Since Clark Yeh took up distance running 10 years ago, he’s now completed about 20 marathons. These have included the Pikes Peak Marathon, which scales the fourteener and descends back down. It’s a race known for its grueling ascent into high altitude that inspires moments of regret.
“I did [my] first one. And I’m thinking, What am I doing?” Yeh said. “And then I find myself signing up for another one.”
What gets him to the finish line in a marathon, Yeh said, is what gets him to the closing on a major transaction he’s working on — dedication to the goal. While he never expects to win a marathon, he’s had a lot of success in M&A for an associate with less than five years of experience.
According to his firm, Dorsey & Whitney, the transactions Yeh has worked on since summer 2018 have a total value exceeding $2.1 billion. He’s worked on 30 different client matters in the past year, with clients in a variety of industries from medical devices to credit cards to health insurance.
Yeh took on a key role in a $4 million public offering of a gold mining firm. It was a Regulation A+ offering — like an IPO, except with a process designed for smaller companies that is less costly and burdensome. But Regulation A+ is also still in its infancy, being borne out of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS Act of 2012, and the process isn’t well-worn ground for corporate attorneys, or even within the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“It’s exciting because it’s still a very, very new concept,” Yeh said. “It’s new enough that when I would call the SEC looking for guidance … there are times when they didn’t know the right answers as well.”