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Manuel G. Rivera

Senior Counsel

Manuel G. Rivera

New York

T:+1 212 318 3296

Manny Rivera concentrates his practice on advising public and private companies in complex mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions and representing corporate issuers and investors in domestic and cross-border equity and debt securities financings.  In addition, he regularly advises US public companies, Canadian MJDS issuers and other foreign private issuers concerning US securities law compliance issues and corporate governance best practices.

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  • Education

    JD, Harvard Law School, 1996
    MBA, Baruch College of The City University of New York, 1993
    BA, cum laude with distinction, Yale University, 1989

    In law school, Manny was an articles and submissions editor of the Harvard International Law Journal.

    He was admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia in 1997.

  • Representative experience
    • Represented a Nasdaq-listed diversified apparel manufacturer, designer and retailer in its acquisition of several apparel companies, retail brands and chains of retail stores, its sale of a Chinese joint venture interest and its investments in international fashion joint ventures
    • Securities and M&A counsel to a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed refining company in a $675 million "double dummy" public merger with a peer NYSE-listed refining company and in post-merger dispositions of non-core assets
    • Advised a Nasdaq-listed optics and metrology products company in its approximately $380 million sale by public merger to a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices
    • Corporate transaction counsel to a NYSE-listed master limited partnership (MLP) in its formation of a $150 million joint venture with a Nasdaq-listed MLP to acquire and operate petroleum product terminals, and a related corporate acquisition and asset contributions
    • Represented a Texas natural gas and electric utility in the auction purchase of a natural gas plant from an energy-focused investment fund
    • Advised a UK-based gold mining and exploration company with activities focused on West and Central Africa in its US initial public offering (IPO), Nasdaq Global Market listing and establishing an American Depositary Shares (ADS) facility, and subsequent international share offerings totaling more than $640 million
    • US counsel to an Israel-based electronic payment systems company in its approximately $800 million public merger with a US payment systems company, including a US registered exchange offer for the cash/stock merger consideration
    • Represented a Nasdaq-listed diversified apparel manufacturer, designer and retailer in follow-on public offerings and private placements of its common stock totaling over $260 million
    • Advised a Greater New York City high-growth food retailer in its $178 million JOBS Act IPO and Nasdaq Global Market listing
    • Represented a hospital properties real estate investment trust in establishing and maintaining a $50 million at-the-market equity offering program
    • Securities counsel to a nationwide owner/operator of hospital and healthcare facilities in public and Rule 144A offerings of in excess of $1 billion aggregate principal amount of convertible notes and senior notes
    • Counsel to a petroleum refining and convenience store retailer in its $184 million IPO and listing on the NYSE
    • Advised numerous Canadian companies in Rule 144A offerings and Regulation D private placements of subscription receipts, common shares and debt securities to US investors
    • Seconded for six months as interim General Counsel of a NYSE-listed refining company and its NYSE-listed MLP
    • Ongoing periodic reporting and securities law compliance advice to US public companies in consumer markets, energy and technology businesses and foreign private issuers with operations in Canada, the Middle East and Africa
  • Admissions
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • New York State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Publications
    • Lexis Practice Advisor, Contributing Author, Capital Markets & Corporate Governance
    • "Best Practices For Drafting Insider Trading Policies," Law360, July 1, 2015
    • "Staying Ahead of the Curve in Complying with Current and Anticipated Securities Regulations," in Inside the Minds: SEC Compliance Best Practices, 2013 ed., Aspatore Books/Thomson Reuters, 2013
  • Memberships and activities
    • American Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Society for Corporate Governance
  • Languages
    • Spanish