Martin Nichols, a partner in the Corporate and Finance group, focuses his corporate practice on emerging growth and established technology companies in the clean tech, software, telecommunications and medical device industries.
He has extensive experience with venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic collaborations, initial and follow-on public offerings, securities law, technology transfers and licensing. He has represented a wide variety of companies, venture capital firms and investment banks.
He comes to DLA Piper from Heller Ehrman, where he was a member of that firm's management committee for clean tech.
In addition, Mr. Nichols has lectured at and chaired seminars sponsored by CLE and other professional groups and has given legal commentary on the technology sector for various publications.
Stan Christensen is a partner at Arbor Advisors, an investment banking firm where he negotiates on behalf of mid-market technology companies. He has nearly twenty years of experience in both transactional and operations roles and has worked on hundreds of transactions. Before starting Arbor, he was the General Manager of Eazel, a Linux-based software startup. He started his career in corporate finance on Wall Street, and then worked for ten years with CMG, a negotiation advisory firm affiliated with The Harvard Negotiation Project. In this capacity he worked with corporations and governments-advising, negotiating, and mediating transactions and conflicts. In 1996 he was selected as a Kellogg Fellow for his work in the non-profit and public sectors. He is a member of The Council On Foreign Relations and currently teaches a course on Negotiation at Stanford University in The School of Engineering.
He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School ...
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According to attorney Martin Nichols, entrepreneurs need to have a great deal of trust when sharing intellectual property with venture capitalists, as VCs often will not sign non-disclosure agreements. If a client is working on patentable technologies, Nichols suggests trying to button up those issues before going to meetings.
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