Jonathan E. Cole: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Jonathan E. Cole

Partner; Partner-in-Charge
Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Venture Capital
  • Cross Border
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Fund Formation
  • Healthcare
  • Start-up Companies
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy & Cleantech
University Brown University, A.B., 1968
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1971
Admitted1971, Rhode Island; 1973, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1981, Florida; 1985, Massachusetts; 1987, New York


American Bar Association, Business Law Section
Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research, Inc., Advisory Board Member
Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida, Director and Past Chair
Florida Bar Association, Business Law Section
Florida Venture Forum, Inc., Director and Past Chair
Florida Research Consortium, Board Member

BornAtlantic, Iowa, July 21, 1945

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.

Latin America

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., ( ), 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.


Batanga Acquisitions

Our Business Law lawyers represented Batanga in acquisition of Tamasun, GROOVIT, and ADFUNKY.

Acquisition of CuRNA by OPKO Health, Inc.

In February 2011, our Business Law lawyers represented CuRNA, Inc in the merger into OPKO Health, Inc.

Acquisition of CuRNA by OPKO Health, Inc.

In February 2011, our Business Law lawyers represented CuRNA, Inc in the merger into OPKO Health, Inc.

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
March 2005
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)

Edwards Wildman's Jon Cole Contributes to the South Florida Legal Guide's Significant Transactions Feature
October 17, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Jon Cole Comments on South Florida's Tech Ecosystem in the Miami Herald
October 6, 2014
Edwards Wildman Awards 2014 Cade Prize Winner with $10,000 in Gratis Legal Services
May 12, 2014
Edwards Wildman Sponsors eMerge Americas Techweek Miami 2014
May 1, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Jon Cole to Present at the MIT Enterprise Forum Panel “Worthy? Positioning an Emerging Company for Investment”, Reports the Miami Herald
February 17, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Jon Cole Shares His Opinion on Building a Tech Hub in the Miami Herald
September 30, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Jonathan Cole Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Florida Research Consortium
May 13, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Jonathan Cole Appointed to Board of the Florida Research Consortium, Reports the South Florida Business Journal
May 13, 2013
Edwards Wildman Opens Office in Miami, Reports Bloomberg
May 6, 2013
Edwards Wildman Establishes Office in Miami
May 2, 2013 (Also at West Palm Beach Office)


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Jonathan E. Cole

801 Brickell Ave,
MiamiFL 33131


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