Venture Capital

Brian Goldstein, John Meltaus, Bob Jahrling,
Karen Copenhaver, Bill Asher, Larry Naughton

Investor Representation   

Facilitating introductions and highly knowledgeable in venture financings through representation of preeminent venture capital firms, including:

5AM Ventures
Argo Global Capital
Battery Ventures
Bessemer Venture Partners   
BioVentures Investors
Braemar Energy Ventures
Capital Resource Partners
Celtic House
Clarus Ventures
Essex Woodlands
Flagship Ventures
Flybridge Venture Capital
General Catalyst Partners
Globespan Capital  
GrandBanks Capital
Greylock Partners
Highland Capital Partners
M/C Venture Partners
MedEquity Capital
North Bridge Venture Partners
Polaris Ventures
ProQuest Ventures
Rho Capital Partners
Spark Capital
Summerhill Venture Partners
Summit Partners
Third Rock Ventures
VenGrowth Capital
Volition Capital

Experts in Technology & Life Sciences

Represent leading technology and life sciences companies in their entire life cycle from start-up to public company to M&A.

Data storage
Digital media
Drug delivery/formulation
Medical devices
Open source
Social networking
Specialty chemicals
Veterinary products

Experts in Industry Partnerships

Lawyers have negotiated key strategic partnerships, licenses, joint ventures and exits  with industry leaders, including:

Baxter Healthcare             
Becton, Dickinson
Dow Chemicals
Procter & Gamble
Turner Broadcasting Systems

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  • PitchBook ranked Choate among the top firms for venture capital deals. 


venture capital

"Choate has cemented its position as a highly respected mid-market player"

Chambers USA

Premier Venture Capital Practice   

Represent investors and emerging companies in full range of venture financings across industries, geographies and investment stages.

Emerging Companies Specialty   

Lawyers have organized and secured financing for several thousand emerging companies.

Transaction Powerhouse

High-level transaction experience in assisting companies and their venture capital investors in all capital and liquidity events through all stages of growth.

  •  Venture financings with proceeds over $5.6 billion
  • Mergers & acquisitions with value over $60 billion
  • Public company securities offerings with proceeds over $20 billion
    (since 2000)

IP – Maximizing Value   

Lawyers with PhDs and other advanced degrees perform cutting edge work and strategic planning.  Nationally recognized IP litigation practice.

World-Class Licensing Capability   

Among most experienced and knowledgeable licensing lawyers in US in all areas including open source.

National Recognition   

  • Ranked among the top “Most Active Law Firms” worldwide based on number of venture capital and private equity deals negotiated and closed in 2012 (Private Equity Analyst)
  • Ranked among the top “Most Active Law Firms” worldwide based on number of venture capital and private equity funds worked on for general partners and limited partners that closed in 2012 (Private Equity Analyst)
  • Ranked nationally among the top law firms in the US for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (The Legal 500, guide to the preeminent law firms in US)

Leading Tax Expertise  

Interdisciplinary team of lawyers with depth and breadth of knowledge in all tax issues relating to venture capital fund formation and transactions.  Provide innovative tax planning and structures for venture funds, both domestic and international.

National/International Reach   

Transactions in almost all 50 states.  Preeminent cross-border practice, especially in Canada and Europe.

Bench Strength

70 lawyers representing technology and life sciences companies.  Lawyers throughout practice areas consistently receive national recognition for excellence.


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