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Rachel Gholston


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Rachel provides a broad range of client services to early-stage companies, investment funds and public companies in matters including corporate governance, securities offerings, acquisitions and compliance. For early-stage companies, Rachel represents both companies and investors in venture capital financing transactions. In her investment funds practice, she counsels investment advisors with respect to fund formation and regulatory compliance. Her general corporate and securities practice spans multiple industries, including clean energy, life sciences, and FinTech.

Before joining the firm, Rachel gained legal experience as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Margo K. Brodie in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In addition to her earlier experiences at Mintz as a law clerk and as a summer associate, Rachel spent a summer in the asset management practice of another top law firm in New York.

Committed to pro bono initiatives throughout her legal career, Rachel contributed substantial research and writing to multiple successful applications for asylum through Mintz’s pro bono program. She also worked on pro bono projects with the New York Charter School Incubator and the Reset Foundation.


  • Columbia University (JD)
  • Harvard College (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Richard Mintz Summer Associate Diversity Scholar, Mintz (2012)


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Recent Insights

News & Press



Digital Tokens: Rethinking the Term “Cryptocurrency”

November 8, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Rachel Gholston

This article explains why the “cryptocurrency” label can be misleading, and suggests we use “virtual currencies,” “security tokens,” and “utility tokens” instead.

New Beneficial Owner Threshold Eases VC Fundraising

July 11, 2018 | Article | By Talia S. Primor, Rachel Gholston, Daniel DeWolf

Small venture capital funds and special purpose vehicles, which otherwise qualify as “venture capital funds,” can now raise money from up to 250 beneficial owners and remain within the 3(c)(1) exemption of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Investment Company Act”).

Excluding Your Gains on Small Business Investments

January 19, 2016 | Alert | By Daniel DeWolf, Rachel Gholston

2016 promises to be another very good year to invest in start-ups because of the extension of significant tax breaks for investors who invest in early stage companies.

News & Press

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.