M. Ridgway Barker

Partner | Greenwich

Ridge is a partner in our corporate team.

He is actively engaged in the full range of corporate and business legal and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and compliance, corporate governance, capital markets (IPOs and other registered offerings, SPACs, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, asset securitizations and credit facilities), private equity and venture capital, equity and executive compensation, internal investigations, and corporate control litigation, among other areas. As a trusted advisor for small to medium-sized domestic and international public and private companies across a whole range of legal issues and business needs, he regularly represents clients on both highly complex, sensitive and confidential matters as well as routine day-to-day needs.

Ridge’s clients span industries ranging from telecommunications, technology, chemicals and manufacturing to financial services and retail.

In addition to his legal and transactional experience, he has broad experience in a variety of entrepreneurial, financial, accounting and supervisory roles involving business formation and development, capital raising, strategic transactions, executive compensation, operations and corporate governance.

Ridge’s transactional work ranges from opportunity creation, investigation and development through structuring, analysis, negotiation, problem-solving, closing and post-transaction implementation. He uses total quality and project management concepts to maximize transaction values and minimize transaction costs.

Prior to joining Withers, Ridge was a Partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, a New York- based international law firm, where he was the Chairman of the Corporate Finance & Securities Practice Group.

Secretary Marie McDermott


Ridgway Barker and Michael Rueda, along with the entire Wither’s team, have been an invaluable resource to Global Lyme Alliance providing knowledgeable direction, insight and guidance across a broad range of legal areas. We are grateful and appreciative of their expertise and personal commitment to GLA’s mission.

Global Lyme Alliance - CEO Scott Santarella

Track record





Underwritten public and Rule 144A offerings for emerging companies and seasoned issuers.

Joint venture formations, restructurings and exits.

Stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures.

State of Pennsylvania, 1980

State of Connecticut, 1985

‘Lessons Learned from a Highly Successful Proxy Contest Defense’, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, December 18, 2015

‘Compliance and Policies in Light of Dodd-Frank’, Aspatore Books’ Inside the Minds: SEC Compliance Best Practices, June 2012

‘The Board’s Evolving Role in Corporate Compliance’, Corporate Compliance Insights, April 25. 2012, co-author

Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors

‘Recent Developments at the New SEC, Don’t Get Burned Proxy Seminar, New York, NY, June 17, 2009

‘Understanding the Listing Options: OTC, AIM, Amex, NYSE, Euronext, & NASDAQ’, DealFlow Media’s The SPAC Conference, New York, NY, June 4, 2008.

Belmont Partner’s 2nd Annual Alternative Public Strategies Conference, New York, NY, May 8, 2008



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