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Mintz Adds Ed Pease and Laurence Naughton to its Emerging Growth Corporate Practice in Boston

Mintz has added further depth to its corporate team with the addition of prominent high-tech attorneys, Ed Pease and Laurence Naughton as Members. They join from WilmerHale and Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, respectively, each with more than two decades of experience.

“Ed’s and Larry’s entrepreneurial and collaborative approach will serve their new colleagues and our current and future clients exceptionally well,” said Bob Bodian, Managing Member of Mintz. “Their skills strengthen our existing practice, and help us to continue developing relationships among entrepreneurs as well as firms involved in venture capital, private equity and investment banking.”

Mr. Pease advises high-growth companies in connection with, equity structuring, capital raising transactions, intellectual property protection, and complex commercial transactions, including joint ventures, license agreements and strategic partnerships. He also has significant mergers and acquisitions experience, having completed buy and sell-side engagements involving more than $10 billion in transaction value. In addition, Mr. Pease represents venture capital funds, private equity and angel investors in a range of financing transactions.

Mr. Pease is listed in Best Lawyers in America, is a prior winner of an International Law Office Client Choice Award for his M&A work and was nominated to the Companyon Ventures 2018 Boston Founders’ Short List for Most Recommended Start-Up Corporate Lawyers.

Mr. Naughton regularly represents high-growth companies, including those in the technology industry, as well as venture capital, private equity and other investors in those companies. He has extensive M&A experience, representing both financial and strategic acquirers as well as targets. He has uniquely extensive experience on cross-border matters, as he regularly counsels non-U.S. clients in connection with their U.S. activities, and has deep relationships in the European investment community.

Having served on the executive committee and as a co-chair of a practice group at his prior firm, Mr. Naughton is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been listed on numerous occasions in The Legal 500 for middle-market M&A work, as well as in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the areas of corporate law and M&A. He was the lead attorney in representing KB Medical in its sale to Globus Medical, a transaction that was named “Cross Border Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year” in 2018 by The M&A Advisor.

“The addition of Ed and Larry to our corporate practice reflects the ongoing implementation of our growth strategy in Boston and across the firm, capitalizing on Mintz’s strong middle market position and exceptional financial performance over the past several years,” said Mike Fantozzi, Managing Member of the firm’s Boston Office and Chair of the Corporate Section. “Our plan is to continue to build on our strengths serving emerging high-tech and life science companies by bringing on board corporate partners with similar dynamic practices who can benefit from our platform to achieve even greater success. We are excited to have Ed and Larry join our team, which also includes Will Perkins and Dinesh Melwani, both formerly from Morgan Lewis, who joined us in Boston last Spring.”

Mintz’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice – ranked nationally and regionally by U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”  – has represented emerging growth companies and entrepreneurs in deals valued in excess of $1.2B in the past year.  The firm provides clients with the full spectrum of corporate legal services – from seed stage to later stage investments through to successful exit. Mintz counsels companies, investors, and financial advisors in all types of transactions, including venture financings, private placements, IPOs, and follow-on equity and debt financings. The firm also assists its clients in structuring and negotiating complex mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, licenses, and strategic alliances.

Mr. Pease’s and Mr. Naughton’s arrival at Mintz follows other recent additions to the firm, which last year posted its third consecutive year of record financial growth. Over the last three months, the firm has welcomed Loretta Shaw-Lorello, former vice-chair of Covington & Burling’s private funds practice; and Robert Koen and Stephen MacDonald from Mayer Brown’s real estate group.

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