Thomas Lyons enjoys learning from and about his sophisticated, financial sector clients’ businesses – what they do, their business philosophies, and how their finances work – so he can help advise them in their business ventures.
Thomas concentrates his practice in U.S. securities law and financial regulation, specifically working with clients on matters involving securities, derivatives, financial institutions, investment management, private investment funds, and mergers and acquisitions.
Having observed tumultuous times in the finance world during the first decade of the 2000s, Thomas developed a keen interest in finance, capital markets, and securities.
Thomas represents clients in entity and private investment fund formation, complex business transactions, reorganizations and recapitalizations, various capital-raising transactions, including but not limited to, venture capital transactions, bridge financing transactions, and debt financing transactions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance matters, periodic and current report (Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and Form 8-K, Form 20-F and Form 6-K) compliance requirements, shelf registration statement (Form F-3) and shelf takedown (Form 424B5) compliance requirements, FINRA and CFTC regulatory matters, national stock exchange compliance requirements, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, JOBS Act, and FAST Act compliance requirements, proxy material compliance requirements, broker-dealer registration and compliance, swap dealer and retail foreign exchange dealer registration and compliance, membership programs for exchanges, and mergers and acquisitions. He drafts organizational and governing documents, transactional documents for mergers and acquisitions, transactional documents for capital raises, public securities filings, proxy statements and cards for public and private companies, general business contracts, sales bonus agreements, stock transfer agreements, management and administrative agreements, restricted grant agreements, interest purchase agreements, term loan agreements, membership agreements, and due diligence reports.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Thomas served as an honors program legal extern in the Office of the Chief Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as a legal intern for U.S. Sen. Todd Young, both in Washington, D.C.
In those roles, he researched and drafted memoranda involving cryptocurrencies and reviewed and analyzed filings under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including Form S-1 registration statements, Form S-4 registration statements, Form 10-K annual reports, Form 10-Q quarterly reports, and Form 8-K current reports for regulatory compliance. He also researched and analyzed various issues regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including, but not limited to, the carried interest deduction, opportunity zone fund formation, 1031 transactions, the mortgage interest deduction, the state and local tax deduction, and estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board of directors, Options Charter Schools
Member, Indiana Leadership Forum class of 2020
Member, Indy Chamber Ambassador Program
Member, The Federalist Society – Indianapolis Lawyers Division Chapter
Member, Indiana State Bar Association
Member, Indianapolis Bar Association