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Joshua D. Fox

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Joshua Fox is a leading corporate attorney representing companies in various stages of their lifecycle, from startups to established corporations, with particular emphasis on life sciences and other emerging technology companies, including software, internet and hardware companies. Since joining the firm in 2001, Mr. Fox has counseled numerous entrepreneurs and companies, from prior to the formation of a business entity through an exit event, and regularly advises clients on seed-stage, venture capital, strategic and other financings. He also advises clients in various other transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and public offerings.

Practice

Mr. Fox provides advice to companies with respect to venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, securities law compliance and general corporate matters. As a member of the Emerging Company Practice Group, Mr. Fox represents early-stage companies and provides advice to these companies in the areas of incorporation and startup, seed financings, venture capital transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

Highlights

  • Aciex Therapeutics, Inc. in its sale to Nicox S.A. 
  • Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. in its initial public offering 
  • AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its initial public offering
  • Aegis Lightwave, Inc. in its acquisition by II-VI Incorporated
  • Casa Systems, Inc., Spark Therapeutics, LLC, Laser Light Engines, Inc., Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and various other clients in venture capital and other financings
  • SkyPhrase in its acquisition by Yahoo
  • AccuRev in its acquisition by Micro Focus
  • Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its public offering of common stock in December 2012
  • Axiom Global Inc. in its acquisition of LawyerLink
  • AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its private placement of common stock to Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation
  • Imagitas, Inc. in its acquisition by Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its initial public offering
  • Aegis Lightwave, Inc. in its acquisitions of CardinalPoint Optics, Inc. and AOFR Pty Limited
  • AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its private placement of common stock in November 2010
  • RedShift Systems Corporation in its spin-off from Aegis Lightwave, Inc.
  • Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its reverse merger with Discovery Partners International, Inc.

Honors & Awards

  • Named a "New England Super Lawyers Rising Star" in corporate law in the 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 issues of Boston Magazine
  • Civil Rights Recognition Award Recipient from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association (2010)

Publications

  • "When Should Your Biosciences Startup Use an NDA?" NYC Tech Connect and the EIR for NYC Blog (November 13, 2012)
  • "Mistakes Made By Founders of Startup Companies: Advice To Entrepreneurs," Entrepreneurship@BU Newsletter (November 2012)
  • "Founders Stock, Part 1" NYC Tech Connect and the EIR for NYC blog (June 5, 2012)
  • "When Should My Bioscience Startup Move Out of the Academic Lab?" NYC Tech Connect and the EIR for NYC blog (March 13, 2012)
  • "When Should I Incorporate My Bioscience Startup?" NYC Tech Connect and the EIR for NYC blog (February 1, 2012)
  • "Attorneys’ View: Tips On Bringing In VC funds." Mass High Tech (May 1, 2009)
  • "Convertible Debt Financing Is A Key Fund-Raising Tool." Boston Business Journal, Banking/Financial Services Quarterly (September 12- 18, 2008)
  • "Don't Overvalue Pre-Money Valuations." TieCon East Conference Publication (June 2007)
  • "Don't Overvalue Premoney Valuations on Term Sheets." Mass High Tech (March 2, 2007)
  • "Top Legal Mistakes Made by Founders of Early Stage Companies." MIT Enterprise Forum Focus (Winter 04/05)
  • "Early-stage Legal Errors," Mass High Tech, 2004 New England Technology Fast 50 Supplement (October 4, 2004)
  • "Implications of New Public Company Rules," Mass High Tech, 2003 New England Technology Fast 50 Supplement (September 22, 2003)
  • "Management Retention Plans Can Motivate in a Difficult Market," INDIA New England News (June 15, 2003)

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Fox is a frequent guest lecturer on a variety of topics.

