Venture Capital / Private Equity

Berlandi Nussbaum & Reitzas LLP (“BNR”) provides efficient and cost-effective legal representation to both venture capital and private equity firms.

Venture Capital.

We advise emerging growth companies on a variety of legal and business issues. The firm reviews business plans, advises on structures in order to better facilitate funding source participation, prepares funding documentation, provides introductions to venture capital funding sources, and guides companies through intellectual property and employment law issues, while also providing a full range of contract review, corporate governance, and compliance solutions.

Our attorneys assist emerging company clients in all aspects of their day-to-day business activities, ranging from initial start-up advice and formation activities to representing clients on a wide range of operational and commercial matters integral to our clients’ businesses. Attorneys active in such matters routinely assist clients in the following:

  • Incorporating and qualifying a client to conduct business in the chosen jurisdiction(s).
  • Collaborating with colleagues in other practice areas in advising on intellectual property, tax, employment/labor, regulatory, real estate, and other matters relevant to the client’s business.
  • Structuring, negotiating, and documenting diverse commercial transactions and arrangements, including:
  • Services agreements, pursuant to which a client provides or purchases services of various sorts, including telecommunications services, software development services, and operations and maintenance, and other technical services.
  • Sale/purchase agreements for the purchase or sale of particular goods.
  • Intellectual property licensing agreements on behalf of licensors and licensees.
  • Cooperative research and development agreements, to enable clients to gain access to the resources and facilities of major universities and US government research institutions.
  • Employment agreements, to define professional relationships, deliverables, incentives, and recourse mechanisms as between a client and its employees.
  • Lease agreements, whether for real property or technical facilities.

Representative clients of the firm in such matters include media and entertainment, hospitality, software, manufacturing, real estate and healthcare companies.

Private Equity.

BNR’s attorneys have extensive experience structuring a variety of equity and debt instruments, which enables the firm to proactively advise its clients as they consider potential investment opportunities.

We advise a number of strategic equity investors that participate in the private equity business as limited partners, through parallel investment funds, and as sponsors and co-investors in regional and specially targeted investment vehicles. We have substantial experience in the formation, capitalization, and operating activities of domestic private equity investment funds operating in the United States and abroad.  Our private equity clients also include start-up and developing companies that have attracted funding from domestic private equity investment funds. We advise these clients as to the full range of their business activities, including the negotiation of securities, purchase and insular agreements surrounding private equity and venture capital investment, intellectual property, tax, employment and other areas. Our portfolio company clients are active in media, entertainment, healthcare, real estate and other sectors.

BNR’s Private Equity Practice Group experience extends beyond domestic financing into inbound and outbound investment in a wide range of cross-border equity and quasi-equity transactions. We draw on the prior general counsel and investment banking experience of the firm’s partners to provide knowledgeable and fresh insight into the opportunities and issues facing participants in private equity and venture finance.