Overview

Jeff Seul is a corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Holland & Knight's Boston office and serves as chair of the firm's Technology Industry Sector Group, a cross-disciplinary team of lawyers with deep tech sector domain expertise. He advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions and activities, including helping launch, finance and scale companies; helping financial and strategic investors deploy capital; representing sellers as well as financial and strategic buyers in mergers and acquisitions; and negotiating and structuring major commercial and intellectual property transactions, including joint ventures and other types of strategic alliances. Mr. Seul has significant experience helping U.S. companies and investors conduct business overseas, helping companies and investors from other countries do business in the U.S., and handling cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Seul was vice president and general counsel of Groove Networks, a software company acquired by Microsoft in 2005. He has served on the boards of several companies, including C3 Technologies (acquired by Apple), Energy Materials Corp. and Movimento (acquired by Delphi Automotive). Mr. Seul is a board leadership fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Venture Mentoring Service, a group of entrepreneurs who coach the founders of MIT-affiliated companies.

Mr. Seul serves as chairman of the Peace Appeal Foundation, an international organization that helps catalyze and support broad-scale peace and national dialogue processes to end or prevent wars. He is involved in the Peace Appeal Foundation’s field work and teaches a course on peacebuilding at Harvard Divinity School. He has also taught courses at Harvard Law School. Earlier in his career, Mr. Seul served tech industry clients at law firms in San Francisco and Boulder, Colo.

Experience

  • Represented Micro Focus International plc in the sale of its Atalla network security business division to Utimaco GmbH
  • Represented Eta Devices in its sale to Nokia
  • Represented Talko in its sale to Microsoft
  • Represented Directr in its sale to Google
  • Represented Ericsson (NASDAQ) in its acquisition of Airvana Network Solutions
  • Represented Spindle Labs in its sale to Twitter
  • Ongoing representation of a leading private equity firm portfolio company in a multi-year, industry roll-up acquisition program
  • Represented Epiq Systems (NASDAQ) in its acquisition of Encore Discovery Solutions
  • Represented a European private equity firm in the acquisition of the U.S. portfolio of another European private equity firm
  • Represented a U.S. based public company in its bid to acquire a multinational division of a global company dual-listed in the U.S. and the UK
  • Represented numerous venture-backed companies in their acquisitions by strategic acquirers, including General Electric, Google, Microsoft, Novell and Twitter
  • Represented many foreign investors and acquirers in transactions in the United States, including an investment by a Chinese listed company in an established U.S.-based company and an investment by a Chinese venture capital fund in a startup biotech company

  • Ongoing representation of emerging growth companies in formation, financings, IP strategy, strategic transactions and exit events
  • Ongoing representation of financial and strategic investors in financings and exit events

  • Helped clients enter new markets by establishing joint ventures in Africa, Asia and Europe
  • Helped a proprietary software company re-launch as an open source software company and establish a distribution agreement with a major open source software provider

Credentials

Education
  • Regis College, B.A.S., magna cum laude
  • University of Colorado School of Law, J.D.
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M.
  • Harvard Divinity School, M.T.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts
Honors & Awards
  • Excellence in Pro Bono Award, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2015
  • Who's Who Legal 100: Information Technology, 2014
  • International Who's Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers
  • International Who's Who of Information Technology Lawyers

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