M. Ridgway Barker


Ridge is a partner in our corporate team.

Ridge is actively engaged in the full range of corporate and business legal and transactional matters, including debt financings, general corporate and securities matters, partnership transactions, public reporting, public and private securities offerings, recapitalization, spin-offs, stock and asset acquisitions, divestures, 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.

He also has broad experience in a variety of financial, accounting and supervisory roles involving corporate finance, corporate and strategic transactions and development activities, executive compensation, operations and corporate governance.

Ridge’s clients span a wide range of industries including telecommunications, technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, manufacturing, broker-dealer, investment advice and financial services and retail.

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

SEC Probes Exchange-Traded Products for Investor Risks,’ Law360 - October 5, 2021, quoted

The U.S. Infrastructure Bill and Cryptocurrency Regulation,’ Withers Insight - September 14, 2021

Staking a profit with Decentralized Finance,’ Withers Insight - August 16, 2021

Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors

SPAC IPOs – Investing in SPACs,’ UBS webinar - June 4, 2021, speaker



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