Beth Di Santo

Corporate & Securities | Entertainment

Beth is a corporate attorney specializing in corporate and securities, real estate, and entertainment law. Ms. di Santo has significant expertise in representing startups and emerging companies at all stages of their life cycle, including seed capital, venture capital, and equity crowdfunding financings (including public 506(c) equity financings).  Ms. di Santo’s experience includes public and private securities offerings, securities law compliance and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing and real estate transactions. Beth has worked extensively with REITs and other real estate related companies as both company counsel and underwriter’s counsel. Beth also has significant experience in representing start-up companies in several industries, including alternative energy, technology, fashion and media, domestic and offshore fund formation and private equity. In addition, Beth represents several independent film producers, writers and film finance funds.In addition, Ms. di Santo is an award-winning Executive Producer and film financier. Ms. di Santo has contributed to the production of two feature-length independent films and is currently in production on “The Start-Up Lab,” a documentary featuring entrepreneurs, investors and their advisors in New York City.

Corporate Matters

  • Serves as General Counsel to CleanTech REIT, Inc., a real estate investment trust specifically focused on building a portfolio of renewable energy properties
  • Represented hospitality, office and mortgage REITs in their formation and initial public offerings on the NYSE
  • Represented specialty finance company in a $500 million Rule 144A private placement
  • Represented international hedge fund manager in structuring and forming U.S. registered investment company and registered investment advisor
  • Represented managing underwriter of an asset manager’s initial public offering on the NYSE
  • Represented investment banks and venture capital firms in raising approximately $2.5 billion
  • Advised several public companies listed on NYSE and NASDAQ regarding securities law reporting and compliance
  • Represented several alternative and renewable energy companies in early stage recapitalizations, securing equity and debt financing, and negotiating development  agreements and engineering, procurement and construction agreements.

Real Estate Matters

  • Represented hotel developer in acquiring, financing and developing several hospitality and mixed use properties in both New York and Florida
  • Represented real estate developer in structuring and financing a $300 million acquisition of home-building and development business
  • Represented multi-national retail property owner and operator in structuring U.S. operating subsidiaries and acquisition of several retail and commercial properties

EDUCATION and Professional Experience

Education and Bar Admissions

Education

University of Miami School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1999
University of Miami, B.A. 1994


Bar Admissions
New York, 2000
Florida, 2002

Professional Experience

Clifford Chance US LLP (New York, NY), Corporate Finance Associate, 1999—2005
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP (Miami, FL), Real Estate Associate, 2003

Honors and Professional Associations & Memberships

Honors
Super Lawyers, Securities and Corporate Finance, 2011 and 2012
Florida Trend Legal Elite (Up & Comer), 2012
Graduated in the top 10% of law school class
University of Miami Law Review, Writing & Research Editor (1998—1999)
Dean’s Merit Scholar (1997—1999)
Dean’s List (1996)
Moot Court Board, Member (1997—1999)


Professional Associations & Memberships
New York State Bar Association
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York—Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control
Florida Bar Association—Business Law Section; Real Property, Trust & Probate Law Section
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), Securities Law Committee
Commercial Real Estate Women (Miami Chapter)