Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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Richard is a corporate attorney and graduate of Harvard Law School. He has represented investors and issuers in more than 200 domestic and international venture capital financing transactions of technology and life sciences companies. He also has extensive M&A securities law experience, having represented over a dozen issuers in initial public offering before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Richard has represented dozens of venture capital firms, including Atlas Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Fidelity Biosciences, Greylock Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. He was one of the original drafters of the National Venture Capital Association’s model legal documents, the de facto standard documents in U.S. venture capital transactions. He is a co-author of “The Venture Capital Legal Handbook – Industry Insiders on the Laws and Documents that Govern VC Deals, Raising Capital, M&A and More”, Publisher, Aspatore Books. He is also an author of the Venture Capital Financing chapter of the treatise Financing a Massachusetts Business, Publisher, MCLE and co-editor of the publication Advising a Massachusetts Business, a twelve chapter treatise covering legal topics regarding protecting intellectual property, labor and employment law, equity incentive issues, fiduciary duty concerns, antitrust, environmental, real estate, insurance, legal opinions and ethical issues of counseling a Massachusetts business, Publisher, MCLE.
Richard frequently represents early stage emerging growth companies and counsels entrepreneurs regarding strategic decisions regarding choice of entity, licensing and protection of intellectual property, equity arrangements, strategic partnerships, securities law and financing issues. He has run a number of entrepreneurship bootcamps and he periodically holds office hours at the Harvard Business School to provide guidance to young business students starting companies. He also teaches venture capital classes for the Start Up Leadership Program, a highly-selective world-class training program for entrepreneurs, with chapters in 12 cities, including Boston, Silicon Valley, London, Bangalore, New Delhi, Beijing and Hong Kong, whose graduates have founded over 100 breakthrough startups.
Richard is co-chair of the firm’s Technology Practice Group and founder and co-chair of the firm’s Helping Innovators Thrive (HIT) program (hit.edwardswildman.com
) which provides support and affordable access to strategic legal advice for qualifying entrepreneurs and young companies. He is also a member of the firm’s Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities Offerings and Public Company Counseling, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Start-Up practice groups.
Richard is a past Council member of the Boston Bar Association (the governing body of the Boston Bar Association) and former co-chair of its Business Law Section and Corporate Law Committee.
Richard has been included in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers
listing for each of the past seven years.
- Represented an investor in a $1.2 billion debt and equity financing of a European developer of a new fiber-quality, satellite-based global Internet backbone for telecommunications operators and Internet service providers serving emerging markets.
- Represented an investor in a $5,000,000 venture capital financing of a Chinese based biotech company.
- Represented a global manufacturer of high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications in its $230,000,000 public offering of Convertible Subordinated Notes.
- Represented a U.S. social media developer and of Internet marketing campaigns in $8,000,000 of venture capital financing transactions.
- Represented a leading worldwide manufacturer of instruments and process control systems for use by semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers in its $105,000,000 Initial Public Offering.
- Represented a Chinese biotech company in a $20 Million venture capital financing transaction.
- Represented a U.S. award winning provider of media editing equipment in approximately $200,000,000 public stock offerings including its Initial Public Offering.
- Represented an investor in a $10,000,000 venture capital financing of a Chinese medical device company.
- Represented the founders of a Chinese biotech company in venture capital fundraising.
- Represented a U.S. leading provider of e-commerce software products and software-as-a service solutions in its $70,000,000 Initial Public Offering.
- Represented an investor in the sale of a Chinese medical device company.
- Represented underwriters in a $105,000,000 public offering of equity securities by a global manufacturer of analog and mixed signal semiconductors.
- Represented a U.S. network equipment manufacturer in $80,000,000 of public stock offerings including its Initial Public Offering.
- Represented a U.S. publicly traded digital, audio and video solutions company in its acquisition of a publicly traded audio editing software company.
- Represented a U.S. leader in signal processing and innovation devices in its acquisition of a Scotland based digital signal processing tools company.
- Represented a publicly traded U.S. based network equipment company in its acquisition by a publicly traded Dutch networking company, using novel approach to accomplish the first acquisition by merger of U.S. company by a Dutch company.
- Represented a U.S. publicly traded regenerative medical technologies company in a joint venture with a major pharmaceuticals company.
- Represented a U.S. privately held developer of a Web-based word processing platform in its acquisition by one of the world’s largest software companies.
- Represented a U.S. publicly traded telecommunications switch manufacturer in its acquisition by the world’s largest supplier of network equipment.
- Represented a U.S. publicly traded provider of software and services for managing network applications in its acquisition of a privately held network management solutions company.
- Represented issuers and investors in more than 200 venture capital/private equity transactions.
Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications
- Judge, "Startup World Cup Boston," Harvard Business School, December 15, 2012.
- "An Entrepreneurs Guide to Venture Capital," presenter, 6th Annual Business Fundamentals Bootcamp, Cambridge Innovation Center, October 2012.
- "Workplaces: Thinking Outside the Cube," speaker, Urban Land Institute, Microsoft Nerd Center, Cambridge, MA, October 2012.
- "The Jobs Act: Crowd Funding and Changes to Rule 506," presenter, 30th Annual New England Business & Securities Law Conference, October 2012.
- "Elimination of the General Solicitation Prohibition for Certain Rule 506 Offerings," presenter, Boston Bar Association, September 2012.
- "Raising Capital: Where to Find It, How to Secure It, and Tips on What to Avoid," speaker, Computer Magazine Podcast, July 2012.
- "Advising a Massachusetts Business," co-editor, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., First Edition, No. 2120361B00, September 2011.
- "TiECON Boot Camp," Moderator, TieCon East 2010, Waltham, Massachusetts, May 27 - 28, 2010.
- "The Venture Capital Legal Handbook – Industry Insiders on the Laws and Documents that Govern VC Deals, Raising Capital, M&A and More," author, Aspatore Books.
- Entrepreneur Mentor and Judge, Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition
- "Venture Capital Nuts and Bolts Seminar," presenter, Practicing Law Institute, New York City, March 24, 2008.
- "Financing Technology Enterprises," presenter, Boston Bar Association, CLE, April 24, 2007.
- "Massachusetts Technology Transfer Life Center Conference," presenter, Harvard Medical School, March 21, 2007.
- "China Business Forum," presenter, UMass, Boston, September 19, 2006.
- "Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology Conference," presenter, Positioning for Financing, Waltham, MA, January 18, 2006.
- "Financing Technology-Leading Technology Enterprises," presenter, Boston Bar Association, CLE, October 26, 2005.
- "Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements conference," presenter, Colonade Hotel, Boston, MA, January 24-25, 2005.
- "Venture Capital Deal Terms," presenter, Northeastern University, July 2, 2003.
Before Edwards Wildman
Richard joined the Firm from Nutter McClennen & Fish, where he was co-chair of the firm’s emerging growth companies practice group. While at Nutter, Richard founded and was Chairman of the firm’s award winning TechnOvation Awards Program, an incubator program for emerging growth companies with proprietary technology. Prior to joining Nutter, Richard was a partner at Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale), where he was Chairman of the firm’s Venture Capital Finance group.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Richard attended Harvard Law School as a father of three, while serving as a professional firefighter and emergency medical technician. Richard served as an executive officer of his professional firefighter’s association and helped to secure the first in the nation presumptive cancer law for firefighters. Richard and his wife Virginia live in Boston’s North End.