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Jennifer C. Berrent

Partner

Berrent, Jennifer C.

Jen Berrent represents technology and life sciences companies in corporate and securities law matters. Ms. Berrent routinely advises on complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings and initial public offerings. Using her business background, Ms. Berrent advises clients, particularly in the FinTech space, on how to adapt business models to legal and regulatory frameworks.

Ms. Berrent has been working with emerging companies for nearly 20 years and is focused on serving as trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and the NYC entrepreneurial community. She represents first-time and serial entrepreneurs, as well as investors and venture capital funds. She leads the firm's involvement with innovative incubators in NYC including as founding sponsors of Harlem Biospace, NEW INC (led by the New Museum) and WeWork Labs. Ms. Berrent has taken an active role in educating founders about the critical legal issues that will shape their business through various speaking engagements, publications and interviews.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Berrent served as the Associate General Counsel of Longitude, a start-up company that developed a derivatives trading platform and was acquired by Goldman Sachs. Before law school, she was a strategy consultant at The Parthenon Group and worked in the Strategic Planning Group at American Express.

Publications & News

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May 6, 2014

2014 Venture Capital Report

Our 2014 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, an analysis of trends in venture capital financing and VC-backed company M&A deal terms, a look at important considerations for startups in light of JOBS Act provisions that loosen restrictions around general solicitation and crowdfunding.

January 28, 2014

LaunchLM Spotlight: Jen Berrent

An interview published by LaunchLM, in which Jennifer Berrent shares her view on the driving force behind Lower Manhattan.

January 7, 2013

Starting a Company? Don't Succumb to These Three Common Legal Issues

An article by Jennifer Berrent, published by VentureBeat.

November 13, 2012

When Should Your Biosciences Startup Use an NDA?

An article by Jennifer C. Berrent, Joshua Fox and Inga Goldbard, published on NYC Tech Connect and the EIR for NYC's blog.

September 12, 2012

Coming to America: major legal and practical issues for overseas entrepreneurs entering the US market

An article co-authored by Jennifer Berrent and Richard E. Andersen, published by Financier Worldwide.

June 5, 2012

Founders Stock, Part 1

An article by Jennifer C. Berrent, Joshua Fox and Inga Goldbard, published by NYC Tech Connect and the EIR for NYC's blog.

May 22, 2012

These Entrepreneurs Fought the Law…and Won

An article published in Entrepreneur magazine, in which Jennifer C. Berrent shares insight into start-up companies surmounting legal obstacles.

May 8, 2012

A Capital Idea: How to Fund Your New Venture

An article by Jennifer C. Berrent and Robert Schwed, published on Portfolio.com.

May 7, 2012

What to Do About Employee Equity

An article by Jennifer C. Berrent and Robert Schwed , published on Portfolio.com.

March 13, 2012

When Should My Bioscience Startup Move Out of the Academic Lab?

An article by Jennifer C. Berrent, Joshua Fox and Inga Goldbard, published on NYC Tech Connect and the EIR for NYC's blog.

Community Involvement

Ms. Berrent is an active supporter of the Churchill School and Center, Appalachian Mountain Club and Mohonk Preserve.

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Education

JD, New York University School of Law, 2000

BS, magna cum laude, The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, 1993

Bar Admissions

New York