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Laura C. Wasson

Laura practices in Davis Brown’s business division working on corporate and banking transactions with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities matters.


Business Advice

Laura’s clients include emerging companies, solo entrepreneurs, small businesses, and growing mid-size and large corporations. She advises emerging companies on their formation and choice of entity and businesses of all sizes in matters relating to corporate governance, contracts, and when the time comes to grow or move on, mergers, acquisitions, and sales. Laura’s practice also includes navigating clients through securities regulations as they raise capital via private placements.


Banking

Small and mid-size banks in Iowa rely on her regulatory experience as they work to comply with the complicated world of regulations imposed by the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Iowa Division of Banking. In this realm, she often assists clients with Change in Control Applications, New Branch and Branch Relocation Applications, and Interagency Merger Applications, among others.


Representative EXPERIENCE

  • Regularly assists emerging companies with entity formation, buy-sell agreements, stock sales and redemptions, corporate governance, contract review, and other matters 
  • Helps financial institutions with all facets of regulatory compliance 
  • Counseled numerous state and nationally-chartered community banks on sales and acquisitions
  • Assisted with sale of a nationally-chartered trust company 
  • Represented central Iowa start-ups on initial rounds of funding via private placements 

Presentations & Publications

Laura is a regular presenter and writer on several topics including:

  • Business law – specifically for Iowa start-ups and small businesses 
  • Securities law – private placements 
  • Banking law

In addition, Laura has presented and written about human trafficking in Iowa: 

  • “Gender in the Juvenile Justice System,” Gender Awareness Day: Drake Law School Diversity Week
  • “Girls Courts,” Human Trafficking: Iowa, Nationally and Internationally What Iowa Lawyers Need to Know, Bar Association 
  • “The Time to Act was Yesterday: Local Reforms to Confront the Tragedy of For-Profit Sexual Exploitation and Provide Victim Assistance,” Drake Law Review, 2015

Community

Laura participates in the community by serving on the board of the Polk County Juvenile Drug Court Collaborative, an organization that mentors juveniles in the Polk County justice system. She also dedicates significant time to coaching the mock trial teams at Saydel High School and Woodside Middle School.


Laura is involved in the legal community, where she serves as the District 5C Representative on the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Executive Council of the Iowa State Bar Association and as a member of the YLD’s Disciplinary Committee.