Alan H. Paley is a retired partner. He was a corporate partner and a prominent securities and corporate governance lawyer. He has wide-ranging capital markets experience, representing domestic and international companies in many industries as issuers of securities and also advising companies and their boards on securities compliance and governance matters. In addition, he has frequently represented buyers, sellers and advisers in mergers & acquisitions. Chambers USA (2008) recognized Mr. Paley for being, “well regarded for his expertise in capital markets and corporate governance.” He was also recommended by The Legal 500 US (2010-2012), where clients noted Mr. Paley as “highly regarded” and “one of the go-to individuals in the market for capital markets advice.” In addition, Expert Guides ranked him as a leader in corporate and M&A law. Moreover, Mr. Paley was recognized as a leading securities lawyer in Chambers USA (2008), PLC Which Lawyer? (2008), IFLR1000 (2012) and IFLR’s Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers.

Mr. Paley has coauthored numerous articles discussing developments under the federal securities laws, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. His articles include “U.S. SEC’s Proposals for Reform of Securities Offering Process” published in the World Securities Law Report in December 2004, and “U.S. SEC’s Interpretive Guidance on Management’s Discussion and Analysis” in the February 2004 issue of World Securities Law Report. Other recent articles include: “2 Developments May Change Shareholder Proposal Responses,” Law360 (February, 2015); “Good News on ‘Bad Actors,’” PE Manager (March, 2014); “Got Financing? You May Have to Extend Your Tender Offer,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (April, 2013); “SEC Reporting Companies Must Disclose Certain Iran-related Activities,” Westlaw Journal - Securities Litigation & Regulation (March, 2013); “Duty To Disclose SEC Wells Notices Rejected By Judge,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (July, 2012); “Testing The Waters,” International Financial Law Review (May, 2012); and “It's Raining 'JOBS' - President Signs The 'JOBS' Act Into Law,” International Securities & Capital Markets Newsletter (April, 2012).

Mr. Paley is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Securities Regulations 1989-1992) and the American Bar Association (Business Section, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities).

Mr. Paley joined Debevoise in 1976 and was made a partner in 1984. He received his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in 1972 and his J.D. from New York University in 1975, where he was editor-in-chief of the Review of Law and Social Change. He received his LL.M. from New York University in 1976 and was a Fellow at the New York University Securities Institute from 1975-76.


  • New York University, 1976, LL.M.
  • New York University School of Law, 1975, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • New York