Thomas Michael

Venture Financing and M&A

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Let’s move fast and break things (not laws).

Professional Background

I work with founding entrepreneurs and venture-backed companies at every phase of the business life cycle. Having represented companies in over $1 billion of venture capital financing transactions, I focus my practice on venture capital and private equity growth stage financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions.

I also represent venture capital funds, angel networks, family offices, high-net-worth individuals and celebrities in venture investment and strategic transactions.

Additionally, I provide business consulting and outside general counsel services to clients across the spectrum of industry sectors.

Representative Experience With Emerging Companies

  • Has represented Misfits Market, a full-service online grocery store fighting food waste, since its formation, including in its $200 million Series C round of financing led by Accel Partners and D1 Capital Partners.
  • Has represented Burrow, a direct to consumer furniture and home goods company, since its formation, including in its $25 million Series C round of financing led by Parkway Ventures, Red & Blue Ventures, Winklevoss Capital and NEA.
  • Represents world-renowned esports organization FaZe Clan in all corporate and transactional matters.
  • Represents venture investors, including Adjacent Venture Capital, BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, M13 and Merlin Ventures.
  • Represents celebrities in connection with startup investing, personal brand development and strategic commercial transactions.

Areas of Focus

  • Venture capital financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Commercial transactions
  • Private equity

My Advice to Entrepreneurs
  1. Aim big; execute small.
  2. Surround yourself with good people.
  3. File your 83(b) election.