Bob Rasmussen represents public and private businesses in all stages of development and in a broad range of corporate and financial matters, but focuses primarily on corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalization, public and private securities offerings, and private equity and venture capital investment. He also advises start-up, emerging growth, and seasoned businesses on general business and commercial matters, has represented special committees of boards of directors with respect to internal investigations, merger and acquisition transactions, and shareholder derivative lawsuits, and counsels senior business executives regarding executive employment and compensation matters. His clients include public companies, family owned businesses, closely-held businesses, and not-for-profit corporations.
Bob is an experienced corporate and securities lawyer who has been listed in all the prominent listings of top business lawyers in Florida, including Martindale-Hubbell, Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Florida Super Lawyers. He has been listed in Best Lawyers for more than 25 years and AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 30 years. He currently has a Band 1 ranking from Chambers USA in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. Bob has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2015 Tampa Lawyer of the Year for Securities/Capital Markets Law, the 2014 Tampa Lawyer of the Year for Mergers and Acquisition Law, the 2012 Tampa Lawyer of the Year for Securities Regulation, and the 2011 Tampa Lawyer of the Year for Securities/Capital Markets Law.
Best Lawyers in America (Corporate, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities/Capital Markets, Securities Regulation)
Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A & Private Equity), Band 1 Ranking for 2016
Florida Super Lawyers (Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance)
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers
The University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, J.D. with High Distinction, 1974, Order of Coif.
The American University, Washington, DC, B.S.B.A. in Marketing with Honors, 1971.
Florida Takeover Law: Affiliated Transactions, 17 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 801 (1989)
Florida Takeover Law: Control Share Acquisitions, 16 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 103 (1988)
"Fraud Under SEC Rule 10b-5," Florida and Federal Securities Regulation, The Florida Bar (2d Ed., 1979)
Selected Professional and Civic Activities
Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa (Chairman of the Board, Chair of Executive Committee, Member of Strategic Vision Committee)
Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church, Legal Advisory Council
Leadership Tampa, Class of 1984
Leadership Tampa Alumni (Past Chairman, Emeritus Board Member)
Palma Ceia United Methodist Day School (Past Chairman)
Tampa Bay Professional Alliance (Secretary
Tampa Heights Neighborhood Revitalization Alliance (Founder and Past Chairman)
WEDU Tax and Estate Planning Seminar (Member, Steering Committee)