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Peter D. Hutcheon Named Newark Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year

Posted on October 24th, 2011

October 24, 2011

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
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Peter D. Hutcheon Named Newark Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year


Bridgewater, NJ (October 24, 2011) – Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Peter D. Hutcheon, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., the Newark Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year for 2012.

“We are very proud of Peter and his selection by Best Lawyers for this honor. It is an acknowledgment of the hard-earned respect of his peers and his dedicated work for our clients,” said G. Robert Marcus, Managing Partner.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating Lawyers of the Year in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The lawyers being honored as Lawyers of the Year have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Peter D. Hutcheon on being selected as the Newark Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year for 2012.”

A resident of Clayton, Gloucester County, NJ, Hutcheon practices in the areas of corporate governance, commercial transactions, securities, banking, and finance. He represented America’s leading manufacturer of scientific equipment for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for over 25 years, until its acquisition in 2007 by a leading German equipment manufacturer. He also regularly counsels the management of public and private companies on corporate governance matters including the complexities of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Hutcheon has particular expertise with respect to indemnification and insurance issues affecting directors and officers. He has regularly represented one of the largest contract sales organizations, negotiating major field force agreements with pharmaceutical companies. He also represents clients seeking investment capital from private placements, venture capital and private equity deals, and firm commitment underwritten offerings of securities. Hutcheon is experienced in securities matters ranging from stock options to dividend reinvestment plans, bank regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry, and corporate and financing transactions. He has represented both buyers and sellers in public and private corporate acquisition transactions in deals involving almost $1.5 billion.

Hutcheon is a long-time member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Business Law, LLC’s Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations Committee and is the editor of its newsletter, the PUBOGRAM. He is the 2005 recipient of the Martin I. Lubaroff Award for lifelong service to this Committee. He was a director for 22 years (including 2 years as chair) of the New Jersey State Bar, Corporate and Business Law Section. He also chaired the State Bar’s Banking Law Section. He was chairman of the New Jersey Corporate and Business Law Study Commission from its inception in 1989 to 2002, providing reports and suggestions on business law developments to the New Jersey Legislature and the Governor. He is now in his 31st year as Liaison from the American Bar Association’s State Regulation of Securities Committee to the New Jersey Bureau of Securities. Hutcheon chaired the New Jersey Securities Advisory Committee appointed by the Attorney General from 1995 to 2001.

Hutcheon has been selected for inclusion in the Business/Corporate section of New Jersey Super Lawyers® consistently since 2005. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America and New Jersey Super Lawyers, as well as Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.

Hutcheon has authored numerous articles on business-related law topics including limited liability companies, securities, and directors’ and officers’ liability. He received his J.D. from Harvard University, cum laude, in 1969 and his B.A. from Williams College, magna cum laude, in 1965.

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