Individual & Institutional Investors

Our attorneys represent investors of all types, including high net worth individual investors, family offices and VC funds. They look to us to assist with a variety of functions, depending on their level of experience, whether it is diligencing, documenting and closing a transaction that has already been negotiated, or structuring a deal and negotiating a Term Sheet or, for our clients that are less experienced in early-stage investing, assisting them to develop an understanding of the available investment structures. We work with all manner of investment vehicles, including preferred equity, convertible notes and SAFEs, and we are familiar with the various industry standard forms.

Our angel investor clients have found the firm to be particularly well-suited to their needs, given our senior level staffing, expertise in early-stage investing, personalized, small firm attention and reasonable cost structure. Our services to these clients can vary broadly, depending upon their level of expertise and the size and type of transaction. For our clients who are new to early-stage financing, we can provide a vital educational function, assisting them in understanding the advantages and disadvantages of various deal structures and the relative importance (and negotiability) of various deal terms.

For our clients who are frequent investors, our role can be to support the principals in negotiating and closing transactions or, once we understand their business objectives, to take over and conduct the negotiation and closing process based on their investment criteria. Our clients who are accustomed to being the sole investor or to leading investment rounds will sometimes look to us to develop a standard investment template that will become the basis for all of their portfolio investments. For our angel investor clients in particular, the investment size always needs to factor in to the services we provide, and we work with our clients to calibrate our level of attention to the amount being invested and the risk profile of the investment opportunity.

The amount of work we do with investors and with issuers keeps us abreast of trends in the marketplace and the latest developments in deal terms. Similarly, our work with the New York Tech Alliance provides a valuable way for us to “keep our finger on the pulse” of the technology and investment community.

Relevant Video Resources

Conferences and Panels Featuring Our Attorneys

Venture Capital Update 2017: Market Outlook and Strategies for Getting to a Term Sheet

Thursday February 16, 2017
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Venture Capital Update 2016: Market Outlook and Series A Terms

Tuesday March 29, 2016
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 3: Financing Strategies

Thursday May 28, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Moderator

Legal Essentials for Startups 2012 – Part 2: Financing the Entity

Tuesday November 27, 2012 – 8:00 PM
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Moderator

Once the underlying goal of a project or an engagement has been established, we work with the client to craft a strategy calculated to achieve the desired result as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible.

Before our clients commit the time and expense to a transaction or matter, we will work with them in clarifying their objectives and testing their assumptions, thus doing our best to ensure that the potential benefits justify the costs and any potential risks.

We understand that our clients are focused on achieving specific business objectives, and are looking for us to present them with legal strategies that support those goals. At the same time, they are counting on us to identify potential pitfalls and to assist them in identifying and assessing their risks, a responsibility that we take very seriously.

Providing our clients with appropriate protection while facilitating their operations, balancing 'get it done' with 'get it done right,' and doing it all with an eye to our clients’ legal budgets and cost constraints can be a challenging task, but it is one that we strive to achieve and is a skill at which we have become adept.

Our depth of practice in VC and angel financing has given us a sophisticated understanding of the issues driving the negotiations on both sides of the table, enabling us to provide our clients with practical advice on strategy and market terms. In a field where efficiency and cost control are essential, we offer our clients extensive experience and practical judgment in assessing the benefits and costs inherent in their negotiating positions.

We frequently receive referrals from some of New York’s largest law firms in situations where they have an internal conflict, are unable to handle a matter efficiently or for some other reason. They trust us to assist their clients and contacts when they are unable to do so.