John Patrick Clayton advises clients on complex capital markets transactions, SEC disclosure issues and corporate governance matters. He has represented issuers and private equity sponsors in a wide variety of securities offerings, including initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary offerings, high-yield debt offerings and PIPE financings. John also regularly provides SEC counsel to clients in connection with going private transactions, spin-offs, tender offers, de-SPACs and other public M&A deals. While in law school, John participated in a semester-long externship at the SEC. During this time, he worked in the Division of Enforcement, where he assisted SEC attorneys in the investigation of securities laws violations. As an Akin Gump Pro Bono Scholar, John worked at the KIPP Foundation, where he assisted the general counsel in providing legal guidance to the foundation and the various KIPP schools throughout the country. Previously, John taught special education in Charlotte, N.C., as a member of Teach for America, and he continues to be active in education reform.