Charles D. Vaughn

Partner and Co-chair, Securities Practice Group
T: 404.322.6189
M: 404.372.9681
Atlantic Station
201 17th Street NW, Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363

Charles Vaughn is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Atlanta, where his practice focuses on corporate finance, securities offerings and regulation, corporate governance, including counseling audit, compensation, and special committees, and related matters. 


  • Represents public and emerging growth companies in private and public offerings of securities and in mergers and acquisitions   
  • Counsels board committees on governance, financial, and compensation matters, and advises boards and committees regarding their fiduciary duties, particularly with respect to conflicts of interest
  • Has represented issuers of real estate-related securities since the 1980s
  • Has served as outside securities and corporate counsel to four public financial technology companies
  • Devotes a significant portion of his practice to counseling public companies about compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and related SEC regulations
  • Regularly represents sellers of family and other closely-held businesses
  • Served as an expert witness in a federal case related to the closing of a multi-billion dollar merger of two public companies

Recent Transactions

The following is a selected sampling of recent matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter: 

  • An Africa-based solar home system company in a $19 million Series E capital raise
  • A bank holding company in its $231 million IPO
  • A public company in its $18 million acquisition of an add-on private company

Leadership Positions

  • Co-Chair, Securities Practice Group, Nelson Mullins
  • Former member of:
    • Board of Directors, Business and Finance Section, Atlanta Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, University of Georgia Alumni Association
    • Advisory Board, University of Georgia Honors Program
    • Administrative Council, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church