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Daniel I. DeWolf

Member / Chair, Technology Practice; Co-chair, Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice

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Daniel is a leading authority on growth companies and venture capital law — and has worked on pioneering online capital-raising methods since the Internet’s beginning. He is immersed in the national and international ecosystem of emerging companies and investors focused on start-ups. He has also been a member of NYU Law School’s faculty since 2003, where he teaches venture capital law. Earlier, he co-founded and served as managing director of an early stage venture capital firm based in New York City.

Daniel is Chair of Mintz's Technology Practice Group and Co-chair of the firm’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice Group. In addition to his active legal practice, he is an adjunct professor of law at the NYU Law School. Daniel is also Editor of MintzEdge, an online resource for entrepreneurs that includes useful tools and information for starting and growing a company.

Before joining Mintz, Daniel was head of venture capital funds and a managing director of SoundView Technology Group, Inc. (formerly Wit Capital), a technology-focused investment bank. Prior to joining SoundView, he was head of the corporate and new media and e-law practice groups at one of the leading New York firms representing early stage and technology companies.

Daniel has more than 35 years of corporate transactional experience, both as a lawyer and as a businessman, and has been an advisor to many emerging and developmental stage companies. He is a board member of several technology companies and was a co-founder and Managing Director of Dawntreader Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.

Additionally, Daniel is an author of a leading treatise on venture capital called Venture Capital: Forms and Analysis (Law Journal Press, 2007).

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD)
  • University of Pennsylvania (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015 – 2017)

Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law
  • Guest Lecturer, High-Growth Corporate Transactions, Cornell Law School at Cornell Tech
  • Judge, Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest
  • Member, Advisory Council to the Public Policy Committee of the Angel Capital Association

Recent Insights

News & Press

Events

Viewpoints

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MintzTech Connect: All Things Technology — April 2021

April 27, 2021 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue covers the trend of public benefit companies going public, how gig workers may become eligible for equity compensation, a MintzEdge podcast on venture debt, and a spotlight on GroGuru.
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MintzTech Connect: All Things Technology — February 2021

February 10, 2021 | | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue covers the increase in the equity crowdfunding cap, a FINTECH.TV interview on the private capital marketplace, a “Mintz Minute” on how to write an executive summary for a start-up company, and a spotlight on Turing Enterprises.
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Private Capital Marketplaces & IPOs

January 21, 2021 | Video | By Daniel DeWolf

Despite COVID-19 and its effects on the global economy, IPOs raised over $150 billion in 2020. In an episode of FinTech.TV’s Digital Asset Report, Vince Molinari interviewed Mintz Member Dan DeWolf, who discussed the outlook for IPOs and investment capital in 2021 and beyond.
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“Gig” Workers May Become Eligible to Receive Equity Compensation

December 15, 2020 | Alert | By Daniel DeWolf, Sanjana Ramkumar

Read about the SEC's proposed amendment to Rule 701, which would permit companies to provide equity compensation to “gig” or “platform” workers, subject to certain conditions.
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MintzTech Connect: All Things Technology — December 2020

December 9, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue covers the SEC’s proposed relief from broker-dealer registration for certain finders, an article on exit options for public benefit corporations, and features on Boston Family Advisors and iAssay System.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News: Spotlight on iAssay System

December 8, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Read about iAssay System, a patented, handheld medical test reader that will accept fingerstick blood samples or urine samples taken at a patient’s home.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News: Spotlight on Boston Family Advisors

December 8, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Read about Boston Family Advisors and how it builds and operates single-family offices for venture capital and private equity professionals, and entrepreneurs.
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Crowdfunding Expanded; SEC Announces Increase in Amounts Permitted To Be Raised by Crowdfunding

November 11, 2020 | Alert | By Sanjana Ramkumar, Daniel DeWolf

Read about the SEC’s amendment to its capital raising rules for Regulation Crowdfunding to promote capital formation and expand investment opportunities.
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MintzTech Connect: All Things Technology — October 2020

October 1, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue covers the SEC’s expansion of the “Accredited Investor” and “Qualified Institutional Buyer” definitions, an article on vesting for startups, a discussion of founder stock and vesting, and a feature on East Light Partners.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — June 2020

June 25, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

In Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, the protagonist Atticus Finch tells his son: “One never really understands a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. Unless you take the time to stand in another person’s shoes and see the world from that person’s perspective, we really don’t process very well what others may be saying or feeling. In this challenging time of a global pandemic and national outrage for systemic social injustices, we urge all of our readers to listen (truly listen) to your colleagues and try to understand better what it is like to be in another person’s shoes. Black Lives Matter and it is up to all of us to listen, support each other, and to see how we can make this world better. We have assembled a list of books that may help deepen that understanding and encourage us all to work diligently to build the equitable world we all want for ourselves and our fellow citizens.
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News & Press

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Mintz Member, Chair of the firm’s Technology Practice, and Co-chair of the firm’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice Daniel I. DeWolf appeared on FINTECH TV’s Digital Asset Report to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the private marketplaces, digital transformation in the private marketplaces, and venture capital activity and indicators.

Various Ways to Raise Capital

September 13, 2016

Daniel DeWolf, Co-Chair, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, and Megan Gates, Co-chair of the Securities & Capital Markets Practice Group, authored this VC Experts Blog piece discussing how the world of raising capital has been evolving over the last several years.
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Mintz was recently named the exclusive legal sponsor of AREA, a real estate technology venture accelerator program based in New York City. As a sponsor, the firm will offer in-kind legal services to real estate technology startup companies participating in the intensive three-month program.
Daniel DeWolf, Co-chair of Mintz’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies and Technology Practices, and Associates Sam Effron and Rachel Gholston, authored this VC Experts Blog piece providing a clear overview of the best practices businesses can implement when using electronic signatures.

Events

Moderator
Mar
19
2020

Investing in Energy Transformation [Event to be rescheduled]

Briefing on Power, Technology and Security Strategies

Mintz, 666 Third Ave, New York, NY

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Speaker
Jul
30
2019

TechGC Roundtable

San Francisco, CA

Moderator
Jun
19
2019

Private Tech Investing Success Stories for Family Offices

Mintz, Chrysler Center, 666 Third Avenue, New York

Speaker
Apr
10
2019

TechGC Roundtable

New York, NY

Speaker
Jan
30
2019
Speaker
Mar
15
2018

Legal Clinic

NYC MediaLabs

Co-chair
Oct
27
2017
Speaker
Mar
17
2017

Corporate Formation Workshop

NYC Media Lab

New York, NY

Moderator
Nov
3
2016

The Changing World of Raising Capital

MintzEdge and Columbia Technology Ventures

New York, NY