  • One size does not fit all – Financing in the Health and Sciences Market – Harvard iLab, December 4, 2014
  • The Intersection of Business Law and Intellectual Property Law – Boston University School of Law, November 19, 2014 
  • Valuing Intellectual Property – Northeastern University School of Law, November 12, 2014 
  • Successfully Launching Your Startup – WilmerHale Quickstart University, October 21, 2014
  • Intellectual Property and Your Startup Company – Northeastern University IDEA Lab, January 30, 2014 
  • The Converging Deal Structure – WilmerHale Life Sciences Seminar: The Year in Review & A Look Ahead, October 8, 2013 
  • Positioning Your Startup For Success: Raising Capital – Healthbox, June 5, 2013 
  • The New Waves of Entrepreneurship – The Harvard Extension Business Conference, April 27, 2013
  • Planning Growth: The CEO Challenge – Next Stage Solutions Workshop Series for CEOs and Business Owners, March 13, 2013
  • Legal Careers in Startup and Venture Capital – Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, Harvard Law Business Association and the Office of Career Services, February 12, 2013
  • Intellectual Property and Your Startup Company – Northeastern University IDEA Lab, January 24, 2013
  • Legal Landmines: What to Know When Starting Your Startup – MIT Enterprise Forum Start Smart Series, January 15, 2013
  • Mass TLC unConference: Incubators: Are They Really Worth it for Entrepreneurs? – Mass Technology Leadership Council, November 2012
  • Term Sheet Negotiations: What Actually Matters, and How Do You Get It – Harvard iLab, November 12, 2012
  • Representing Private Companies: Trends in Venture Capital – MCLE's 30th Annual Business and Securities Law Conference, October 18, 2012
  • Positioning Your Startup for Success: Advice to Entrepreneurs Forming a Company – WeWork Labs New York, October 4, 2012
  • Positioning Your Startup For Success: Key Entity Formation and Employment/Immigration Issues – Cornell University's Entrepreneurship Seminar Series, September 2012
  • Legal and IP Issues for Startups – TiE Launchpad Workshop, June 2012
  • Preparing for an IPO: Is Now the Right Time to Consider? – New York Biotechnology Association 21st Annual Meeting, May 2012
  • Legal Issues for Startups: Equity Compensation – WeWork Labs New York, April 25, 2012
  • Mass TLC unConference: What Are VCS Doing Today? Trends in Venture Capital Investing – Mass Technology Leadership Council, October 2011
  • Entrepreneur Round Table: The Idea and The Pitch – MassMEDIC, November 2010
  • Representing Private Companies in 2010: Trends in Venture Capital and M&A – MCLE's 28th Annual Business and Securities Law Conference, October 2010
  • Leveraging the Crowd: New Business Models for the New Internet – MIT Enterprise Forum, October 2010
  • Legal Issues for Startups: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know – WilmerHale Event, April 2010
  • Get Smart: Raising Money For Early-Stage Companies: Alternatives for Entrepreneurs in a Down Economy – MIT Get Smart Series, November 2008
  • Representing the Private Company – MCLE's 26th Annual Business and Securities Law Conference, October 2008

Publications & News

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July 2, 2014

Nicox to Acquire Aciex Therapeutics, Inc.

Nicox S.A. today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding equity of Aciex Therapeutics, Inc., a private, US-based, ophthalmic development pharmaceutical company with a strong near-term pipeline of therapeutics addressing major segments of the ophthalmic market, including allergy and inflammation.

February 21, 2014

WilmerHale Again Named Among Boston’s Most Admired Law Firms

For the second consecutive year, the Boston Business Journal honored WilmerHale as a "Most Admired Law Firm" in the Boston area.

September 27, 2013

Law360 Names WilmerHale Pro Bono Firm of the Year for Second Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, Law360 selected WilmerHale to its "Pro Bono Firms of the Year" list for notable successes.

November 13, 2012

When Should Your Biosciences Startup Use an NDA?

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

November 1, 2012

Mistakes Made By Founders of Start-Up Companies: Advice To Entrepreneurs

An article by Joshua Fox, published in the November 2012 Entrepreneurship@BU Newsletter.

June 5, 2012

Founders Stock, Part 1

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

April 13, 2012

Joshua Fox to be Featured at NYBA 21st Annual Meeting in NYC

March 13, 2012

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

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

February 1, 2012

When Should I Incorporate My Bioscience Startup?

An article by Joshua Fox, published on NYC Tech Connect and the EIR for NYC's blog.

January 3, 2012

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

Professional Activities

Mr. Fox is a member of the firm's Hiring Committee and the firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Life Sciences Alliance of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Fox is also a member of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce – New England Advisory Board.

Community Involvement

Mr. Fox is a member of the Tufts University Alumni Council and is a past President of, and serves on the Board of Directors, of the Tufts Lawyers Association. 

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Education

JD, Harvard Law School, 2001

BA, Political Science, summa cum laude, Tufts University, 1998, Phi Beta Kappa

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