Jon has over 40 years of experience with venture capital, leveraged acquisitions, and emerging technology companies, particularly in software, information technology, telecom, biotech and life sciences and clean technology. He is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences on entrepreneurial venture finance, the venture capital industry and the life sciences capital markets and related transaction structures, strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions.
•Jon has represented several start-up companies which have out-licensed some intellectual property from The Scripps Research Institute, through its new campus in Palm Beach County, Florida.
•Jon often counsels early-stage and start-up enterprises and management teams, as well as VC fund investors, on organization, structure, equity incentive planning and financing strategies as well as capitalization structures in fields as varied as new drug development, cloud computing, storage and infrastructure, machine-to-machine (M2M) database information collection, communication and analysis; Web social networks, user generated content and other consumer facing web publishers; environmental monitoring services; alarm and reporting enterprise software for monitoring healthcare and other commercial enterprises.
•Jon is regularly involved in the representation of both Angel investors and institutional venture capital funds in investment transactions as well as single purpose and institutional fund formation matters.
•Jon and a team of colleagues represented an executive group in the $250 Million-plus equity capitalization of a start-up company that has concluded a high 9-figure acquisition transaction of an existing portfolio of proprietary therapeutic products.
•Jon was hired to represent a small publicly-traded multi-faceted optics company through turn-around strategy in connection with an equity infusion from a private equity group. Over a period of 15 months, he supervised a team handling the sale and restructuring of multiple operating units, a refinancing of debt and the ultimate 10-figure sale to a global optical network company.
Before Edwards Wildman
Jon is a lifer at the Firm, having joined the Providence office immediately after his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1971. He has been deeply involved in the Firm's strategy and expansion, serving nearly 20 years on the Firm's management committee, founding the Firm's Palm Beach office in 1981 and the Ft. Lauderdale office in 2001 and organizing and leading the Firm's Private Equity Practice Group for over a decade until 2002.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Jon is a Director and Founder of New World Angels, Inc., a Florida-focused angel investment group, as well as a member of a Limited Partner Advisory Board of an established venture capital fund.
Jon has been active in a number of charitable and civic organizations over the years. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Town of Palm Beach United Way (where he has served as Vice Chair, Treasurer and Campaign Chair) and the Paragon Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc., ( http://www.paragonfl.org/ ), a non-profit fund created to invest in minority-owned enterprises in Palm Beach County. When not enjoying time with his grandchildren, Jon devotes his energy to golf, Asian/Latin fusion cooking and fly-fishing. He has also raised a French Brittany puppy, Lily, to be a first-class upland bird dog.
• Latin America
EDC's Emerging Technology Business Showcase
October 23, 2014 event
eMerge Americas Techweek
May 2-6, 2014 event
Structuring Venture Capital Investments
and all earlier editions through 1997
Miami VC and Angel Event
February 25, 2010 event
The Times They Are A- Changin . . . Florida's Future As A Life Science Center
April 11, 2008
Virtual company making $875M pharma purchase existed only on paper
March 26, 2007
2007 AeA Venture Forum
March 13-14, 2007 event
AeA Venture Forum - Investment, Technology, Success
March 21, 2006 event
Scripps Is Catalyst for Florida's Life Sciences Industry
Down Rounds - To Succeed You Must Survive
AltAssets (on line), 2002
BioLaw and Business (Special Supplement), 2002
Private Equity and Venture Capital, 2002 (Euromoney Institutional Investor) (Also at West Palm Beach Office)