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Kaoru C. Suzuki

Associate

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+1.617.348.4726

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Kaoru advises companies on general corporate and securities matters beginning from the formation of the company through exit, whether through a sale of the company or an IPO. His practice spans the firm’s Energy & Sustainability, Life Sciences, and Technology Practices. Kaoru focuses his practice on advising clients on equity financing transactions, capital market transactions, securities law compliance, and general corporate matters within the energy & sustainability and life sciences industries. His experience includes advising start-up companies, venture capital funds and investors in equity financings, convertible note and Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) financings, and on general corporate matters, and counseling clients on corporate documents in connection with solar, wind and other renewables projects.

Kaoru acts as outside general counsel for private companies and advises publicly traded clients on SEC reporting and corporate governance obligations.

Kaoru frequently participates in startup competitions as a judge, including the Cleantech Open, and presents on topics related to the formation of startups, capital raising, and securities compliance matters. He enjoys teaching and participating in legal clinics for startups and entrepreneurs, and has taught undergraduate courses in Environmental Law at Boston College.

Prior to rejoining Mintz in 2021, Kaoru was an associate in a national law firm, where he represented start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, and venture capital funds in various fundraising transactions and general corporate matters, and public companies in public offerings and securities compliance matters. He previously worked at Mintz as an Associate in the firm’s Corporate Practice and as a Summer Associate.

Experience

  • Represented SOURCE, a hydropanel technology company, in its $130 million Series D financing. 
  • Represented Aeroseal, a duct and air-sealing technology company, in its $50 million Series B financing. 
  • Represented ZwitterCO, Inc., a water treatment and separation solution company, in their $33.4 million Series A financing. 
  • Represented a life sciences company in an at-the-market offering program valued at up to $100 million.
  • Represented a life sciences company in a reverse merger IPO and a simultaneous private placement transaction with a total value of approximately $85 million.
  • Represented WAVE Equity Partners in their investment in a tankless water heater company focused on residential, commercial, and industrial applications. 
  • Represented a life sciences company in a two-tranche Series A financing valued at up to $15 million.
  • Represented a life sciences company in an $18 million IPO.
  • Represented a life sciences company in a three-tranche Series C financing valued at up to $18 million.
  • Represented a solar development company in a $25 million growth equity financing.
  • Represented an energy efficiency app provider in a $10 million stock purchase acquisition.
  • Represented an oncology-focused biotech company in a $50 million Series C financing. 
  • Represented a public life science company in a follow-on public offering of $345 million of common stock.
  • Represented a public life science company in a sell-side merger with a private company that included $87 million in cash, stock, and redeemable notes.
  • Represented a deicing service provider in a $95 million sell-side private equity buyout.
  • Represent start-up companies on formation and corporate structure, including drafting certificates of incorporation with provisions to protect founders’ rights; form of equity incentive plans and stock option agreements; nondisclosure, non-competition and invention assignment agreements; stock restriction and stock purchase agreements; and the filing of 83(b) elections.
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Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter — March 2024

February 27, 2024 | Article | By Thomas R. Burton, III, Sahir Surmeli, Kaoru C. Suzuki

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SMART Program Doubles Capacity

January 5, 2022 | Blog | By Kaoru Suzuki

On December 30, 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued an order doubling the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. The order extends the declining block incentive program from 1,600 to 3,200 MW of solar capacity – a move expected to create capacity for new projects and release a bottleneck of stagnant projects.
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Pricing Overseas Carbon: The Rise of Border Adjustment Mechanisms on Both Sides of the Pond

September 10, 2021 | Blog | By Kaoru Suzuki, Luke Haubenstock

In the past several months, lawmakers in both the United States and the European Union have introduced legislation to enact carbon border adjustment mechanisms (CBAMs) in their respective jurisdictions. While the US and EU proposals face roadblocks to their adoption (in the US) and full implementation (in both the US and EU), these two landmark initiatives signal a potential shift toward the usage of novel legal and regulatory tools – in this instance from the field of international trade – to promote climate policy.
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News & Press

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Mintz is pleased to announce that 32 attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers and 27 attorneys have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars for 2023.
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BOSTON– Mintz represented Gradiant Corporation, a global end-to-end solutions provider of advanced water and wastewater treatment, in its Series D financing.
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Mintz has guided long-standing client Asimov in its $200 million fundraising aimed to scale the company’s tools and services business in biologics, cell/gene therapies, and RNA.
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Events & Speaking

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2021

When is a SAFE Note Not a SAFE Note?

Michigan Angel Summit

Virtual Event

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Recognition & Awards

  • Identified in Best Lawyers in America as among the “Ones to Watch” – Corporate Law (2021, 2023 –2024)

     

  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list: Business/Corp (2023)

  • Included on the Ohio Super Lawyers: Ohio Rising Stars list (2021)

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