Ed has practiced corporate and securities law for over 40 years. He has represented both issuers and underwriters in scores of IPOs, secondary stock offerings and other public market transactions that have raised billions of dollars. Ed has represented venture capital firms and technology companies in venture financings throughout his time in practice. More recently, he has concentrated on the representation of emerging technology companies, including completing a number of recent initial public offerings. In addition, Ed has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience, representing both acquirers and sellers. Ed was the first associate and a partner for over 20 years at Boston's Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, a leading "technology law" firm.
Ed is the author of two books: Mergers & Acquisitions: A Step-by-Step Legal and Practical Guide (2nd edition) (Wiley), which he co-authored with Lewis N. Segall, and Lifecycle of a Technology Company: A Step-by-Step Legal and Practical Guide from Startup to Sale (Wiley).
Representative Client Work
- Over 100 other issuer-side and underwriter-side IPOs and other public financings
- Sell-side M&A transactions, including X-Café LLC (coffee extracts) to Kerry (Ireland); Ibrix (file serving software) to Hewlett-Packard; SMaL Camera Technologies to Cypress Semiconductor; Ciphent Inc. (internet security software and services) to Accuvant; and Cambridge Analog Technologies (semiconductors) to Maxim Integrated Products
- Buy-side M&A transactions include the purchase by Iron Mountain of Connected Corporation ($120 million), LiveVault ($50 million), Stratify ($160 million) and Mimosa Systems ($110 million); the acquisition/spinoff of Travel Centers of America by Hospitality Properties Trust ($2 billion); the purchase by Taconic Farms of the Xenogen Biosciences division of Caliper Life Sciences; and the purchase by Konarka Technologies of Siemens’ photovoltaics business in Germany
- Representative clients: ComCore Connect, Inc. (software-based curriculum development); evTransportation Services, Inc. (electric utility vehicles); Ferric Inc. (advanced semiconductors); ForeLight (derivation of natural products from living organisms); Genetic Networks, Inc. (screening of drug candidates); and Open Access Technologies, Inc. (document remediation for the disabled)
Bar & Court Admissions
- J.D., Harvard Law School
- A.B., Boston College
- Boston Bar Association
- Founding Trustee, Americans for Children of the Middle East, Inc.
- Board and Executive Committee Member (retired), Boston Foundation for Sight
Awards & Honors
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2012, 2014-2017)
- Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2021)
GlobesMarch 14, 2019
New England Super Lawyers MagazineOctober 16, 2017
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.2017
Client AdvisoryApril 9, 2015
- "Options to Consider for Founder Anti-Dilution Protection," Venture Capital Journal, October 2008
- "Nanotech Company Formations: C-Corps, S-Corps and LLCs," Nanotechnology Law and Business, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2006
- "Investment Bank Engagement Letters, Confidentiality Agreements and Letters of Intent," chapter in Buying and Selling a Privately Owned Business, MCLE
- "Understanding your Risks in your Pre-IPO Company Stock Options," MyStockOptions.com, July 2004
- "Negotiating M&A Intermediaries' Engagement Letters," The Mercator Monitor, May 2003
- "Venture Capital Financings of Technology Companies," chapter 3 in Internet Law and Practice, West Legal Publishers, 2002
- "Equity Compensation Structures for Venture-Backed Companies Post-Enron, Post-Bubble in a Down Round Environment," Venture Capital Journal, December 2002
Seminars & Presentations
- "Advising on Mergers & Acquisitions," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) (February 2013)
- Taught two courses at Boston University School of Law -- "The Lifecycle of a Technology Company: A Practitioner's Perspective" and "Mergers & Acquisitions"
- Frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars