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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).

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This issue of MintzTech Connect covers the FTC’s controversial final rule banning most post-employment non-competes, qualified small business stock issues affecting the conversion of an LLC into a corporation, clinical trial innovator Radicle Science, and an event co-sponsored by Mintz and the Sustainable Media Center, which focused on the impact of social media on today’s youth.

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The New York LLC Transparency Act, which takes effect on January 1, 2026, will require limited liability companies formed or authorized to do business in New York to make certain disclosures aimed at preventing the use of anonymous LLCs for illicit activities.

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This issue of MintzTech Connect covers Corporate Transparency Act compliance requirements, considerations for companies undertaking Section 409A valuations, and Mintz’s year in review of laws impacting employee non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements.

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The New York LLC Transparency Act, which takes effect on December 21, 2024, will require limited liability companies formed or authorized to do business in New York to make certain disclosures aimed at preventing the use of anonymous LLCs for illicit activities.

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This edition of Mintz Venture Watch reports on the firm’s VC transaction activity in 2023. Mintz represented issuers and investors in the technology, energy, life sciences, and other sectors in more than 130 transactions valued at over $2.6 billion. 

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As reported in Forbes, Natalie White was recognized as a “30 under 30” for Sports.  Natalie founded Moolah Kicks, the first basketball shoe brand focused solely on women. 

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This issue of MintzTech Connect covers a Globe and Mail piece on Mintz’s continued expansion in Toronto, Biden’s executive order on artificial intelligence, Forbes magazine’s recognition of Moolah Kicks founder Natalie White’s inclusion on its “30 Under 30” list, and our Client Corner podcast featuring a conversation with NextGen Jane Co-founder & CEO Ridhi Tariyal.

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This issue of MintzTech Connect covers QSBS issues related to converting an LLC into a corporation, legal decisions regarding cryptocurrencies and whether they are subject to SEC regulation, how Mintz’s partnership with Antler led to our work for oral health innovator peri, and a spotlight on mePrism, a tech company that helps customers remove their personal information from the internet.

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Read about the benefits and risks of deferring the conversion of an LLC into a corporation in order to benefit from the qualified small business stock (QSBS) rules of the US tax code.

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Despite choppy market conditions for private companies, the Mintz Venture Capital & Emerging Companies team remained busy advising emerging companies of all sizes and at all stages of growth across a wide range of industries. For the first half of 2023 we completed 72 transactions, with an aggregate deal value in excess of $1.6 billion. Below are a few highlighted transactions:

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News & Press

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A Mintz team led by Corporate Members Jim McKnight and Joe Ronca advised Altamira Technologies Corporation on its acquisition of Virginia Systems & Technology, Inc. This strategic acquisition expanded Altamira’s capabilities and national security customer portfolio, while winning “Deal of the Year” in the “Under $50 Million” category at ACG National Capital’s 22nd Annual Corporate Growth Awards.

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BOSTON – Mintz has earned top rankings in the 2023 edition of Legal 500 United States guide. The firm is recognized in 14 practice categories, and 59 individual attorneys are also recognized in the guide, some in more than one category.

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Through its creative partnership with legal tech provider Clara, Mintz provides founders with a cost-efficient way to start a US business. Utilizing Clara’s platform, Mintz created templates that enable users to form Delaware companies and prepare all necessary documents while additionally helping founders to meet all legal requirements.

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My Startup World covered Mintz's collaboration with legal tech provider Clara and quoted Members Dan DeWolf and Sam Effron.

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Law360 covered Mintz's partnership with legal tech provider Clara. The move allows Clara to enter the U.S. market.

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Chair of the firm’s Technology Practice, and Co-chair of the firm’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice Daniel DeWolf was interviewed by FinTech Tv's Vince Mollinari about the state of the international venture capital market and potential opportunities for Congress to implement economy driving legislation.

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Mintz has acted as deal counsel to Altamira Technologies Corporation in its acquisition of signals intelligence mission business, Virginia Systems & Technology (VaST).

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Mintz Member Daniel DeWolf co-authored an article featured in The Deal exploring the top five ways to accelerate the growth of emerging companies.

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Antler Innovation U.S. LLC has selected Mintz as its law firm partner of choice to support its portfolio companies in the U.S. as it expands its presence and foothold in America’s emerging growth ecosystem. With more than 500 portfolio companies globally valued at $2 billion, Antler is helping to professionalize early-stage investing by bringing new capital, a large global community of co-founders, and a broad set of industry expertise to support fast-growing companies from the earliest stages. 

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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.
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.
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Events & Speaking

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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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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

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Apr
10
2019

TechGC Roundtable

New York, NY

Speaker
Apr
3
2019

The First Most Important Decision for the Entrepreneur: How to Choose the Right Corporate Entity for Your Startup

BioLabs@NYULangone

BioLabs@NYULangone, 180 Varick St., 6th Floor, New York, NY

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Mar
15
2018

Legal Clinic

NYC MediaLabs

Co-chair
Oct
27
2017
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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

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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.

Recognition & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015 – 2017; 2021 – 2022, 2024)

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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.

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
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Daniel I. DeWolf

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

New York