laude (2004)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Lizzie has worked for more than 15 years with the nonprofit B Lab, helping draft the model benefit corporation legislation and supporting the developing social impact space. In connection with her representation of B Lab, she helped pass benefit corporation legislation in over 35 states, including DE, PA, NY, NJ, IL and CA. Lizzie has partnered with B Lab on its Level program to provide legal services to companies led by Black, indigenous or people of color who also identify as women.

Professional Associations

  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) — Membership Committee
  • Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers (GAIL) — Global Board and Chair of GAIL North America's Board of Directors
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art — Corporate Executive Board
  • Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia — Past Member of the Board of Directors

Firm Leadership

  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Team — Co-leader
  • Faegre Drinker's Women Forward — Co-chair, Steering Committee
  • Philadelphia Hiring Committee
  • Philadelphia Office's Summer Associates Program — Chair, 2020-21

Honors

  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, 2021-24; "Ones to Watch," Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2023-24
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2023
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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