Frederic Rubinstein focuses his practice on emerging growth companies and venture capital transactions. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in the launch, growth, financing and continued prosperity of countless types of business.
Frederic has acted as counsel to major venture funds, investment groups and their principals, as well as angel investors, in the private placement of equity and debt. In this capacity, he deals with internal venture fund matters, securities laws concerns (including private placement memoranda), and acquisition, distribution and marketing issues. He also has advised emerging growth and middle-market companies regarding their business plans, formation and structuring, early-stage and mezzanine financing (equity, debt and lease financing) as well as public financing, protection of intellectual property, employment compensation and stock issues, and distribution, licensing, franchising and leasing activities.
In addition, Frederic has served as counsel to venture groups investing in, and companies engaged in, fields as diverse as telecommunications, software, biotechnology, fiber optic technology, 3D seismic oil and gas exploitation, automobile technology, technology publishing and conferences, equipment leasing, cogeneration maintenance, consulting, toy manufacturing and distribution and franchising. His clients include companies involved in “senior partnering” and “strategic alliance” transactions.
Frederic’s extensive experience over decades of practice assures his clients that he will understand their business and their challenges, and will use his years of extensive practice to their advantage. Frederic has been involved in all aspects of the business life cycle from practically every vantage point. A committed and trusted advisor, astute counselor and proven strategist, Frederic is able to look beyond current circumstances to help his clients better plan for their future.
Panelist at American Bar Association conferences and other such events dealing with venture capital and emerging growth issues, including the Securities and Exchange Commission Annual Conference on Small Business Capital Formation.
Columbia University Business School, guest lecturer on venture capital.
Represented the principals in New York, Texas and California in the formation of their initial and subsequent venture funds.
Formed a biotechnology and pharmaceutical venture fund that had a number of successors.
Represented venture funds in numerous convertible preferred financings, including those of Compaq, Lotus Development, Electronic Arts, Citrix, Ciena, Cypress Semiconductor and Landmark Graphics.
Represented a toy manufacturer in acquisition negotiations with Hasbro.
Represented executives of an equipment leasing company in their buyout of their employer and in their equipment leasing transactions.
Represented numerous NBA players, including numerous members of the NY Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons in contract negotiation with their teams.
Represented a U.S. film distribution company in the acquisition of numerous domestic, French, Italian, Czech and Swedish films.
American Bar Association, Emerging Growth Ventures Subcommittee, chairman, 1988–1996