Gary Alan Schonwald

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I am a seasoned corporate and IP attorney with substantial experience in negotiating, structuring and documenting a broad range of corporate and business transactions. Employment: Publications: Author: "Res Judicata in Commercial Arbitration," The Arbitration Journal, Fall 1967. Employment: 1967-68 Law Clerk, Hon. Edward J. Dimock, U.S. District Court, SDNY; 1968-1973 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (Associate); 1973-1976 Freeman, Meade, Wasserman, Sharfman & Schneider (Associate); 1976-1989 Law offices of Gary A. Schonwald/ Schonwald, Schaffzin & Mullman (Partner); 1989-1997 Tenzer Greenblatt LLP (now Blank, Rome) (Partner); 1997-2003 Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz (Partner); 2003-2010 Reiter Kailas & Rosenblatt (Partner); 2010-Present Law Offices of Gary A. Schonwald (Partner).

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Securities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Venture Capital
  • Private Equity
  • Technology Licensing
  • Technology Start Up Ventures
  • Debt and Equity Financing Transactions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212-495-9207  Phone
917-359-8826  Cell Phone
University Attended:
Columbia University, B.A., 1964
Law School Attended:
Columbia University, J.D., 1967
Year of First Admission:
1995, Supreme Court of England and Wales; 1978, Florida; 1967, New York; 1980, U.S. Supreme Court
Community School Board 6, New York, N.Y. (1980-1983); American Jewish Congress (Trustee and Member of Governing Council and of Executive Committee, 1983-1991); The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York State and American (Member, Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section) Bar Associations.
Reported Cases:
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, FINANCING, LICENSE AND TRANSFER, Represent clients in the development, proprietary protection, financing and effective transfer of technology to promote further discovery and to bring technology to market to realize its financial and societal benefits including technology, licensing, development and transfer transactions between my clients and three major U.S. universities; SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT, DISTRIBUTION AND USE, Represent numerous startup software entities in developing licensing agreements and marketing strategies for their software products, including master licensing/development agreements where multiple products are to be developed and licensed or transferred. Represented companies in their negotiations and agreements with respect to software development agreements and in negotiation of major software licenses for such parties; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEFENSE, Advised on copyright, trademark, media, music publication and recording, computer software use and development, magazine publishing and feature film production and distribution, multimedia projects and character licensing. IP related legal services have been in diverse industries including biotechnology, software, cosmetics, therapeutic drug development and testing, magazine and book publishing, manufacturing processes, motion picture production and distribution, music publishers and performing rights societies, and technology companies; ASSEST AND STOCK ACQUISITION/SALES OF BUSINESS ENTITIES, Represent companies in numerous industry segments in merger and acquisition transactions; INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP/LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FORMATION AND STRUCTURE, Routinely form and structure pass-through entities for startup operating entities as well as investment vehicles; ANGEL, VENTURE AND INSTITUTIONAL FINANCING AS PRIVATE PLACEMENTS, Represent startup, early stage companies, and post start up entities as well as the funding entities in angel, venture or institutional financings ranging in size from less than $100,000 to over $ 25,000,000 in first rounds and later stage financings including asset based and revolving credit facilities. Clients have included biotechnology startups, software entities, on-line business entities, state-of-the-art hearing aid manufacturer, computer-generated instant lottery card manufacturer and lottery systems advisor, computer-assisted speech devices, developer of intelligent agents for intranet and internet applications, an interactive on-line job bulletin board, and traditional business entities; PUBLIC OFFERINGS OF SECURITIES, Represent companies and underwriters in the public placement of securities of companies in various traditional , biotechnology and new media businesses; DISTRIBUTION, AGENCY AND JOINT VENTURE TRANSACTIONS AND CONSULTING AGREEMENTS, Negotiated and prepared agreements in this category for numerous technology, software and manufacturing clients; INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE COUNSELING, Became a British solicitor in 1995 and have provided legal service to numerous financial entities and technology companies outside the U.S., principally in England and in Israel. A significant component of these representations involves technology and/or software license and development agreements. Routinely provide counsel to overseas clients and law firms on compliance with U.S. securities laws for the U.S. side of international financing or asset acquisition transactions.

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