Patrick Tracey

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Computershare

Bringing 35+ years investor relations experience to non-exchange listed companies, funding portals, and private entities of all types.

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Biography

Patrick, located in our Hauppauge and New York offices, is responsible for the business development for Computershare’s private markets group. This includes non-exchange listed companies, crowdfunding portal relationships, privately held financial institutions and private entities of all types. In addition, Pat has worked with several hundred mutual insurance and thrift institutions with their demutualization, special and annual meetings, mutual holding company formation and related transactions. He has also done business development work for transfer agent, proxy solicitation, corporate actions, stock plans and related programs for large cap and mid cap public companies


Before joining Computershare in 2000, Patrick spent 17 years with the predecessor companies of BNY Mellon Shareowner Services in a variety of relationship management and business development capacities.

Patrick is the Immediate Past President for the New York Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). He is also a member of the Crowdunding Professional Association (CfPA) , Society of Corporate Secretaries & Corporate Governance Professionals, the Shareholder Services Association, and the Securities Transfer Association.

Patrick manages the internship program for NIRI NY’s partnership with Tuesday’s Children, the official 9/11 family victim charity. This program places member students in paid internships in investor relations and corporate communication departments in the Tri-State area. Patrick also mentors DePaul University (Chicago) students through the alumni mentorship program, and has given lectures on governance and IR topics at the Graduate Schools of Business at Fordham, NYU and CUNY-Baruch College. Patrick is on the advisory committee for Investor Relations program at the Gabelli Graduate School of Business at Fordham University. 

Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University’s College of Business and Public Administration.

6/20/2017 3:03:41 PM,
Patrick Tracey replied:

The role of the transfer agent is the same - whether the issuer is a Fortune 100 publicly listed company or a small non-exchange listed company with 20 shareholders.  The primary role is to maintain the share register using the best practices of the industry and adhereing to the regulations set forth by the agencies which regulate this space.   

Within the Crowdfunding community - in the Regulation A space - the use of a transfer agent is required by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").   Perhaps one of the attorneys on ECO can provide chapter and verse....as I did not get a law degree on the way to work today.   However, the reason why a Transfer Agent is required - is an attempt by the SEC to provide some oversight to the process.   The SEC has regulatory oversight of those Transfer Agents who register with it.   Accordingly, they have the ability to oversee the process during yearly audits and believe that new issuers who are using a transfer agent who is SEC compliant - will benefit from their experience in handling shareholder records and that share transfers are posted within timing guidelines set by the SEC.    It provides the SEC with some assurance that somebody's brother in law is not keeping the share register.   It gives comfort to the SEC, and it should give comfort to the ecosystem ( Issuers, Portals, Lawyers, Investors and other interested parties) that the issuer is availing itself of 'best practices' in governance, compliance and shareholder relations.   

At the appropriate time after capital is raised - shareholder records move from the Portal to the Transfer Agent.   From there - the Transfer Agent is the recordkeeper of the shares of the company.   The transfer agent keeps the share registry and often performs other tasks for the issuer such as dividend payments, corporate actions processing, annual meeting proxy tabulation and some offer the company a web based tool to track issues important to them ( shares outstanding, investor lookup) and offer shareholders a portal to view their share position, and have some "self service" tools to perform some work ( i.e.  address changes, proxy voting, replace uncashed dividend checks and obtain a copy of 1099 Forms) requested by the shareholder.  Shareholder transfers also are performed by the transfer agent as well.  

It's not much different from the work a transfer agent would do for a large cap public company.

So in closing - the Transfer Agent's role is in a support role once the capital is raised and the company is in "business as usual" mode - and helps insure that the shareholder records are in order and helps the company and its investors keep track of their respective concerns on an ongoing basis.   It's an important part of the crowdfunding ecosystem.   Happy to discuss with anyone - just get in touch with me.

4/7/2017 9:14:43 PM,
Patrick Tracey replied:

Official answer = I don't know.  A best guess?  Have to look at this in a few ways.   Large corporate banks like BNY, JPM and the like are already embracing crowdfunding and other related Fintech startups in many ways.  One way is to sponsor young entities. I attended an event hosted by Barclays accelerator - where Barclays helps nurture startups with office space and mentoring. In a perfect world - banks that sponsor young companies that have a chance to grow into micro caps, and rise up to be the next Unicorn and IPO and go forward.  Think of it like the "NBA Development League" of of prospective growing companies who could - as they grow - have an ongoing relationship with the large bank and with each succeeding year potentially consume more and more banking services.

With regard to Equity Crowdfunding  - I would think the large banks would continue to push issuers to pursue an IPO than say a JOBS Act / Reg A transaction.  I see the large banks being a "me too" entrant into the equity crowdfunding space.   Can they make enough money working on a small capital raise - unless there is a large ongoing dealflow?  Hard to say.  There are many niche players who are working in the Equity Crowdfunding space, as well as equity crowdfunding portals, some of whom have broker dealer arrangements.  If there becomes a steady stream of "sexy" Reg A and A+ transactions - and more having a high visibility in the market - I could see large cap banks perhaps making an acquisition to enter the space.

Just my $0.02 - and a guess.

 

Pat