Alon Y. Kapen is a corporate attorney who focuses on representing entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and their individual and institutional investors. He counsels entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies in the formation of business entities, structuring agreements among founders, negotiation of capital raising transactions, compliance with securities laws, negotiation of technology license agreements, structuring employee incentive arrangements and development of effective corporate governance. Alon represents academic entrepreneurs spinning out of universities and other research institutions. Alon also guides investors in the organization of private investment funds, the negotiation of various stages of equity, debt and convertible funding transactions and the planning and implementation of exit strategies.
A trusted adviser to mature companies as well, Alon assists venture-backed companies in navigating layers of overlapping investors’ rights. He also counsels SEC reporting companies regarding strategic transactions, compliance with federal and state securities laws and rules, self-regulatory organization rules, public offerings and other SEC registrations, corporate governance and specialized areas of securities practice such as takeover preparedness, proxy contests and other activist shareholder initiatives. He represents private business enterprises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and spinoffs as well as private equity fund organizers and managers in the formation and funding of venture capital funds, hedge funds, real estate funds and funds-of-funds.
“I believe success should be viewed through the eyes of the client. To me, success is achieved when the client believes we’re a good investment – and the return on that investment is the results we were able to help the client achieve.”
On the cultural side, I’m very involved with the American Jewish Committee, having served in leadership positions for several years, including as a two-term Regional President and currently as President Emeritus of the Long Island Region. We’ve made a real difference in the community in terms of bridge building among ethnic groups. The most tangible example of this has been an initiative I helped start with the Latino community called the Latino Jewish Council.