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Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

Focused representation to entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies, and the investors who fund them.

Our dedicated team of attorneys provides focused representation to entrepreneurs, public and private emerging growth companies, and the venture capital funds, angel investors, and investment banks that finance them.

We represent technology and other emerging high-growth businesses in various industries, including biotechnology, digital media, environmental, information technology, medical devices, software, clean energy and blockchain technology, and telecommunications, regularly advising them on:

  • Entity formation and development
  • Founder and shareholder agreements
  • Seed- and late-stage funding
  • Executive compensation and benefits, stock option and other equity-based compensation arrangements
  • Licensing and other technology transfer transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions

We also advise venture capital firms and other fund sponsors on fund formation and administration and represent venture capital funds and angel investors in the negotiation of various stages of equity, debt, and convertible funding transactions, and the planning and implementation of exit strategies.

Valuable Investor & Industry Relationships

Our professional relationships are a valuable resource to our technology and emerging company clients. We have strong relationships with:

  • Venture capital firms, private equity firms, angel investors, investment banks, and other capital sources, several of whom have invested in our clients
  • All of Long Island’s universities, major laboratories, and other research institutions, including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College, Hofstra University, the Feinstein Institute, and Winthrop-University Hospital
  • Numerous technology organizations and institutions, including Accelerate Long Island, the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, i-Hamptons, the Long Island Software and Technology Network, the Long Island Forum for Technology, the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame, the New York State Governor’s Innovation and Industry Work Group, the Association for Corporate Growth, and COMETS

Farrell Fritz has assumed a leadership role in significant initiatives to build a robust innovation ecosystem on Long Island and promote the commercialization of Long Island-originated technology. Our attorneys have also taken active roles in advocating for private and public capital markets reform, including through public speaking and publication in various media, with the goal of making it easier for emerging companies to raise capital in the private markets and ultimately go public.

A Trusted Resource

Our emerging companies & venture capital practice group publishes the New York Venture Hub blog, a widely read resource devoted to issues important to high-growth entrepreneurs, investors, and their advisers.

Professionals

Robert C. Creighton

Corporate

Partner
Uniondale

Alon Y. Kapen

Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

Partner
Uniondale

Stephen F. Melore

Commercial Finance & Banking

Partner
Uniondale

Charles M. Strain

Corporate

Partner
Uniondale

Recent Blog Posts

SEC Reporting Companies Now Regulation A+ Eligible

On December 19, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued final rules to permit reporting companies under the Securities Exchange Act…

December 26, 2018

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December 26, 2018

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First Federal Ruling Against SEC on Whether Digital Token is a Security

On November 27, 2018, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California denied the Securities and Exchange…

December 03, 2018

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December 03, 2018

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Imitation Not Always Flattery: SEC Halts ICO that Falsely Claimed Approval by SEC and Self-Created “Blockchain Exchange Commission”

If you were looking for a safe blockchain investment and had the chance to invest in the “first licensed and…

October 14, 2018

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October 14, 2018

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Articles & Advisories

Farrell Fritz: Joining in the effort to build Long Island’s innovation economy

Attorney Advertising – Long Island Business News A partner in Farrell Fritz’s corporate department, Alon Y. Kapen leads the firm’s…

June 08, 2015

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News

Air Industries to sell $7M in stock to boost liquidity

Alon Kapen, a securities lawyer at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale, said that Air Industries’ disclosures about internal financial controls brings…

June 29, 2017

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Founders’ agreements can help partners avoid messy breakups

You must recognize each founder usually brings unique skills and value to a company, says Farrell Fritz law Alon Kapen,…

April 02, 2017

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Digital Donations plans $13 million IPO by shareholders

Digital Donations Technologies Inc., whose digital crowdfunding systems help nonprofits raise money, has filed government documents for an initial public…

November 16, 2016

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eGifter plans to raise up to $11 million from investors

“This is the future of capital raising,” said Alon Kapen, a corporate attorney at Uniondale-based law firm Farrell Fritz, which…

November 08, 2016

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Three key factors to Kickstarter success, study finds

Starting May 16, entrepreneurs will have an additional avenue to raise money. They’ll be able to solicit up to $1…

April 24, 2016

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Cemtrex sees Nasdaq listing as springboard for growth

“Listing on Nasdaq has a certain implied stability,” said Alon Kapen, a partner at the Uniondale law firm Farrell Fritz…

January 10, 2016

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Small Business: Still waiting for SEC crowdfunding rules

Currently, public solicitation or advertising of a private equity offering is permitted only if all purchasers are accredited investors (i.e.,…

March 01, 2015

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LI sizzles with $7 billion in mergers

Executives of public companies felt compelled to keep earnings per share rising to keep pace with the stock market, said…

January 04, 2015

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Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund Announce $500K in Funding for Five Biotech and Clean Energy Startups

June 09, 2014

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Paying it Forward: Karma411 Spinoff Will Bring Crowd Funding to Startups

April 20, 2012

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Pro Bono

Keeping L.I. Green while Saving Sustainable Long Island Some Green

Sustainable Long Island is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1996 by a diverse group of stakeholders in the Long Island…

August 15, 2011

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