Richard Silfen was Appointed as General Counsel at American Realty Capital Properties

Date of management change: March 03, 2014 

What Happened?

New York, NY-based American Realty Capital Trust has Appointed as General Counsel


About the Company

American Realty Capital is a full-service real estate advisory firm that invests in single-tenant, freestanding properties throughout the United States, that are net-leased on a long-term basis to investment-grade and other creditworthy tenants. It also manages its wholly-owned securities firm, Realty Capital Securities, LLC (member FINRA/SIPC), focused exclusively on direct investments in alternative asset classes.


About the Person

Richard A. Silfen, also known as Rich, has been an Executive Vice President and General Counsel of American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. since February 26, 2014. Mr. Silfen is a part of the executive leadership team and has more than 25 years of experience in corporate and securities law. He was Partner of WolfBlock LLP. Prior to that, Mr. Silfen was a Partner at Duane Morris LLP, where he headed the Capital Markets Group. While at Duane Morris LLP, Mr. Silfen has advised numerous companies with regard to complex mergers and acquisition transactions and capital markets transactions, including several real estate investment trusts. Specifically, he represented ARCP during its respective mergers with American Realty Capital Trust III, Inc. and American Realty Capital Trust IV, Inc., as well as Topaz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s stockholders in a sale to Sanofi-Pasteur and Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. in a $1.0 billion public offering of its senior notes. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Financial Officer of Cangen Biotechnologies Inc., since August 2004. From May 2000 to August 2004, Mr. Silfen was a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Prior to May 2000, he was a Partner at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP and was the Vice Chairman of its corporate department. From 1987 through 1990, Mr. Silfen worked in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance. He began his legal career in 1987 on the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. During his tenure there, Mr. Silfen worked in the Division of Corporation Finance, the Office of Chief Counsel and the Office of Tender Offers. He is highly experienced in advising companies in connection with private equity investments in publicly traded and privately owned issuers, senior, high-yield, mezzanine and other debt issuances using complex structures, and restructurings of multi-layer debt. Mr. Silfen also has assisted emerging and other businesses to develop plans for the growth and development of their businesses and technologies, including financing transactions, collaborative and strategic partnerships, and joint venture arrangements. Throughout his career, he has worked with companies to facilitate public reporting and the analysis of operating results, advising them on internal audit functions and other Sarbanes-Oxley compliance matters, and working with them to support and enhance strategies for communication with security analysts and investors. Mr. Silfen served as Trustee of GMH Communities Trust since May 2004. He is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Silfen's publications include "Now That You Are Publicly Owned," a guide widely used by companies to address securities laws and practical issues following their initial public offerings. America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA listed him as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for his advice on M&A, private equity and securities matters. Mr. Silfen was also listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rankings in 2011 and 2012. He received his J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1987 and his Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Baylor University in 1983.


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