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Edwin C. Pease

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Ed Pease represents entrepreneurs and emerging companies in the technology and financial services industries from formation to exit. He has a substantial practice working with local and national clients, advising founders, startups and venture-backed companies, venture capital funds and buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Pease has successfully represented clients in a variety of complex transactions in the corporate sector.

Practice

Mr. Pease advises early-stage technology companies in connection with equity structuring, intellectual property protection, seed stage and venture capital financing transactions and complex commercial transactions, including joint ventures, license agreements and strategic partnerships. Learn more about Mr. Pease's practice and how he can support your startup on WilmerHaleLaunch.com.

Mr. Pease represents founders, fund sponsors and investors in the structuring of operating entities and investment funds in the financial services industry.

He has significant mergers and acquisitions experience, having completed buy and sell-side engagements involving more than $10 billion in transaction value.

In addition, Mr. Pease represents venture capital funds, private equity and angel investors in a range of financing transactions. He also advises clients in the structuring and consummation of both equity and debt investments and divestitures. Mr. Pease has recently completed transactions for several leading national and international venture fund clients.

Mr. Pease has considerable experience representing public company clients in connection with SEC periodic reporting requirements, takeover defenses, Board of Directors matters and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Mr. Pease has also represented both creditors and corporations in 363 asset sales, recapitalizations and complex restructuring assignments.

Mr. Pease maintains an active pro bono practice, serving as an advisor to the Board of Directors for nonprofit entities Reach out and Read, Inc. and Prize4Life, Inc.

Recent Highlights

Mr. Pease has built a diverse portfolio of technology clients, advising entrepreneurs, emerging companies and investors in a wide range of industries-from gaming to energy to medical devices. Recently, he has represented:

  • Accomplice (formerly known as Atlas Venture) and various other financial and strategic investors in numerous private placement financings;
  • Retroficiency in the negotiation of its successful acquisition by Ecova, Inc.;
  • Locu, Inc. in its two-year evolution from a company focused on delivering restaurant recommendations, to its pivot to become a developer of local search products aimed at small businesses, to the company's successful acquisition by GoDaddy;
  • Proletariat, Inc. through multiple financing rounds; and
  • Sanbolic, an innovator and leader in workload-oriented storage virtualization technologies, in its acquisition by Citrix.

Professional Activities

Mr. Pease is a member of the Boston Bar Association, a mentor with MIT Venture Mentoring Service and a volunteer member of the Town of North Andover Board of Public Health.

Mr. Pease is a frequent speaker on issues relating to venture capital financings, understanding venture capital term sheets and financing options for startup companies.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2013-2017 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of corporate law
  • Recipient of the ILO Client Choice Award for Massachusetts M&A

Publications & News

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May 11, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Changing Environments in 2.5M Seed Financing

Changing Environments, dba Soofa, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup offering smart and sustainable hardware and software solutions to make smart cities a reality, announced a $2.5 million seed financing.

April 28, 2017

2017 Venture Capital Report

The 2017 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth US venture capital market review and outlook, including industry and regional breakdowns, as well as a look at the following issues: steps startups should take now if they plan to secure a Series A round in 2017; common structures for management carve-out plans; best practices for private companies setting option exercise prices; the benefits of investing in qualified small business stock; and trends in venture capital financing terms, convertible debt terms and VC-backed company M&A deal terms.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

August 12, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Boston Insurance Startup Quilt in $3.25M Seed Funding

Quilt, a venture offering self-service online insurance products, announced it raised $3.25 million in seed funding.

July 19, 2016

Why You Don't Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon Valley

An article by Ed Pease, published on Entrepreneur.com, discusses three vital areas in which a startup—with a bit of creativity and persistence—can assemble critical resources and position itself to thrive outside of Silicon Valley.

January 13, 2015

Citrix Acquires Sanbolic

Citrix announced that it completed its acquisition of Sanbolic, an innovator and leader in workload-oriented storage virtualization technologies. Sanbolic technology enables customers to software-define storage to optimize the delivery of application-specific workloads.

November 17, 2010

Takeover Considerations and Defenses

A chapter co-authored by Ed Pease, appearing in Financing a Business in Massachusetts, MCLE, Inc.

April 30, 2008

Striking the Balance: Structuring Successful VC Deals

A chapter co-authored by Ed Pease, appearing in Inside the Minds-Aspator Books.

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Education

JD, Boston University School of Law, 1997, Paul J. Liacos Scholar

BS, Journalism, Syracuse University, 1991, Newhouse Scholar

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

New York

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