John A. Meltaus

John Meltaus is a partner in Choate’s Business & Technology Group. He was named the 2019 Boston “Lawyer of the Year” for Technology by Best Lawyers.

Practice Focus

Business & Technology:  corporate, executive and board advice on key legal, financing and business matters, company representation, international expansion, corporate governance, intellectual property and major commercial transactions for businesses ranging from start-ups, to pre-IPO companies, to global public companies. 

Corporate & Securities:  public and private financings, underwritten offerings, venture capital and private equity transactions, corporate investments, debt financings and SEC and market compliance.

Mergers & Acquisitions:  public and private mergers, buyouts, strategic acquisitions, cross-border expansions and trade sales, exit transactions, tender offers, leveraged buyouts and spin-offs across a range of industries.

Representative Engagements

  • Venture capital financings and private equity transactions for companies in U.S., Canada and European Union.
  • Acquisitions of public and private operating companies in U.S., Europe and Asia. 
  • Sell-side M&A transactions, including public-to-public mergers and private sales of venture-backed companies, with proceeds ranging to $4 billion.   
  • U.S. expansion through new operations and through acquisitions, for companies headquartered in European Union and Asia.
  • Company-side IPOs and secondary offerings for technology and manufacturing companies. 
  • Underwriter-side IPOs and secondary offerings for major investment banks. 
  • SEC compliance for Nasdaq National Market companies.
  • Key license, distribution and OEM deals for technology vendors. 
  • Management compensation, equity and liquidity plans.

Publications and Presentations

Education & Credentials

Boston College Law School
JD, 1987
Boston University
BA, 1983, magna cum laude