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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.